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North Slope Borough SAR selects Night Flight Concepts for NVG Maintenance

North Slope Borough SAR selects Night Flight Concepts for NVG Maintenance

21-May-2012Source: Night Flight Concepts

North Slope Borough’s Search and Rescue Aviation Unit has chosen Night Flight Concepts® (NFC) to provide a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) repair and maintenance solution to augment their existing night vision program. The addition of NFC FAA-certified repair and maintenance services, including NVG inspections, will streamline NSB’s NVG sustainment to deliver greater value, performance and... Read more

Change of command at US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

Change of command at US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka

17-May-2012Source: US Coast Guard

Coast Guard Cmdr. Doug Cameron watches as Cmdr. Edward Sandlin salutes Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District, and assumes command of Air Station Sitka, Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Cameron, the previous Air Station Sitka commander, is transferring to the 5th Coast Guard District where he will serve as the district’s Chief of... Read more

01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

01-May-12 N309MH Bell 407 Anchorage, US-Alaska

1-May-2012

Struck trees with main rotor blades while landing... Read more

Spidertracks put their spiders to the test across Alaska

Spidertracks put their spiders to the test across Alaska

27-Apr-2012Source: Eurocopter

Spidertracks are putting their spiders to the ultimate test next month. From May 3–21, in conjunction with Northern Lights Avionics, and Land and Sea Aviation, spidertracks will be performing an “Air Tour” of Alaska. They will be traveling to tradeshows and various areas of Southern and Central Alaska, tracking their journey with a Spider S4.... Read more

Alaska Helicopter Pilots Safety Workshop

Alaska Helicopter Pilots Safety Workshop

26-Apr-2012Source: HAI

On Mon., May 7, from 9:00 a.m., Helicopter Association International, the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), and local industry experts will present a one-day safety workshop for all helicopter pilots and operators in Alaska. Topics include important issues affecting Alaska pilots, best practices, educational outreach, and initiatives to mitigate accidents. The workshop will also serve as... Read more

21-Apr-12 N121MR Robinson R22A Palmer, US-Alaska

21-Apr-12 N121MR Robinson R22A Palmer, US-Alaska

21-Apr-2012

Struck tail rotor on landing... Read more

18-Apr-12 N191EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Valdez, US-Alaska

18-Apr-12 N191EH Eurocopter AS350B2 Valdez, US-Alaska

18-Apr-2012

Tail rotor separated while landing on glacier... Read more

Coastal Helicopters converts AS350 fleet to Turbomeca

Coastal Helicopters converts AS350 fleet to Turbomeca

12-Feb-2012Source: Turbomeca

Coastal Helicopters Inc.. HAS Entered Into Year Purchase Agreement with Turbomeca Engine USA (Safran group) for five Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engines. Coastal Helicopters, Inc. Currently Operates five AS350B2’s that Were her assets to Soloy AS 350 B2/SD2 ‘s in 2005. Turbomeca USA Coastal views Helicopter’s decision to reverse the retrofit back to the Turbomeca Arriel... Read more

21-Jan-12 N4510T Robinson R44 Anchorage, US-Alaska

21-Jan-12 N4510T Robinson R44 Anchorage, US-Alaska

21-Jan-2012

Loose cargo bag flew into rotors... Read more

PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

PZL SW-4 crashes in Alaska on cold weather testing

16-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

A Polish-built SW-4 helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon at Fairbanks International Airport while on cold weather testing.  The National Weather Service aftercast showed the temperature was -36, and while they failed to say whether that was Fahrenheit or Celsius, it actually makes very little difference as the two scales cross over at -40. On HeliHub.com every... Read more

15-Jan-12 SP-SSW PZL SW4 Fairbanks, US-Alaska

15-Jan-12 SP-SSW PZL SW4 Fairbanks, US-Alaska

15-Jan-2012

A PZL SW4 has crashed at Fairbanks International Airport while operating there for “Cold Weather Testing”.  3POB.  The incident happened at 2:23 p.m. and the temperature at the airport was minus 36 degrees that afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.... Read more

Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

19-Dec-2011Source: Alaska Dispatch

Alaska State Troopers want a bigger, better, faster, tougher helicopter for their Fairbanks-based operations. They’ve already convinced Gov. Sean Parnell that the $3 million aircraft is necessary. He included money for it in his proposed 2013 budget — a spending plan he described Thursday as focused on true needs over mere wants. (see full story)... Read more

13-Dec-11 N309MH Bell 407 Cantwell, US-Alaska

13-Dec-11 N309MH Bell 407 Cantwell, US-Alaska

13-Dec-2011

Tail rotor struck vegetation... Read more

NTSB Preliminary Report – 29-Oct-11 N165EH Eurocopter AS350B2

NTSB Preliminary Report – 29-Oct-11 N165EH Eurocopter AS350B2

7-Nov-2011Source: NTSB

This is the text from the Preliminary Report.  By its very nature, the details are subject to change and should not be relied upon. The Final Report for this incident will be issued in due course:- On October 29, 2011, about 2009 Alaska daylight time (ADT), a Eurocopter AS350-B2 helicopter, N165EH, sustained substantial damage during... Read more

26-Sep-11 N230CH Eurocopter AS350BA Juneau, US-Alaska

26-Sep-11 N230CH Eurocopter AS350BA Juneau, US-Alaska

26-Sep-2011

Rolled over during landing... Read more

23-Sep-11 N204PA Bell 206B Seward, US-Alaska

23-Sep-11 N204PA Bell 206B Seward, US-Alaska

23-Sep-2011

Tail rotor struck snow bank... Read more

30-Aug-11 N169CW Robinson R22 Unalaska, US-Alaska

30-Aug-11 N169CW Robinson R22 Unalaska, US-Alaska

30-Aug-2011

Force landed into water... Read more

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $16M supporting US Army in Alaska

Evergreen Helicopters awarded $16M supporting US Army in Alaska

26-Aug-2011Source: US DoD

Evergreen Helicopters, Inc., McMinnville, Ore., was awarded a $16,546,552 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the medical evacuation services and training support for the U.S. Army in Alaska. Work will be performed in Fairbanks, Alaska, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2012. Four bids were solicited, with two bids received. The U.S.... Read more

NTSB makes R44 mast bumping recommendations

NTSB makes R44 mast bumping recommendations

24-Aug-2011Source: NTSB

The NTSB has issued a long statement of recommendations to the FAA following their investigation of a May 2009 accident to a Robinson R44 operated by Alaska State Troopers.  The recommendations are summarised at the end of the document as:- Therefore, the National Transportation Safety Board makes the following recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration:... Read more

04-Jul-11 N315SH Hughes 500 McGrath, US-Alaska

04-Jul-11 N315SH Hughes 500 McGrath, US-Alaska

4-Jul-2011

Pilot Paula Huckleberry, 61, was flying to McGrath with two passengers — 21-year-old Scott Stevenson of Idaho and 39-year-old Chris Fontes of Arizona ... Read more

27-Jun-11 C-GLHQ Hughes 369D Ambler, US-Alaska

27-Jun-11 C-GLHQ Hughes 369D Ambler, US-Alaska

27-Jun-2011

Tipped backwards and fell off elevated platform while engine was running... Read more

Universal Avionics appoints Western Region Marketing Manager

Universal Avionics appoints Western Region Marketing Manager

21-Jun-2011Source: Universal Avionics

Universal Avionics is pleased to announce the appointment of Greg Potter as Western Region Marketing Manager. Mr. Potter will be responsible for the overall growth and development of Universal Avionics product sales in the Western U.S. region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Mr. Carroll will be based in the Los Angeles vicinity.... Read more

Blue Sky Network sets up new service for Alaska Dept of Interior pilots

Blue Sky Network sets up new service for Alaska Dept of Interior pilots

13-Jun-2011Source: Blue Sky Network

Blue Sky Network, a leading, global provider of satellite tracking and communication solutions for land, sea, and aviation, announced last week that it was creating a new service, software, and hardware plan designed specifically for pilots flying for the Department of Interior (DOI) in Alaska. As of May 1, 2011, the DOI requires that all... Read more

