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Global Medical Response Announces Network Agreement in California

Global Medical Response Announces Network Agreement in California

15-Oct-2021Source: Global Medical Response

Global Medical Response (GMR) has announced it has signed a new multi-year agreement with Blue Shield of California. This agreement, which took effect on July 1, 2021, provides the 4.5 million Blue Shield of California members with in-network access to GMR’s life-saving emergency air medical transports. This strategic partnership with GMR covers all 58 serviced... Read more

01-Aug-21 N7000J Robinson R66 Colusa, US-California (4F)

01-Aug-21 N7000J Robinson R66 Colusa, US-California (4F)

1-Aug-2021

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office named the four individuals as William Bernard Vann, 67, Suzanne Marie Vann, 60, and Bobbie Lee Keaton, 62, all of Williams, and Charles Thomas Wilson, 71, of Rocklin.... Read more

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

US Navy MH-60 crew rescued after California crash

19-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

A Navy MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter crashed near Mt. Hogue, California at approximately 5 p.m. on July 16, while conducting search and rescue (SAR) operations. All four crewmembers survived the crash without injury and have been safely recovered. The aircraft, call sign Longhorn 02, was supporting Mono County search and rescue efforts to locate a lost... Read more

07-Jul-21 N911KW Bell 212 Weed, US-California

07-Jul-21 N911KW Bell 212 Weed, US-California

7-Jul-2021

Firefighting helicopter ditched into Lake Shastina, from where it was picking up water.  US Forest Service reported that the pilot was able to swim/walk away... Read more

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

Archer expands team with 20 from supersonic developer Aerion

25-Jun-2021Source: Archer

California-based Archer, a company designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), announced over twenty veteran engineers from Aerion Corporation have joined the company. Until recently, Aerion held a group of impressive talent who helped the company work towards their innovative vision of supersonic air travel. With 350+ collective years of experience, Archer welcomes... Read more

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

Settlement reached over Kobe Bryant S76 accident

23-Jun-2021Source: NECN

Vanessa Bryant has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against the company that owned and operated the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas last year, killing her husband — Laker legend Kobe Bryant — and their 13-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed Tuesday. Full story here... Read more

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

09-May-21 N40YB Bell 206B Chino, US-California

9-May-2021

FAA : Aircraft made an off airfield landing for unknown reasons. Pilot and 3 passengers not injured... Read more

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

REACH Air Medical Services Opens Air Medical Base in Salton City

9-Feb-2021Source: REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announced the opening of its newest emergency air medical transport base in Salton City, CA. The new base will provide air medical transport services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the communities of Imperial County and the surrounding regions. This is the third community-based air medical operation... Read more

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

NTSB announces public board meeting on Kobe Bryant S76 accident

14-Jan-2021Source: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Wednesday its intent to hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight... Read more

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

09-Jan-21 N4035S Sikorsky S-64F Oakland, US-California

9-Jan-2021

Helicopter was lifting an air conditioning units from street level to the roof of the Elihu Harris State Building (1515 Clay Street) when the load dropped. No injuries were reported.... Read more

DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

DynCorp extends CalFire support contract

2-Dec-2020Source: DynCorp International

DynCorp International (DI) has been awarded a new contract to continue supporting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) aviation program. The program works as an invaluable teammate to suppress and control wildfires. Work will be performed at McClellan Park in Sacramento, California and aircraft are deployed across 13 air tactical and... Read more

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

25-Nov-2020Source: MD Helicopters

Take the new MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) enhanced glass cockpit MD 530F demo aircraft for a test flight to experience its power and performance firsthand. This state-of-the-art helicopter is touring the West Coast from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. It is available for drop-in demo flights at Rotorcraft Support Inc. (RSI) on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m.... Read more

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

Heart for transplant survives crash on hospital rooftop helipad

9-Nov-2020Source: HeliHub.com

A Leonardo AW109S Grand carrying a heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa crashed on Friday on the rooftop helipad of Keck Hospital of USC in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles.  Helicopter N109EX is seen in this video to be spinning just prior to touching down heavily and rolling onto its port... Read more

