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Sikorsky announces 160 layoffs

Sikorsky announces 160 layoffs

Sikorsky’s Troy facility will soon be laying off roughly 160 employees due to a decline in the production of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters. The Seahawk is the primary source of work for the facility and after meeting their customer’s requirements, production has slowed down. They have had to make the decision to let go employees to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-17

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 Million Awarded to Family of Helicopter Crash Victim

$5 million has been awarded to the family of Stacey Cernadas, a flight nurse who was killed in a Haynes LifeFlight helicopter crash in South Alabama. Metro Aviation has not admitted to any wrongdoing, as part of the settlement, reports AL. The crash occurred on 26 March, 2016. Three others that were killed were Pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

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Med-Trans Bases First Air Ambulance Helicopter in Baldwin County

Med-Trans Bases First Air Ambulance Helicopter in Baldwin County

Med-Trans Corporation, a national air medical transport leader, has based a Bell 407 GPX air ambulance helicopter in Baldwin County, Ala. in partnership with Medstar Emergency Medical Services. Flying with the name Medstar Air Care 1, Medstar EMS provides paramedics for the crews, while Med-Trans provides the helicopter, pilots and nurses. Medstar EMS is owned… Read more »

Source: Med-Trans, 07-Dec-16

Shelby County Sheriff launches air ops with surplus TH-67 Creek

Shelby County Sheriff launches air ops with surplus TH-67 Creek

Shelby County deputies in Alabama will be patrolling from above this holiday season in a newly acquired ex-military surplus Bell TH-67 Creek helicopter. Deputies will be able to observe traffic, watch for suspicious activity, and deter criminal acts using the helicopter which has the same markings displayed on our patrol cars. Two deputies – a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Dec-15

AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

AMRG launch Wiregrass Life Flight

It was a dream of the Pilcher family for the better part of 50 years. Owners of Pilcher’s Dothan Ambulance Service, the family envisioned air transport to complement their ground service. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did eventually materialize.  See full story

23-Oct-15

Wiregrass Life Flight to launch soon in Alabama

Wiregrass Life Flight to launch soon in Alabama

The landing of an emergency medical helicopter at Westgate Park Wednesday morning will signal the beginning of a new business venture in Dothan. See Full Story

Source: Dothan Eagle, 22-Sep-15

Haynes Life Flight to add second Alabama base

Haynes Life Flight to add second Alabama base

Haynes Life Flight officials say just a year after cutting the ribbon on the company’s first base in the Wetumpka area, it’s expanding. The company announced Tuesday that it’s preparing to introduce a second helicopter and base, this one to service the Troy area. See Full Story

Source: WSFA, 04-Sep-15

Lauderdale County hears Air Evac service proposal

Lauderdale County hears Air Evac service proposal

Lauderdale County commissioners are considering a proposal that would provide air ambulance service for county employees and their families as part of their benefits package. See Full Story

Source: Times Daily, 04-Sep-15

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Roanoke City Council hears presentation from Air Methods

Roanoke City Council hears presentation from Air Methods

Roanoke City Council heard a second presentation on a helicopter service from Brent Wilson, clinical base supervisor of Air Methods Corp., which flies the LifeSaver air ambulance, and Rebecca Lipham, flight nurse out of Carrollton. It was in a public hearing. See Full Story

Source: The Randolph Leader, 13-Aug-15

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11-Aug-15 N74823 Bell 47D1 Clanton, US-Alabama

11-Aug-15

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03-Aug-15 N4002G Bell 47G3B1 Camden, US-Alabama

The pilot reported that when he was at 300 feet altitude and half a mile out on approach, the hydraulics to the controls went out and they became very stiff. He elected to continue the approach into the landing zone. During the landing touchdown, the heel of the left skid struck a berm, rocking the… Read more »

03-Aug-15

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Roanoke council considers Air Evac proposal

Roanoke council considers Air Evac proposal

The Roanoke City Council heard a presentation from Jason Monday, regional director of Air EVAC Lifeteam Monday in a public hearing, were impressed, and will probably take action in the Jan. 27 council meeting. See full story

Source: The Randolph Leader, 17-Jul-15

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Airworthiness, CBM, and HUMS Specialists’ Meeting

