Air medical service operator CareFlite, based in Grand Prairie, Texas, received final approval for its network of 17 IFR approach procedures to hospitals within a 150-mile radius of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in December. Hickok & Associates, of Orange Beach, Ala., which developed the approaches for CareFlite, announced the approval here at Heli-Expo.
Ilovene Potter, a long-time member of the Whirly-Girls and Ninety-Nines, died February 14 in Puyallup, Wash. She was 87. Potter earned her private-pilot license in 1941 and was the first woman in Washington state to receive a helicopter rating.
Dramatically reducing the helicopter accident rate, dealing with the looming pilot and technician shortage and building a geographical database of civil helicopters capable of assisting emergency responses to terrorism and national disasters were the top three goals articulated by HAI’s executive leadership at yesterday’s member breakfast and kick-off press conference.
The need for helicopters and their crews to aid disaster victims in 2005 was palpable, beginning with the devastating Southeast Asia tsunami at the end of 2004, peaking–in the U.S.–with the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in September and culminating with the massive earthquake that hit Pakistan in October.
The U.S. Navy has selected Safe Flight’s exceedance warning system for more than 100 of its Bell TH57 trainers.
Engine temperature and power exceedances cost the Navy millions of dollars in maintenance, according to Safe Flight, which added the exceedances can also cause premature component failure, higher operating costs and even lead to accidents.
Mary Raub, Whirly-Girl No. 56, received the 17th annual Livingston Award, honoring helicopter pioneer J. Arlo Livingston.
Erickson Aircrane (Booth No. 1681) recently completed a series of demonstrations for the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LACFD) to illustrate how its Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane can deal with a range of emergency response missions.
Sasemar, the Spanish Marine Safety Agency, is the fifth government customer to order AgustaWestland’s AW139 medium-twin helicopter in search-and-rescue (SAR) configuration, like the one shown here. Sasemar has contracted for three, following previous orders by the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Ireland and most recently Estonia.
Sterling Helicopter (Booth No. 2635) has broken ground on a new maintenance facility in Croydon, Pa., the company announced. The 25,000-sq-ft hangar and maintenance site will serve helicopters ranging in size from the Bell 206 to the Agusta A139. Expandable to an additional 15,000 sq ft, the facility will include an inventory department for parts delivery, Sterling said.
FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. of Century, Fla., has selected an EFIS cockpit from Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 2821) as standard equipment on all new 2006 Model FH1100 helicopters. The Chelton FlightLogic system will also be available for retrofit on FH1100 helicopters produced before this year.