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Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

Blade announces alliance with Vertiport Chicago

18-Feb-2021Source: Blade

BLADE Urban Air Mobility, (“Blade” or the “Company”) announced today that it entered into an alliance with Vertiport Chicago (the “Vertiport”). In December of 2020, Experience Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: EXPC) agreed to merge with Blade, which will create, following the closing of the merger, the only publicly traded urban air mobility platform in the United... Read more

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-20 N3264U Robinson R44 Morris, US-Illinois

20-Dec-2020

Substantially damaged – during a touch-and-go, helicopter touched down and fell onto its side 1 minor injury... Read more

Air Methods Announces New Missouri ARCH Air Medical Base

Air Methods Announces New Missouri ARCH Air Medical Base

20-Nov-2020Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the leading air medical service in the U.S., announced the opening of a new helicopter base in Lincoln County, Missouri, north of St. Louis. The base is part of the Air Methods subsidiary, ARCH Air Medical Service, which has served Missouri and Illinois for more than 40 years. This expansion represents a vital... Read more

06-Aug-20 N137HS Bell 206B Paris, US-Illinois

06-Aug-20 N137HS Bell 206B Paris, US-Illinois

6-Aug-2020

Aircraft struck powerlines during aerial application... Read more

07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

07-May-17 Bell 206 Waterloo, US-Illinois

7-May-2017

Helicopter involved in low level agricultural work, clipped wires and came down into the field.  Pilot walked away... Read more

OSF Relocates Life Flight Helicopter

OSF Relocates Life Flight Helicopter

21-Apr-2017Source: HeliHub.com

OSF is underway with relocating one of their Life Flight helicopters to Galesburg. The helicopter will move to OSF Saint Mary Medical Centre every day from Peoria. They hope to increase emergency care to the surrounding areas, reports Central Illinois Proud.  ... Read more

Noise Complaint for Vertiport Chicago

Noise Complaint for Vertiport Chicago

25-Nov-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The residents of University Village and Tri-Taylor recently met up with Alderman Jason Ervin to ensure that their grievances over the noise pollution coming from Vertiport Chicago. Vertiport was built a year ago and currently provides a base for tourism operations, aerial photography, holds executive charters and private helicopters. As reported by Aviation Today, it... Read more

University of Dubuque To Offer Helicopter Flight Training

University of Dubuque To Offer Helicopter Flight Training

1-Nov-2016Source: The University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque has entered into an agreement with Midwest Helicopter Academy in Sauget, Illinois, to lease a helicopter and provide subject matter expertise in the delivery of high quality helicopter flight training at the Dubuque Regional Airport beginning January 2017. “UD continues to receive inquiries from potential students about a helicopter program, and... Read more

Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

Illinois Dept Transportation names their Heliport of the Year

13-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Located in a rural area, Clay County Hospital is located in a less easiliy accessible area.  As a critical access hospital, it focuses on common conditions and outpatient care, and frequently needs to refer patients with other conditions to other hospitals. In turn this means more than 100 Clay County helicopter transports per year, mostly... Read more

Fostaire Helicopters becomes latest US operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

Fostaire Helicopters becomes latest US operator of Guimbal Cabri G2

6-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The ninth Guimbal Cabri G2 has been registered in the US, and will be operated by Fostaire Helicopters from St. Louis Downtown Airport in Sauget, IL. Established in 1967, Fostaire Helicopters operate both JetRanger and LongRanger helicopters, with their pilots all factory trained by Bell Helicopters instructors, in Fostaire’s own aircraft. Fostaire Helicopters is an... Read more

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

4-Mar-2016Source: Airbus

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs, David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., placed an order Wednesday for an Airbus Helicopters H145 for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil said the decision to buy the H145 was based on the performance, quality and safety... Read more

HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

HSHS Rescue Flight launches with Air Methods Bell 407

22-Feb-2016Source: HSHS

HSHS Southern Illinois Division is pleased to announce the launch of HSHS Rescue Flight, the new helicopter serving HSHS St. Joseph’s Highland, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Belleville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Breese. Service began last Thursday, January 21. Ribbon cutting events will held the week of February 8 at each of the three hospitals served. HSHS... Read more

