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April 11, 1989 | From United Press International
The Hong Kong government has signed a contract to buy eight helicopters from American manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a company announcement said. The $54-million contract calls for five general purpose helicopters and three search and rescue variants and provides for options at a fixed price for an additional four general purpose helicopters, Sikorsky said. The S-76 helicopters are to be used by the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. "These aircraft will be the most advanced civil search and rescue helicopters available," Sikorsky President Eugene Buckley said.
August 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a contract for as much as $240,000 to use private helicopter mechanics to maintain and repair Los Angeles County fire helicopters. Beset by a shortage of mechanics, the county Fire Department has struggled to complete inspections and repairs to keep its seven firefighting and rescue helicopters airborne. Under the contract, Sikorsky mechanics will work on the county's three S-70 Firehawk helicopters for up to six months.
August 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
One homeowner complained that helicopters flew so low and so loudly over her neighborhood that she couldn't hear conversations and the vibrations rattled dishes in her china cabinet. Another likened the deafening chopper sounds to a "war zone. " More grumbling from Los Angeles homeowners? Nope. Long Island. Years of complaints about noise from helicopters shuttling well-to-do New Yorkers between the city and the Hamptons have led to new restrictions this month on helicopter traffic over Long Island - possibly offering a political lesson to Los Angeles residents seeking similar relief.
Sheriff Brad Gates wants to spend more than $4 million to replace the county's two aging helicopters with new ones. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider the plan, which also calls for the Sheriff's Department to lease a third chopper for 10 months so the county has an aircraft available during the transition.
June 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The Army, saying an April 21 accident in Honduras involving a CH-47D helicopter was caused by human error, lifted an order Wednesday that had grounded its fleet of the giant helicopters since May 4. The decision means all 61 of the workhorse Chinook helicopters may return to flying status immediately, said Lt. Col. Craig MacNab, an Army spokesman. Many of the aircraft are based at Ft. Campbell, Ky.
January 21, 1995
I have read many stories about groups that paint a distorted picture of helicopters. They want you to believe that our skies are crowded with reckless and violating chopper pilots in the air for hours at a time, hovering and buzzing households without regard. These groups do not speak for me, nor do they use logic when it comes to explaining what some helicopters are doing over Los Angeles. On Dec. 20 and 26, helicopters were used for life-saving duties. I witnessed a "life-guard" Lear Jet land at Van Nuys Airport on Dec. 20 with a chopper standing ready to transport its valuable cargo to an area hospital.
January 25, 2001 | Tami Min, (714) 966-7410
City Council members voted Tuesday to approve a bid for $67,000 to install technology that would display moving maps on monitors in the city's police helicopters. The software, which continuously displays the helicopter's position in relation to the street level and restricted air space, is expected to quicken police response times. Helicopter pilots can input an address and get directions to a ground location accurate to as little as three feet.
September 12, 1996 | KIMBERLY BROWER
An agreement with the city of Costa Mesa to share police helicopter services will continue, the City Council decided this week. The decision came after the city met with the Costa Mesa City Council about renegotiating the pact after the two other parties in the agreement--the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Huntington Beach--dropped out of the AirBorne Law Enforcement Services, known as ABLE.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to spend more than $4 million to replace two aging Sheriff's Department helicopters with new ones. The existing choppers have been in service for more than a decade, and officials said it is cheaper to purchase new aircraft than continue to pay for maintenance of the older models. The department also plans to lease a third helicopter for about a year to ensure that two choppers are always available during the transition period.
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