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May 13, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations in the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched aboard an...
May 12, 2014
Infinity Helicopter Leasing has leased two new AgustaWestland AW109SPs to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. The AW109SP is configured as fully IFR and NVG...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions...
May 6, 2014
Technology is, and always will be, one of the cornerstones of Rotor & Wing’s editorial coverage, and the May issue is dedicated to the subject. It is often said that military technology is 10 years ahead of civil/commercial technology. Around 10 years after the cancellation of the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche program in 2004, the world is experiencing a period where commercial applications are...
May 6, 2014
A trip to one of the many aviation conferences that highlight vertical lift machines will reveal the fast-paced progress of rotorcraft technology. The desire to fly higher, faster, farther, and longer in rotary wing machines has become an increasingly important design point to many large manufacturers. The small Wichita Falls, Texas-based aviation research and development firm of Carter Aviation...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 6, 2014
The optionally piloted “me too” club grew by one on March 11 when Sikorsky Aircraft demonstrated its own optionally piloted U.S. Army UH-60MU Black Hawk (OPBH) for the first time. The flight took place at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sikorsky revealed in an announcement on April 21. Known within Sikorsky as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter...
May 5, 2014
The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK, announced that Magpas has joined the association as a full member after meeting the necessary membership criteria and...
May 5, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft participated in a transfer ceremony of an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer to Canadore College earlier today for use as a hands-on training aid for students in the School of Aviation...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
May 1, 2014
The U.S. Navy has granted Northrop Grumman a low-rate initial production contract to deliver FlightPro Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6-million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The FlightPro mission computer is known for...
April 30, 2014
North Texas-based CareFlite's fleet now includes four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical...
April 30, 2014
Synthetic vision systems, such Rockwell Collins’ Helisure, can be an invaluable feature for pilots who must fly in mountainous terrain where visibility can be reduced by clouds and precipitation with little advanced warning. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Collins Helicopter avionics have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Technology that was once reserved for military fighters, corporate jets and...
April 30, 2014
Elsewhere in this issue of Rotor & Wing you may have read my piece on synthetic vision systems (SVS). As I was compiling it, the point was driven home that glass cockpits rule the day. Sure, they all have a primary display containing basic flight instrumentation, such as an airspeed indicator and altimeter. But it’s the other portions of the system that can be tailored to the needs of the...
April 29, 2014
Critical-care airlift services from Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation are now at their full-up capability following completion of Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of EC135 to this commercial arm of the Turkish Aeronautical...
April 29, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, discussed a broad range of issues to do with restructuring and upgrading its production capacities and streamlining its management processes at a meeting of the company’s Collegium on 24 April. The Collegium – held at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company – also discussed the production...
April 29, 2014
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens flew the AW609 tiltrotor in Arlington, Texas...
April 28, 2014
The Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria awarded Australian Helicopters with a 10-year contract to supply new AgustaWestland AW139s. The agreement also includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft maintenance is required...
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