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Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

Manatee County Sheriff bids for new helicopter

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of bidding for a new police helicopter. They have two helicopters, but the current one in use is costing a large amount of money simply due to maintenance costs. Funding for a new helicopter has been approved by the Manatee County Commissioners, reports My Sun… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-17

02-May-17 N911GE Bell 206B Fort McCoy, US-Florida

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter that was assisting the Florida Forest Service and Marion County Fire Rescue with active brush fires crashed while dipping a bucket for water in a lake.  Pilot is named in press reports as Sgt. John Rawls

02-May-17

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Sanford AirMed Stationed at Fargo Hospital

Sanford AirMed Stationed at Fargo Hospital

Sanford AirMed will officially be stationed at the new Fargo Hospital from 1 May. The hospital itself only opens 25 July, but the crew will be able to use to on-site hangar. The new Fargo fleet comprises of 90 members, reports Valley News Live. AirMed has been around for 40 years and have flown over… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Apr-17

Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

Kaman Completes First K-MAX® Aiframe from Jacksonville Production Line

Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman) (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that it has successfully delivered its first airframe from the re-opened K-MAX® production line in Jacksonville, Florida to the Company’s plant in Bloomfield, Connecticut where it will undergo final assembly, testing, and certification. “There will be a number of efforts occurring simultaneously over the next few months, including the… Read more »

Source: Kaman Aerosystems, 19-Jan-17

Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Kissimmee Pilot Accused of Dangerous Flying

Thomas Vorstman was arrested in August after flying an Orlando HeliTours helicopter only a few feet above traffic. Formal charges will not be filed, but Vorstman was fired from his position in the company. Deputies who saw the scene stated that the helicopter was so low that if a semitruck was on the road, there… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

TRAXXALL Technologies Opens Office in Jacksonville

TRAXXALL Technologies Opens Office in Jacksonville

TRAXXALL Technologies, providers of an innovative aircraft maintenance tracking and inventory management system, today announced that it will open a new office in Jacksonville, Florida. A significant increase in clients and aircraft has provided the opportunity for TRAXXALL’s management team to hire some of the best aircraft maintenance tracking experts in North America. The following… Read more »

Source: TRAXXALL Technologies, 02-Dec-16

Possible Third Helicopter for Trauma Star

Possible Third Helicopter for Trauma Star

Monroe County is looking into purchasing a third helicopter to add to their Trauma Star service. FL Keys News reports that the two main points of discussion for this decision are whether the privately run LifeNet helicopter ambulance service will renew their contract with Low Keys Medical Centre in March, as cost-per-flight charges have gone… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

Orange County Receives Bell 206

Orange County Receives Bell 206

Orange County Sheriff’s Office is happy to receive their new Bell 206, named “Chase 3.” The new helicopter has an enhanced communications systems, cameras and better tracking abilities. Chase 3 is able to find LoJack or the beacon of a downed aircraft. Even civilians such as an Alzheimer’s patient who is wearing a radio beacon… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-16

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LifeFlight limps on after Tallahassee base closure

LifeFlight limps on after Tallahassee base closure

Despite having closed its Tallahassee branch earlier this month, LifeFlight is continuing with its medical air ambulance services in the area by using their other branches in Marianna, Georgia and Live Oak. The branch was initially closed due to a lack of demand. Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Hospital is currently looking into the impact that the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Oct-16

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Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Arguments Over Helicopter Tours

Orange County commissioners are arguing the proposal of helicopter tours near The Orlando Eye. The objections were based around the safety issues of flying near the 400 ft. wheel, near theme parks and the noise it would make around the neighbouring residential area, reports Orlando Sentinel. A counter argument is being made over how measures… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

Sudden Closure for LifeFlight Tallahassee

LifeFlight Tallahassee has closed its Gadsden County base, giving no notice to its 15 employees. They were merely told to attend a meeting on Tuesday, where the situation was explained to them. They may be reassigned to other employment opportunities within the company. The base was closed due to a declining revenue and the strain… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-16

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Temporary Closure for Perdido Key Helipad

Temporary Closure for Perdido Key Helipad

Perdido Key Fire Station, Florida USA, received a motion declaring the Perdido Key helipad would be temporarily closed while investigations were underway to ensure the safety of the pad, as well as reviewing the insurance and the inspection requirements. However, the temporary closure can be overrode if there is an emergency with no alternate landing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Sep-16

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South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters adds AS350B2 to fleet of Robinsons

South Beach Helicopters has acquired a 1987-build Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStar helicopter that will be used in the company’s growing tourism and charter flights business. “This is a progression of our business that will allow us to better meet the needs of our VIP clients,” said Lisa Landsman, President, pilot and owner of the… Read more »