Freedom Aero Service expands support in Alaska

Freedom Aero Service expands support in Alaska

9-Jun-2011Source: Freedom Aero Service

Freedom Aero Service Inc., in partnership with Merrill Field Instruments, has expanded their support to Alaska Territory Operators. Freedom is now  stocking a variety of turbine aircraft and helicopter components at Merrill Field Instruments for exchange. Components include starter generators, voltage regulators, and piece parts for on-site service. About Freedom Aero Service Based in Lincoln,... Read more

AS350B3 proves high-altitude performance with rescue on Mt. McKinley

AS350B3 proves high-altitude performance with rescue on Mt. McKinley

24-May-2011Source: Eurocopter

This is Eurocopter’s formal press release.  HeliHub.com ran this story on 16th May… see Temsco AS350B3 rescue at 19,500 feet ties McKinley record The AStar family of helicopters has become the platform of choice for a variety of missions throughout the world. From law enforcement to utility and from tour to air medical and Search... Read more

15-May-11 N779DZ Robinson R44 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

15-May-11 N779DZ Robinson R44 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

15-May-2011

Tail rotor struck vegetation... Read more

HAI and FAASTeam present Safety Seminar in Alaska

HAI and FAASTeam present Safety Seminar in Alaska

15-Apr-2011Source: HAI

HAI presents the “Overview of Current Trends in Helicopter Safety”seminar in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 29. HAI Director of Safety, Stan Rose, will speak at a combined event for pilots and maintaince technicians for commerical and General Aviation operations. Fred Brisbois, of Sikorsky and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), will present safety discussions on hazard identification and... Read more

US Justice Dept files lawsuit against Air Methods and LifeMed Alaska

US Justice Dept files lawsuit against Air Methods and LifeMed Alaska

8-Apr-2011Source: US Justice Dept

The Justice Department today announced that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that Air Methods Corp. and LifeMed Alaska LLC willfully violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) by discriminating against and failing to reemploy Chief Warrant Officer Third Class Jonathon L. Goodwin of Wasilla, Alaska.  The suit was filed in... Read more

USCG Alaska base trains on ski-equipped HH-65

USCG Alaska base trains on ski-equipped HH-65

7-Apr-2011Source: US Coast Guard

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew trains with ski sleds installed on the Dolphin March 25, 2011, at Narrow Cape. The ski sleds were installed so aircrews will continue to have a current knowledge in landing a Dolphin on snowy or ice covered terrain and also supports the... Read more

Alaska crews forward deployed to safeguard fishing fleet

Alaska crews forward deployed to safeguard fishing fleet

21-Jan-2011Source: US Coast Guard

As harsh winter weather causes Alaskans to pack up their boats until spring, the Alaskan crab and groundfish fleets brave fierce storms and icy temperatures in search of the big catch. As the fishing fleet gets underway, they can take comfort in the knowledge that Coast Guard search and rescue teams will be protecting them... Read more

Maritime Helicopters buys Bell 407

Maritime Helicopters buys Bell 407

19-Jan-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Maritime Helicopters has purchased a new 407 that will be available for charter in 2011.  This aircraft is a 2007 model with just 119 hours total time on the airframe It is uniquely configured with the Chelton 3D Synthetic Vision EFIS glass cockpit, including “Highway in the Sky”, Radar Altimeter/TCAS/Terrain Monitoring/Map Overlays and multiple other... Read more

North Slope Borough SAR launches NVG computer-based training

North Slope Borough SAR launches NVG computer-based training

18-Jan-2011Source: NVIO Systems

North Slope Borough’s Search and Rescue Aviation Unit has selected NVIO Systems Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Computer-Based Training (CBT) to kick-start the rollout of a comprehensive night vision program that will provide strategic capabilities to enhance performance during night operation and realize organizational goals . The mission of NSB’s Search and Rescue Department is to... Read more

Costco joins forces with Alaska heliski operator

Costco joins forces with Alaska heliski operator

11-Jan-2011Source: Valdez Heli-Camps

Skiers and snowboarders ready to enter the elite league of big mountain Alaska heli skiing have a unique opportunity through Costco Wholesale and Valdez Heli-Camps. Costco has formed a strategic alliance with Valdez Heli-Camps (VHC) creating a gateway for admission to world-famous heli skiing slopes surrounding Valdez, Alaska through its Costco.com web portal. Jay Nierstheimer... Read more

