US-Oklahoma

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Bell Announce Agreement as part of the FAA UASIPP

18-Dec-2019Source: Bell

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) and Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company announced an agreement to add Bell to the CNO UASIPP team and begin testing some of the Bell innovations and systems on CNO-owned property in rural southeastern Oklahoma. The flights and tests will be conducted as part of the... Read more

Oklahoma City Police buy two AS350 crash-resistant fuel tanks

Oklahoma City Police buy two AS350 crash-resistant fuel tanks

23-Jul-2019Source: StandardAero

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems have recently delivered two of their AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFT) to Hangar One Avionics, which will soon be installed on the Oklahoma City Police Department’s (OKCPD) AS350 B3e (H125) helicopters. The OKCPD received budget approval in May 2018 to purchase crashworthy fuel systems for their two AS350 helicopters and... Read more

Air Methods closes four bases in Oklahoma

Air Methods closes four bases in Oklahoma

24-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Air Methods have recently shut down four medical helicopter bases in Oklahoma due to financial issues. The bases that were shut down were in Chickasha, Keefeton, Seminole and the base in Tulsa at the Riverside Airport. Each base employed up o 15 people, reports Denver Posts.... Read more

11-Jan-19 N346AE Airbus AS350B2 Ponca City, US-Oklahoma

11-Jan-19 N346AE Airbus AS350B2 Ponca City, US-Oklahoma

11-Jan-2019

NTSB report :  The pilot and an air ambulance crewmember were repositioning the helicopter due to incoming inclement weather. About halfway into the flight, the front windshields were fogging over, and the pilot increased the demister. Upon reaching the destination, the pilot hovered near the company hangar; by this time, the windshields had completely fogged over. The crewmember warned the pilot that he was getting... Read more

Oklahoma Passes Bill for Aerial Gunning of Wild Hogs

Oklahoma Passes Bill for Aerial Gunning of Wild Hogs

29-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The State House of Representatives of Oklahoma have joined with Texas and Louisiana and have passed a law that allows shooters to pay for a helicopter flight so that they can shoot feral hogs. Rep. Jeff Coody said they were calling it the flying pig bill. Before the bill was passed, only trained and licensed... Read more

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

On Scene Transfusions from McAlester Regional AirCare

9-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

McAlester Regional AirCare has upped their game on providing immediate clinical care on scene. Their Bell 407 GX helicopter has an insulated thermal cooler in the cabin, which is responsible for maintaining the correct temperature for storing units of O-negative blood, which they are now approved to do. The blood is provided by Oklahoma Blood... Read more

Med-Trans launches EMS Bell 407GX in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans launches EMS Bell 407GX in McAlester, Oklahoma

10-Sep-2015Source: Med-Trans

Med-Trans Corp. has launched McAlester Regional Air Care, a critical care air medical helicopter flight program to serve McAlester Regional Health Center. The McAlester-based helicopter carries a medical flight crew consisting of a pilot, registered nurse and paramedic trained to provide superior clinical care. “Med-Trans is pleased to begin service in McAlester to serve McAlester... Read more

Med-Trans Begins Air Medical Service in McAlester, Oklahoma

Med-Trans Begins Air Medical Service in McAlester, Oklahoma

3-Sep-2015Source: Med-Trans

Med-Trans Corp. has launched McAlester Regional Air Care, a critical care air medical helicopter flight program to serve McAlester Regional Health Center. The McAlester-based helicopter carries a medical flight crew consisting of a pilot, registered nurse and paramedic trained to provide superior clinical care. “Med-Trans is pleased to begin service in McAlester to serve McAlester... Read more

25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

25-Aug-15 N444KD Robinson R44 Ketchum, US-Oklahoma

25-Aug-2015

Pilot John Marcotte suffered minor injuries. Tail boom sliced in two places, helicopter ended on its starboard side in a hay field – approx one mile out after departing local airfield... Read more