Source: South Beach Helicopters, 12-Jul-16

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Bristow Academy Announces 2016 Bill Chiles Scholarship Award

Bristow Academy Announces 2016 Bill Chiles Scholarship Award

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, today announced that Martin Lorentzen is the 2016 Bill Chiles scholarship award recipient. Bristow’s Scholarship Selection Committee selected Lorentzen based on his skill, financial need and ability to operate at the highest level of Target Zero safety. He has been a full-time student at Bristow Academy since… Read more »

Source: Bristow Academy, 06-Jul-16

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Helicentre Aviation opens Florida Cabri G2 operation

Helicentre Aviation opens Florida Cabri G2 operation

Leading UK-based helicopter training academy Helicentre Aviation has expanded into the USA, opening the first East Coast Cabri G2 operation at Kissimmee Airport in Orlando, Florida. The brand new aircraft was taken for its maiden flight in US airspace last week after being shipped from the Guimbal factory in Marseille, France and re-assembled by engineers… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 03-Jul-16

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US Coast Guard award MH-60 maintenance stand contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

US Coast Guard award MH-60 maintenance stand contract to S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, a fully woman-owned global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “Safety First” aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, access platforms, hangar equipment, and specialty tooling, was awarded the contract to design, engineer and manufacture custom “Safety First” hangar equipment for the MH-60 Jayhawk located at The United… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 14-Jun-16

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HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

HAI President uses Florida UAS session to build bridges

Coming on the heels of HAI’s expansion to include UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) operators and owners, HAI President and CEO Matt Zuccaro told ROTOR Daily that he was able to use his participation in a recent meeting on UAS issues to explain the helicopter industry’s concerns and positions to the UAS community. Zuccaro was one… Read more »

Source: HAI, 16-May-16

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No helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach, for now

No helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach, for now

A helicopter operator has withdrawn plans to offer tourist rides in North Myrtle Beach and is not pursuing court mediation to overturn two rejections by the city’s board of zoning appeals, but that doesn’t mean it’s a dead deal.  See full story

Source: Myrtle Beach Online, 28-Apr-16

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Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Sheriff Deryl Loar said the department will build a 9,628-square-foot aviation hangar, 4,989 square feet of office space and a lighted heliport near the Indian River County Jail.  See full story

Source: TC Palm, 19-Apr-16

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Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

Neighbours of Concession Golf Club object to helipad plan

The western border of Concession Golf Club with Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is 3,350 feet away from homes to the south, and 994 feet away from homes to the east in Panther Ridge Foxwood – and an acoustics evaluation found the likely impact to be negligible – but the neighbours still complained.  See full story

Source: Herald Tribune, 14-Apr-16

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Metro Aviation completes H125 for scientific research

Metro Aviation completes H125 for scientific research

Metro Aviation, a worldwide aircraft completion leader, recently delivered a one-of-a-kind helicopter to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  The Airbus H125 (formerly the AS350) will serve as a unique observation platform to provide the scientific community with the capability to make unprecedented observations about the earth’s climate system and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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Helicentre Aviation to expand into Florida

Helicentre Aviation to expand into Florida

Helicentre Aviation Chairman Chris Line visited HAI Heli Expo last week to finalise plans to expand Cabri G2 operations to the USA and agree final support arrangements with David Rath, CEO of the US Guimbal distributor Precision Helicopters. Agreement was made with Precision to support Helicentre Aviation’s operation with parts and maintenance. “This has been… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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Tampa Police picks Becker Avionics Digital Audio System

Tampa Police picks Becker Avionics Digital Audio System

Becker Avionics is proud to announce Tampa Police Department has selected the Becker DVCS Digital Audio System for use by their airborne law enforcement operation. “We are extremely excited that Tampa Police Department has selected Becker Avionics for its digital communications needs,” said Luis Gonzalez, Vice President with Becker.  “Tampa is one of the original airborne law enforcement operations and to… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 29-Feb-16

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Axalta partners with SureFlight to refinish S76C for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Axalta partners with SureFlight to refinish S76C for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, partnered with SureFlight premiere aviation completion specialists to refinish two colorful, child-friendly pediatric critical care transport helicopters for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System. Axalta and SureFlight spent over 1,000 man hours refinishing the aircraft using Axalta’s Corlar 13550 S,… Read more »

Source: Axalta, 25-Feb-16

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North Myrtle Beach tour operator seeks court mediation

North Myrtle Beach tour operator seeks court mediation

A company that was twice denied approval to offer helicopter rides in North Myrtle Beach is n’t giving up just yet. See Full Story