Alaska Electric Light & Power launch helicopter avalanche control system

Alaska Electric Light & Power launch helicopter avalanche control system

12-Dec-2010Source: Juneau Empire

Specialist equipment hangs 150 feet from a helicopter and moves snow by emitting precise blasts using mixtures of oxygen and hydrogen. This will replace the need for moving snow with explosives.... Read more

Teen accused of shining laser at Martin County Sheriff’s helicopter

Teen accused of shining laser at Martin County Sheriff’s helicopter

19-Oct-2010Source: WPBF

A Jensen Beach teenager was arrested after he shined a laser light at a Martin County Sheriff’s Office helicopter early Saturday morning, authorities said.... Read more

Group 3 Aviation opens satellite training facility in Alaska

Group 3 Aviation opens satellite training facility in Alaska

10-Oct-2010Source: Group 3 Aviation

Group 3 Aviation Inc. has announced the grand opening of its new satellite helicopter flight training and commercial helicopter service facilities in Anchorage, Alaska. Group 3 Aviation is an FAA Approved Part 141 flight training facility and Part 135 charter service with main headquarters at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY), with Part 133 External load... Read more

Next Gen aircraft emergency location system in demand

Next Gen aircraft emergency location system in demand

14-Sep-2010Source: Spidertracks

The recent spate of aircraft accidents in Alaska has heightened interest in alternative forms of aircraft location. Gary Bennett, Northern Lights Avionics, says he has quite a lot of inquiry for spidertracks, a tracking-based emergency location system. “The spidertracks system is rapidly gaining popularity as more folks are aware of the benefits the system has... Read more

Caster Aviation to hold helicopter challenge at Alaska State Fair

Caster Aviation to hold helicopter challenge at Alaska State Fair

8-Sep-2010Source: KTUU

Alaska State Fair visitors with no flying experience can take control of a helicopter through a challenge offered by Caster Aviation. For $25, anyone over the age of 16 can participate after watching a short safety video.... Read more

Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation offer discounts to Alaska operators

Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation offer discounts to Alaska operators

26-Aug-2010Source: Max-Viz

Max-Viz and One Sky Aviation have cooperatively agreed to a minimum 25% discount off MSRP for Enhanced Vision Systems to include Max-Viz EVS sensors (100 / 600 / 1500) and fully certified STC installation kits to active members of the Alaska Air Carriers and the Alaska Airmen’s Associations for the remainder of 2010 in response... Read more

Mi-8 from Chukotka across Bering Strait to Alaska targets new tourism options

Mi-8 from Chukotka across Bering Strait to Alaska targets new tourism options

29-Jul-2010Source: AVE

For the first time in the history of aviation representatives of the Russian airline “Vertical-T” on the MI-8P flew from Chukotka to Alaska.... Read more

LifeMed Alaska expands into ground ambulance service

LifeMed Alaska expands into ground ambulance service

20-Jul-2010Source: Tundra Drums

LifeMed Alaska has acquired ambulance firms with operations in Anchorage and other communities.  They becomes the only service in Alaska providing fixed wing, rotor wing, and ground services.... Read more

Alaska controllers officially using ADS-B

Alaska controllers officially using ADS-B

28-Jun-2010Source: FAA

ANCHORAGE, AK — Air traffic controllers in the Alaska region are now officially using Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology to improve safety and efficiency in Alaska’s rugged terrain. The system – Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) – is a core technology under NextGen. “NextGen technology is already helping make aviation safer and more efficient,”... Read more

Polarmax inks deal with H20 Heli Guides in Alaska

Polarmax inks deal with H20 Heli Guides in Alaska

28-Jun-2010Source: Polarmax

Longworth Industries, parent company of Polarmax and PMX technical base layers, is proud to announce they have formed a partnership with Dean Cummings and H2O Guides, based in Valdez, AK, to be the official base layer for all H2O Guides sanctioned activities through Spring 2013. To combat the extreme conditions Cummings and his staff face... Read more

HAI Air Tour Operators Visit Washington

HAI Air Tour Operators Visit Washington

19-May-2010Source: HAI

On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 commercial air tour operators from Nevada and Alaska visited Washington, D.C. to meet with regulators and lawmakers on topics affecting the air tour industry.  Between meetings the operators took time to attend the AeroClub of Washington’s monthly luncheon at the Capital Hilton. Those in attendance included: Lee Dunn, Legal Counsel... Read more

