As of Friday, the John Wayne Airport hangar that housed ABLE’s three EC120 helicopters will become a storage space for the aircraft dubbed “Eagle,” which is jointly owned by Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.Â Both cities have dismantled the shared police helicopter program, thus ending a 15-year partnership. Both city councils decided to cut ABLE… Read more »
Local press reports suggest that Indianapolis Police are close to selling their MD600 with an overseas buyer inspecting it around now.Â This aviation unit ceased operations in October 2009 under budgetary pressure, putting its MD600 flagship, two Hughes 300s and an early Bell 206A into storage.Â A report in July 2010 cited public safety officials… Read more »
Over 5,000 people in the Dutch military, both service personnel and civil servants, are facing compulsory redundancies.Â The government is expected to announce on Friday how it plans to make savings of â‚¬1bn in its defence budget.Â Sources are suggesting that the job losses will affect all ranks. Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to… Read more »
Sheriff David Morgan announced Monday that a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Program will allow the agency to restart its air unit on a temporary basis beginning this week. The unit, which flies two OH-58s, has been grounded since 1st March 2009 – see HeliHub.com story
Robinson Helicopter, known for its low-cost choppers, was nearly grounded by the recession but is poised to soar again with a new CEO, an expanded factory and a new model that’s generating buzz see full story
While consistently maintaining its focus on helping operators reduce aircraft operating costs with safe, approved value-driven component repair, overhaul and replacement part (PMA) solutions, Able Aerospace Services is a company on the move. Even as Able closes out its most successful year to-date it has mapped out an aggressive plan to achieve 300 percent growth… Read more »
The BBC is tonight reporting that Norfolk Police will stop using their leased Eurocopter AS355F2 Twin Squirrel at the end of the current fiscal year – 31st March 2011 – and that it is trying to buy a block of 220 hours a year from neighbouring force Suffolk Police.Â The vicarious benefit in doing this… Read more »
Late Tuesday evening, the Costa Mesa city council voted 4 to 1 in favour of cutting its “Eagle One” police helicopter program and eliminating two jobs which paid a total of almost $275,000.Â Costa Mesa has been one of the two major partners with Newport Beach in the ABLE “AirBorne Law Enforcement” program, which operated… Read more »
Robinson Helicopter Company “RHC” has no doubt been the number one success story of the light helicopter market in the last three decades, but it is this sector that demonstrates the greatest volatility when the going gets tough. In our interview with Frank last Friday, he described how the company went from the high of… Read more »
After exploring various options to fund air support operations, officials determined the best option would be to sell the police MD600 and two Hughes helicopters to free up money to operate the remaining aircraft.
During his address to the media Saturday afternoon, John L. Garrison, president and CEO, Bell Helicopter said that the company enjoyed record operating earnings and cash generation under a â€œvery challenging environment.â€
Edwards & Associates in Piney Flats, Tenn. announced a â€œworkforce reductionâ€ Monday.Â Their parent company, Bell Helicopter based in Fort Worth Tx., cut nearly 16-percent of the plantâ€™s 315 employees.
The Colorado Springs Police Department has lost its wings. In a decommissioning ceremony Tuesday, the department bid farewell to its Air Support Unit, one police budget line on a list of many that were cut because of projected city budget shortfalls in 2010
Life-saving search and rescue helicopter crews from RAF Valley will halt night time rescues while new crews are trained up.Â The Ministry of Defence has announced a six week suspension to night shifts by 22 Squadron, with cover provided by neighbouring basesÂ RAF Valley will close overnight from 15 November until 31 December.
In order to face the financial and economic crisis, Eurocopter has launched a new corporation program called SHAPE. This initiative is aimed at adapting the company to the new economic context, while maintaining sustainable growth and leadership in the market.
Manufacturing firm GKN Aerospace is to lose 135 jobs at its Yeovil site, due to the slump in aerospace orders.Â The losses represent more than a third of the GKN jobs on the site they share with helicopter maker Agusta Westland.
Textron has been pulled back from the financial precipice after slashing 10,000 jobs, including 135 corporate positions announced Wednesday, rapidly liquidating its loan portfolio and raising new capital, company officials told investors.
Corona 1, the Corona Police Department crime-fighting helicopter, has a price of $900,000 after City Council members voted unanimously to sell it at their council meeting Wednesday. The city had paid about $950,000 for it in 2002, according to a city staff report.
The local CBS affiliate, to save on leasing fees and the cost of storing it in a hanger, did not renew its lease with the helicopter, said General Manager David Phillips. “I’d much rather lose that than people. These are tough times.”
Capital expenditures are being carefully evaluated and prioritized; Management salaries have been frozen; and Staffing levels and compensation structures are being reviewed to ensure that the Company is properly sized to meet customers’ needs.
Speaking exclusively to rotorhub.com on the eve of the annual Heli Expo in Los Angeles, CA, Lutz Bertling said that despite the economic recession gripping Europe and the USA, Eurocopterâ€™s exposure to its US business the strong US dollar was less than 10% of the companyâ€™s annual turnover, and therefore was manageable.