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New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre had to demolish their helipad in 2011 when they rebuilt the hospital. Since then, they have not been able to airlift patients to the hospital. They now will have a new helipad. As reported by CBS Local, the helipad will emphasise on specialized care from smaller hospitals.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

20-May-17 6595 Airbus HH-65 Berkeley, US-California

Emergency landing after the autopilot system failed and a crew member smelled something electrical burning.  Helicopter removed from site by road back to base at CGAS San Francisco

20-May-17

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05-May-17 N981RR Robinson R44 Santa Barbara, US-California

Two passengers and a pilot were taking a waterfront tour, when the R44 experienced mechanical problems and an emergency landing was made.  The helicopter struck two vans near a golf course and caught fire, but all three occupants got out before the flames broke out. Operator was Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours, who lease it from… Read more »

05-May-17

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Los Angeles-based helicopter charter service Brand X Aviation to offer luxury VIP helicopter service to and from this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA in its twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are thrilled to be back this year offering this luxury experience to the faithful Coachella goers.  Starting the festival off… Read more »

Source: Brand X Aviation, 18-Apr-17

Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

The residents of Napa County have sent in dozens of letters and complaints about the construction of a helipad at Palmaz Vineyards. The Napa County Planning Commission has to go through these complaints before a discussion can occur. A popular suggestion is that the helipad be built a mile northeast from the vineyards, on the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Mar-17

KABC-TV Unveils State-of-the-art AIR7HD

KABC-TV Unveils State-of-the-art AIR7HD

KABC-TV, the most watched television station in Southern California, is live with Air7 HD with XTREME Vision and SkyMap7 powered by the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE, a major breakthrough in aerial news coverage that delivers unprecedented clarity and detail from the Air 7 HD news helicopter. “By utilizing the SHOTOVER F1 LIVE as the centerpiece of… Read more »

Source: Shotover, 27-Feb-17

REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Plans Opening of New Air Ambulance Base in Murrieta, California

REACH Air Medical Services announces the planned opening of its critical care air ambulance base in Murrieta, California with service starting in April, 2017. The base will be located at the French Valley Airport and provide 24/7 air medical transports to the local community and surrounding region. For 30 years, REACH has served patients needing… Read more »

Source: REACH Air Medical Services, 31-Jan-17

Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

Rogers Helicopters has a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them after a fatal crash in December 2015. Kathryn Ann Brown, 40, was on her way to a nearby hospital for head, shoulder and arm pain when the helicopter crashed, killing Kathryn, the pilot, the nurse and the paramedic on board. The Brown’s family attorney hopes… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

The powerful twin-engine Airbus Helicopters H135 deftly navigated the heat and high altitude of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains after it was put into service last summer. California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR), the first U.S. air medical transport service to operate the H135, reports the aircraft has exceeded expectations. Based in Sacramento, Calif., CALSTAR took… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Dec-16

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Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

It’s official. Southern California based Coastal Helicopters is set to provide luxury VIP helicopter charter flights to Burning Man 2016 aboard its large twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are incredibly excited to be a contributing part of the Burner Express Air family for Burning Man 2016. We will be offering service primarily between Reno/Tahoe,” says Coastal… Read more »

Source: Coastal Helicopters, 23-Aug-16

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San Diego Gas & Electric launches fire-fighting Aircrane

San Diego Gas & Electric launches fire-fighting Aircrane

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today unveiled the latest additions to its fire-preparedness toolkit for this year, which includes the return of the Erickson Skycrane “Sun Bird” for the seventh straight year. The helitanker, which holds a maximum of 2,650 gallons of water or fire suppressant and can get airborne in just 15 minutes, already helped… Read more »

Source: SDG&E, 11-Aug-16

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SAFE Structure Designs delivers M250 engine stand to A&P Helicopters

SAFE Structure Designs delivers M250 engine stand to A&P Helicopters

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is excited to announce today’s delivery of their the most innovative custom Rolls-Royce Allison 250 engine maintenance stand to A&P Helicopters Inc in Richvale, California S.A.F.E. Structure Designs has utilized its long time working relationship with helicopter mechanics around the world to design this custom engine maintenance stand for A&P’s crew to… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 29-Jul-16

