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April 9, 2014
With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens then many lives will be in grave danger. The point was being made by several speakers at the start of IQPC’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (April 8-9) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maj. Gen. Stig Nielsen, commander...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
April 1, 2014
AW109 Trakker at Heli-Expo. By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief During Heli-Expo AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Performers, whose representation of...
April 1, 2014
The North Sea, in many respects, is the epicenter of civil helicopter operations in the world. Since the ignition of the oil exploration boom in the area a half-century ago, Norway and the UK have become the primary users of helicopters, operating nearly 70 percent of the total fleet in Europe and 95 percent of airframes with more than 18 passenger seats. In the Norwegian and UK Continental Shelf sectors...
April 1, 2014
AgustaWestland’s booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti wants to “keep the speed of the company at the highest value possible but like when you drive a car, if you start exceeding its performance, then there must be a safety device to ensure you do not lose control. We have to ensure that we have the ability to keep the company safe.” Romiti...
April 1, 2014
Garmin booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Peek into the cockpit of any aircraft on the ramp today, and you will be hard-pressed to find one whose panel does not contain a GPS, the common reference to global positioning system. At a time seemingly not long ago, GPS was a new device that, to the pilots on the front end, was not much different than the terrestrial-based LORAN navigation systems...
April 1, 2014
CAE 3000 Series. Photo courtesy of CAE After a long lean period when high-end Level D full-flight simulators were out of reach of most operators’ budgets and low-end “broomstick and a bucket” limited-capability flight training devices seemed the norm, helicopter training equipment is now every bit as sophisticated as that used for airline pilot training, if not moreso, particularly the...
April 1, 2014
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Safety Management System (SMS) is the new standard of safety management programs that has officially been approved by the FAA for use in aviation operations. Right now, its use is mandatory for Part 121 air carriers but for the rotary wing community it is voluntary and recommended but not mandatory. FAA Advisory Circular...
April 1, 2014
▶ R&W’s Question of the Month: What elements of a safety management system (SMS) work best for your operation? What operators have done a good job of implementing a strong SMS program? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Responses Online The following headlines and responses appeared on www.rotorandwing.com...
April 1, 2014
Keith Cianfrani is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master aviator and Army instructor pilot, rated in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Keith is a certificated flight instructor and has flown commercial aircraft for more than 20 years in and around the New York City area.   Andrew Drwiega...
April 1, 2014
Of course it’s preposterous to think that the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow could be summed up in less than say, 10,000 words, but due to space constraints, there’s a lot of material that didn’t make it into the April print edition of Rotor & Wing. That’s why we created our Post-Show Wrap digital edition, for more news and photos from the show. The Wrap can be found...
April 1, 2014
Metro Aviation’s booth during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters. The...
April 1, 2014
Terry Terrell Late one night, not many years ago, we were delivering a patient to a large metropolitan medical complex. Since we were flying during the quiet hours after midnight, my highly experienced medical crew and I were enjoying the smooth winter air and sharp city skyline lightscape only offered up to helicopter occupants on rare occasions. We had made our standard radio calls, and had finished a...
April 1, 2014
Among one of first workshops to open at Heli-Expo 2014 was a military-to-civilian transition seminar. Stacy Sheard, Sikorsky production test pilot and former Army aviator, filled a room to maximum capacity as she ran a workshop...
April 1, 2014
Lease Corporation International has reached an agreement to acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to...
April 1, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has agreed to a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet of 28 Bell 206-L4...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
April 1, 2014
Jeff Pino. Jeff Pino, the ex-president of Sikorsky Aircraft who “retired” in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the...
April 1, 2014
Before the curtain fell Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo. The launch of the 505 Jet Ranger X drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new short light single (SLS) helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525...
April 1, 2014
MD530G at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton believes, or rather “dreams,” of taking her once-ailing company forward to rapid manufacturing and production of existing and new helicopters. A self-confessed “obsessive for technology and innovation,” Tilton believes that one of the ways to get her company back into the mainstream of helicopter...
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