Source: Myrtle Beach Online., 04-Feb-16

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09-Dec-15 N4427H Robinson R44 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Accident reported on NTSB website without further details

09-Dec-15

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01-Dec-15 Robinson R22A South Venice, US-Florida

R22 went down on a training flight from Venice Regional Airport.  Female student named here as Agnus Jolumo was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital with head and facial injuries, while the male instructor Ronald Vasconcelos went by land ambulance with minor injuries to Venice Bayfront Health FAA quote this as N8560M but that R22 was… Read more »

01-Dec-15

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Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier EMS hosts open house

Collier County EMS (Emergency Medical Services) held an open house, offering a tour of their MedFlight hanger and helicopter on Nov. 14.See full story.

Source: Collier Citizen, 27-Nov-15

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FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety offers new SAR course for S92 pilots

FlightSafety announces that it now offers a new comprehensive Search and Rescue training course for pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. It is available at FlightSafety’s Learning Centers in West Palm Beach, Florida and at the Farnborough airport in the United Kingdom. “Pilots who fly the Sikorsky S-92 will benefit from FlightSafety’s new scenario-based,… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 18-Nov-15

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West Palm Beach woman sues helicopter pilot who crashed into her house

West Palm Beach woman sues helicopter pilot who crashed into her house

A 54-year-old West Palm Beach woman who was jolted in 2011 when a helicopter clipped her roof and landed in her front yard has sued the pilot of the aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Palm Beach Post, 30-Oct-15

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Volusia County Sheriff returns to 24×7 availability

Volusia County Sheriff returns to 24×7 availability

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office now has a fully staffed helicopter crew after a pilot on paid administrative leave returned to duty and joined four other airmen, including three new hires. See Full Story

Source: News Journal, 15-Oct-15

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Air Methods appointed as Preferred Provder to Bayflite

Air Methods appointed as Preferred Provder to Bayflite

Air Methods Corporation (NASDAQ: AIRM), the global leader in emergency air medical transportation, commenced operations under the Bayflite preferred provider agreement as of Oct. 5. In May, Air Methods announced that it was entering into a preferred provider relationship with Bayfront Health and its Bayflite air medical transport program. The County licenses have transferred and… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 13-Oct-15

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Donaldson joins unique environmental research program

Donaldson joins unique environmental research program

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a business unit within Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) has joined forces with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science on a one-of-a-kind flying scientific laboratory designed to assist scientists to obtain vital information about climate and human health. The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 09-Oct-15

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Fleet Readiness Center Southeast takes on Pave Hawk

Fleet Readiness Center Southeast takes on Pave Hawk

A new era began at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) on Sept. 11 with the arrival of the first Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter. Col. Daniel Lapastole, vice commander, 129th Rescue Wing, landed the aircraft at Naval Air Station Jacksonville after a four-stop, cross-country trek from the unit’s home at Moffett Federal Airfield, California. Fleet… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 01-Oct-15

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Palm Beach Helicopters to provide training course financing

Palm Beach Helicopters to provide training course financing

Palm Beach Helicopters will begin an in house financing program for all flight courses. Rates and terms will vary based on the individual and the courses taken, however, for the career courses the rates and terms will be very similar to those found in federal student loans. Financing of up to 70% of the total… Read more »

Source: Palm Beach Helicopters, 23-Sep-15

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Airbus completes 12 year inspection of Lee County (Florida) AS350

Airbus completes 12 year inspection of Lee County (Florida) AS350

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, in Fort Myers, Fla. its AS350 BA AStar helicopter after completion of the aircraft’s second 12-year Inspection. The 12-year Inspection effectively resets the helicopter’s inspection cycles to zero, updates the aircraft with all applicable factory configuration changes and confirms its compliance with applicable Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Sep-15

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04-Sep-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Sanford, US-Florida

Light aircraft ground taxying ran into parked and unattended US Army Blackhawk

04-Sep-15

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03-Sep-15 N16056 MD Helicopters MD500E New Smyrna Beach, US-Florida

Brian Hayes, Volusia County Mosquito Control’s chief pilot, was flying a routine larvae-cide mission when the helicopter crashed.