Kodiak-based aircrews win national award for Alaska rescues

Kodiak-based aircrews win national award for Alaska rescues

22-Mar-2010Source: US Coast Guard

KODIAK, Alaska – Eight Alaska-based Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak will be awarded the American Helicopter Society’s prestigious William J. Kossler Award at the American Helicopter Society Forum in Phoenix May 12 for saving the lives of seven commercial fishermen in 2009. “It’s great to see this national-level attention for the great work done... Read more

NTSB: AS350 design contributed to fatal April 2008 crash

NTSB: AS350 design contributed to fatal April 2008 crash

4-Mar-2010Source: KTUU

Floor-mounted fuel controls on a helicopter that crashed in 2008 near Chickaloon, killing four people and injuring one, contributed to the accident according to a NTSB report released Wednesday... Read more

Anchorage might lose out on money for summer wildfire helicopter

Anchorage might lose out on money for summer wildfire helicopter

13-Feb-2010Source: KTUU

Anchorage FD has gotten used to a firefighting helicopter over the last few years, but now it’s on the chopping block. The city is now counting on state money or a new federal grant to keep a helicopter in the air this summer to help with wild fires.... Read more

Maritime Helicopters wins ‘Business of the Year’ award

Maritime Helicopters wins ‘Business of the Year’ award

1-Oct-2009Source: Homer Tribune

Maritime Helicopters of Homer took top business honors last week as they were presented with the Bill Bivin Award for Excellence at the State Chamber of Commerce Convention.... Read more

7-Sep-09 N4186Y Robinson R44 Central, US-Alaska

7-Sep-09 N4186Y Robinson R44 Central, US-Alaska

7-Sep-2009

7-Sep-09 N4186Y Robinson R44 Central, US-Alaska... Read more

Flight restriction changes considered for heli-skiing in Alaska

Flight restriction changes considered for heli-skiing in Alaska

2-Sep-2009Source: Chilkat Valley News

Haines Borough leaders plan to consider relaxing regulations on commercial helicopter and heli-skiing activities. They’ll look at eliminating flight-path restrictions and expanding the number of clients companies are permitted.... Read more

30-Jun-09 N1088N MD Helicopters MD369E Ketchikan, US-Alaska

30-Jun-09 N1088N MD Helicopters MD369E Ketchikan, US-Alaska

30-Jun-2009

30-Jun-09 N1088N MD Helicopters MD369E Ketchikan, US-Alaska... Read more

26-Jun-09 N9ZR Eurocopter SA318C Talkeetna, US-Alaska

26-Jun-09 N9ZR Eurocopter SA318C Talkeetna, US-Alaska

26-Jun-2009

26-Jun-09 N9ZR Eurocopter SA318C Talkeetna, US-Alaska... Read more

4-Jun-09 73-21907 Bell OH-58 Buffalo Point, Yellville, US-Alaska

4-Jun-09 73-21907 Bell OH-58 Buffalo Point, Yellville, US-Alaska

4-Jun-2009

4-Jun-09 Bell OH-58 Buffalo Point, Yellville, US-Alaska... Read more

15-May-09 N813DG AgustaWestland AW139 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

15-May-09 N813DG AgustaWestland AW139 Deadhorse, US-Alaska

15-May-2009

15-May-09 N813DG AgustaWestland AW139 Deadhorse, US-Alaska... Read more

12-May-09 N7196H Robinson R44 Iliamna, US-Alaska

12-May-09 N7196H Robinson R44 Iliamna, US-Alaska

12-May-2009

12-May-09 N7196H Robinson R44 Iliamna, US-Alaska... Read more

12-Apr-09 N208CH Eurocopter AS350 Haines, US-Alaska

12-Apr-09 N208CH Eurocopter AS350 Haines, US-Alaska

12-Apr-2009

12-Apr-09 N208CH Eurocopter AS350 Haines, US-Alaska... Read more

LifeMed Alaska moves helicopter operations to Matanuska Valley

LifeMed Alaska moves helicopter operations to Matanuska Valley

1-Mar-2009Source: Alaska Journal of Commerce

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