Vertiport Chicago to partner with EvoLux

Vertiport Chicago to partner with EvoLux

18-Nov-2015Source: EvoLux/Vertiport

Today Vertiport Chicago and EvoLux Transportation announced a partnership that will bring Helicopter Charter Ridesharing to Chicago and the greater Midwest region. Helicopter Rideshare reservations, known as SkyShares, will revolutionize Midwest regional travel by providing vastly increased accessibility to the most convenient, time-saving way to travel. The social benefits, as well as the style factor,... Read more

Chicago Helicopter Experience launches holiday lights tours

Chicago Helicopter Experience launches holiday lights tours

11-Nov-2015Source: Chicago Helicopter Experience

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), is taking holiday lights in Chicago to new heights. Now, for the first time in Chicago, CHE is offering Holiday Lights Helicopter Tours. The tours are the most unique and extraordinary way to view the festive light displays throughout the city…from 1,200 feet in... Read more

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

16-Oct-15 N443MM Robinson R44 II Lincoln Park, US-Illinois

16-Oct-2015

Emergency landing in the parking lot outside a store after reported fuel problems.  No Damage apparent in press photos... Read more

05-Aug-15 N9427F Hughes 300B Atkinson, US-Illinois

05-Aug-15 N9427F Hughes 300B Atkinson, US-Illinois

5-Aug-2015

Agricultural Pilot Marion Turpin was seriously injured when his helicopter crashed into soybean crop after hitting powerlines at low level. Post crash fire... Read more

Chicago Helicopter Experience Opens Chicago’s First Ever Private Heliport

Chicago Helicopter Experience Opens Chicago’s First Ever Private Heliport

29-May-2015Source: CHE

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), makes history with the opening of the C.H.E. Chicago Heliport. The first ever private heliport in Chicago features the city’s newest tourism experience, providing VIP-level helicopter tours at an unmatched price point. The current, purpose-built facility, which will be used primarily for tours, maintains... Read more

HAI Welcomes Windy City Heliport

HAI Welcomes Windy City Heliport

12-May-2015Source: HAI

HAI’s Harold Summers, director of flight operations and technical services, was in Chicago last week to help celebrate the opening of Chicago’s only downtown heliport — Vertiport Chicago. “Urban heliports have been under tremendous pressure in recent years, despite the business and transportation benefits they provide,” said Summers. “So the opening of heliports like this... Read more

Helimotion picked by DHL for downtown Chicago parcel ops

Helimotion picked by DHL for downtown Chicago parcel ops

6-May-2015Source: Helimotion

Urgent DHL express packages and documents can now soar over Chicago traffic, thanks to a unique service launched by DHL Express, in partnership with Helimotion. Financial and legal firms in Chicago can now receive international materials via Helimotion Helicopters. Flying an urgent package over the morning commute can save hours – bypassing Chicago’s notorious traffic... Read more

$13M Vertiport Chicago opens this week

$13M Vertiport Chicago opens this week

30-Apr-2015Source: Chicago Business

After years of delays, an investor group is set to open a helicopter landing facility on the Near West Side and test the demand for commercial helicopter and other vertical-takeoff flights close to downtown. See Full Story... Read more

DHL starts helicopter service in Chicago

DHL starts helicopter service in Chicago

29-Apr-2015Source: DHL

Starting today, helicopters won’t just be used to report on Chicago’s notorious traffic gridlock; they’ll actually help get international shippers through it. DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, launched its helicopter service in Chicago to provide early morning delivery services for the area’s financial and legal firms requiring urgent document delivery. “We have... Read more

AAR Announces Cash Dividend

AAR Announces Cash Dividend

15-Jan-2015

AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced that its Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled meeting declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share to its stockholders.  The dividend will be payable on or before February 16, 2015, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 28, 2015.  Future cash dividends... Read more

Chicago Helicopter Experience introduces EC130 to local tour market

Chicago Helicopter Experience introduces EC130 to local tour market

15-Sep-2014Source: CHE

Chicago’s premier helicopter tour and transportation company, Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE), just took helicopter tourism up a notch with the introduction of the newest addition to their fleet, the EC130. A leader in the helicopter tourism sector, the EC130 is the only helicopter of its kind in Chicago, and provides the ultimate in a luxury... Read more

New partnership between Morris Fire Dept and LifeStar 1 Chicago

New partnership between Morris Fire Dept and LifeStar 1 Chicago

8-Sep-2014Source: Morris Daily Herald

The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District has been teaming up with helicopter rescue service Lifestar to shave valuable minutes off response times in potentially fatal crashes.  See full story... Read more