Airworthiness, CBM, and HUMS Specialists’ Meeting

Ed DiCampli, HAI’s COO; Harold Summers, director of flight operations & technical services; and Brian Haggerty, deputy director of flight operations & technical services, took part in the biannual Technical Specialists’ Meeting on Airworthiness, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) in Huntsville, Alabama, Feb. 9-11. The meeting, sponsored by The… Read more »

Source: Rotor News, 16-Feb-15

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16-Oct-14 N59541 Bell 206B Prattville, US-Alabama

Main blades contacted tail boom on landing, helicopter destroyed

16-Oct-14

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19-Aug-14 N444RS MD Helicopters MD500E Tuscaloosa, US-Alabama (2F)

Crashed on powerline patrol, killing both on board – 51-year-old pilot Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia and 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa, Alabama who was employed by Alabama Power.

19-Aug-14

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Ceremony held for new Elmore Co. medical helicopter

Ceremony held for new Elmore Co. medical helicopter

Haynes Ambulance has a new tool to transport patients to the hospital faster. “See Full Story“

Source: WSFA, 07-Aug-14

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Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

Sikorsky union boss charged with embezzlement

The Independent Review Board (IRB) has brought embezzlement charges against Harvey Jackson, the president of Local 1150, which represents Sikorsky Aircraft Teamsters at plants in Connecticut, Alabama, and Florida. The charges and investigative report are available here. Jackson is charged with using the union credit card to buy at least $13,000 worth of electronics for… Read more »

Source: Teamsters, 28-Jul-14

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US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

US Army Aviation Museum prepares for expansion

With only 50 aircraft currently on display, a massive $45M plan has been launched to bring many of the further 160 aircraft out of storage and onto public display.  See full story

Source: South East Sun, 07-Jul-14

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26-Jun-14 Boeing AH-64 Molinelli, US-Alabama

Night training flight

26-Jun-14

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Air Methods acquires Baptist LifeFlight

Air Methods acquires Baptist LifeFlight

Air Methods Corporation (Nasdaq:AIRM), the global leader in air medical transportation, announced today that it acquired the four bases of Baptist LifeFlight, owned by Baptist Health Care (BHC) of Pensacola, Fla. The change is effective immediately, with continued service to three states along the Gulf Coast, including the Florida panhandle, southern Alabama up to Montgomery,… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 25-Jun-14

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Haynes Ambulance partners with Metro Aviation in Central Alabama

Haynes Ambulance partners with Metro Aviation in Central Alabama

Haynes Ambulance has partnered with Metro Aviation to introduce an air ambulance helicopter to their fleet.  Haynes Ambulance, headquartered in Wetumpka, AL, has contracted with Metro for the completion and operation of an AS350. “We are excited to expand our ambulance services to now include air transport. There is certainly a need for an air… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 26-Mar-14

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Alabama Senator visits Bell facility

Alabama Senator visits Bell facility

Senator Richard Shelby paid a visit to Bell Helicopter as part of his statewide jobs and industry tour – taking a look at the quality of businesses, their products and how they affect the local economies.  See full story

Source: Dothan First, 28-Jan-14

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Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam closes base at Elmore, Alabama

Air Evac Lifeteam has made the decision to close its Elmore County air ambulance base in Wetumpka, AL effective today. Company President Seth Myers said low utilization of the service coupled with low reimbursement rates were major factors in the company’s decision to cease operations at the base which has been in service since April… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 22-Jan-14

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21-Jan-14 N93067 Bell 47D1 Pell City, US-Alabama

Landing accident after reported transmission issue.  Skids collapsed, main blades chopped tail boom

21-Jan-14

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US Coast Guard points to pilot error in HH-65C crash report

US Coast Guard points to pilot error in HH-65C crash report

Pilot error was identified as the primary cause of the crash of a Mobile, Alabama-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter that killed all four crew on board during a training flight over Mobile Bay, Ala., Feb. 28, 2012, according to a final action memo released here, Thursday. A lack of established flight manual procedures for inadvertently entering instrument flight conditions, and… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 29-Sep-13

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Alabama – Air Methods closes “Lifesaver 1” due to underutilization

