Source: Metro Aviation, 01-May-13
Metro Aviation conducted annual training for 34 lead pilots last week. Pilots gathered at the company’s new training facility at its Shreveport, Louisiana headquarters. During the culminating dinner, Metro recognized Joseph “Woody” Woodard, Lead Pilot for the First Flight program in Melbourne, Florida. Woodard was honored for his quick thinking and commendable actions during a [...]
Source: Metro Aviation, 25-Apr-13
Metro Aviation recently delivered a new Eurocopter AS350 to EagleMed as the result of a base expansion in Cody, Wyoming. The aircraft was completed at Metro’s headquarters in Shreveport, Louisiana. The AS350 is equipped with Metro’s EMS kit that includes the transfill oxygen system with two outlets, medical inverter system, flip up seats, and LEMS [...]
Source: PHI Inc, 18-Mar-13
PHI, Inc. (“PHI”) (The Nasdaq Global Market: PHII (voting) PHIIK (non-voting)) today reported financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012. Consolidated operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 increased $107.1 million over the year ended December 31, 2011. Our Oil and Gas medium and heavy aircraft flight hours and revenues increased [...]
Source: Precision Aviation Group, 04-Mar-13
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries announces the hiring of 3 key personnel for its new PHP facilities in Lafayette, Louisiana and Brisbane, Australia. Hired to lead sales efforts in Lafayette is Keith Stringer , Director of Sales, PHP-LA. Prior to [...]
Source: Cadorath Aerospace, 26-Feb-13
Cadorath Aerospace is proud to announce the release of it’s new corporate branding video entitled – Your Trusted Supply Chain Partner. The video is freely available for viewing on YouTube, the popular video sharing website. The video was filmed entirely on location at Cadorath’s two extended repair facilities in Lafayette, Louisiana and Winnipeg, Canada. The [...]
Source: Meridian Helicopters, 15-Feb-13
Meridian Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Cadorath Group, has moved into a new facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. Meridian Helicopters provides reworked parts distribution support, consulting, brokering and technical support for the global Bell Helicopter network. “Our new facility provides us the ability to have five helicopters in progress at any one time. Meridian Helicopters business [...]
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 27-Jan-13
A Sikes man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter during a drug surveillance operation. (see full story)
Emergency landing after bird strike – EMS unit “Pafford AirOne” with patient on board. We believe they operate either/both of LongRanger 4 N1813 (52335) and LongRanger 3 N3180L (51055)
Substantially damaged in landing accident, reports FAA. Other reports suggest it was taking off, started spinning left and was put down hurriedly, wheels collapsed and it ended up on its belly between parking spot rows A and B
Helicopter crashed after hitting guy wire of radio tower. Sole occupant pilot (named as Hugh Clifton Kelley) killed
From a Bristow press release:- A Bristow Bell 407 operating near Intracoastal City, Louisiana was involved in a fatal accident at approximately 8:00 a.m. CDT . Local press reported poor visibility. The pilot was the only person onboard – later named as Carl Amos, from Corpus Christi, Texas
Source: US Dept of Justice, 18-Sep-12
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that James Lamar Kelly, age 61, of Sikes, Louisiana, was found guilty of three felony counts by a jury last night in federal court in Alexandria of three counts which charged Kelly with endangering the safety of the pilot of a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter in [...]
Unknown circumstances, according to FAA records
Source: Hickok & Associates, 21-Jun-12
Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, La., is the latest recipient of Helicopter WAAS LPV procedures – developed by Hickok & Associates, Inc. For the past four years, since FAA approved the company’s WAAS LPV criteria, Hickok & Associate’s has been the only developer of helicopter WAAS LPV procedures. In addition to developing every approach to date, [...]
Emergency landing at Barksdale AFB after suspected bird strike. Registration assumed as news received by HeliHub showed operator name as “Pafford EMS helicopter” and this LongRanger flies as “Pafford Air One”
Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Feb-12
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Arrow Aviation has been appointed as an AgustaWestland Service Centre in the USA for the AW119 single engine and the AW139 medium twin helicopters. Headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, Arrow Aviation will provide maintenance and repair services as well as maintaining a spare parts inventory for these [...]
Crashed in marshy area, killing both POB. pilot named as Jason McKean, 40, and passenger Lanny Ledet, 43.