12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

12-Aug-14 N7089J Bell 47G-5 Mansfield, US-Illinois (1F)

12-Aug-2014

Helicopter clipped powerlines and crashed killing pilot Paul Reynolds during a low level transit between fields he was working on.... Read more

23-Jul-14 Oquawka, US-Illinois

23-Jul-14 Oquawka, US-Illinois

23-Jul-2014

helicopter crash injured a 68-year-old Oquawka man... Read more

MacNeil Aviation takes delivery of AS350B3e with Garmin G500H glass cockpit

MacNeil Aviation takes delivery of AS350B3e with Garmin G500H glass cockpit

24-Apr-2014

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs is the proud owner of a new, customized AS350 B3e helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill. has taken delivery of the aircraft that he will use in business travels for his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed... Read more

MedEvac Foundation Announces 2014 SMTA Scholarship Winner

MedEvac Foundation Announces 2014 SMTA Scholarship Winner

20-Mar-2014Source: MedEvac Foundation

Air Evac Lifeteam Brazil, Indiana Clinical Base Lead, Stacy Fiscus, NREMT-P, FP-C, CCP-C, CCEMTP, has been awarded the 2014 Safety Management Training Academy (SMTA) Scholarship by the MedEvac Foundation International. Fiscus receives the scholarship based on her high level of involvement in safety initiatives in the critical care transport community. Fiscus currently serves as Vice... Read more

Profile – Midwest Helicopter Airways

Profile – Midwest Helicopter Airways

11-Mar-2014Source: Sun Times

Since 1968, the family-owned business has been operating from its offices and hangar on Madison Street, just north of Joliet Road, the former site of the Hinsdale airport.  See full profile... Read more

06-Mar-14 N330RE Robinson R44 Dupage, US-Illinois

06-Mar-14 N330RE Robinson R44 Dupage, US-Illinois

6-Mar-2014

Field landing, no other details supplied in FAA preliminary... Read more

Comms problem delayed air ambulance landing for six minutes

Comms problem delayed air ambulance landing for six minutes

14-Oct-2013Source: KHQA

The Survival Flight helicopter hovered over the Blessing Hospital helipad for about six minutes as officials attempted to move another helicopter off the landing pad.  See full story... Read more

02-Oct-13 N554SA Robinson R22 Lansing, US-Illinois

02-Oct-13 N554SA Robinson R22 Lansing, US-Illinois

2-Oct-2013

Training flight, skid clipped ground during hovering practice and helicopter rolled onto its starboard side with fuel leaking from it (photo).  Neither student Charles Fink or instructor Raymond Daniel were injured... Read more

USCG ends seasonal air facilities in Michigan and Illinois

USCG ends seasonal air facilities in Michigan and Illinois

3-Sep-2013Source: US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard’s Great Lakes air stations closed their seasonal air facilities in Muskegon, Mich., and Waukegan, Ill., Tuesday following their annual assignment to support Coast Guard operations in southern Lake Michigan and the surrounding areas. The air facilities operate during the traditional boating season, which runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend,... Read more

28-Jul-13 Robinson R44 Capron, US-Illinois

28-Jul-13 Robinson R44 Capron, US-Illinois

28-Jul-2013

Agricultural ops.  Company owner Dwayne Deakins refers to pilot as “Dale” in this video... Read more

Planned Vertiport Promises Easier Access to Downtown Chicago

Planned Vertiport Promises Easier Access to Downtown Chicago

3-Jul-2013Source: NBAA

Developers of a new vertiport near Chicago’s downtown business center hope to break ground on the 10-acre project later this summer and begin operations next year. The vertiport, which differs from a heliport by being designed for use by tiltrotors as well as helicopters, will be constructed at Wood and 15th streets on land owned... Read more

Rockford Health System relaunches REACT with EC135

Rockford Health System relaunches REACT with EC135

1-Jul-2013Source: Rock River Times

Rockford Health System marked a new milestone in its REACT program June 27, when it unveiled its new helicopter with a ceremonial first flight  – the relaunch following their fatal accident in December 2012 – see full story of new helicopter launch.  Photo – Rockford Health System... Read more