State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

State of California opens court case against Alpine Helicopter Service

9-Nov-2020Source: Sacramento Bee

The State of California is reported to have launched a court case against Alpine Helicopter Service regarding violations during aerial spraying work.  See report for full story... Read more

05-Nov-20 N505AJ Bell 505 Chino, US-California

05-Nov-20 N505AJ Bell 505 Chino, US-California

5-Nov-2020

Aircraft sustained heavy autorotation landing.... Read more

06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

06-Nov-20 N109EX Leonardo AW109S Boyle Heights, US-California

4-Nov-2020

Landing accident on hospital roof top pad, bringing in a donated heart for transplant from Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.  3 POB all got themselves out of the wreckage.  Each needed medical attention. This video shows the helicopter spinning just prior to touch-down, suggesting a tail rotor issue.  Another video here, different angle.... Read more

Southern California Edison Funds ‘Critical Aerial Support’ for Daytime and Nighttime Firefighting

Southern California Edison Funds ‘Critical Aerial Support’ for Daytime and Nighttime Firefighting

13-Oct-2020Source: Edison

Captain Greg Barta of the Orange County Fire Authority has been on the front lines of firefighting for 13 years. He has one word to describe the 2020 fire season to date: “Explosive.” “None of us are used to fighting fires during a pandemic, which is putting a strain on our resources, but we’re rising... Read more

09-Oct-20 N3181F Bell UH-1F Willets, US-California

09-Oct-20 N3181F Bell UH-1F Willets, US-California

9-Oct-2020

FAA – AIRCRAFT DURING PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION DAMAGE WAS DISCOVERED TO RUDDER AND A MISSING BOLT TO TAIL BOOM, WILLITS, CA.... Read more

PHPA Becomes Southern California Rotorcraft Association

PHPA Becomes Southern California Rotorcraft Association

1-Oct-2020Source: Professional Helicopter Pilots Association

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) was established in the 1960’s in Southern California. Our mission has always been to advocate for the safe operation of helicopters in our region, education of helicopter pilots, and the promotion of our industry. We are a proud affiliate member of Helicopter Association International (HAI) and work with them... Read more

OC Helicopters Denies Any Responsibility For Kobe Bryant Crash

OC Helicopters Denies Any Responsibility For Kobe Bryant Crash

28-Sep-2020Source: OC Helicopters

OC Helicopters (“OCH”) has issued the following statement today in response to being named as a defendant in the lawsuits stemming from the tragic helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other cherished members of their communities. We have acted as travel agent and concierge for the Bryant family... Read more

Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

Wyoming Army National Guard activated to assist with California wildfires

22-Sep-2020Source: US Dept of Defense

The Wyoming Army National Guard’s G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment was activated by Gov. Mark Gordon Sept. 10, to provide support for firefighting efforts in California. One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and four crew members left Thursday and will be operating from Mather Airport near Sacramento. The helicopter and crew are expected to... Read more

22-Sep-20 N509CG Hughes 500C Chemehuevi Valley, US-California

22-Sep-20 N509CG Hughes 500C Chemehuevi Valley, US-California

22-Sep-2020

Rolled onto its side during landing... Read more

27-Aug-20 ??-????? Sikorsky MH-60M San Clemente Island, US-California (2F)

27-Aug-20 ??-????? Sikorsky MH-60M San Clemente Island, US-California (2F)

27-Aug-2020

US special forces UH-60M crashed with two fatalities and three injuries. Two fatalities were named as Staff Sgt. Vincent Marketta, 33, and Sgt. Tyler Shelton, 22... Read more

Air Methods to open new base in Borrego Springs

Air Methods to open new base in Borrego Springs

24-Aug-2020Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, a leading air medical service provider in the U.S., and Borrego Health, one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers, announced opening of a new Mercy Air base at the Borrego Medical Clinic in Borrego Springs, California on September 1st. The base will support the care and transportation of critically ill and... Read more

