GLOBALink | China's civil helicopter family welcomes new member

Published in CHINA
Thursday, 11 August 2022 12:57

China's new civil helicopter, the AC352, has just received its type certificate from the civil aviation authorities. It will soon soar across the skies in support of emergency rescue missions. Birdy is here to tell you what you need to know...

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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Pays Tribute to the Helicopter Accident Victim Pilots, Emergency Rescue Squad and Medical Doctors at a Public Funeral Ceremony

Published in Society
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 17:43

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia accompanied by his graceful spouse – Nunuka Tamazashvili – paid tribute to victims of a helicopter accident at a Public Funeral Ceremony today, as pilots of MIA Border Protection Police, emergency rescue squad and medical doctors were killed in a devastating crash occurring in a high terrain region of the country.

The Head of Government of Georgia paid homage to the memory of victims and expressed his condolences to their mourning families at the Trinity Cathedral.
A memorial service for the souls of the fallen was performed by the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Metropolitan Shio Mujiri of Senaki and Chkhorotsku along with the cathedral priests.
Prime Minister of Georgia was accompanied to the Trinity Cathedral by Mme Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia; MP Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia; Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi and officials from the executive, legislative and local authorities of the country.
Press Service of the Government Administration

Eight people confirmed onboard border police helicopter that crashed during Gudauri rescue operation

Published in Justice
Friday, 29 July 2022 21:48

Eight people have been confirmed to have been onboard the border police helicopter that crashed in the winter resort town of Gudauri in the north of Georgia on Friday, the Georgian Interior Ministry has said.

The helicopter on a rescue operation in Gudauri lost control and crashed in a ravine on Friday. The MIA said the helicopter had been carrying rescuers of the Emergency Management Service and first aid responders called to assist paragliders who had ended up in the ravine earlier.

The relevant units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs are mobilised in the vicinity of Gudauri, at the scene of the incident and are conducting all necessary measures”, the statement noted.

There were four crew members onboard the helicopter, as well as two rescuers from the emergency management service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and two medics from the emergency coordination and emergency assistance centre. The Ministry of Internal Affairs continues conducting rescue measures.

The investigation into the violation of air transport traffic rules is underway under Article 275 of the Criminal Code of Georgia.

Due to the incident, the traffic on the Mtskheta-Stephantsminda-Larsi road is temporarily prohibited.

Source: https://agenda.ge/en/news/2022/2912

Border police helicopter crashes during rescue operation in Gudauri

Published in Justice
Friday, 29 July 2022 19:21

A Georgian border police helicopter on a rescue operation in the winter resort town of Gudauri in the north of the country lost control and crashed in a ravine on Friday,  the Georgian Interior Ministry said.

 The Mia said the helicopter had been carrying rescuers of the Emergency Management Service and first aid responders called to assist paragliders who had ended up in the ravine earlier.

Police are studying details of the accident, with additional information to be made available to public later.

Source: https://agenda.ge/en/news/2022/2911

GLOBALink | China's AC313A large civil helicopter makes maiden flight

Published in CHINA
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 17:24

NANCHANG, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China's independently-developed AC313A large utility civil helicopter successfully conducted its maiden flight on Tuesday, announced the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's leading aircraft maker.

   The 13-tonne-class large helicopter conducted the flight at an airport in Jingdezhen, east China's Jiangxi Province, marking a major step forward in the development of China's air emergency rescue system, the AVIC said.

   With the completion of the maiden flight, AC313A will now enter the flight test phase, according to the developer.

   It is expected to receive an airworthiness certification during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), and thereafter enter the market to serve customers.

   AC313A is a major aerial vehicle specially developed to meet the country's needs for air rescue missions. It is expected to assist the country in strengthening the national air emergency rescue system, according to the AVIC.

   Upgraded from AC313 helicopter, AC313A is a large utility civil helicopter with new engines, an upgraded transmission system, and multiple other tech-optimization in systems such as the avionics and flight control, said the AVIC.

   This new helicopter model is also installed with the health and usage monitoring system (HUMS), as well as rotor ice protection and de-icing facilities to enhance its performance and safety.

   AC313A can carry up to 28 people onboard, with a maximum take-off weight of 13.8 tonnes with external sling loads. It can also load up to five tonnes of water for firefighting missions.

   Capable of operating in both visual and instrument flight, AC313A can operate in various complicated terrains and weather conditions, such as a high plateau and high and low temperatures.

   AC313A can be installed with various facilities for emergency rescue missions. This allows it to carry out various missions across the country such as supply delivery, forest and urban fire fighting, lifting large equipment, disaster prevention and relief, medical rescue, law enforcement, maritime rescue and search, and transport for offshore oil platforms, among others according to the developer.

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Helicopter crashes into water in Borjomi Gorge

Published in Justice
Sunday, 27 August 2017 11:48

A Georgian helicopter /Mi-8/ has crashed today, into the water while filling the reservoir in Borjomi Gorge this morning. All the three crew members have been taken to a hospital in Tbilisi - none of them has been fatally injured.

Fire brigades, rescuers and doctors have been mobilised near the territory.
Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili also went to familiarize with the situation on the ground; however, he did not yet make any comments over the accident.

A massive forest fire that broke out a week ago in Georgia’s Borjomi Gorge has been extinguished, but the special headquarters that was set up upon the Prime Minister’s order to handle the disaster remains in the gorge to follow the developments.

After a joint meeting earlier this morning, the Ministers of Interior, Defense and Energy studied the situation on the site from helicopters.

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