03-Jun-13 N2318X Robinson R22B Lansing, US-Illinois

03-Jun-13 N2318X Robinson R22B Lansing, US-Illinois

3-Jun-2013

Training accident.  Main blades chopped tail boom.  Helicopter ended up on its skids... Read more

REACT returns to full service – EC135 replaces BK117

REACT returns to full service – EC135 replaces BK117

7-Feb-2013Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital

Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program resumed full air and ground transport service on Sunday, February 3. Working with aviation partner Air Methods, REACT pilots, flight nurses and mechanics resumed serving injured and critically-ill patients throughout the region. The first flight was a patient flown from Freeport to Rockford Memorial Hospital.  REACT is using a... Read more

OSF bases Life Flight EC145 in Peru (Peru, Illinois!)

OSF bases Life Flight EC145 in Peru (Peru, Illinois!)

5-Feb-2013Source: News Tribune

OSF Life Flight, a part of OSF HealthCare, announced a significant expansion of its medical helicopter services to the region around Peru. (see full story)... Read more

US Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B2 for Chicago TV station

US Helicopters takes delivery of an AS350B2 for Chicago TV station

1-Feb-2013Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter today announced delivery of a new AS350 B2 AStar aircraft to U.S. Helicopters, Inc. U.S. Helicopters, Inc. based in Marshville, N.C., is one of the largest operators of electronic news gathering helicopters in the country. The company has served dozens of major television stations located in cities in most of the lower 48... Read more

Med-Trans appoints VP of Partner Development

Med-Trans appoints VP of Partner Development

27-Jan-2013Source: Med-Trans

Med-Trans Corp., a leader in the air medical industry, announced today that Jana Williams has accepted the position of V.P. of Partner Development and will be working out of the Chicago area in addition to the corporate headquarters in Lewisville, Texas. Williams,a transformational leader, has been in EMS for more than 27 years.  She most recently... Read more

Rockford Memorial Hospital prepares for full return of REACT

Rockford Memorial Hospital prepares for full return of REACT

22-Jan-2013Source: Rockford Memorial Hospital

Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program recently began training flights on a temporary aircraft. Working with our aviation partner, Air Methods, REACT pilots and mechanics are now training on a Eurocopter EC135 aircraft housed at the hangar on the North Rockton Avenue campus. Flight nurses have resumed staffing critical care ground transports throughout the region... Read more

10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

10-Dec-12 N911BK Eurocopter BK117B3 Rochelle, US-Illinois (3F)

10-Dec-2012

Three killed in an EMS helicopter accident – en route from Rockford base to Mendota to pick up a patient.  Weather reported as a factor.  Pilot later named as Andy Olesen, and the two flight nurses were Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis... Read more

Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police president suspended over helicopter allegations

Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police president suspended over helicopter allegations

1-Nov-2012Source: Chicago Tribune

Timothy Swanson faces an investigation into a police helicopter program he began while chief of southwest suburban Countryside in 2005 and then moved to Kankakee County in 2009, records show. (see full story)... Read more

First OSF EC145 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System

First OSF EC145 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Digital Audio System

17-Aug-2012Source: Becker Avionics

OSF Aviation, LLC, a division of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, recently took delivery of their first of four (4) new Eurocopter EC145 Air Medical helicopters with the Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System installed. These EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air... Read more

Free!  Chicago Helicopter Safety Workshop

Free! Chicago Helicopter Safety Workshop

15-Aug-2012Source: HAI

HAI, in partnership with the FAA Safety Team (FAASteam), will host a free, two-day safety seminar, Aug. 24-25, in Des Plaines, Ill. for all helicopter pilots in the Great Lakes region. Doors and registration open at 8:30 a.m. The workshop days start at 9:00 a.m. and will run until 4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is not required... Read more

East Chicago council signs off on St. Catherine heliport

East Chicago council signs off on St. Catherine heliport

3-Jul-2012Source: East Chicago community

The East Chicago City Council has approved a special zoning variance allowing St. Catherine Hospital to build a new heliport. (see full story)... Read more

27-May-12 N1UB Robinson R44 Peoria, US-Illinois

27-May-12 N1UB Robinson R44 Peoria, US-Illinois

27-May-2012

Tail struck ground while hovering, causing helicopter to crash land on its side... Read more