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LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

The LAPD Air Support Division (ASD) is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world.  The LAPD fleet consists of fourteen Eurocopter AS350B2 and five Bell Jet Ranger B3 helicopters, as well as one King Air fixed wing aircraft.  Their mission is to provide city-wide air support to patrol units in their efforts… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 21-Jul-16

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Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet Aviation Services today announced the appointments of Jim Adams, Arnold Kleiner and Thomas Norton to its board of directors. Helinet is the leading provider of airborne surveillance solutions, patient and organ transport and news coverage helicopters and pilots, as well as the largest, most respected charter service on the West Coast. The three directors… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 07-Jul-16

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Kathryn Purwin takes over as CEO of Helinet

Kathryn Purwin takes over as CEO of Helinet

Kathryn Purwin, jet and helicopter pilot and widow of Alan Purwin, today takes over as CEO of Helinet Aviation Services. Helinet is a leading international provider of corporate travel, emergency medical service, electronic news gathering, motion picture, television and commercial production services since 1987. The company predicts growth for its technical division Helinet Technologies, which… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 29-Jun-16

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Vector completes first 12-year inspection on San Bernardino County Sheriff AS350

Vector completes first 12-year inspection on San Bernardino County Sheriff AS350

Vector Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has completed the first of three 12-year inspections for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s (SBCSD) fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars. The SBCSD flew its second AStar to Vector’s hangar in Langley, BC on June 20th, and returned home with the first completed aircraft, work… Read more »

Source: Vector, 29-Jun-16

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New course launched in Helicopter Upset Recognition and Recovery Training

New course launched in Helicopter Upset Recognition and Recovery Training

Bill Korner, Chairman and CEO of Flight Research, states that ‘Loss of Control In-Flight’ is the leading cause of aviation accidents today, and this applies to helicopters as well as fixed wing aircraft.   It is important that every flight department recognize that their crews should be well prepared for any situation that would arise. In… Read more »

Source: Flight Research, 22-Jun-16

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Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Two helicopters from Helinet Aviation Services will participate in the American Heroes Air Show on Saturday, June 18, at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. The show is the nation’s premier, helicopter-only, admission-free aviation event designed to demonstrate to the public, media and community officials the vital and diverse roles of rotary aviation. American… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 19-Jun-16

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California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

REACH Air Medical Services LLC (“REACH”) and CALIFORNIA SHOCK TRAUMA AIR RESCUE (“CALSTAR”), two of the preeminent air medical ambulance providers in Northern and Central California for three decades, are entering into an agreement that will place CALSTAR within the same corporate holding company as REACH (“REACH Medical Holdings LLC”). In a joint announcement, REACH… Read more »

Source: REACH, 17-Jun-16

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Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

Viejas partners with REACH Air for EMS helicopter in San Diego County

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and we… Read more »

Source: REACH, 02-Jun-16

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PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Jun-16

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Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is pleased to announce the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying service in the U.S. The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company, a leading vineyard management company. During its debut the RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control… Read more »

Source: Yamaha, 20-May-16

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San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

The Villegas family, represented by Philip Layfield of Layfield & Barrett and V. James (Jim) DeSimone of V. James DeSimone Law, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County. The lawsuit was filed under the case name: Villegas v. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department et al with the case number CIVDS1606504,… Read more »

Source: Layfield & Barrett, 05-May-16

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Estrella Warbirds Museum acquires H-19 and H-34 from Fox Field Museum

Estrella Warbirds Museum acquires H-19 and H-34 from Fox Field Museum

The Estrella Warbirds Museum recently acquired two Sikorsky helicopters from the Fox Field Museum which was closing. The H-19 and H-34 helicopters are currently being refurbished at the museum and will be on display to the public in June.  See full story

Source: Paso Robles Daily News, 26-Apr-16

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Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