24-Aug-20 N386HQ Bell 205A.1 Laverne, US-California

24-Aug-20 N386HQ Bell 205A.1 Laverne, US-California

24-Aug-2020

Tail rotor double delamination discovered during post flight inspection... Read more

Mercy Air opens new California base

Mercy Air opens new California base

17-Aug-2020Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced that its subsidiary, Mercy Air, has opened a new base in Paso Robles, Calif., to provide emergency air medical services to the city and surrounding area. Other California cities that will be served by the base include San Luis Obispo, Templeton, King City, Cambria,... Read more

14-Aug-20 16???? Schweizer MQ-8B Point Mugu, US-California

14-Aug-20 16???? Schweizer MQ-8B Point Mugu, US-California

14-Aug-2020

Main blade clipped building, causing unmanned helicopter to crash... Read more

30-Jul-20 N160LA Sikorsky S70A Santa Clarita, US-California

30-Jul-20 N160LA Sikorsky S70A Santa Clarita, US-California

26-Jul-2020

Blade strike while training in mountainous area. Helicopter continued take-off and departed location with rotor blade noise clearly “non-standard” Analysis of the helicopter’s tracks have suggested the date was 26-Jul-20 but this is not confirmed.  Having been very active daily for two straight weeks, it was then not flying for four days.  The video was... Read more

Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

Helinet enters firefighting market with UH-60 contract win

11-Jun-2020Source: Helinet

Helinet Aviation Services, one of the most diverse and respected helicopter companies in the United States, announces the addition of a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to California’s aerial firefighting fleet. The former U.S. Army helicopter is on standby at Van Nuys Airport to assist with firefighting missions under call-when-needed contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and... Read more

Airbus-funded helicopter booking platform Voom ceases operations

Airbus-funded helicopter booking platform Voom ceases operations

2-Apr-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Launched in 2016 out of the Airbus innovation centre Acubed, Voom was created with the ambition to democratise access to the skies and transform how people move in urban environments. Over four years, it grew from a two-person project in Silicon Valley to 30+ employees, and operating in three of the most congested metropolitan areas... Read more

DynCorp International Attends Aerial Firefighting Conference

DynCorp International Attends Aerial Firefighting Conference

16-Mar-2020Source: DynCorp

CAL FIRE representatives attended the North American Aerial Firefighting Conference in Sacramento, California as the platinum sponsor. “The conference focused on global challenges in the aerial firefighting industry,” said Jeff Cavarra, CAL FIRE program director. “It explored new technology and lessons learned in the aerial firefighting community.” DynCorp International’s booth promoted our world-class aircrews, maintenance... Read more

Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

Whiting-Turner Contracting to build $30M US Navy training facility in California

11-Mar-2020Source: US DoD

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Greenbelt, Maryland, is being awarded a $30,464,008 firm-fixed-price task order (N62473-20-F-4023) under a multiple award construction contract for an applied instruction facility, a training facility, and site utility infrastructure at Naval Base Coronado, California. The work to be performed provides for construction of two facilities and utilities infrastructure to support the... Read more

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

Axnes PNG wireless intercom selected by Cal Fire

2-Mar-2020Source: Axnes

Wireless intercom innovator and manufacturer, Axnes has announced the recent delivery of a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire S-70i Firehawk® helicopter equipped with the latest generation PNG wireless intercom system. Integrated by Firehawk® completion specialist, United Rotorcraft, the S-70i airframes are configured with internal audio integration and two MP50 handsets that... Read more

Congressman wants FAA to mandate terrain awareness on every helicopter

Congressman wants FAA to mandate terrain awareness on every helicopter

11-Feb-2020Source: Congressman Brad Sherman

Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the tragedy that claimed the life of Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) is introducing the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act, which will require the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to strengthen federal safety standards for helicopters.... Read more