United Rotorcraft delivers first WAAS EC145

United Rotorcraft delivers first WAAS EC145

8-May-2012Source: United Rotorcraft

United Rotorcraft is pleased to announce it has delivered the first of four Eurocopter EC145 aircraft to OSF Aviation, LLC, Peoria, Ill., a part of OSF HealthCare. The delivery marks the first after market WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) certified (under FAA STC) EC145. WAAS is intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for... Read more

21-Apr-12 N34LB Schweizer 300C Schaumburg, US-Illinois

21-Apr-12 N34LB Schweizer 300C Schaumburg, US-Illinois

21-Apr-2012

Tail rotor struck ground handling platform during landing... Read more

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

22-Feb-2012Source: Vislink

Vislink has won a major order from Motorola Solutions, Inc. to fulfill Motorola’s contract with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to equip Chicago Fire and Police Department helicopters with airborne surveillance technology in advance of the city’s hosting of the Group of Eight (G8) and NATO Summits in May... Read more

OSF Aviation selects Becker digital audio new EC145 fleet

OSF Aviation selects Becker digital audio new EC145 fleet

9-Feb-2012Source: Becker Avionics

Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 Digital Audio System was recently selected by OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois for their new EC145 Air Medical Helicopter fleet. The four (4) EC145s are part of a fleet replacement program for OSF’s operations. OSF Aviation is the provider of air medical support services to... Read more

Residents’ lawsuit seeks to block construction of Chicago EMS helipad

Residents’ lawsuit seeks to block construction of Chicago EMS helipad

23-Dec-2011Source: CBS Chicago

The lawsuit was filed by SOAR, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The group is seeking to have a judge reverse the October ruling by the Illinois Department of Transportation that approved the heliport. (see full story)... Read more

AAR partners with Chicago colleges to fill skills gaps in aviation

AAR partners with Chicago colleges to fill skills gaps in aviation

21-Dec-2011Source: AAR

AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been selected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office as aviation industry partner for a new education to careers engagement strategy between the City Colleges of Chicago and private business to prepare residents for jobs in high-growth sectors. AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch joined Mayor Emanuel for the announcement of the... Read more

18-Nov-11 N880SF Bell 230 Springfield, US-Illinois

18-Nov-11 N880SF Bell 230 Springfield, US-Illinois

18-Nov-2011

Gear collapsed on landing... Read more

13-Nov-11 N330SL Eurocopter BK117 Carbondale, US-Illinois

13-Nov-11 N330SL Eurocopter BK117 Carbondale, US-Illinois

13-Nov-2011

Main rotor struck tail boom on shut down... Read more

Lifeline at Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony marks 30 years

Lifeline at Rockford’s OSF Saint Anthony marks 30 years

26-Oct-2011Source: Rockford Register Star

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center celebrates 30 years of its Lifeline medical helicopter program Wednesday, and staff say health system officials have invested in major equipment upgrades and training during the last few years to make the aircraft more dependable and in demand for the region. (see full story)... Read more

United Rotorcraft to complete four EC145s for OSF HealthCare

United Rotorcraft to complete four EC145s for OSF HealthCare

24-Oct-2011Source: Air Methods

Air Methods, the largest air medical transportation company in the world, announced today that United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods (formerly known as the Products Division of Air Methods) has been awarded a contract by OSF Aviation, LLC, Peoria, Ill., a part of OSF HealthCare, to complete OSF’s four new Eurocopter EC145 aircraft. The... Read more

OSF Aviation purchases four EC145s

OSF Aviation purchases four EC145s

17-Oct-2011Source: American Eurocopter

** EDITOR NOTE ** HeliHub.com broke this story four weeks ago – see OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145 – what follows is merely today’s press release confirming the details American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that OSF Aviation, LLC, a part of OSF HealthCare based in Peoria, Illinois, has ordered four... Read more

Streeterville Children’s Memorial Hospital Heliport Approved

Streeterville Children’s Memorial Hospital Heliport Approved

16-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Helicopters will be able to bring sick patients to the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Streeterville after the Illinois Department of Transportation approved the heliport Friday. Children’s Memorial said on average, 73 children are brought to its current Lincoln Park location by helicopter every year. William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US correspondent... Read more