Alabama – Air Methods closes “Lifesaver 1” due to underutilization

Effective September 3, 2013 Air Methods announced its LifeSaver 1 base in Birmingham, Alabama will no longer be in service. We recognize the storied history (35 years per this article, Ed) and invaluable contributions Life Saver 1 has made to the community for the last three decades and rest assured the decision to cease operations… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 11-Sep-13

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Helicopter company signs lease at Dothan airport

Helicopter company signs lease at Dothan airport

Dothan Regional Airport officials recently signed a lease with an area helicopter company which will use one of the hangars formerly occupied by Pemco.  see full report

Source: Dothan Eagle, 10-Jul-13

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29-Jun-13 N6331D Hiller UH-12A Florence, US-Alabama

Pilot Milton Hearn (named here) seriously injured trying to land on road trailer in preparation to take helicopter for attention.  Helicopter ended up on its side

29-Jun-13

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OAS Aircraft Support Announces VP of Operations

OAS Aircraft Support Announces VP of Operations

Brightwater Partners, LLC, is pleased to announce that Billy Mitchell has been appointed as VP of Operations at two of their portfolio companies: OAS Aircraft Support and OAS’ Alabama-based sister company, Alabama Aircraft Support (AAS). Based in Lakeside, Arizona, OAS Aircraft Support was established in 2001 with a primary focus on the support of the… Read more »

Source: Brightwater Partners, 11-Jun-13

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Tour operator expands in Orange Beach with second heliport

Tour operator expands in Orange Beach with second heliport

A helicopter tour and charter business continues to expand in the city with the council’s approval of a second heliport this week. (See Full Story)

Source: Alabama Media Group, 13-May-13

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Vector Aerospace opens multi-million dollar expansion in Alabama

Vector Aerospace opens multi-million dollar expansion in Alabama

Vector Aerospace today announced the grand opening of its new hangar and office complex which adds 45,000 square feet to its existing Helicopter Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility in Andalusia.  This expansion provides Vector with over 90,000 square feet of operations and support area and will allow Vector to service more than 20 aircraft… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 08-May-13

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Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

Huntsville Hospital’s AS350 now carrying blood

MedFlight, the hospital’s air ambulance, is the first helicopter in the state of Alabama to carry blood on every flight (see full report)

Source: AL.com, 01-May-13

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24-Mar-13 N571LF Eurocopter EC130 Atmore, US-Alabama

Door separated and struck rotors.  FAA quotes this as N571LF which is incorrect as that is a fixed-wing registration [if it is an ..LF registration, then N209LF and N506LF are EC130s based in Alabama]

24-Mar-13

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Gulf Shores welcomes second helicopter tour operator

Gulf Shores welcomes second helicopter tour operator

Gulf Shores welcomes second tour operator Corporate Aircraft Solutions, doing business as Oasis Services.  (see full story)

Source: AL.com, 01-Mar-13

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HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

HUMS meeting draws crowd, despite weather

From February 11-13, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Redstone Chapter, with sponsorship from HAI, hosted a Technical Specialists’ Meeting on Airworthiness, Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), and Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. HAI staffers Ed DiCampli, Harold Summers, and others from the HAI HUMS research team were instrumental in… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Feb-13

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Apache Project Office contest produces name for AH-64E

Apache Project Office contest produces name for AH-64E

Announced this week at the Team Apache annual government industry meeting at the Boeing facility in Arlington, Va., the AH-64E will be known as the “Guardian.” (see full story)

Source: AL.com, 11-Jan-13

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Helicopter tours coming to Gulf Shores?

Helicopter tours coming to Gulf Shores?

Jerri Thompson, manager of the Jack Edwards National Airport,  informally broached the idea during Monday night’s City Council meeting telling leaders that the Airport Authority is in favor of the new business endeavor but is seeking input from the council before moving ahead. (see full story)

Source: AL.com, 19-Dec-12

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Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell launch Integration and Collaboration Laboratories

Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) companies, announced today the opening of the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab and Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems’ Huntsville, Ala., location, these labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field equipment to enable rapid… Read more »

Source: Textron, 04-Dec-12

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01-Nov-12 N231TM Robinson R22 Alexander City, US-Alabama

Two injured in light helicopter accident

01-Nov-12

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Eurocopter X3 tour reaches Alabama

