New PolAir base at Bankstown

An artist’s impression of the proposed new PolAir base at Bankstown Airport. (Crawford Architects)

Bankstown Airport has developed a draft a major development plan to upgrade and consolidate the NSW Police Force’s Aviation Support Branch operations into a single purpose-built facility at the airport. The proposed $35 million new base will be located north of the runways and just to the east of the … [Read more...]

Drone collides with US Army Black Hawk

A file image of a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter from the 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion from Grand Ledge, Mich., land at Grayling Airfield, Grayling, Mich., Aug. 3, 2013. The 3-238th is participating in Exercise Northern Strike 2013, a joint multinational combined arms training exercise conducted in Michigan. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Scott Thompson/released)

A remotely-piloted aircraft collided with a US Army UH-60M Black Hawk while it was flying at 500ft over a residential neighbourhood on Staten Island, New York on September 23. Believed to be the first time a drone has collided with a helicopter in flight, the incident happened at about 1930 local time … [Read more...]

Flight data monitoring system to reduce risk for Toll

The Toll Rescue Helicopter Service has partnered with Truth Data Insights of Forth Worth, Texas to provide flight data monitoring (FDM) of its fleet of eight Leonardo AW139s based in Sydney, Wollongong, Orange and Canberra to help identify operational risks and manage human errors. At the completion … [Read more...]

UK, Norway resume Super Puma operations

A file image of a CHC Helicopters EC225LP. (Paul Sadler)

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority Norway announced on July 7 2017 plans to lift restrictions on all commercially operated UK and Norwegian registered H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters following the global grounding that was imposed after a fatal accident involving … [Read more...]