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nurses treated the patient during the flight to the hospital. The patient survived the horrific ordeal, and has returned to work and snowmobiling.


Jonathan Roebuck Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award


Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently announced that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award.


globally and to develop new techniques to improve helicopter flight safety, dedicating his retirement to reducing helicopter accidents and saving lives. He also has set up a nonprofit organization, the Vuichard Recovery


Aviation Safety Foundation


(www.vrasf.org), to further assist in spreading his message of helicopter safety.


Helicopter Safety Innovator Receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Safety Award


Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently announced that Claude Vuichard of Bern, Switzerland, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence BLR Aerospace Safety Award. This award honors those who have excelled in promoting safety in the helicopter industry.


Roebuck is being honored for his work in the creation of the Remote Access Project. Quickly locating and evacuating critically ill and injured patients in the remote areas of Maine is essential to survival. With an extensive Atlantic shoreline, hundreds of coastal islands, dense forests, mountains, and extreme temperature, LifeFlight of Maine operates in one of the most complex aviation environments in the country. In many cases, it previously took up to eight hours for a patient to reach a hospital. Roebuck oversaw the creation of more than 120 remote access landing zones (LZs), all on private land, that provide sites where helicopters can land to assist in rescue operations. In dire situations, minutes literally make a difference between life and death, and the Remote Access Project LZs provide helicopters with space to land in remote areas.


The importance of the LZs was proven during the rescue of an injured snowmobiler. The patient, a woman, had crashed her snowmobile into a 40-foot ravine and suffered critical injuries. Following the 911 call, responders dispatched a helicopter to the nearest Remote Access Project LZ, changing the destination during flight as more information became available. The LifeFlight of Maine helicopter landed just 50 yards from the patient, carrying vital emergency supplies. This would not have been possible without the strategically placed Remote Access Project LZ. Flight


Vuichard receives the award for his ongoing commitment to safe helicopter operations. He is best known for refining and promoting the Vuichard Recovery — a technique that trains helicopter pilots to recover from a condition known as “vortex ring state” with a minimal loss of altitude. In those conditions, the helicopter loses the ability to maintain lift and begins to descend. For more than 30 years, pilots have used the Vuichard Recovery to adjust their flight controls so that they exit the ring state by moving the aircraft to the side, thereby preserving as much altitude as possible.


The significance of the Vuichard Recovery technique within the helicopter industry is widespread. The International Helicopter


Team and U.S. Helicopter


Bulletins supporting its use, Robinson Helicopters has integrated the technique into its safety course, and helicopter operators around the world have adopted the procedure.


Vuichard took an early retirement from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation in Switzerland to conduct safety courses worldwide. Today, he continues to teach


Safety Safety


Team have both published Airmanship


Bell V-280 Valor Achieves First Flight


Bell Helicopter recently announced that its V-280 Valor has achieved first flight. The V-280 Valor is a next-generation tiltrotor that


is designed to provide unmatched


agility, speed, range, and payload capabilities at an affordable cost. This milestone represents exceptional progress on the V-280 development program and brings Bell Helicopter one step closer to creating the next generation of vertical lift aircraft for the U.S. military.


“This is an exciting time for Bell Helicopter, and I could not be more proud of the progress we have made with first flight of the Bell V-280,” says Mitch Snyder, president & CEO for Bell Helicopter. “First flight demonstrates our commitment to supporting Department of Defense leadership’s modernization priorities and acquisition reform initiatives. The Valor is designed to revolutionize vertical lift for the U.S. Army and represents a transformational aircraft for all the challenging missions our armed forces are asked to undertake.


“We are thrilled to share in this success of the V-280 first flight with Team Valor,” Snyder added. “The V-280 intends to completely transform what is possible for the military when it comes to battle planning and forward operations.”


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