Eurocopter X3 tour reaches Alabama

Eurocopter continues its U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Huntsville, Ala., where the aircraft will perform the first of several flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in several locations across the country. The X3 will demonstrate its unique flight characteristics, which include a cruise speed of 200 knots, high rates… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 03-Jul-12

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Sikorsky is finalist for Alabama’s Manufacturer of the Year Award

Sikorsky is finalist for Alabama’s Manufacturer of the Year Award

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced today that 14 Alabama companies have been named as finalists for the prestigious Manufacturer of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the RSA Activity Center in Montgomery following a keynote presentation by Alabama… Read more »

Source: Business Council of Alabama, 19-Jun-12

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Chilton County Sheriff acquires OH-6

Chilton County Sheriff acquires OH-6

Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis acquired a plane and helicopter for the department to use. Ken Gilliland of B&G Flying Service Inc (which operates out of the Chilton County Airport) was named a reserve deputy, and will pilot and maintain the aircraft (see full story)

Source: Clanton Advertiser, 28-May-12

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Southern Museum of Flight adds Mi-24 Hind

Southern Museum of Flight adds Mi-24 Hind

The Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama is expected to take delivery of a Mil Mi-24 Hind gunship helicopter this week.  It is one of two ex-Soviet exhibits due this spring, the other being an Antonov AN-2 Colt fixed wing. See also http://southernmuseumofflight.org/ William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US correspondent

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Apr-12

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Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell and AAI combine resources for manned/unmanned development

Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems operating unit AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, both Textron Inc. companies (NYSE: TXT), have teamed to develop a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Laboratory in Huntsville, AL. to enable a software and hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) development test capability using operationally relevant systems specific to manned unmanned teaming. This MUMO Capability Development… Read more »

Source: Bell, 10-Apr-12

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28-Mar-12 N124AM Bell 407 Odenville, US-Alabama

While en route to a medical emergency at Steele, LifeSaver 1 from Birmingham was struck by a goose and landed in the parking lot at Margaret Elementary School. ** NOTE ** Registration is assumed from operator website.  The FAA repors code “LSV1” which refers to “LifeSaver 1” and recent photos on the LifeSaver 1 facebook… Read more »

28-Mar-12

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OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

OH-58F Kiowa Warriors being built in Huntsville

The top leadership from the Program Executive Office for Aviation, along with project officers for the Project Office for Armed Scout Helicopter’s Kiowa Warrior Product Office, announced Tuesday that three OH-58F Kiowa Warriors will be built at an Army facility in the Huntsville area. Maj. Gen. Tim Crosby, the program executive officer for aviation, and… Read more »

Source: US Army, 05-Mar-12

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01-Mar-12 N38FA Bell OH-58A Eufaula, US-Alabama

Hard landing on training flight

01-Mar-12

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LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver gets Bell 407 based in Rainbow City

LifeSaver’s parent Air Methods has upgraded the helicopter at their Rainbow City base to a Bell 407 (see full story).  LifeSaver is part of the Omniflight division.

Source: Gadsden Times, 06-Feb-12

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Sikorsky lays off 50+ workers from Troy plant in Alabama

Sikorsky lays off 50+ workers from Troy plant in Alabama

The Troy Sikorsky facility wasn’t immune to economic setbacks as more than 50 employees were laid off from their jobs Thursday.  Sikorsky  said the  cuts came as part of a restructuring plan announced in October and November of last year.  (see full story)

Source: Troy Messenger, 30-Jan-12

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Bell and Vector Aerospace take each other to court

Bell and Vector Aerospace take each other to court

It sounds a bit like a couple of children playing – “you take me to court and I’ll take you to court in return”, but we’re sure that these two organisations are taking their legal stance very seriously.  The current situations are:- In December, Vector took Bell to Alabama Middle Court (case ref 2:11-cv-01071) alleging… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-12

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12-Dec-11 Bell 407 Gadsden, US-Alabama

Damaged in hangar prior to being put into service.  Fixed wing aircraft manoevred and struck helicopter twice, causing two long scratches, which are reported as “relatively minor” were then covered up using a marker pen.  All activity caught on hangar video surveillance.  Gadsden Police on the case