30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

30-Mar-2015

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter... Read more

12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

12-Mar-2015

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal... Read more

25-Sep-14 N152CA Bell 206B Pushmataha County, US-Oklahoma

25-Sep-14 N152CA Bell 206B Pushmataha County, US-Oklahoma

25-Sep-2014

Crashed in unknown circumstances... Read more

Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

15-Jul-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) will feature the recently-delivered Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) AS350B3e helicopter at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19 at Booth 811. The Oklahoma DPS AStar features an advanced avionics and mission equipment suite, including the Garmin G500H electronic flight information system, Wescam MX10 thermal imager,... Read more

New program director for Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward

New program director for Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward

9-Jun-2014Source: Woodward News

Phil Ester was recently named the new program director for the Air Evac Lifeteam in Woodward – see full story... Read more

FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

FlightSafety to host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference

24-Apr-2014Source: FlightSafety

FlightSafety International announces that it will host the 2014 Flight Simulation Engineering and Maintenance Conference. It will be held September 15 to18, at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference is expected to be attended by more than 300 flight simulation experts from around the world. Attendees and participants will... Read more

Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

Family sues Airbus, Honeywell and Soloy for EagleMed AS350 crash

9-Apr-2014

The widow and children of pilot Mark Montgomery have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Tarrant County, Texas alleging that the helicopter crashed after losing power, as a result of a defective and negligently designed Honeywell LTS-101 engine.  See full story See also 22-Feb-13 N917EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Oklahoma City, US-Oklahoma (2F)... Read more

AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

25-Feb-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that the police departments of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have purchased AS350-series helicopters to upgrade their fleets, increasing to three the number of major Oklahoma law enforcement agencies operating Airbus Helicopters products. The Oklahoma City Police Department ordered two AS350B3e helicopters to replace their current fleet of patrol helicopters and to... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam to hold ground breaking ceremony on Altus facility on Monday 2nd

Air Evac Lifeteam to hold ground breaking ceremony on Altus facility on Monday 2nd

27-Nov-2013Source: Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam will hold a ground breaking for their new base at 15981 US Highway 283, Altus at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. The air ambulance crew which has been operating in Altus since February at a temporary location is expected to be operational in their new facility in mid- to late-January. The... Read more

11-Nov-13 68-15287 Bell UH-1D Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

11-Nov-13 68-15287 Bell UH-1D Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

11-Nov-2013

Damaged during ground transportation to Veterans Day event. falling off trailer and blocking the road.  Badly damaged... Read more

19-Oct-13 N495AE Bell 407 Cooperton, US-Oklahoma

19-Oct-13 N495AE Bell 407 Cooperton, US-Oklahoma

19-Oct-2013

Birdstrike, landed without incident but one of 3 POB suffered minor injuries... Read more

Sikorsky abandons plans for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy in Oklahoma

Sikorsky abandons plans for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy in Oklahoma

18-Sep-2013Source: Altus Times

Sikorsky was teaming with Aviation Training Consulting of Altus, who said in a statement, “Sikorsky has made the decision not to place the training facility in Altus”.  see full story See also these stories on Helihub.com from Sikorsky Oct-2012 – Sikorsky selects Oklahoma site for Flight and Maintenance Training Academy Jun-2013 – September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy... Read more

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

Oklahoma Lawmaker to study medical helicopter safety

7-Aug-2013Source: Claims Journal

State Senator Tom Ivester is considering a recommendation from the University of Oklahoma’s emergency medicine department, which says accreditation should be mandatory for medical helicopter companies. Now, accreditation is voluntary – see full story... Read more

September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy in Oklahoma

September launch for Sikorsky’s Training Academy in Oklahoma

17-Jun-2013Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced that the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA) – located in Altus, Okla., USA – will open on Sept. 6, 2013. The academy will provide advanced flight and maintenance training  and will initially focus on the needs of international military BLACK HAWK helicopter operators. SAS, the worldwide aftermarket business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., implements... Read more

11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

11-Jun-13 N935EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Talihina, US-Oklahoma (1F)

11-Jun-2013

Crashed close to hospital helipad on take-off for transfer to Tulsa.  Patient on board, 1 fatal, 2 critical, 1 minor.  Post crash fire.  Fatality was the patient, Michael Wilson, 49, although unclear whether that was due to the accident or his previous medical condition (following a serious workplace injury)... Read more