Widow Al Purwin sues film production companies

The widow of Helinet boss Al Purwin has raied a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages and against Cross Creek Pictures LLC, Imagine Entertainment LLC, Vendian Entertinament LLC, Quadrant Pictures and the estate of pilot Carlos Berl, who also died in the accident – See full story

Source: Report CA, 22-Apr-16

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Rotorcraft Support adds S-76 Service Center approval

Rotorcraft Support adds S-76 Service Center approval

Rotorcraft Support, Inc. (RSI) continues to add to its lengthy list of OEM Authorized Service Centers with the addition of the Sikorsky S-76 series of helicopters.   “We have been maintaining the S-76 for years, adding the service center rounds out our service and support capabilities for the S-76 customers” comments Phillip G. DiFiore, President and… Read more »

Source: Rotorcraft Support, 20-Apr-16

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First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

First customer installation and flight of VHA 206B Main Rotor Blades completed

Van Horn Aviation (VHA) CEO Jim Van Horn and President Dean Rosenlof traveled to Valley Center, Calif., to witness the first installation and flight of VHA 206B main rotor blades on a customer’s helicopter. Bob Hoag, owner and operator of Hummingbird Helicopters, has been flying VHA tail rotor blades on his JetRangers for several years… Read more »

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Apr-16

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Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Following the Heli-Expo trade show in Kentucky in early March, Airbus Helicopters took their H215 demonstrator from there on a tour across the US.  The series of flights naturally visited both current and prospective customers, and has concluded with the aircraft on static display at the Aerial Firefighting International in Sacramento, California. The three week… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

PHPA troubled by LA noise protest group attempts to undermine FAA reporting system

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association is troubled with the LAAHNC’s ongoing efforts to solicit helicopter complaints from Los Angeles residents.  Although we encourage people to utilize the Federal Aviation Administration’s automated helicopter noise complaint system when they are bothered by helicopter noise, it appears the LAAHNC may be encouraging people to “game” the system and… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 04-Apr-16

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Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (better known as Cal Fire) has issued a solicitation to buy nine helicopters — about three a year for three years, with an option to spring for an even dozen.  See full story

Source: Fire Aviation, 30-Mar-16

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Airport consultant to help Redlands address helicopter pattern, heliport

Airport consultant to help Redlands address helicopter pattern, heliport

The California Dept of Transportation has revised the helicopter flight pattern included on the city’s permit, and is now directing the city to seek FAA approval on a proposed altitude specification, and to require helicopter operators take off and land from either a heliport or the runway.  See full story

Source: Redlands Daily Facts, 23-Mar-16

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San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 04-Mar-16

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Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

Finmeccanica re-brands SW-4 as AW009, and signs LOI with police operator

On the first day of Heli-Expo 2016, the Helicopter Division of Finmeccanica presented an evolution of the light single-engine SW-4 commercial helicopter, now designated the AW009. The new model provides improved levels of comfort, reduced maintenance and operating costs as well as an all new integrated avionics suite, and in the future, the option of… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 02-Mar-16

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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

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Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

Two drone pilots face criminal charges in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed criminal cases against two drone pilots on Wednesday for allegedly flying their drones in controlled airspace. See Full story

Source: PC World, 22-Jan-16

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LAX closes heliport without industry consultation

LAX closes heliport without industry consultation

Upon learning of a plan by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to permanently close the Los Angeles International Heliport, several Board Members of the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) met with the Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports on January 5, 2016. PHPA requested that the plan be canceled and the heliport reopened to… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 21-Jan-16

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Airbus delivers six H125s to four California law enforcement agencies

Airbus delivers six H125s to four California law enforcement agencies

Four California law enforcement agencies have bolstered their crime fighting and public service capabilities by taking delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the highest performance, best-selling helicopter for airborne crime-fighting and rescue work. Airbus Helicopters Inc. recently delivered six H125s, including two each to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jan-16

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San Diego – Corporate Helicopters achieves ARGUS Platinum Rating