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

S.A.F.E. Delivers Custom Bell 429 Stands to Southern California Edison

29-Jan-2020Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs announced the delivery of efficient custom designed maintenance stands at Southern California Edison (SCE) to support their beautiful Bell 429 that is on display in the Bell exhibit at HeliExpo. The custom stands located at the SCE facility are designed specifically for the Bell 429 allowing the mechanics to work on all... Read more

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

Alameda County Sheriff orders a Bell 505

29-Jan-2020Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, announced today a signed purchase agreement with Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit for a public safety configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. “Global municipalities are expanding their public safety capabilities by adding aerial operations to their mission portfolio,” said LaShan Bonaparte, program manager, Bell 505... Read more

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Brings Enhanced Capability to Santa Barbara Firehawk

Astronautics RoadRunner EFI Brings Enhanced Capability to Santa Barbara Firehawk

27-Jan-2020Source: Astronautics

Astronautics Corporation of America is providing its AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIs) to Arista Aviation as cost-effective, easy-to-install replacements on a FIREHAWK helicopter to be operated by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD). The RoadRunner EFIs—two per aircraft—are part of an upgraded avionics package and instrument panel on a UHH-60L Black Hawk helicopter... Read more

26-Jan-20 N72EX Sikorsky S76B Calabasas, US-California (9F)

26-Jan-20 N72EX Sikorsky S76B Calabasas, US-California (9F)

26-Jan-2020

This accident took the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. More details to follow when facts can be established rather than relying on media speculation... Read more

04-Jan-20 N92785 Aerospatiale SE3130 Mokleumne Hill, US-California

04-Jan-20 N92785 Aerospatiale SE3130 Mokleumne Hill, US-California

4-Jan-2020

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in Mokleumne Hill. The occupants escaped prior to the helicopter bursting into flames.... Read more

09-Dec-19 N74564 Robinson R22 Chino, US-California

09-Dec-19 N74564 Robinson R22 Chino, US-California

9-Dec-2019

Aircraft struck a bird.... Read more

18-Oct-19 N7060J Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

18-Oct-19 N7060J Bell 47G5 King City, US-California

18-Oct-2019

Rotor blades struck tail boom during run-on landing... Read more

Coulson Aviation enters Type 1 HeliTanker Program in USA

Coulson Aviation enters Type 1 HeliTanker Program in USA

30-Jul-2019Source: Coulson Aviation

Orange County Fire Authority in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) have contracted Coulson Aviation USA to bring its state of the art NVG aerial fire fighting program to the USA. “Edison is making significant investments to assist firefighting capabilities across our service area to protect our customers and communities from the ongoing threat of... Read more

Air Methods sets up agreement with Anthem in six states

Air Methods sets up agreement with Anthem in six states

14-May-2019Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the leading air medical service provider, today announced that it has expanded its partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and will now be part of the plans’ in-network health coverage benefits in six additional states across the country. As part of the agreement, Anthem-affiliated health plan members in California, Georgia, Nevada,... Read more

28-Dec-18  N8319T Robinson R22 Hayward, US-California

28-Dec-18 N8319T Robinson R22 Hayward, US-California

28-Dec-2018

Remained upright in very heavy emergency landing on golf course after tail rotor birdstrike reported.  Tail hit ground, skids collapsed.  Training flight from nearby Hayward Executive airport – instructor and student not seriously injured... Read more

California Army National Guard newest helicopters

California Army National Guard newest helicopters

17-Dec-2018Source: California Army National Guard

Two of the Army’s newest helicopters worked their first wildfire missions recently as the California National Guard supported state agencies battling the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California. A pair of UH-60M Black Hawk medium-lift helicopters from the California Army National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, deployed from Joint Forces Training Base,... Read more

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

Cal Fire Crew Awarded for Dangerous Rescue

19-Sep-2018Source: HeliHub.com

David Rodriguez, Donald Kowalski, Nathan Carrion and George Karcher, a crew from Cal Fire have been awarded with the California State Firefighters Association’s Medal of Valor. This was after they performed a dangerous rescue on September 6, rescuing a badly hurt climber who was stuck, upside down, 2,682m off the ground on Mount San Jacinto,... Read more