03-Sep-15

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Volusia County Mosquito Control adds new MD520N

Volusia County Mosquito Control adds new MD520N

– MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 520N single-engine helicopter to Volusia County Mosquito Control, Volusia County, Florida. The decision to acquire the new MD 520N to the Volusia County fleet was announced in March 2015 as an expansion of the department’s ability to inspect and treat the region’s… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 27-Aug-15

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Latest helicopter tour gimmick – shoe selfies

Latest helicopter tour gimmick – shoe selfies

A helicopter company that straps its guests in, opens the doors and allows them to behave like extreme aerial photographers above two of the world’s greatest cities, has spawned a new phenomenon in the form of the dangling shoe selfie. See Full Story

Source: Telegraph, 13-Aug-15

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06-Aug-15 N800BP Robinson R22 Hollywood, US-Florida

Precautionary landing on golf course. Later cleared for onward flight

06-Aug-15

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AHS announces Florida location for Forum 72

AHS announces Florida location for Forum 72

AHS International is now hard at work planning the next Annual Forum! Forum 72 will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida with the theme of “Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Future Capabilities.” Palm Beach County boasts a strong aerospace presence with more than 600 aviation and aerospace companies, including Sikorsky,… Read more »

Source: AHS, 16-Jul-15

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Florida – Orange County Sheriff requests $480K budget to lease new helicopter

Florida – Orange County Sheriff requests $480K budget to lease new helicopter

These are good times for Orange County. See full story

Source: Orlando Sentinal, 16-Jul-15

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EvoLux selects Hashrocket as smartphone app developer

EvoLux selects Hashrocket as smartphone app developer

EvoLux Transportation, LLC, a vertical-lift focused, tech-travel technology company that has built the world’s first global helicopter charter marketplace and reservation application, has selected Jacksonville Beach-based Hashrocket to redesign and enhance the functionality of its novel web application. “I’m especially excited to be working with a Ruby on Rails shop from my hometown on this… Read more »

Source: Hashrocket, 16-Jul-15

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10-Jul-15 N572AM Airbus AS350B2 Tallahassee, US-Florida

Emergency field landing.  Pilot was only one on board Date could be 09-Jul-15 (press report was very early morning on 10-Jul-15)

10-Jul-15

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Bristow Academy Awards First Annual Scholarship

Bristow Academy Awards First Annual Scholarship

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, today announced that Per Emil Karl Albrektsson of Titusville, Florida, is the first annual Bill Chiles scholarship award recipient. Bristow’s Scholarship Selection Committee chose Albrektsson based on his skill, financial need and ability to operate at the highest level of Target Zero safety. He has been a… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 02-Jul-15

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24-Apr-15 N7371T Robinson R44 Lakeland, US-Florida

Blade damaged while helicopter being fueled.  The location and date suggest that this was at the Sun’N’Fun event

24-Apr-15

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27-Mar-15 163220 Bell TH-57B Pensacola, US-Florida

US Navy TH-57B rolled over onto its starboard side during a night training flight.  Instructor and student not seriously injured

27-Mar-15

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UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

WHO: University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Dean Roni Avissar and scientists. WHAT: Media-only event for an advanced preview of the UM Rosenstiel School’s one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP). The flying scientific laboratory allows scientists to obtain vital information about our climate, environment and human health. WHEN: Monday, April 13,… Read more »

Source: University Of Miami, 25-Mar-15

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22-Mar-15 N30242 Robinson R44 Orlando, US-Florida (3F)

R44 went down two miles west of the airport it took off from, crashing into a house and killing the pilot and two passengers – later named here as Bruce Teitelbaum, 48, and Marsha Khan, 55,  and Harry Anderson, 42

22-Mar-15

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14-Mar-15 N472SH Robinson R22 Sarasota, US-Florida

Minor damage on landing

14-Mar-15

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14-Mar-15 N220AF Rotorway A600 Lake Wales, US-Florida

Crashed in unknown circumstances

14-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 Sikorsky UH-60 Pensacola, US-Florida (11F)

7 Marines and 4 Army personnel killed in poor visibility on Florida coast. The missing Marines were from a special operations regiment out of Camp LeJeune in North Carolina – identified as  Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III , Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders, Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock , Staff Sgt. Kerry… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

It has been sixteen years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight.  Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age. Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters delivers fourth AS350B2 to Hillsborough County, Florida

Airbus Helicopters delivers fourth AS350B2 to Hillsborough County, Florida

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a fourth AS350 B2 AStar helicopter equipped for law enforcement missions to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Tampa, Fla. The aircraft replaces an EC120B to give Hillsborough an all-AStar fleet. The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Aviation Unit performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement, light firefighting and search… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Bristow Academy announces Scholarship in honour of CEO Emeritus Bill Chiles

Bristow Academy announces Scholarship in honour of CEO Emeritus Bill Chiles

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, today announced it will award an annual scholarship in honor of Chief Executive Officer Emeritus William (“Bill”) E. Chiles for his contribution to creating a safer global helicopter transport community. The scholarship award covers full tuition at Bristow Academy for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) CFI helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bristow Academy, 16-Feb-15

