Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will introduce the newest series of its Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army’s fleet, the company announced today at the 2020 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual tradeshow.
Air Methods Corporation – the largest civil operator of Airbus helicopters worldwide with more than 450 aircraft in operation – has signed a $24 million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters.
The new five-bladed H145 helicopter has received its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability.
Airbus Helicopters North America maintained its position as the leading provider of helicopters in the region in 2019, completing 61 deliveries to its growing customer base for a market share of 64%. The company also took in 66 gross orders in the U.S. and Canada.
New Mexico State Police Aircraft Section flew into action. With its new Airbus H145, the team crisscrossed the wilderness preserve at 13,000 feet elevation. Snow covered the mountaintops, making it difficult to spot the small white airplane.
“Helitack” – a blend of the words “helicopter” and “attack”, is a term coined in the 1950s to describe firefighting crews transported by helicopter to wildfires. The helicopter provides rapid and maneuverable transportation, allowing the helitack crews to quickly assess a wildfire situation and put in place the right plan of attack.
Flying into bad weather is the first thing every pilot is taught to avoid, however inadvertently finding yourself in a bad weather and low visibility situation can be one of the biggest threats a helicopter crew faces.