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March 20, 1987 | By Chris Conway, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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.
NEWS
December 28, 1986 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
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.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1986 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 8, 1988 | By Barbara McCabe, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 12, 2008 | By Henry J. Holcomb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 8, 1989 | By JAMES J. KILPATRICK
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
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
BUSINESS
March 25, 1992 | By Tom Belden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
April 20, 2016
JUNEAU, Alaska - A man who teaches classes on the outdoors was mauled by a bear Monday during a mountaineering class in the Alaska Panhandle, according to a university spokeswoman. Forest Wagner, 35, of Fairbanks, was with a group of 12 students on Mount Emmerich near Haines, Alaska, when he was attacked, according to University of Alaska Southeast spokeswoman Kate Bausler. A student hiked down the mountain to get cell reception and call for help. Alaska State Troopers got a call from the Haines Police Department at about noon Monday.
NEWS
April 14, 2016
A Russian Mi-28 helicopter crashed in Syria Tuesday, according to a statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense. Its two crew members were killed, and the aircraft was said to have crashed because of technical reasons. Reports on social media indicated that the helicopter, known in Russia as the Mi-28 Night Hunter and among NATO countries as the Havoc, is an advanced gunship that appears to have first arrived in Syria in November but has only recently been used extensively in combat.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Leonard J. LaVassar, 97, formerly of Media, a helicopter test pilot and aviation industry pioneer, died Monday, Feb. 29, of pneumonia at Brandywine Senior Living at Haverford Estates. Mr. LaVassar learned to fly with the federal government's Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1938. He was a pilot for Pan American Ferries, transporting military equipment to Africa, before he joined the Navy in July 1942, hoping to see combat in World War II. Instead, the Navy trained him as a flight instructor, and he became so skilled that he was sent to train pilots at the Naval Air Station near Peru, Ind., said niece Margaret "Meg" Bowden Wolf.
NEWS
January 19, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage and Marie McCullough, STAFF WRITERS
The search continued Sunday for 12 Marines - including two from Pennsylvania - reported missing after two helicopters crashed late Thursday off the coast of Hawaii during a nighttime training mission. Among the missing are Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, of Malvern, and Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, a native of Gardners, Pa., located north of Gettysburg in Cumberland County. By late Sunday, military officials had released only the names, ages and hometowns of the Marines. Rescuers battled high waves that dispersed debris from the aircraft and complicated the search in the waters off Oahu.
NEWS
January 8, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Do you think parents should intervene in arguments between 10-year-olds? My daughter, "Amy," was playing at a neighbor's house with two other girls, and they had an argument over something stupid. The neighbor's daughter, "Kathy," started to cry, so her mother asked my daughter and the other girl to leave because they had upset Kathy. Afterward, she called and wanted me to punish my daughter for upsetting hers. I didn't do it, because I think 10-year-olds are old enough to make amends with each other.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Mom was on the phone from Queens with a message for Philly. "Philly should feel so fabulously, wonderfully blessed," Patsy Newall was saying. I know, Mom. "It should be ecstatic and so proud to welcome him with open arms. " You're right, Mom. "Your last column on the pope wasn't strong enough. You weren't as excited as you should be. " OK, Mom. The spirit was really moving through her. She had been driving down Flatbush Avenue, on her way home from the Meat Supreme grocery store, when the man on the radio said the pope's helicopter had just left JFK airport.
NEWS
September 1, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lunch time is less busy at Little Anthony's Pizza in Coatesville this month than it was in June. "Thirty percent of the lunch crowd lost," owner Mark Madanat said. Many of those lost customers worked at nearby Sikorsky Global Helicopter, which this summer began shedding 720 employees over 12 months from its Coatesville plant. Two doors down from the pizza parlor on Lincoln Highway, John Keesey has seen business for his shop, Keesey's Airport Automotive, dry up, too. "We used to get four cars a day from Sikorsky," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
DON'T DOUBT the "Ant-Man. " The diminutive superhero finished first again at the box office, narrowly beating out "Pixels," $24.8 million to $24 million. Critics crushed "Pixels," which combined two things reviewers usually hate: video games and Adam Sandler . An estimated 62 percent of "Pixels" goers were under 25. Age or IQ? Holdovers "Minions" and "Trainwreck" took the third and fourth spots with $22.1 million and $17.3 million, respectively. The R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surpassed expectations and finished fifth with a $16.5 million opening.
NEWS
June 25, 2015
PHILLY, MEET Scott Wagner. He's a 59-year old first-term Republican state senator from (Gov. Wolf's home) York County who's loathed by unions, loved by conservatives and a growing force in the GOP Legislature. He wants to cut government costs, government pensions, taxes and regulations. He's a self-described rough-edged "garbage man who never graduated college. " But he's also a wealthy biz-guy - owns trucking and trash firms - who made Pennsylvania political history.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The prospect of layoffs at a Chester County helicopter manufacturer means more than a lost job for Brian Newhouse. "I love it," he said of his work. "It's a passion. " An Alabama native with a salt-and-pepper beard, Newhouse served in the military and moved around the South before starting at Sikorsky Global Helicopter in Coatesville eight years ago. "I've been here long enough to love the area, to make new friends and get to know people I consider family, and I would hate to leave," the 51-year-old said.
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