12-Dec-11

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First Swedish Black Hawk pilots graduate

First Swedish Black Hawk pilots graduate

A piece of military helicopter history was written this week as the first Swedish UH-60M Black Hawk pilots were graduated at the US Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The first four pilots passed their final check-rides on Wednesday, and thereby became the very first Black Hawk pilots in Sweden. A total of 15… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 28-Oct-11

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Harris opens Alabama office to support US Army’s Redstone Arsenal

Harris opens Alabama office to support US Army’s Redstone Arsenal

Harris Corporation has opened a new office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. to support the communications and information technology needs of a diverse range of U.S. Army programs.  The Huntsville site is the fourth new Harris office opened in 2011 in direct support of U.S. Army requirements. The other offices are in Texas, Maryland andFlorida. In Huntsville, senior Harris management, employees and… Read more »

Source: Harris, 03-Oct-11

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Police say teen tried to steal EMS helicopter

Police say teen tried to steal EMS helicopter

Police are accusing a teenager of trying to steal a medical helicopter shortly after it landed at Citizens Baptist Medical Center.  (See full story)

Source: Chronicle, 13-Sep-11

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Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

Bell partners with ESCC to develop Maintenance Training Program

“The Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark, a unit of Enterprise State Community College, has formed a partnership with Bell Helicopter-Ozark to develop the Aviation Maintenance Training Program,” says Dr. Nancy Chandler, ESCC president. “This program provides paid, part-time work experiences where AAC students can gain practical skills and knowledge while they complete their Associate in… Read more »

Source: ESCC, 13-Sep-11

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New US Coast-to-Coast speed record attempt

New US Coast-to-Coast speed record attempt

From: The World Record Helicopter Team & USA Academy Of Aviation Inc. French Valley Airport ( F70) Murrieta, Ca. Tel 951-551 6592- 951-600 2883. when: In September 2011. From Where: From Brown Airport, San Diego- to Savannah Hilton Head, GA, and back. Departure Time will be 6 o’clock AM. What is the current record and… Read more »

Source: World Record Helicopter Team, 12-Sep-11

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Redstone Arsenal celebrates Rotary Wing Center opening

Redstone Arsenal celebrates Rotary Wing Center opening

Leaders at Redstone Arsenal celebrated the grand opening of the U.S. Army’s Rotary Wings Center.  The 127,000 square foot facility is the Army’s primary facility for aircraft that are ready to test.  The Aviation Flight Test Directorate is bringing nearly 400 Army and civilian personnel to Huntsville from Fort Rucker, Alabama.  (Full story)

Source: WAFF 48 News, 12-Aug-11

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FlightSafety announces new manager for Daleville Learning Center

FlightSafety announces new manager for Daleville Learning Center

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Mitch Alexander has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Learning Center in Daleville, Alabama. “Mitch’s proven leadership experience, in-depth knowledge of training center operations, and commitment to provide our Customers with high quality training programs and services, made him the ideal choice for this important role.” said… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 10-Aug-11

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28-Apr-11 98-5054 Boeing AH-64D Packers Bend, US-Alabama (1F)

Instructor killed, Dutch student unnijured.  Helicopter apparently struck the cable for the Davis Ferry that is strung across the Alabama River

28-Apr-11

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Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac Lifeteam gives presentation to Randolph County Commission

Air Evac is not attached to a specific hospital and is subsidized by the community through membership, which is like a form of insurance. Flights cost approximately $19,000-$20,000 with insurance covering only about half. Patients are asked to set up a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

Source: Randolph Leader, 18-Apr-11

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19-Mar-11 N192AB Rotorway Exec 162F Lincoln, US-Alabama

Engine failure in flight, heavy landing, ended up on its side

19-Mar-11

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02-Mar-11 N154MW Bell B206L4 Birmingham, US-Alabama

Force landed near a parking deck

02-Mar-11

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Defense Technology Inc may protest Russian helicopter deal

Defense Technology Inc may protest Russian helicopter deal

A small Alabama-based firm is gearing up to protest the Army’s plan to hand an exclusive helicopter contract to a Russian government agency, saying it can do the job quicker and cheaper if it is allowed to compete.

