The Wellington (NZ) based Westpac Rescue Helicopter folks scored
two more rescues over the holidays with the rescue of two divers
near Cape Palliser on Christmas Eve. At 1945 (local), the Central
Police Communications notified helicopter crews that two divers
were being swept out to sea near Cape Palliser. A few minutes later
police reported that the divers had made it safely to a rock about
300 metres off shore but needed to be uplifted from there and
brought to shore.
The probable cause on a tragic EC135 medical helo crash, that
killed two people, has been published by the NTSB. While it blames
CFIT as the probable cause for the accident, there do appear to be
some additional questions raised about the pilot's background...
The Night VFR occured Jan. 10, 2005, near the Woodrow Wilson
Bridge. The impact killed the pilot, Joseph Schaefer of Sterling,
Virginia, and a paramedic, Nicole Kielar of Henrico County. A
Flight nurse, Jonathan Godfrey, survived. The Probable Cause report
is excerpted below...
Spacecraft Is Performing As Expected Early In Its
Orbital Sciences has announced that their Horizons-2 satellite
was successfully launched into orbit during a mission that took
place on Friday, December 21, 2007. The Horizons-2 spacecraft was
delivered into its initial orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket launched
from the European space launch complex (located near the Equator in
A device that can act like muscle and nerves to expand and
contract surfaces is the 2006 NASA Government Invention of the
Year. NASA's Macro-Fiber Composite, or MFC, can be attached to a
structure to bend it, reduce vibrations and monitor force. A team
at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., created the
flexible and durable material that uses ceramic fibers. /
Republic of Korea air force airmen from Seosan Air Base visited
Osan's 36th Fighter Squadron Dec. 11 to Dec. 13 to participate in
Seventh Air Force's quarterly "buddy wing" program. The purpose of
the buddy wing program is to exchange ideas, introduce tactics and
improve interoperability between the U.S. and ROK air forces.
The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) completed its
1,000th aircraft approach, Dec. 5, setting a new record during the
current deployment for Kearsarge and large deck amphibious ships in
the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
Republic Confirms 11 E-Jets Options For A Total Of 102 Firm
Embraer tells ANN that it has received confirmation from
US-based Republic Airways Holdings of 11 options for the Embraer
175 jet. The aircraft will be operated by its subsidiary Shuttle
America and will fly under the Delta Connection brand name. First
delivery is scheduled for July 2008.
Will Participate In Citation Engine Modification Programs
Clifford Development announced the appointment of Central Flying
Service as a service center for the Company's Citation II and
Citation SII re-engining programs utilizing Williams International
FJ44-3A engines. Central Flying Service, headquartered in Little
Rock, Arkansas, is a family-owned aircraft maintenance, aircraft
sales and charter company.
"The winds were around 35 knots and made the flight
quick but made the winch rescue quite challenging. It was
quite tricky maintaining a hover over the divers, but we managed to
get the divers off the rock, one at a time, quickly...
Once they were both on shore we checked them and they were
unhurt, but very grateful to be back on solid land".
Source: Wellington (NZ)'s Westpac Helo
rescue Pilot Harry Stevenson, talking about the Christmas Eve
rescue of two divers that were being swept out to sea when he, and
two fellow crewmen, affected their rescue.