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September 1, 2015
Modern avionics like the Garmin G1000H flight deck in Bell Helicopter’s 407GXP are designed to provide a pilot with critical flight information at a glance for greater situational awareness and safety. Photo courtesy of Bell The desire for safety enhancements and consumer electronics-like capabilities in aircraft is what will drive helicopter owners and operators to buy new avionics in the near...
September 1, 2015
A camera mounted on a DJI Phantom (superimposed here) took this nighttime photo from a height of 150 ft. Such small UAS capabilities concern privacy advocates. Photos by Mark Colborn When a vacationing 39-year-old California man flew a Parrot Bebop Drone 100 ft above Washington’s Lafayette Park May 14, the U.S. capital took notice. The park, a popular spot for protesters, is directly across...
September 1, 2015
An AgustaWestland AW101 (VVIP) outside London ExCeL on display in 2013. Photo courtesy of Reed Exhibitions Helitech International will return to its ExCeL London venue in October with exhibitors from 20-plus countries and a conference and seminar program that will explore the prospects for growth in new technology and ongoing efforts to improve the safety of global rotorcraft operations. Organized by Reed...
September 1, 2015
A donated Agusta A109 GdiF variant, previously operated by Italy’s Guardia di Finanza. Photos courtesy of The Helicopter Museum The rotorcraft industry is, like all of aviation, forward-looking. Unless you count the early days of Chinese bamboo-copters and Leonardo da Vinci’s “aerial screw,” it’s also fairly young. But a lot has happened since Igor Sikorsky first coaxed the...
September 1, 2015
Airbus Helicopters’ EC145/H145 has proven itself a successful multi-mission competitor in both civil and military applications. Photo courtesy of Airbus Uncertain economic and political times like those that persist around the world today have many effects. When it comes to helicopters, such times sharpen the interest of operators—whether commercial firms, military services or public...
September 1, 2015
Question of the Month: What do the terms “power settling” and “settling with power” mean to you? Let us know, and look for responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Single-Engine IFR Your cover story, “Will Single IFR Ever Return?” ( R&WI, June 2015, page 22), makes clear that there are regulatory hurdles to certification of new...
September 1, 2015
  James T. McKenna An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI’s editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses...
September 1, 2015
  My closest friends are aircraft mechanics. We all attended Aviation High School in New York City. That institution offered (and still offers) a full set of academic courses and FAA-approved airframe and powerplant training. The school turned a common love of aviation into an epoxy bond that made brothers of six boys from diverse backgrounds and far-flung neighborhoods. It has held us together...
September 1, 2015
  We have all heard the adage that ‘you can’t fight city hall,’ much less county or state government. But for owners of aircraft based at a government-owned airport, the good news is that you may not have to. Aircraft and business owners do not have to simply accept an airport manager’s orders that deny certain rights or opportunities. Often, frustrations or economic losses...
September 1, 2015
  I consult for a variety of companies that collectively have an array of products. These products range from A (avionics) to W (wash systems). Sorry, I haven’t come up with X, Y or Z yet, but I’m working on it. This diversity allows me to interact with many different facets of the helicopter community. Recently, I had the opportunity to be involved with ground support equipment that PHI...
September 1, 2015
  Passing through Germany on yet another trip to my favorite desert “vacation” spot, I met a fellow aviator who was as bored as I was. We struck up a conversation to shave a few moments off our long hours and soon realized our paths had crossed many times throughout the years. Within minutes, we had named some of the same people we’d crewed with, and within a few more we had traded...
August 1, 2015
By James T. McKenna jmckenna@accessintel.com The rules and procedures that the FAA uses to approve rotorcraft and new equipment that improves their safety and utility need overhauling. This fact is not news to many readers. Those of you who operate helicopters, build them, modify and complete them and support them—which is to say most of you—know this all too well. You deal again and again with...
August 1, 2015
Question of the Month: What parts of today’s certification rules and procedures need to be reformed? Let us know, and look for responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Regarding your new column for military veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce (“Cleared for Transition, Part 1: Introduction,” R&WI July 2015, page 50), I have some thoughts...
August 1, 2015
James T. McKenna An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI’s editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the...
August 1, 2015
A soldier from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, braces himself against the downwash from a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey during Talisman Sabre 2015. Photo courtesy of Royal Australian Army/Lance Cpl. Kyle Genner Australia’s defense helicopter fleet was put through its paces July 4-18 during Talisman Sabre 2015, a combined Australian/U.S. training exercise held in the...
August 1, 2015
Era Group has opened a 35-acre “super base” in Houma, La., serving offshore oil and gas helicopter transport companies operating in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the company said June 25. The base consists of a passenger terminal that will allow transit of...
August 1, 2015
The FAA’s streamlined process for approving unmanned aerial system (UAS) permits is clearly working, if Bloomberg News’ analysis is to be believed. Using a database it compiled from federal data, the news service said, it found the aviation agency is approving about 250 UAS operating permits each month by way...
August 1, 2015
An Italian army AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta flies cover for paratroopers during Italian Blade. Photo courtesy of Kees Otten and Wim Das/Dutch Aviation Media   The European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP) on July 3 concluded a two-week multinational exercise in which more than 1,000...
August 1, 2015
An air traffic controller’s use of a non-standard phrase contributed to a June 2014 runway incursion when an aeromedical AW139 crossed in front of a landing Airbus A300 in Ottawa. The incident, in which no one was hurt, occurred June 5, 2014 at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International...
August 1, 2015
Italy’s air force has begun the entry into service of its HH-101A “Caesar” special operations helicopter. Service leaders introduced dignitaries and the media to the Caesar in ceremonies June 19 at Cervia Air Force Base, about 40 miles south of Venice. AgustaWestland customized the Caesar, which is based on its AW101, to air force specifications for a multi-mission, medium-lift platform...
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