02-Jun-13 N464E Robinson R44 Keystone Lake, US-Oklahoma

02-Jun-13 N464E Robinson R44 Keystone Lake, US-Oklahoma

2-Jun-2013

Helicopter crashed into lake, 3 POB saved by nearby boaters... Read more

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

22-Apr-2013Source: KSWO

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department has a new large piece of equipment that will help the department fight fires or crime from a bird’s eye view. (See full story)... Read more

Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

Mediflght of Oklahoma to Begin Serving Area

18-Mar-2013Source: Mediflight of Oklahoma

Beginning March 4, Mediflight of Oklahoma will become the sole provider of air ambulance services in the Lawton community. For those who have AirEvac memberships, don’t worry, Mediflight will honor them. Mediflight of Oklahoma has been providing medical flight services throughout Oklahoma for over 30 years. In addition to the services currently available, Mediflight also... Read more

Air Evac helipad soon to be built in Altus, Oklahoma

Air Evac helipad soon to be built in Altus, Oklahoma

15-Mar-2013Source: The Lawton Constitution

ALTUS  Air Evac LifeTeam will soon begin construction of a new helipad to better serve the needs of patients who must be transported to distant hospitals for medical treatments  and get them there faster.(see full story)... Read more

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

7-Jan-2013Source: Oklahoma ANG

The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today they will receive four UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters this year. The helicopters will replace four OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May. The UH-72A... Read more

Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

Bad start to 2013 – four helicopters down in US, including two on EMS work

3-Jan-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Wednesday 2nd January saw a bad start to 2013 with no fewer than four helicopter accidents in the US already recorded on the HeliHub.com accident pages.  Two of these were EMS helicopters, a Med-Trans Bell 407 in Iowa and an Air Methods EC130 in Oklahoma.  The former occurred after night fall and took the lives... Read more

02-Jan-13 N334AM Eurocopter EC130 Cromwell, US-Oklahoma

02-Jan-13 N334AM Eurocopter EC130 Cromwell, US-Oklahoma

2-Jan-2013

Very heavy field landing of an EMS helicopter – helicopter was headed from Seminole Airport to the Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah.  Skids collapsed, main blades sliced tail boom.  All four POB injured, noting that no patient was on board.... Read more

Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

Eccentric R44 owner has helicopter siezed

29-Nov-2012Source: Phoenix New Times

The problem began on October 12, 2011, when a report about a suspicious pilot came into the Flagstaff office of the US Dept of Homeland Security Investigations. (see full story)... Read more

19-Oct-12 N57948 Eurocopter SA315B Helena, US-Oklahoma

19-Oct-12 N57948 Eurocopter SA315B Helena, US-Oklahoma

19-Oct-2012

Blades struck striker plate on landing... Read more

Mint Turbines expands MRO footprint

Mint Turbines expands MRO footprint

11-Sep-2012Source: M International

M International, Inc. announces that its subsidiary, Mint Turbines, LLC, has completed the signing of a new T53 Authorized Service Center license with Honeywell International, Inc. In order to continue the tradition of outstanding service provided to the Commercial and Military Operators of the T53 Engine product family, by M International, Inc., and Airborne Engines... Read more

29-Apr-12 N406EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hugo, US-Oklahoma

29-Apr-12 N406EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Hugo, US-Oklahoma

29-Apr-2012

Annual check ride with NVGs in EMS helicopter.  After a satisfactory slope landing, the PIC repositioned the helicopter to a flat area and performed a hovering autorotation, which  resulted  in  a  hard  landing.  After the flight, during a post-flight examination,  substantial  damage  was  discovered  to the tail boom and the aft portion of the fuselage... Read more

30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

30-Mar-12 N929JV Eurocopter SA315B Alva, US-Oklahoma

30-Mar-2012

Autorotated into field during external load operations... Read more

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

30-Jan-2012Source: Tickle The Wire

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday. (see full story)... Read more