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Sikorsky Employees Build and Donate Bicycles to Miami Children’s Hospital Patients

Sikorsky Employees Build and Donate Bicycles to Miami Children’s Hospital Patients

Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 13-Feb-15

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12-Feb-15 Bell TH-57 Spencer Field, US-Florida

Training accident of a SeaRanger out of Whiting Field NAS, rolling over onto its side while landing

12-Feb-15

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28-Jan-15 N475AT Robinson R22 West Palm Beach, US-Florida

Mid air collision with fixed wing Piper Pa28 N54380

28-Jan-15

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29-Dec-14 N771MM Robinson R22 Lantana, US-Florida (1F)

Crashed in unknown circumstances just outside boundary fence of Lantana Airport – killing instructor Luis Aviles, and seriously injuring student pilot Johnathan Desouza

29-Dec-14

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Martin County to sign contract with PHI Air Medical?

Martin County to sign contract with PHI Air Medical?

Martin County has been relying on St. Lucie County’s medical helicopter to transport seriously injured accident victims since January. See Full Story

Source: Insurance News Net, 15-Dec-14

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Florida – New helistop launches at Bradenton

Florida – New helistop launches at Bradenton

Manatee County on Dec. 6 will unveil a new helistop that will allow helicopters to land at the Public Safety Center in the event of a disaster. Manatee County Emergency Management officials worked with SRQ Composite Squadron, FL-044 Florida Wing, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, to design the helistop. The Public Safety Center… Read more »

Source: PSC, 08-Dec-14

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Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

One of the Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31. Thanks to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Oct-14

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23-Oct-14 N418SV Bell 206B Palm Beach, US-Florida

Substantially damaged.  FAA website provides no further information at this time

23-Oct-14

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13-Sep-14 Everglades City, US-Florida

Emergency landing – pilot requested a mechanic, and some water.  No details of any damage in teh press reports

13-Sep-14

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Medical pilot blamed for crash in line for settlement

Medical pilot blamed for crash in line for settlement

Scattered debris in the water and three passengers lucky to be alive. That was the scene after Lee County’s medical helicopter crashed off the coast of Captiva Island back in 2009. See Full Story

Source: abc7, 10-Sep-14

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Court Throws Out Helicopter Accident Lawsuit Against Soffer

Court Throws Out Helicopter Accident Lawsuit Against Soffer

Today, the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida dismissed the lawsuit filed against Florida businessman Jeffrey Soffer and others over a helicopter accident in 2012 in The Bahamas. The case was filed earlier this year by Daria Pastouhkova Gogoleva. Elle Macpherson, Mr. Soffer’s wife, had been mentioned in the lawsuit. Bob Martinez, a lawyer for… Read more »

Source: 11th Judicial Circuit Court, 26-Aug-14

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Metro delivers AS365 N3+ to Miami Valley CareFlight

Metro delivers AS365 N3+ to Miami Valley CareFlight

Metro Aviation delivered a recently completed AS365 N3+ to Miami Valley CareFlight Air and Mobile Services in Dayton, Ohio. Originally introduced in the 1970s, the latest version of this platform boasts upgraded engines and avionics and is the first AS365 N3+ to be completed by Metro. “CareFlight at Miami Valley Hospital chose Metro because it… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-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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Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). The acceptance took place at the MD Helicopters booth, where the aircraft was proudly displayed at the Airborne… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Jul-14

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21-Jul-14 N1830D Schweizer 300CBi Titusville, US-Florida

Rolled over on landing

21-Jul-14

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Elite Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers debut

Elite Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers debut

ELITE Simulation Solutions announces the opening of the first international ELITE Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers™ in Orlando, Florida and Dubendorf, Switzerland. ELITE training centers are multi-faceted Aviation Resource Learning Centers or, as described by CEO, John Dixon, “a mental gymnasium for pilots that will foster a culture of safety, proficiency and confidence in… Read more »

Source: Elite, 10-Jul-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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Helicopter tour operator gets six month extension from Port Canaveral

Helicopter tour operator gets six month extension from Port Canaveral

Mark Grainger has received a six-month extension of his permit to operate helicopter tours from Port Canaveral. But he’s not totally in the clear yet to be a permanent tenant of the port.  See full story

Source: Florida Today, 24-Jun-14

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Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

Three new CAE-built MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers enter service for US Navy

USA today announced that over the past few months, three new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) built by the company for the United States Navy have been declared ready-for-training and entered service for the Navy. One of the MH-60R TOFTs entered service at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, another entered service at Naval Station… Read more »

Source: CAE, 19-Jun-14

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