Source: Era Helicopters, 16-Dec-11
Era Training Center (ETC) is pleased to announce that its first AW139 flight simulation training device (FSTD) has been FAA-certified as a Level 6 FSTD. This certification will allow helicopter operators to conduct AW139 training in ETC’s device under CFR Part 61 or train in the FSTD with their own instructors. ETC’s AW139 FSTD has [...]
Minor damage, unknown circumstances
R44 owner Jon Gonsoulin, president of LeBeouf Bros., got the OK Monday at Terrebonne’s Board of Adjustment meeting. The decision allows Gonsoulin to put a helipad on his 18-acre residential property in Mulberry Estates, a subdivision along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. (See full story)
Source: FlightSafety, 10-Oct-11
FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that it will offer training for the AgustaWestland AW139 at its Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana starting in 2013. “Offering training for the AgustaWestland AW139 is a clear demonstration of FlightSafety’s commitment to provide our Customers who operate and support helicopters around the world with the advanced technology Level [...]
Source: World Record Helicopter Team, 12-Sep-11
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 [...]
Source: Louisiana Record, 24-May-11
A former employee of ERA Helicopters claims she was fired after reporting that male co-workers subjected her to a hostile work environment through sexually suggestive comments and inappropriate touching.
Source: Daily Comet, 10-May-11
Dean M. Cole, 46, took time out from his job as a helicopter pilot to pen his first novel, a science-fiction work on sale now.
Water taxying on floats, turned sideways and fell onto its side
Destroyed in hard landing (per FAA), but “There was only moderate damage to the aircraft and no damage to the runway or any impact on our commercial operations,” according to airport director Heath Allen.
Crashed into the water, unknown circumstances
Gusty winds caught helicopter while in a low level hover and it ended up on its side. Pilot was Charles Williams, 42, of Anacoco, and passenger was Pat Austin, 39, of Leesville
Source: Louisiana National Guard, 12-Mar-11
Louisiana Army National Guard Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 3 E. Regan Wilson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 29. Wilson, a member of the F Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment in Pineville, received the award for his heroic actions while piloting a medical evacuation, commonly called a MEDEVAC flight, in [...]
Source: Eurocopter, 08-Mar-11
With hurricane season looming around the corner and officials preparing for statewide disaster response exercises, the Louisiana National Guard has added four new medical evacuation helicopters to its fleet. The helicopters, LUH-72A light utility Lakotas, are new multi-mission aircraft that combine operational capability, reliability and affordability, while fulfilling all of the Army’s requirements for speed, [...]
Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Mar-11
Metro Aviation, Inc. has announced that Richard E. “Rich” Gross has recently been hired as the Assistant Director of Operations for the company. Gross brings with him over twenty years in the helicopter business with extensive experience with air medical and law enforcement flight operations around the country. Prior to joining Metro Aviation, Gross held [...]
Source: Bell, 23-Feb-11
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company has announced that its Lafayette, Louisiana facility has successfully achieved AS9100 Implementation and Certification. This certification confirms that the Lafayette quality management system (QMS) is certified for manufacturing composite panels and allows Lafayette to operate as an extension of the Bell Helicopter’s Fort Worth headquarters. “Achieving this [...]
Emergency landing on road during post-maintenance check flight. No injuries or damage
Source: 2TheAdvocate, 13-Jan-11
After nearly 23 years of serving as a public information officer for the Police Department, Sgt. Don Kelly will step down is head of the Air Support Unit. [file photo] See also “Baton Rouge Police add Robinson R44″
Source: WDSU, 04-Jan-11
New Orleans Children’s Hospital launches a new helicopter operation on 3rd January with Air Methods operating an EC145
Source: The Town Talk, 20-Dec-10
Lake Charles-based Performance Helicopters opened a branch at Pineville Municipal Airport on Nov. 22.
Source: 3TheAdvocate, 03-Dec-10
PHI and Bristow argue in a federal lawsuit filed last week in Lafayette that the law is an improper and unnecessary intrusion by the state into the realm of aviation regulation, which is generally handled by the federal government.
Source: Statesman, 22-Oct-10
Plaintiffs’ attorneys and a lawyer for PHI Inc. said Thursday that confidential terms of the settlements will be filed. see also Accident report on HeliHub.com
Source: Bristow Group, 04-Oct-10
Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, today announced that the Company will be attending the Johnson Rice Energy Conference to be held in New Orleans on October 4-7, 2010. Mark Duncan, Senior Vice President, Commercial, and Jonathan Baliff, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, [...]
