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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...
August 1, 2015
The U.S. Navy has ordered the first V-22s for Japan, finalizing the first international sale of the Osprey. Bell Boeing, the strategic alliance of Bell Helicopter and Boeing that builds the tiltrotor, said July 14 that the Navy had awarded it a...
August 1, 2015
Prince William has begun his career as a medical transport helicopter pilot. The Duke of Cambridge completed civilian training with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, headquartered in Norwich, about 120 miles northeast of London. His first day of work was July 13. East Anglian Air Ambulance is a charity that provides critical...
August 1, 2015
Airbus unveiled a technology demonstrator July 7 in Donauwörth, Germany, to showcase its innovations in “ecologically friendly” helicopter design. The Bluecopter demonstrator is based on the company’s light, twin-engine H135. Program...
August 1, 2015
Airmen assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit work to complete a 50-hour inspection on...
August 1, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes its first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter’s 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior...
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