San Diego – Corporate Helicopters achieves ARGUS Platinum Rating

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to present Shier Aviation Corporation d.b.a. Corporate Helicopters in San Diego, CA, with the prestigious ARGUS Platinum Rating. The Platinum Rating is the highest level of the ARGUS Ratings and is awarded only to those air charter operators who have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices relative… Read more »

Source: ARGUS, 05-Jan-16

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Rotorcraft Support plan 120,000 sq.ft building at Fillmore

Rotorcraft Support plan 120,000 sq.ft building at Fillmore

Fillmore’s business park was in the planning stages seven years ago, when the Great Recession vaporized any demand for new business space in town. See Full Story

Source: VCStar, 04-Jan-16

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Fresno County Sheriff to replace one 500E with a new aircraft

Fresno County Sheriff to replace one 500E with a new aircraft

The department’s two MD500E helicopters were both built in 1991, purchased used in 1996 and have flown a combined total of more than 30,000 hours.  Supervisor Brian Pacheco said the terrorist threat was a reason for his support. “I believe the events of the past week show that we need to have our best and… Read more »

Source: ABC30, 17-Dec-15

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All Metal MS delivers AS350 stands to US Customs and Border Protection

All Metal MS delivers AS350 stands to US Customs and Border Protection

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling announced today the delivery of its custom “Safety First” Maintenance Stand, Cowling Racks and Blade Racks to The United States Border Protection San… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 16-Dec-15

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10-Dec-15 N408FC Bell 407 McFarland, US-California (4F)

EMS helicopter “went down in dense fog in an area known to have overhead powerlines”, killing all four on board – pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and patient

10-Dec-15

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Pasadena Police receive All Metal stands for B206

Pasadena Police receive All Metal stands for B206

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling announced today the delivery of its Model 400 custom “Safety First” Maintenance stand to the City of Pasadena Helicopter Section’s fleet of Bell… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 02-Dec-15

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AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

AW169 testing continues with loadlifting in Big Bear Valley

A local news outlet – Big Bear Grizzly – has reported that AgustaWestland were testing the AW169 at Big Bear City Airport last week.  This is located at Big Bear Lake, a mountain community 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest.  Altitude ranges from the airport at 6,752… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N711BE Airbus AS350B3 Carlsbad, US-California (2F)

Landing on trolley pad went wrong – aircraft tipped back and hit tail on ground twice, then lurched forward and crashed, breaking off the main blades and tail.  Lack of tail rotor then started the fuselage spinning on the ground, which it did dozens of times (see track in this video) before gradually coming to… Read more »

18-Nov-15

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18-Nov-15 N36RX Eurocopter EC135P2e Apple Valley, US-California

The crew was conducting an approach to a landing zone inside of a public safety training center. During the approach, a towel was sucked up into the Fenestron tail rotor system resulting in substantial damage. The towel came out of an unsecured trailer next to the landing zone.

18-Nov-15

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San Bernardino County Bell 212 upgraded by Vector

San Bernardino County Bell 212 upgraded by Vector

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce its completion of a modification and upgrade for the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s (SBCSD) Bell 212 aircraft. Modifications to this aircraft included avionics, airframe, and tailboom structural modifications required for the installation of a new… Read more »

Source: Vector, 29-Oct-15

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PHPA responds to petitions filed with FAA by Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Council

PHPA responds to petitions filed with FAA by Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Council

On October 20, 2015, the LAAHNC announced in a Press Release that they had filed petitions with the FAA asking for the establishment of mandatory regulations for helicopter flights above Los Angeles County. Despite published statements to the contrary from some of the stakeholder groups who maintain no significant progress has been made, the PHPA… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 28-Oct-15

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Riverside County Sheriff unveils new H125

Riverside County Sheriff unveils new H125

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is adding a new member to its team. See Full Story

Source: KESQ, 27-Oct-15

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Air Tour Operators Meet with HAI in San Diego

