New foldable drone flies through narrow holes in SAR missions

Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is exactly the kind of job that human rescuers would like drones to do for them. A flying robot could look for people trapped inside and guide the rescue team towards them. But the drone would often have to enter the building through a […]

German Armed Forces order seven Airbus H145s to replace UH-1Ds

The procurement office of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) has ordered seven H145 helicopters to replace their Bell UH-1D search and rescue fleet. The aircraft will be delivered in 2020 and will be stationed at the sites in Niederstetten, Holzdorf and Nörvenich. Airbus Helicopters will also be responsible for logistics support, repair, and maintenance of the […]

Spanish Air Force receives fourth SAR Airbus H215

The Ministry of Defense and the Spanish Air Force received their fourth H215 helicopter at the local Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete yesterday. The new helicopter will be assigned to the 802 Squadron of Air Forces / RCC Canarias of the Air Force, based in Gando (Gran Canaria) and will be dedicated to search and rescue […]

Cobham Gets Set to Launch Helicopter Academy

Cobham Aviation Services are all set to launch their Helicopter Academy later in the year, at Newquay International Airport.  It comes just as the company successfully completes its Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) contract early next year, after 20 years of fulfilling the UK MoD’s exacting helicopter training needs. Here at the SAR International Exhibition […]

Viking Air’s Future Super Scooper Plans

Having officially acquired the Bombardier CL-215/-415 business on October 1, 2016 Canadian aerospace company, Viking Air has been coy about its future plans for the water-bomber.  Until the Tangent Link’s Search and Rescue (SAR) International Conference that is. Viking Air’s Christian Bergeron told the author, “We have spent time rebuilding confidence in the customer’s support functions.  […]

Sentient Presents it Revolutionary ViDAR System at SAR International 2017

Sentient Vision, based in Port Melbourne, Australia is here at SAR International 2017, presenting its Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) capability. Simon Olsen, the company’s Director of Business Development told the author, “It is an optical system that can find very small targets on the ocean in a range of sea states in a range […]

Heli-Union Looks at Alternative Markets

Over the past two years, Toussus-Le-Noble based Heli-Union has embarked upon a strategy of diversification. As Jean-Baptiste Olry, the company’s Head of Sales and Operations told Tangent Link: “We were once focused more on the oil and gas industry, but now we want to diversify into other areas”. The unwillingness by oil and gas companies […]

Highlighting the new Civil Protection Aviation Hub for Europe

Paris Air Show, June 15, 2017 – Sécurité Civile has a large fleet of aerial firefighting fixed wing aircraft and SAR helicopters. In March 2017, the firefighting fleet was relocated from Marseille-Marignane to Nîmes–Alès–Camargue–Cévennes Airport, centralising aviation assets at the new Aerial Firefighting Training Centre and MRO facility. Tangent Link will be attending this year’s […]