Source: News Star, 14-Sep-10
The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse helicopter, which has been on outdoor display for several years at the museum, is getting a face lift in preparation for the Memorial Wall’s visit, which is part of the area’s Veteran’s Day celebration Nov. 5-7
Source: The Times-Picayune, 07-Sep-10
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane Medical Center turned the top level of a hospital parking deck into an evacuation zone. Now they are on the point of opening a more permanent solution at a cost of around $2 million.
Source: Era Helicopters, 17-Jul-10
Era Helicopters and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) announced today they have launched a joint Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Training School – the first ever established in North America solely dedicated to train commercial, law enforcement and foreign military aviation professionals and their aircrews in performing Helicopter SAR and HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Service). The [...]
Source: Era Helicopters, 06-Jul-10
Era Helicopters LLC (Era) announced today the launch of a Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (SAR/EMS) operation from its base located in Fourchon, Louisiana. Together, Era and Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) will offer FAA-approved, full-service SAR/EMS capability and turnkey solutions to offshore Oil & Gas companies located in the Gulf of Mexico [...]
Source: Red State, 03-Feb-10
The Louisiana State Analytical and Fusion Exchange (LA-SAFE) have issued a notice titled Suspicious Activity: Helicopter Leasing Facilities for aviation interests in Louisiana.
Source: IBA, 11-Jan-10
IBA has completed the sale of two Agusta AW139 Helicopters on behalf of Copterline OY, a rotary wing operator based in Helsinki. The helicopters were purchased by PHI Inc. in the USA, for immediate deployment within its expanding rotary operations. IBA was awarded the remarketing contract by Copterline OY in April 2009 against stiff competition. [...]
Source: WLFI, 15-Dec-09
The new Saint Elizabeth East is one step closer to opening its doors after a successful test landing on the hospital’s new rooftop helipad.
Source: WXVT, 26-Oct-09
A helicopter flight school that opened last summer and worked with the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s aviation program has shut down.
Source: Turbomeca, 20-Oct-09
Turbomeca USA has taken a new approach to servicing its customers by giving them what they want, more choices. We are proud to announce the first four Service Centers in our Network marking the beginning of many Turbomeca approved Service Centers to come.
Source: The Town Talk, 01-Oct-09
Fort Polk’s U.S. Army Air Ambulance Detachment, 5th Aviation Battalion, now has three brand new, fresh-from-the-factory, medevac-configured Lakota UH72A Light Utility Helicopters in its fleet
Source: Vertical, 18-Sep-09
BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) is transforming its Lafayette, Louisiana component repair operation into a support and logistics center. The component repair work currently being done at the facility will be moved to the Dallas Airmotive Heritage Park facility in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Source: RotorNews, 10-Sep-09
The first FSTD will be installed at Era Training Center’s facility in 2011 and will meet the certification requirements defined by FAA Part 60, Level 6.
6-Sep-09 N131EH Eurocopter Bo105 Schreiver, US-Louisiana
Source: The News Star, 14-Aug-09
Johnston Flying Services LLC will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday offering a last chance for people to register for the fall semester.
Source: Texarkana Gazette, 13-Jul-09
Source: Frasca, 29-Jun-09
11-Jun-09 N518RL Bell B206 Baton Rouge, US-Louisiana
4-May-09 N164RL Bell B407 nr Baton Rouge, US-Louisiana
Source: NOLA, 30-Apr-09
Source: The Advocate, 23-Apr-09
The Metro Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the purchase of a helicopter for the Baton Rouge Police Dep. Mayor-President Kip Holden told the council “We are by far the largest parish in this area that doesn’t have a helicopter”
Source: News Star, 11-Apr-09
Source: WAFB, 11-Mar-09
2-Mar-09 N401RL Bell B206L3 Galliano, US-Louisiana
Source: Aircraft Maintenance Technology, 20-Feb-09
20-Feb-09 N9AT Bell B206 Abbeville, US-Lousiana
Source: NTSB, 13-Feb-09
NTSB Issues Update On Investigation Into Crash Of A PHI Sikorsky Helicopter Near Morgan City, Louisiana
Source: Vertical Magazine, 06-Feb-09