Air Tour Operators Meet with HAI in San Diego

HAI executive and senior staff met for two days late last week with 55 representatives of the air tour industry in San Diego. The first day brought together members of HAI’s helicopter tour operators’ committee. Day Two was a meeting of the Tour Operators Program of Safety. The agenda for both groups was similar, and… Read more »

Source: HAI, 26-Oct-15

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24-Oct-15 N911WL Airbus AS350B3 Folsom Lake, US-California

Partial loss of engine power during autorotation flare. Hard landing.French report says “substantial damage” but local press report shows

24-Oct-15

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CALSTAR orders five H135

CALSTAR orders five H135

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that California Shock Trauma and Rescue (CALSTAR) has ordered five H135 air medical helicopters. CALSTAR is the first U.S. customer for this significantly improved and updated variant of the most popular twin-engine helicopter chosen by air medical transport service operators. The order announcement was made Monday in a ceremony at the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Oct-15

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Cal Fire installs water tank high up in Summit Hills

Cal Fire installs water tank high up in Summit Hills

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo County has installed a 5,500-gallon helicopter dip tank west of Atascadero in the Summit Hills area. See Full Story

Source: The Tribune, 13-Oct-15

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Anaheim Police contract with Vector for Airbus components MRO

Anaheim Police contract with Vector for Airbus components MRO

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce it has signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Police Department to provide MRO support for their Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 components. “This contract is another example of our excellence in tip-to-tail MRO support capabilities for AS350… Read more »

Source: Vector, 05-Oct-15

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Planners support private helipad near John Wayne Airport

Planners support private helipad near John Wayne Airport

If given final approval by the City Council, the 40-by-40-foot pad on the roof of 3132 Airway Ave. would be solely used by Mike Manclark, CEO of Leading Edge Aviation Services, to park his personal helicopter.  See full story

Source: Daily Pilot, 01-Oct-15

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Drone wildfire bill lands on California governor’s desk

Drone wildfire bill lands on California governor’s desk

Following an explosive summer in which drones repeatedly got in the way of pilots fighting wildfires and nearly slammed into a medical helicopter, a bill taking aim at them soared through Sacramento late Friday on the final, marathon day of the 2015 legislative session. See Full Story

Source: The Press Enterprise, 17-Sep-15

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Helinet Chairman killed in Colombia fixed-wing crash

Helinet Chairman killed in Colombia fixed-wing crash

Two people were killed, including the Chairman of Los Angeles-based Helinet Aviation, when a plane being used by a crew filming a new Tom Cruise movie crashed in Colombia, the company confirmed to KTLA on Friday night. See full story 

Source: KTLA 5, 14-Sep-15

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Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

CAL FIRE is beefing up their aerial firefighting fleet with a newly stationed “stage one,” or large, chopper at the Chico Municipal Airport. See Full Story

Source: KRCR News, 25-Aug-15

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REACH to open new California base at Alpine

REACH to open new California base at Alpine

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announces the planned opening of its new air ambulance base in Alpine, California. This emergency medical helicopter service is expected to be placed on the Viejas Casino grounds serving the tribal communities and surrounding region with 24/7/365 emergency air medical transport.This is the sixth REACH air transport vehicle offering service… Read more »

Source: REACH, 21-Aug-15

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15-Aug-15 N120LA Bell 412EP Whittier, US-California

Emergency landing in a cemetery, during which the main blades sliced the tail boom off.  Helicopter substantially damaged but remained on its skids

15-Aug-15

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SDG&E Brings Back The Skycrane To Bolster Regional Fire Suppression

SDG&E Brings Back The Skycrane To Bolster Regional Fire Suppression

Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it has renewed agreements to make a heavy-lift helicopter available to support fire-fighting efforts again this fall. The Erickson Skycrane helitanker has the capacity to carry and drop more than 2,500 gallons of water and can be in the air within 20 minutes to assist with fire… Read more »

Source: SDGE, 14-Aug-15

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14-Aug-15 N15HX Bell 205A-1 La Verne, US-California

Struck powerlines and made a controlled landing in Angeles National Forest.  Substantially damaged