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

OSF Life Flight to upgrade from B230 to EC145

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

SCOOP! OSF Life Flight, run by St Francis Medical Center in the Illinois city of Peoria, is set to move from using Bell 230s.   Currently they fly four of the type, registered N830SF, N840SF, M870SF and N880SF, two registered to OSF Aviation LLC in 2002 and two in 2007. In recent days, four Eurocopter... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

Air Evac Lifeteam honours Marion paramedic

26-Aug-2011Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Marion, IL – Todd Test, flight paramedic for the Marion, Ill. Air Evac Lifeteam base, has been honored with the company’s 2011 Region 1 Flight Paramedic of the Year award. Test’s region consists of Air Evac Lifeteam bases in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. The Flight Paramedic of the Year is presented to the paramedic who... Read more

Shining lasers at aircraft cockpits made illegal in Illinois

Shining lasers at aircraft cockpits made illegal in Illinois

1-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Illinois legislators have passed state-level law which will make it illegal to target a laser at the cockpit of an aircraft.  The law was recently signed onto the statute books by Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, as one of a package of new laws to fight crime and protect residents across the state, and will become... Read more

27-Jul-11 N10009 Texas M74A (Bell 47) Creston, US-Illinois

27-Jul-11 N10009 Texas M74A (Bell 47) Creston, US-Illinois

27-Jul-2011

The pilot was landing the helicopter on a helicopter cart. He said that the helicopter’s skid got caught on the cart and the helicopter subsequently rolled over. There were no mechanical malfunctions with the helicopter during the flight. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to its tailboom when it rolled.... Read more

Defective Air Angels A109 and wrongful death lawsuit remains in Illinois court

Defective Air Angels A109 and wrongful death lawsuit remains in Illinois court

6-Jun-2011Source: Briskman Briskman & Greenberg

A defective aircraft and wrongful death lawsuit will continue court proceedings in Illinois, ruled the Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, Sixth Division. Michael Russell flew an emergency medical service helicopter for Air Angels, Inc. throughout Cook County. He died when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. His family subsequently discovered that one of... Read more

Children’s Hospital helipad deemed safe for approach, landing

Children’s Hospital helipad deemed safe for approach, landing

3-Jun-2011Source: Chicago Tribune

A proposed helipad for the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood should be safe enough “to perform approach and landing maneuvers,” an independent analysis conducted for the Illinois Department of Transportation says.... Read more

12-May-11 N9263Y Bell OH-58C New Athens, US-Illinois (1F)

12-May-11 N9263Y Bell OH-58C New Athens, US-Illinois (1F)

12-May-2011

Coroner reported that James Burks of Hot Springs, Ark. was pronounced dead at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville.   Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Hundelt says the helicopter was spraying fungicide on a wheat field near New Athens when the rotor separated from the aircraft, causing it to crash.... Read more

03-May-11 N38096 Bell 47 (Texas M74) New Columbia, US-Illinois

03-May-11 N38096 Bell 47 (Texas M74) New Columbia, US-Illinois

3-May-2011

Crashed into field after take-off... Read more

16-Dec-10 N101AE Bell B206L-1 Peoria, US-Illinois

16-Dec-10 N101AE Bell B206L-1 Peoria, US-Illinois

16-Dec-2010

Landing accident, damage level not given in FAA preliminary report... Read more

Air Methods to terminate Saints Flight 2 this week after just nine months

Air Methods to terminate Saints Flight 2 this week after just nine months

27-Sep-2010Source: MyWebTimes

In the statement, St. Mary’s Hospital CEO Joanne Fenton said Air Methods has informed the hospital of the discontinuation of services. Saints Flight 2 has been based at St. Mary’s since January.... Read more

Stephenson County Sheriff defends involvement in LEAC consortium

Stephenson County Sheriff defends involvement in LEAC consortium

23-Sep-2010Source: Journal Standard

Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders vigorously defended his department’s participation in a regional helicopter program Thursday, amid what he characterized as a flood of misinformation circulating about the project.... Read more

20-Sep-10 N34LB Hughes 269 Schaumburg, US-Illinois

20-Sep-10 N34LB Hughes 269 Schaumburg, US-Illinois

20-Sep-2010

Tail struck ground on training flight... Read more

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition needs to justify tax money

18-Aug-2010Source: Rockford Register Star

LEAC’s accounting and record keeping seem hazy even for a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers. Their website shows them operating three OH-58s and one UH-1.  A Bell 430 is also available on a donation basis... Read more

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