Sao Paulo's millionaires use helicopters to avoid traffic jams

Brazilian millionaire Cozete Gomes says helicopter is the best way to get around in Sao Paulo. Photo: AFP

Model turned business mogul Cozete Gomes owns eight companies and does not really have time to be stuck in Sao Paulo's epic traffic jams. So she just flies over them.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 3:21am

Home of Indian ex-air force chief Tyagi raided in Finmeccanica probe

Former Indian air force chief Shashi Tyagi. Photo: AP

Detectives raided the home of India’s former air force chief on Wednesday as part of an investigation into alleged bribes paid to secure a US$748 million contract for 12 Italian helicopters.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) spokeswoman Dharini Mishra said former air chief marshal SP Tyagi’s home was among more than a dozen addresses targeted in the raids.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:38pm

Briefs, December 28, 2012

Pedestrians walk past Mount Elizabeth Hospital where the victim of a horrifying gang rape from India is seeking medical treatment. Photo: Xinhua

Doctors in Singapore battled yesterday to save the life of an Indian student horrifically injured in a gang-rape after she was dramatically airlifted overnight from a hospital in New Delhi. Medics at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital described her condition in the intensive care unit as "extremely critical". 

28 Dec 2012 - 2:14am

Briefs, November 11, 2012

Two killed as Israel retaliates in Gaza

11 Nov 2012 - 6:38am

Sky shuttle hits bump over disruption, tax

Sky Shuttle, whose services have been disrupted by the grounding of some of its helicopters, is facing an acute increase in operating costs next year that may force the operator out of business.

The firm is owned by Chan Un-chan, the third wife of casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung-sun.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Safety fears over helicopter crashes

Five accidents involving AgustaWestland139 helicopters around the world this year have renewed safety concerns about their continuing use in Hong Kong and Macau.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Unsound advice

Last weekend, Sai Kung Country Park was buzzed on both Saturday and Sunday by a helicopter kitted out with a loudspeaker. From this loudspeaker came a message, but what that was - a Lunar New Year greeting? A warning about sharks? A 'perfectly lovely' weather alert? - it was impossible to tell, because all detail was drowned out by the sound of the engine and rotor blades.

13 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Speeding engine led helicopter to ditch

An engine on a Government Flying Services helicopter that ditched in the Shing Mun Reservoir last month failed because an engine was turning too fast, according to a preliminary accident investigation report released yesterday.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland helicopter market gets set for lift-off but barriers remain

The prospect of ferrying deep-pocketed mainland businessmen by helicopter to their villas in Hainan, or flying high rollers to casinos in Macau, is giving a lift to the mainland's aviation industry.

Among businesses responding to the demand are helicopter service and aircraft management companies, industry watchers say.

27 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Searchers find tail parts of downed helicopter

Parts of the broken tail section of the Macau-bound helicopter that ditched in Victoria Harbour on July 3 have been recovered by investigators. After 11 days probing the harbour bed using sonar imaging equipment and divers, crucial parts of the AgustaWestland AW139 aircraft's vertical fin, including the tail rotor, were found on Wednesday, officials said.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Bird strike could be to blame for helicopter's harbour plunge

A bird strike might be one issue investigators will look into when they investigate the emergency landing of a Macau-bound helicopter in Victoria Harbour on Saturday.

And the Civil Aviation Department said the operator of the helicopter service had provided sufficient life jackets for those on board, after claims there were not enough.

5 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

The sky's the limit

University student Frank Wang Tao spends most of his leisure time with model helicopters, and one of his hi-tech creations this summer pulled off the world's first unmanned flight around Mount Everest.

In June, Wang's helicopter swooped over lakes, glaciers and a forest in Tibet during 10-days of test flights.

6 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Mini-chopper's Everest flight is a world first

In a world first, a miniature helicopter has made an unmanned survey flight around Mount Everest, getting a bird's-eye view of towering glaciers and cavernous canyons.

The aircraft was developed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Pilot's inexperience and winds blamed for crash

Weather and the lack of experience of a pilot in tailwind conditions may be the causes of the May 1 crash of a helicopter into a parked tour bus in Kowloon City, according to a preliminary report released yesterday.

5 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Body of Antarctic mechanic found eight days after crash

The body of Yang Yongchang - the mechanic missing after a helicopter from the Chinese Antarctic expedition vessel Xue Long crashed near Shanghai - was found yesterday after an eight-day search, mainland media reported.

21 Apr 2009 - 12:00am