14-Aug-15

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San Diego Air & Space Museum welcomes SH-60B Seahawk

San Diego Air & Space Museum welcomes SH-60B Seahawk

The San Diego Air & Space Museum has a new addition to its already impressive collection of aircraft at the Museum’s Gillespie Field Annex in El Cajon east of San Diego, courtesy of the United States Navy. On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, the Museum, with the help of A&D Logistics, trucked a retired SH-60B Seahawk… Read more »

Source: San Diego Air & Space Museum, 13-Aug-15

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Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Coastal Helicopters

Metro Aviation delivers H125 to Coastal Helicopters

California-based Coastal Helicopters recently took delivery of their new H125, formerly known as the Airbus AS350 B3e.  Bringing their aircraft total to six, the company boasts one of the most diverse fleets in Southern California. “Metro Aviation’s reputation preceded them,” said a Coastal representative.  “Everything we heard about Metro was awesome, and the completion experience… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Aug-15

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23-Jul-15 N520NS Robinson R22 Corona, US-California

Substantially damaged after “force landing in the dirt” (FAA)

23-Jul-15

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San Bernardino County fires spark bills aimed at drones

San Bernardino County fires spark bills aimed at drones

Several lawmakers are taking steps to stop drones from interfering in firefighting efforts after several incidents in California. See full story

Source: The Sun Wildfires, 22-Jul-15

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NEMSPA to Host Wire Strike Avoidance Seminar

NEMSPA to Host Wire Strike Avoidance Seminar

NEMSPA (National EMS Pilots Association) is encouraging all pilots and crewmembers that operate in a low level environment to attend a one day wire strike prevention seminar on October 18 in Long Beach, California. Robert (Bob) Feerst, a globally recognized expert in specialized crew resource management and pilot techniques in the wire environment, will represent… Read more »

Source: NEMSPA, 20-Jul-15

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LAPD selects FlightSafety for Bell 412 training

LAPD selects FlightSafety for Bell 412 training

FlightSafety has been selected by the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Unit to provide training for the Bell 412 helicopter. “Our King Air pilots have experienced consistently high quality training and support from FlightSafety for years, so they were our first choice to support us launching the Bell 412 program,” said Officer Kevin Gallagher,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 16-Jul-15

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San Diego Police To Put Helicopter Announcements Online

San Diego Police To Put Helicopter Announcements Online

The San Diego Police Department announced Wednesday that loudspeaker public-address messages periodically broadcast from the sky by the agency’s helicopter crews — often unintelligibly, many contend — are now available online, as well, for clarity’s sake.See Full Story

Source: KPBS, 16-Jul-15

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California law enforcement units pick Donaldson barrier filters

California law enforcement units pick Donaldson barrier filters

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) continues to add to its list of operators relying on its industry-leading Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems for airborne law enforcement missions. Donaldson filtration systems are utilized by more than 40 U.S. law enforcement agencies, including new customers, the California Highway Patrol (CHP),… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 13-Jul-15

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12-Jul-15 N498PT Airbus AS350B Bridgeport, US-California

On landing, object flew out and struck blades

12-Jul-15

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08-Jul-15 N3QY Bell 206L4 Sacramento, US-California

Force landed on school property.  FAA has no other details, but industry forum suggesting engine failure.  Helicopter is operated by TV station KCRA

08-Jul-15

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Sutter Medical Center staff train on new helistop

Sutter Medical Center staff train on new helistop

Sutter Medical Center staff are in training to handle air ambulance transports from the helistop atop midtown Sacramento’s tallest building — the Anderson Luchetti Women’s and Children’s Center — to a neonatal intensive care unit on the seventh floor. See Full Story

Source: BizJournals, 01-Jul-15

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Cal Fire gets new firefighting helicopter

Cal Fire gets new firefighting helicopter

Cal Fire has enlisted a second private helicopter to protect North Bay counties from wildfire, and the aircraft has already been credited with helping contain a fire near Lake Berryessa this weekend. See Full Story

Source: The Reporter News, 01-Jul-15

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