CAL FIRE Places Purchase Order for FIREHAWK(R) Aircraft

CAL FIRE Places Purchase Order for FIREHAWK(R) Aircraft

28-May-2018Source: Sikorsky

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today received a purchase order from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for the acquisition of a new Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk aircraft, to be modified into FIREHAWK® firefighting configuration by United Rotorcraft. This aircraft will be the... Read more

Med-Trans Partners With Care Flight To Serve Parts of California

Med-Trans Partners With Care Flight To Serve Parts of California

19-Feb-2018Source: Med-Trans

Leading national air medical transport company Med-Trans Corporation and Care Flight, a medical flight service of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA), have partnered to provide helicopter medical service to large parts of Nevada and California. “Care Flight is thrilled to partner with Med-Trans to provide rotor-wing critical care transportation across the region,” said Dean... Read more

Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

Southern California Fires Test Readiness Of Aerial Firefighters

20-Dec-2017Source: American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association

With little advance notice, aerial firefighting companies demonstrated their rapid response capability to post-season fires throughout southern California, which have destroyed thousands of structures, and hundreds of thousands of acres across Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. As the fires, driven by the dry Santa Ana winds, spread, aircrews, mechanics and fuel truck drivers, who thought they would see no further... Read more

Kaweah Deltas 10,000th Helipad Landing Celebration

Kaweah Deltas 10,000th Helipad Landing Celebration

31-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Kaweah Delta Healthcare District will be celebrating their 1,000th helicopter landing this Friday. The hospital’s helipad was built in 2013, cutting transportation time down drastically. The community played a large role in getting the much needed helipad up and running. They received donations of up to $2.3 million from the community and a sponsorship by... Read more

New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

New Helipad for Mills-Peninsula Medical Centre

8-Jun-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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.... Read more

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

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

20-May-2017

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... Read more

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

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

5-May-2017

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

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

18-Apr-2017Source: Brand X Aviation

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

Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

Napa County Prefers Mount George Site for Palmaz Heliport

2-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

27-Feb-2017Source: Shotover

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

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

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

31-Jan-2017Source: REACH Air Medical Services

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

Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

Lawsuit against Rogers Helicopters

4-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

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

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

Airbus H135 earns positive reviews from CALSTAR

19-Dec-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

Coastal Helicopters to serve Burning Man 2016 festival

23-Aug-2016Source: Coastal Helicopters

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

San Diego Gas & Electric launches fire-fighting Aircrane

San Diego Gas & Electric launches fire-fighting Aircrane

11-Aug-2016Source: SDG&E

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

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

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

29-Jul-2016Source: SAFE Structure Designs

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

LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

21-Jul-2016Source: Cobham

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

Helinet makes three key appointments

Helinet makes three key appointments

7-Jul-2016Source: Helinet

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

Kathryn Purwin takes over as CEO of Helinet

Kathryn Purwin takes over as CEO of Helinet

29-Jun-2016Source: 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

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

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

29-Jun-2016Source: Vector

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

New course launched in Helicopter Upset Recognition and Recovery Training

New course launched in Helicopter Upset Recognition and Recovery Training

22-Jun-2016Source: Flight Research

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

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

Helinet takes two helicopters to American Heroes Air Show

19-Jun-2016Source: Helinet

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

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

California EMS operators REACH and CALSTAR to merge

17-Jun-2016Source: REACH

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

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

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

2-Jun-2016Source: REACH

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

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

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

1-Jun-2016Source: PHPA

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

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

Yamaha launches unmanned spraying ops in Napa Valley vineyards

20-May-2016Source: Yamaha

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

San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

5-May-2016Source: Layfield & Barrett

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

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

26-Apr-2016Source: Paso Robles Daily News

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... Read more

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