Source: Reuters, 06-Feb-11

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Wyle CAS Group awarded $80.6M contract to support US Army Utility Helicopter’s Project Manager’s Office

Wyle CAS Group awarded $80.6M contract to support US Army Utility Helicopter’s Project Manager’s Office

A contract with a potential value of $80.6 million has been awarded to CAS, Inc., a subsidiary of Wyle, to provide program support to the Army’s Utility Helicopter’s Project Manager’s Office.  The new five-year task order is a follow-on contract to Wyle’s express task order from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management… Read more »

Source: Wyle CAS Group, 03-Feb-11

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14-Dec-10 Bell OH-58D Fort Rucker, US-Alabama (1F)

Training accident – student seriouslyinjured, instructor killed

14-Dec-10

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Donations of vintage helicopters secured for HEARTS museum

Donations of vintage helicopters secured for HEARTS museum

Ed Duke flew helicopters in the Vietnam War and now he’s helping the HEARTS Veterans Museum by bringing some of these historic aircraft to Huntsville.

Source: Huntsville Item, 25-Nov-10

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Omniflight launches OmniAdvantage membership program, initially in 8 states

Omniflight launches OmniAdvantage membership program, initially in 8 states

ADDISON, Texas, November 22, 2010 — Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, has launched its OmniAdvantage family membership program in eight of the 18 states in which it offers service. Omniflight is introducing OmniAdvantage as a supplemental insurance offering to give the millions of families in its service regions the… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 23-Nov-10

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23-Nov-10 Bell TH-67 Fort Rucker, US-Alabama

Instructor and student suffered minor injuries in an accident during helicopter flight training

23-Nov-10

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Alabama Life Saver to open fifth base

Alabama Life Saver to open fifth base

Omniflight Helicopter’s Alabama Life Saver program is to open its fifth site at Ozark’s Blackwell Field Airport.

Source: Dothan Eagle, 21-Nov-10

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Vector Aerospace to add 100 jobs at South Alabama Regional Airport

Vector Aerospace to add 100 jobs at South Alabama Regional Airport

With work expected to begin before year’s end, Vector hope to move in mid-2011. The company has benefited from its proximity to military helicopter bases, as they act as a subcontractor for L-3 Communications to repair U.S. Navy TH-57 helicopters based at Whiting Field, near Milton, Fla.

Source: Press-Register, 18-Oct-10

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Alabama State Trooper Pilot uses helicopter for personal business

Alabama State Trooper Pilot uses helicopter for personal business

“This Alabama State Trooper pilot was flying a marijuana eradication mission and stopped to check on his son who just had surgery,” the Department of Public Safety said, continuing “…this is his daily patrol vehicle and it is within his discretion to land it where he sees fit.”

Source: WHNT, 29-Sep-10

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Omniflight clinical epecialist named 2010 Paramedic of the Year

Omniflight clinical epecialist named 2010 Paramedic of the Year

Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., a leading national provider of air medical services, announced today that one of its flight paramedics, Don Wilson, was named Paramedic of the Year by East Alabama EMS Region II. Wilson has been employed as a base clinical specialist (flight paramedic) with Alabama LifeSaver, an Omniflight company, since May 2007. He works… Read more »

Source: Omniflight, 20-Aug-10

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Alabama woman takes Bell to court claiming gender discrimination

Alabama woman takes Bell to court claiming gender discrimination

A federal judge cleared the way this week for a trial, refusing to throw out a discrimination claim from Kim Ralston, a former production control foreman at the Ozark plant who was terminated in 2008 from Bell Aero/U.S. Helicopter

Source: NBC 13, 21-Jun-10

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Morgan County Deputies try to get their K9s used to helicopters

We’re getting the dogs used to the helicopter. We’re getting the helicopter pilot used to us. It’s kind of a training between all of us. We’ve never done this before. We want to see how the dogs are going to react

Source: WAAY TV, 27-May-10

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Monument at Maxwell honors Vietnam War helicopter crews

Monument at Maxwell honors Vietnam War helicopter crews

A monument paid for by the Pedro Rescue Helicopter Association was dedicated in Enlisted Heritage Plaza, where it will stand with 15 other monuments in front of the museum

Source: Montgomery Advertiser, 24-Apr-10

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