A question of priorities: Protecting helicopter occupants

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February 9, 2018


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A high-profile fatal accident involving a Flight For Life helicopter in July 2015 called attention to the civil helicopter industry’s shortcomings in addressing crash safety. Now, the FAA is feeling pressure to act. Mike Reyno Photo

A question of priorities: Protecting helicopter occupants

The civil helicopter industry has become increasingly aware of the need for improved occupant protection, but achieving that goal will be a lengthy process.

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 Today's News

Patrick Mahany was a decorated Vietnam veteran and among the first civilian helicopter air ambulance pilots in the U.S. As his union, PHPA International, recalled,

No greater love: A fight for helicopter crash safety

Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany loved his crew like family. Now, his widow is trying to honor his legacy by making helicopters safer for all of us.

 
Liebherr-Aerospace supplies various components for the H160.

Liebherr-Aerospace receives order for H160 heating valves

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to supply the heating valves for its H160 helicopter program.

 
Hayat joined CHC in 2015 and has been a key part of the company’s restructuring and global compliance efforts. CHC Photo

CHC Group appoints new general counsel

CHC Group's Imran Hayat, currently serving as acting general counsel, has been confirmed by its board of managers to assume the role permanently moving forward.

 
 
Copter 4, a Bell UH-1H operated by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department, medevacs a man from Platform Hill House who suffered from an industrial accident. Matt Udkow Photo

Air support unit performs 4 medevacs in 24 hours

Over the duration of 24 hours, the Santa Barbara Air Support Unit responded to four calls for service, providing critical lifesaving rescues and air support for local area law enforcement. 

 
In 2017 alone, 76 H145s were ordered by customers globally. Airbus Helicopters Photo

Asia Pacific's HEMS, VIP and military markets present opportunities for the H145

Among the helicopters generating interest in the Asia-Pacific region, Airbus says the H145 is already at the center of talks with HEMS, VIP and military operators.

 
The H125Ms transport of four members of a rescue team within a day’s journey saved crucial time in getting Elisabeth Revol to safety. Airbus Helicopters Photo

Two H125Ms help rescue climbers in Pakistan

Two H125Ms were used in the rescue of a distressed climber on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat peak. Their transport of four members of a rescue team within a day’s journey saved crucial time in getting Elisabeth Revol to safety.

 
 
   

 News From The Web

Mission Health considers moving helicopter from Angel Medical Center
 Source: wlos.com

 

Virginia State Police dedicate aviation hangar to fallen Lt. Jay Cullen
 Source: wric.com

 

IAF looking to replace its famed Yas'ur helicopter
 Source: ynetnews.com

 

Helicopter described as 'Achilles heel' could respond to only 1 in 5 medevac calls
 Source: cbc.ca

 
   

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