27-Sep-11 N606WA Hughes 500D Chouteau, US-Oklahoma

27-Sep-11 N606WA Hughes 500D Chouteau, US-Oklahoma

27-Sep-2011

Skid struck powerline on take off and landed immediately without further incident... Read more

FlightSafety opens simulator design, manufacturing and support facility

FlightSafety opens simulator design, manufacturing and support facility

21-Aug-2011Source: FlightSafety

FlightSafety International will celebrate the grand opening of its new flight simulation training system design, manufacturing and support facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on August 23, 2011. “FlightSafety’s new flight simulation training system design and manufacturing facility will enable us to further increase the efficiency of our manufacturing processes, augment our production capacity and enable... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

25-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

At the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale last October, Bell announced that Air Evac Lifeteam had placed an order for sixteen Bell LongRanger IV helicopters.  HeliHub.com has heard that one of these has been allocated to their base at Woodward in Oklahoma, whch opened in May 2007, and went live on 1st July. ... Read more

23-Jul-11 N118TV Bell 206 Randlett, US-Oklahoma

23-Jul-11 N118TV Bell 206 Randlett, US-Oklahoma

23-Jul-2011

Struck powerlines and force landed.  It is believed that this helicopter operates for the ABC channel 8 KTUL under the name “Ranger 8”... Read more

URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

URS to display Tulsa PD’s Bell 206 at ALEA Expo

18-Jul-2011Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS), ALEA Expo Booth #340, will display Tulsa Police Department’s Bell 206L4 at the ALEA Conference and Exposition to be held in New Orleans, LA. URS originally customized the 206 helicopter with the FLIR Ultra 8500, Two Paravion Diamond Back Monitors, Avalex Digital Recorder, Meta-Map System, GMS Microwave Broadcast System and Onboard... Read more

Restored Vietnam UH-1 comes to Shawnee, Oklahoma

Restored Vietnam UH-1 comes to Shawnee, Oklahoma

26-Jun-2011

Although the formal dedication of the HUEY will be on July 4th, many are excited about its arrival and installation on Sunday, June 26th, and plan to be present to watch.  See more... Read more

23-Feb-11 N112AS Hughes 369D Henryetta, US-Oklahoma

23-Feb-11 N112AS Hughes 369D Henryetta, US-Oklahoma

23-Feb-2011

Rolled over on landing... Read more

15-Feb-11 N285AE Bell 206L.3 Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

15-Feb-11 N285AE Bell 206L.3 Tulsa, US-Oklahoma

15-Feb-2011

Precautionary landing after bird strike... Read more

Oklahoma City man accused of shooting city police helicopter

Oklahoma City man accused of shooting city police helicopter

1-Oct-2010Source: NewsOK

Police say they’ve arrested a man and charged him with shooting at the Oklahoma City Police Department’s helicopter in June.... Read more

Trooper won’t face charges in helicopter parts case

Trooper won’t face charges in helicopter parts case

1-Sep-2010Source: Oklahoman

Trooper Joe Howard was working in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s aircraft division in 2008 when several helicopter parts were alleged to have gone missing... Read more

Second Tulsa police helicopter to fly again

Second Tulsa police helicopter to fly again

1-Sep-2010Source: Tulsa World

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced Tuesday that he has authorized the second police helicopter to begin flying again... Read more

Claremore flight nurse for Air Evac honoured

Claremore flight nurse for Air Evac honoured

17-Aug-2010Source: NewsOn6

A flight nurse for the Air Evac Lifeteam crew in Claremore has been selected as the 2010 Region 4 Nurse of the Year.... Read more

22-Jul-10 N918EM AS350B2 Kingfisher, US-Oklahoma (2F)

22-Jul-10 N918EM AS350B2 Kingfisher, US-Oklahoma (2F)

22-Jul-2010

Abrupt manoeuvre by pilot (allegedly to demonstrate a coyote hunt according to the NTSB report) when it struck trees.  Pilot and one paramedic killed.  The other paramedic, who was still in the process of fixing his seatbelt, survived by being thrown clear in the impact.... Read more

