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Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - 11:14
Swiss air-rescue service Rega orders a second batch of 12 five-bladed H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases, replacing the current fleet of AW109SP helicopters. This new order follows an initial contract for nine H145s, announced in March this year. By 2026, Rega will operate an all-Airbus fleet consisting of 21 five-bladed H145s.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - 10:51

After 119 years of aircraft technology advancements, we are still seeing technology developments. Like the Wright Brothers in the years leading to first flight in 1903, companies investing in the future of aviation do so with great risk at the chance of either rewards or failure.

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Carpenter Avionics Announces Company Name Change to Forge Flightworks, Underscoring Expanded Mission Ahead
Carpenter Avionics Announces Company Name Change to Forge Flightworks, Underscoring Expanded Mission Ahead
Carpenter Avionics, the largest avionics service center in the MidSouth region of the U.S. and a multi-year national award-winning FAA Repair Station, announces that the company name has been changed. The company now is known as Forge Flightworks to better reflect the company’s expanded mission to offer a broader array of installation, repair, interiors and related services for general-aviation aircraft.
GPMS, a provider of helicopter health-monitoring systems, announces at the SHIFT Air Medical Transport Conference that it is pursuing a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Foresight MX health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) on the Airbus H135 platform. To achieve the STC, GPMS will work with Metro Aviation, a provider in air-medical transportation services and helicopter completions in the United States.
DART Aerospace’s SkyCannon® Highrise Fire Attack System Receives UH-60/S-70 FAA Supplemental Type Certification
DART Aerospace’s SkyCannon® Highrise Fire Attack System Receives UH-60/S-70 FAA Supplemental Type Certification
DART Aerospace receives FAA supplemental type certification (STC) for its SkyCannon® Fire Attack System on the Sikorsky UH-60/S-70 helicopter. The UH-60/S-70 is the third helicopter type certified to operate the SkyCannon after the Airbus EC225 Puma and Avicopter AC313.

Human Factors or Human Failure

When we discuss Human Factors in comparison to CRM, we distinguish one from the other as follows: “Human Factors is theoretical knowledge of psychology and CRM is the practical application of that knowledge”.  Thus, the concept of Human Factors, which is correctly characterized as a concept, is incorrectly characterized as the causative label conveniently hung on an incident / accident.   Because Human Failure is a tangible action and not an abstract term, Human Failure is the actual culprit, placing the blame where it belongs, with the human.

Metro Aviation is embarking on a year-long project to test the capabilities of an FAA weather camera at its Ann Arbor, MI base, hypothesizing that the University of Michigan Survival Flight crew will see a reduction in canceled flights due to weather. Metro pilots currently use automated surface observing systems (ASOS) to obtain weather data, but the accuracy of these systems varies by location...
HAI Mourns the Passing of Harold Summers, Director of Flight Operations and Industry Icon
HAI Mourns the Passing of Harold Summers, Director of Flight Operations and Industry Icon
Helicopter Association International (HAI) deeply regrets to announce the passing of Harold “Hal” Summers, director of flight operations for HAI for nearly 18 years and a fixture in the rotorcraft industry since the 1960s. Service information and methods of honoring his memory are pending and will be released as soon as they are available.
Helitech Expo, revived under new management by the Prysm Group, announces it is partnering with Helicopter Maintenance magazine for an event that should not be missed by any aviation business. Taking place October 5-6, 2021, at ExCeL London, located in the Royal Docks area of Newham, East London, the expo will provide the most relevant, up-to-date, exclusive information as well as invaluable insights and tips, all under one roof.
In response to the overwhelmingly positive viewer feedback on its 2021 virtual seminars, Concorde is taking its customers' suggestions and offering FAA-approved IA seminars focused on three distinct disciplines: piston, turbine and rotorcraft. All are welcome to the free events. IA status is not required.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announces that nominations for its 2022 HAI Salute to Excellence Awards is now open. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in all forms of vertical aviation, including unmanned aircraft systems (UASs or drones), for pilots, mechanics, engineers, CFIs or other vertical aviation professionals.

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