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February 1, 2016
Unplanned landings in isolated areas could quickly become critical survival situations (opposite, left; bottom, right). Photo by Mike Hangge Smoke from survival signal fires (opposite, right) can be seen from miles away and might attract the attention of fire and rescue personnel. Photo courtesy of Randall’s Adventure and Training Pack your survival kit (left) smartly, and keep it with you on every...
February 1, 2016
There are various heliport insurance options that appropriately cover each unique heliport operation. Photos courtesy of Iridescent/Wikicommons, Forest and Kim Starr, Andy C/Wikicommons Heliports face a range of risks and liability exposures in their daily operations, not all of which might be apparent at first. This information is intended to serve as an introduction to help facilitate discussions between...
February 1, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B’s ability to deploy swiftly over great distances is providing solid examples of speed’s value in Pentagon future-aircraft discussions. Some operators want incremental speed gains, while Bristow (below) and others are investigating bigger speed advantages.   Images courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps / Cpl. Ryan C. Mains, Airbus Helicopters and...
February 1, 2016
A 737 MAX 8 in CIT livery. Photo courtesy of Boeing If we take popular news coverage at its face, it may seem like dodging quadcopters and laser pointers is the primary concern of public service helicopter pilots in the U.S. But let’s not forget flight data analysis—an issue far less likely to drum up images of a summer blockbuster, but still of great relevance to air ambulance operations as we...
February 1, 2016
  As part of the centennial celebration of U.S. Coast Guard aviation this year, the service has painted a Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60 Jayhawk bright yellow, the paint scheme used in the late 1940s and early 1950s for both Coast Guard and the U.S...
February 1, 2016
  There are several clarifications regarding the U.S. Army’s program to offer surplus Black Hawks for sale to the civil market. It was previously unclear who would actually show up with a checkbook. Now, several operators, including Northwest Helicopters, Arista Aviation, P.J. Helicopters, Brainerd Helicopters, Brown Helicopters, Timberline Helicopters and Unical Aviation, have all taken...
February 1, 2016
  Without a doubt, the explosion in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology brought consumer-level drones to many homes across the globe this past holiday season. So when my nephew was excited to show me his, I realized I had control of one for the very first time. The experience confirmed my mixed feelings about whether drones, their technology and their potential for technology have a positive or...
December 11, 2015
The pilot of a Scottish police helicopter flew for 10 minutes after two low-fuel warnings before both engines on his Eurcopter EC135 flamed out and the aircraft plunged through the roof of a downtown Glasgow, killing the pilot, two others onboard and seven people in the bar. The aircraft’s main fuel tank contained about 160 lb of usable fuel at the time of the crash.   Those were among the...
December 1, 2015
If there’s one thing industry experts at R&WI’s inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit could agree on about the certification process, it’s that there are severe inefficiencies. With new FAA safety mandates in effect or imminent and prospective revisions to Federal Aviation Regulations Part/EASA Certification Specifications 27 and 29 approaching, the summit provided a dialogue...
December 1, 2015
(From left to right) Metro ‘s Milton Geltz, Bell’s Tom Brooks, AgustaWestland’s Fabio Nannoni and the FAA’s Lee Roskop discuss mandates and the challenges of meeting them. AgustaWestland’s vice president of engineering captured the sense of many at R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit when he observed that today’s certification processes pose a significant...
December 1, 2015
The Hangman I agree with Rex Alexander’s essay (“The Hangman Cometh,” R&WI, October 2015, page 38), and his contention that the risk of injury is greater if the night vision goggle lanyard is fastened to the aviator’s helmet instead of placed around the neck as directed by various NVG manuals and instructions. However, this choice may not be “purely for convenience,”...
December 1, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is expected late this month to set the price and begin taking orders for a lighter, two-place R44 derivative with better high-altitude performance margins. Developed “with the training market in mind,” the R44 Cadet also is “suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications,” said Robinson President Kurt Robinson. The Cadet will be priced between the R22...
December 1, 2015
Amref (African Medical Research Foundation) Flying Doctors has extended its subscription coverage for medevac services to locations in Uganda following successful talks with Uganda’s chamber of commerce, according to the organization. The group has provided “Maisha Air Ambulance” coverage in...
December 1, 2015
The U.S. Army and powerplant manufacturers are moving to the next phase of an ambitious, nearly decade-old effort to improve Apache and Black Hawk performance and efficiency substantially. The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is Army aviation’s top priority, according to the program executive officer (PEO) for aviation, Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. But it has not moved swiftly. The Army in 2006...
December 1, 2015
Naval aviator Brenda Robinson Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger Women in Aviation International plans to induct into its Pioneer Hall of Fame 12 former military aviators who “have led lives of great accomplishment while paving the way for other women to follow,” said Peggy Chabrian, president of the U.S.-based non-profit organization. “There are no better role models for our members than this...
December 1, 2015
Lisa Atherton Bell Helicopter appointed Lisa Atherton its executive VP of military business. She will provide strategic direction and overall management for all government programs and business development efforts. Since she joined Bell in 2012, Atherton has held various positions, including VP of global military business development. Tom L. Wood Tom L. Wood, Bell’s chief technologist, received the...
December 1, 2015
A U.S. Army AH-64 lands on the USS Comstock’s flight deck during 2014 operations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy /Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny LaCrosse The U.S. Army is “changing the configuration of aviation in the Pacific,” bringing more AH-64 Apaches into the theater over the next two years to bolster joint-services and allied capabilities, said the service’s...
December 1, 2015
The dispersion of the AW609’s wreckage is one indication of a midair breakup. Photo courtesy of Associated Press International investigators are combing data from flight recorders, telemetry, systems designs and wreckage for clues as to why an AW609 broke up in flight during October 2015 high-speed tests in Italy. Among other areas, investigators are working to ensure they understand the design and...
December 1, 2015
A KUH-1 Surion performs cold-weather flight testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries Korea Aerospace Industries is pursuing a special airworthiness certificate for its KUH-1 Surion to fulfill a new order from South Korea’s national forestry service. The forestry service ordered a firefighting version of the twin-engine utility helicopter, the manufacturer said in early...
December 1, 2015
India’s government has taken steps to bring in both rotary-wing talent and equipment amid a larger plan to grow its aviation industry. The country’s director general of Civil Aviation, M Sathiyavathy, said her agency plans to draw on outside experts to address an estimated four-month backlog of permit applications for non-scheduled helicopter operations, according...
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