Tulsa Police restart air operations

Tulsa Police restart air operations

21-Jul-2010Source: News On 6

One of Tulsa’s police helicopters went back up in the air last week, and TPD says it is paying dividends.  It  has already assisted on a number of calls, but none more dramatic than a high-speed chase this past weekend.... Read more

Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

11-May-2010Source: NewsOn6

Mayor Dewey Bartlett has suggested the city might sell the two helicopters it has now (MD500 and LongRanger) and replace them with models that cost less to fly made by Robinson Helicopter.... Read more

FAA Was Investigating Pilot Involved In Fatal Tahlequah Crash

FAA Was Investigating Pilot Involved In Fatal Tahlequah Crash

14-Apr-2010Source: NewsOn6.com

Accident being referred to involved Robinson R22 registered N3234G (HeliHub.com data page for this accident)  Press reports at the time showed that the accident date was inconclusive with both 14th and 15th October being quoted by different sources – the wreckage not being found until Friday 16th.... Read more

Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

Father of pilot in helicopter crash dropped from lawsuit

7-Apr-2010Source: Tahlequah Daily Press

Refers to accident of Robinson R22 N3234G at Tahlequah, OK – see HeliHub.com page for this accident... Read more

Pilot in fatal helicopter crash had meth in system, records show

Pilot in fatal helicopter crash had meth in system, records show

12-Mar-2010Source: Tulsa World

Accident being referred to involved Robinson R22 registered N3234G (HeliHub.com data page for this accident)  Press reports at the time showed that the accident date was inconclusive with both 14th and 15th October being quoted by different sources – the wreckage not being found until Friday 16th.... Read more

Mother of woman killed in helicopter crash files suit

Mother of woman killed in helicopter crash files suit

5-Nov-2009Source: Tahlequah Daily Press

The mother of a Tahlequah woman killed last month in a helicopter crash has filed suit against the pilot’s estate, his parents and Robinson Helicopter Co.  See also our Accident data 15-Oct-09 N3234G Robinson R22 Tahlequah, US-Oklahoma... Read more

Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

1-Nov-2009Source: Tulsa World

Because of budget cuts, Saturday will be the last night either one of the two police helicopters will be flying in Tulsa for the foreseeable future.   Officials have said they will be saving $195,000 for the duration of the fiscal year by grounding the helicopters. The four officers assigned to the unit have been reassigned... Read more

Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

Air Evac names Marc Hansen Program Director for the Woodward, Okla. base

14-Sep-2009Source: Alva Review Courier

As Program Director, Hansen is responsible for coordinating the daily activities and schedules of all base personnel, as well as administering the financial, marketing, growth and business aspects of the base.... Read more

EagleMed closes base at Guymon, Oklahoma

EagleMed closes base at Guymon, Oklahoma

16-Jul-2009Source: MyHighPlains

The city of Guymon no longer has a medical helicopter readily available. EagleMed left its base in Guymon, OK with only a days notice about a month ago.... Read more

11-Jun-09 N34SD Hiller UH-12 Stringtown, US-Oklahoma

11-Jun-09 N34SD Hiller UH-12 Stringtown, US-Oklahoma

11-Jun-2009

11-Jun-09 N34SD Hiller UH-12 Stringtown, US-Oklahoma... Read more

Tulsa Life Flight to Expand Services in Eastern Oklahoma

Tulsa Life Flight to Expand Services in Eastern Oklahoma

9-Jun-2009Source: GTR

Saint Francis Health System and St. John Health System along with Air Methods, Inc. are pleased to announce a new arrangement for the provision of Tulsa Life Flight services beginning June, 2009.... Read more

Future of Tulsa Life Flight under discussion

Future of Tulsa Life Flight under discussion

11-Apr-2009Source: Trading Markets

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EagleMed opens Oklahoma City helicopter base

EagleMed opens Oklahoma City helicopter base

4-Feb-2009Source: Wichita Eagle

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14-Jan-09 N2252U Brantly B2B Cement, US-Oklahoma

14-Jan-09 N2252U Brantly B2B Cement, US-Oklahoma

14-Jan-2009

14-Jan-09 N2252U Brantly B2B Cement, US-Oklahoma... Read more

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