March 20, 1987 |
The New Jersey Legislature's nonpartisan staff said in a report yesterday that the legislature was never informed about the purchase of a $4.3 million helicopter that is used almost exclusively by Gov. Kean. Attorney General W. Cary Edwards disputed the report's conclusion, but acknowledged that he may not have made it clear to lawmakers that the helicopter was to be bought chiefly to transport Kean. Edwards' explanation, delivered in an appearance before the Senate committee that oversees state spending, failed to appease the panel's chairman, Sen. Laurence Weiss, a Middlesex County Democrat.
December 28, 1986 |
A gift to the community of an "extra added service" is how a helicopter pad under construction at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Middletown Township has been described by hospital administrative assistant Stephen Ikler. Once the pad is in operation, Riddle will join Crozer-Chester and Mercy Catholic Medical Centers as area hospitals with helicopter pads. Ikler said that if the weather held, construction could be completed in mid-January. Although Riddle is not a state-designated trauma center, the hospital does have capabilities for treating traumatic injuries in its emergency room and has handled such cases, Ikler said.
April 24, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A NATO helicopter crew member was killed Saturday when the aircraft crash-landed in eastern Afghanistan, authorities said. The cause of the "hard landing" in Kapisa province was under investigation late Saturday, said Maj. Michael Johnson, a NATO forces spokesman. Johnson said he could not disclose what type of helicopter crashed or whether it was part of a larger operation in the area. Rescue forces arriving at the crash scene were fired on by insurgents as they tried to evacuate the helicopter's two crew members, and they returned fire, according to a NATO statement.
December 3, 1986 |
The city yesterday signed a deal that will establish the U.S. headquarters of Agusta Aviation - one of the world's biggest helicopter manufacturers - in Philadelphia. Agusta will close operations in Bucks County, North Jersey and Houston to consolidate its North American headquarters in a 75,000-square-foot complex to be built at North Philadelphia airport. The $3.7 million project will bring 75 jobs to Philadelphia. Commerce Director Charles Pizzi said many more jobs could be created if Agusta can use its expanded complex to increase its sales in the U.S. "People talk about Philadelphia being an international city, but unless we have transactions like we're signing, all we'll have is a lot of bark and no bite," Pizzi said.
May 8, 1988 |
When pregnant archaeologist Anne Jenson suffered multiple stab wounds at the hands of a knife-wielding assailant in Lower Merion Township last month, she was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital's trauma center via Med-Evac, the hospital's helicopter ambulance service. That was possible only because her husband, Glenn Sheehan, who also had been stabbed, staggered across the township line into the Borough of West Conshohocken in search of help. Use of the emergency helicopter service has been banned in Lower Merion Township since March.
February 12, 2008 |
Frank Piasecki, 88, the aviation pioneer who invented the big twin-rotor helicopter that has carried soldiers into battle and rescued thousands from disaster, died yesterday after becoming ill in his Main Line home. The helicopters he developed, the Army's Chinook and the Navy's Sea Knight, are now built by the Boeing Co. Rotorcraft Division in Ridley Township. In 1943, Mr. Piasecki, who was born in Lansdowne and lived most of his life in Delaware County, became the second American to build and fly a helicopter, after Igor Sikorsky, who flew his first in 1941.
February 8, 1989 |
The Supreme Court fought another round with the Fourth Amendment the other day. The Fourth Amendment lost again, 5-4. Justice Byron White ordinarily exemplifies the essence of good sense, but in writing for the court in Florida v. Riley, he was off in cloud cuckoo land. Justice William Brennan, who led the four dissenters, had by far the best of the argument. The case involved one Michael Riley. He lived in a trailer on a five-acre tract in Pasco County, just north of Tampa.
June 1, 2011
MONTVALE, N.J. - Gov. Christie made a dramatic entrance at his son's baseball game Tuesday - in a state police helicopter. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, landed on an adjacent field just before the game between Delbarton High School and St. Joseph's of Montvale in Montvale, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Christie's oldest son, Andrew, is the starting catcher for Delbarton. The Christies watched until the fifth inning. Play was stopped briefly while the helicopter took off. Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said that the helicopter was used occasionally "as the schedule demands" but that the governor had been judicious in limiting its use. - AP
March 25, 1992 |
The Boeing Co.'s helicopter division expects to reduce its administrative staff by about 200 to 300 jobs this year, part of a previously announced effort to trim expenses because of cuts in defense spending, a company spokesman said yesterday. At the same time, however, Boeing's helicopter division will hire about 200 to 300 workers this year for various manufacturing jobs, including building parts for Boeing commercial airplanes, spokesman Robert Torgerson said. The net effect is that employment at the company's manufacturing complex in Ridley Township will stay about the same, Torgerson said.
September 28, 2012 |
Aiming a laser beam at a television news helicopter in the sky seems like something a Philly knucklehead might do as a prank. In reality, it's a federal crime. The U.S. Attorneys office charged a Tacony man Thursday with aiming the beam of a laser at a CBS3 chopper over Philadelphia on July 18. A CBS3 spokeswoman said the pilot was not injured. Daniel Dangler, 29, was convicted in state court for drug offenses in 2004. Anthony Stefanski, Dangler's attorney, could not be reached for comment.