The End of the Helicopter War in Vietnam

A Bell Huey Helicotper pushed into South Asia Pacific

Towards the end of 1969, the US Government announced the first steps toward the reduction of US forces and eventual pullout from Vietnam.  The Huey became a vital part of this plan.  The South Vietnamese Air Force was responsible for taking over combat operations with a goal of fielding 500 Bell UH-1s divided amongst 16 squadrons.
While President Nixon authorized a Cambodia incursion called Operation Toan Thang 43 in 1970,  US troops continued to pull out of Vietnam.  All Navy Hueys were out of Vietnam by January 1972 and Marine Hueys were out of the conflict shortly thereafter.  The small number of helicopters flown by the US Air Force were out of the country by the end of the year.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to Explore Potential for Support of the Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Institute

March 25, 2014

Sikorsky Press Release

  SANTIAGO, Chile - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further explore Sikorsky’s potential participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Institute, scheduled to open in September. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), made the announcement during the FIDAE International Air and Space Fair here in Santiago.

Airbus Begins Helicopter Deliver to Brazilian Army

Airbus Helicopters’ enhanced version is the first to be fully certified in Brazil

Marignane, 13 March 2014

The first two upgraded AS365 Panther K2 rotorcraft will be delivered this month by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary to the Brazilian Army Aviation Command (AvEx), providing a modernized platform with more power, updated avionics and increased mission capability.

Coast Guard rescues snowmobilers in Saginaw Bay near Bay City

CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard rescued two men after their snowmobiles crashed through the ice about a mile offshore on Saginaw Bay near Bay City, Mich., Saturday night.

The names are not being released, and there is no imagery.

Step Off the Beaten Track with Heli-Skiing

Heli-Skiing in the mountains

Everyone has hobbies but if you're the type of person that loves an adrenaline hit then you're probably no stranger to the rush of skiing or snowboarding. There are countless others but one constant is the excitement from completing a difficult manoeuvre or the thrill of battling with some tough terrain and both winter and extreme sports fans bond over this fact. If you're nodding your head in agreement maybe it's time to step off the beaten (or well-skied) track in search of something more challenging.

Bell 407 Helicopter

A Bell 407 Helicopter Ready for Takeoff

The Bell 407 helicopter had a big job to do. It had to take the success of the amazingly popular Bell 206 and improve on it across the board. Fortunately the new design was more than up to the challenge!

The Bell 407 took the best elements of the Bell 206 LongRanger and improved them. It was announced in 1995, prototyped the same year and began production in November 1995. FAA certification followed in February 1996.

Helicopter Dustoff

Huey Dustoff Helicopter being loaded with military casualties

In 1969, Huey ‘dustoffs” accomplished 29,114 medical evacuations.  The name Dustoff comes from the first medevac unit in Vietnam and these units were the most admired Huey crews during the war. 

The Robinson R22 Helicopter

Robinson R22 Helicopter in Flight

The Robinson R22 helicopter has to be one of the most popular helicopters in the world. Most training schools have at least one of them, new helicopter pilots own one of them and many value-oriented owners own or have owned an R22.

The Robinson R22 is the brainchild of former Hughes employee Frank D. Robinson. Designed in 1973, the R22 took its first flight in 1975 and entered production in 1979. Since then it has been a firm favorite across the globe for leisure, training and work.

History of the Eurocopter EC135

A White Eurocopter EC135 in Flight

The Eurocopter EC135 is an exceptionally popular helicopter that was originally designed to be a demonstrator. It quickly gained popularity that far outshone that humble role so was quickly made available as a production model.

CV-22 Osprey at National Museum of the Air Force

A White Eurocopter EC135 in Flight

Posted with permission from Warbirds.

PRESS RELEASE – DAYTON, Ohio — Yesterday one of the U.S. Air Force’s more unique aircraft landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force  a day later than what originally planned.In fact the arrival of a CV-22 Osprey at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force  originally planned for Wednesday morning was postponed because of weather concerns.

Bell 206 Helicopter

A Bell 206A Heliocopter in flight new powerlines.

The Bell 206 Helicopter began life as a concept to fulfill a U.S. Army requirement for a light observation helicopter in the 1960s. The initial design was designated YHO-4 and initially won the competition alongside a design from Hiller, the OH-6.

The Eurocopter EC120 Calibri Helicopter

Eurocopter (now Airbus) EC120 Helicopter in Flight

The Eurocopter EC120 Colibri is a light helicopter produced as a result of a joint venture by Eurocopter (now AIRBUS), Harbin of China and Singapore Technologies Aerospace. First released in 1998, the EC120 remains in production today.

Eurocopter EC175 Sets Climb Record Video

Watch the Eurocopter EC175 Set two Vertical Climb record

Posted by Eurocopter

Eurocopter's EC175 -- which opens new standards for the medium-sized twin-engine helicopter market segment -- has achieved two time-to-climb records, further validating its performance as the rotorcraft's flight manual is submitted to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as part of the certification process.

Eurocopter EC120 Takeoff and Landing Video

This is a short video of a Eurocopter EC120 taking off and landing.

This is a short video of a Eurocopter EC120 taking off an landing.  The EC120 is a single engine helicopter that is a five-seat multi-purpose helicopter.   The EC120 lightweight rotary-wing aircraft integrates the most modern technologies, including a new-generation Fenestron® tail rotor for low operating noise and maximum flight control efficiency, crashworthy seats and fuel system, and the Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) for pilots.

Air Methods Air Ambulance Video

Eurocopter (Airbus) EC120 Medevac Helicopter

This is the promotional Video for the Air Methods medevac services.   Learn more about Air Methods

From the Video:  We have since grown to become the most experienced operator in the industry. We are aware each of our stakeholders chooses Air Methods. We accept the responsibility of being their Partner of Choice and work to justify the decision every day.

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