The first piece I wrote for Helicopters magazine was entitled “Post Disaster Preparation: Are You Ready?”
Recently, I received a call from an old friend and flying cohort from my early Yukon flying days.
Dec. 30, 2013 – Amanda Laberge predicts how Cory Cisyk will describe the remarkable events that have put him in the national eye: "Just doin' my job."
Dec. 18, 2013, Toronto - It doesn't sound like it should be that hard. The challenge: Design an aircraft that, powered only by a human, can reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in altitude and hover for at least 60 seconds.
Dec. 11, 2013, Glasgow, Scotland - Investigators have said there is no evidence that a police helicopter that crashed into a bar in Glasgow, killing nine people, suffered an engine or gearbox failure.
Dec. 11, 2013, Kapuskasing, Ont. - The Transportation Safety Board has confirmed a defective rotor blade caused a deadly helicopter crash near Kapuskasing in 2011.
Dec. 5, 2013, St. John's - David Moores is a lawyer and a resident of St. John’s, and has piloted small helicopters at night. With a family member working in the offshore oil industry, he is closely following the public debate over nighttime flights for offshore workers.
Dec. 3, 2013, Glasgow, Scotland - Safety experts said an early answer on the causes of the Glasgow helicopter crash was unlikely, after air accident investigators travelled to the scene and the process of removing the wreckage started.
Nov. 19, 2013, St. John's - Families who lost loved ones in a helicopter crash off Newfoundland in 2009 say Ottawa is failing to act on key safety recommendations for the offshore oil sector.
Nov. 19, 2013, Mississauga, Ont. - Ontario’s air-ambulance service endangered the health and safety of pilots by failing to educate them on the hazards of operating helicopters in remote locations or adequately train supervisors.
Nov. 14, 2013, Montreal - CAE Inc. was upgraded to outperform from sector perform by RBC Capital Markets because of its attractive valuation and anticipated margin improvement.
Nov. 4, 2013, Alexandria, Va. - HAI president Matt Zuccaro's monthly address makes it clear: the evolution of the North American helicopter industry will be about the people driving it, not necessarily the technological enhancements.
The weather is marginal VFR with temperatures just below the freezing point. The GFA shows extensive cloud with scattered snow showers.
In his poignant column in this edition of Helicopters, columnist Walter Heneghan makes a passionate plea to all members of the Canadian helicopter industry to not only enhance their own personal safety footprint but also step up their participation in the Helicopter Association of Canada and its various committees.
Oct. 3, 2013 – As part of the process to eventually resume night landings in remote areas, the province’s air ambulance service is testing new lighting at a helipad in Capreol, located north of Sudbury. The CEO for ORNGE won’t say exactly when, but night landings at 73 remote helipads could resume in the near future.

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