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  • FAA to require crash-resistant fuel tanks after Frisco Flight For Life pilot tragedy
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's sacrifice was not in vain. On Wednesday, Congress passed a five-year funding extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Aside from enacting new regulatory measures for everything from airline seats to drones, the reauthorization also requires helicopter manufacturers to install crash-resistant fuel tanks on new emergency helos. Had those tanks been installed on Mahany's helicopter when it crashed in Frisco in 2015, he might still be with us today. Co... Read more

  • FAA to start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems on helicopters
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    More than three years after a fiery Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco, the Federal Aviation Administration will start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems onboard every newly built helicopter. The change comes after a series of 9Wants to Know investigative reports detailed a loophole in federal law that had allowed, for decades, manufacturers to continue building helicopters with antiquated fuel systems. Those fuel systems were prone to rupturing after otherwise survivable helicopter... Read more

  • Bill seeking to make helicopters safer after deadly 2015 Flight for Life crash in Colorado passes Congress, heads to president’s desk
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Legislation aiming to close a loophole to make helicopters safer after a deadly Flight for Life crash in Colorado has passed Congress and is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk. U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, of Arvada, and Jared Polis, of Boulder, teamed up on the effort, which would require the Federal Aviation Administration to mandate that within 18 months all new helicopters be built with safer, crash-resistant fuel systems. Federal air crash investigators found that the wreck of the helicop... Read more

  • Helicopter fuel safety provision moves closer to becoming law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington: The House of Representatives again passed key helicopter safety provisions authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill late yesterday. The Senate is expected to adopt the reauthorization language before funding for the FAA expires. The bill was presented as a compromise between the House and the Senate, after the Senate refused to consider the version of the reauthorization that the House pa... Read more

  • Polis and other Colorado members commemorate Flight for Life pilot; Polis and Perlmutter introduce new bill to enhance safety on existing helicopters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., together with every Colorado member of the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution to commemorate Patrick Mahany, by renaming the Frisco post office the Patrick E. Mahany Jr. Post Office. Mahany was a Flight for Life pilot who perished in a crash in Frisco, Colo. in 2015. He is survived by wife Karen and three children, Kathleen Celeste, Shawna Suzanne, and son Ryan Patrick. “I am honored that Rep. Polis has filed the bill to have the Frisco Post ... Read more

  • Emergency Helicopter Crews Risk Their Lives Daily, But the Most Dangerous Part of the Job May Be the Choppers Themselves
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    At around 1:30 p.m. on July 3, 2015, three men boarded a flight for life helicopter at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, ColoradoOpens a New Window.. Patrick Mahany, 64, a former army pilot who had flown civilian medevac missions for 27 years, was at the controls. Flight nurses Dave Repsher, 45, and Matt Bowe, 32, sat behind Mahany in the cabin. The trio was on its way to a public relations appearance in Gypsum, a short flight west. Mahany was considered a dean among mountain rescue p... Read more

  • Colorado airport receives FAA spaceport license
    Posted in In the News on August 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — A Colorado airport has received a commercial spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration despite a lack of announced users of the site and concerns about conflicts with aviation. The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation awarded a launch site operator’s license, more commonly known as a spaceport license, to the government of Adams County, Colorado, Aug. 17 for Front Range Airport. The airport will now be known as the Colorado Air and Space Port. The facilit... Read more

  • Colorado Air and Space Port Granted Site Operator License from Federal Aviation Administration
    Posted in Press Releases on August 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a site operator license to Colorado Air and Space Port after a 180-day review period, the 11th such license granted in the United States. Colorado Air and Space Port will serve as America’s hub for commercial space transportation, research, and development. “Facilities like Colorado Air and Space Port will be developed around the country and the world,” said Mary Hodge, chair of the Adams County Board of Commissioners. “We’ll be building a hu... Read more

  • Colorado leaders hope new space port will give aerospace industry one giant leap
    Posted in In the News on August 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- Colorado is one of the best states for the aerospace industry, and a project more than seven years in the making has Adams County commissioners and Colorado lawmakers hoping it will grow that reputation. On Monday at the former Front Range Airport, area leaders unveiled the Federal Aviation Administration-approved operator license for what will be known as the Colorado Air and Space Port. “Adams County is the home of 21st century jobs and 21st century dreams,” Adams County... Read more

  • New spaceport license for Adams County means new name for Front Range Airport
    Posted in In the News on August 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Hand in hand with Front Range Airport’s new role as home to Colorado’s first and only spaceport, the nearly 35-year-old general aviation facility got a new name Monday: Colorado Air and Space Port. The new moniker was unveiled at a formal ceremony to celebrate the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision last week to award a long-awaited site operator license to what had been known since 2011 as Spaceport Colorado. A collection of Adams County officials, along with U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, D-... Read more

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