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July 3, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to the aviation section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Fla. Read more about the helicopter’s mission profile at rotorandwing.com Various helicopter manufacturers showcased their products during Rotortech 2014, which took place on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 24-25, keen to gain a larger...
July 3, 2014
I just returned from attending HeliRussia 2014. This was the sixth year in a row that I have attended. Think of HeliRussia as a one-third scale version of Heli-Expo. Some of the main differences would be a lot more helicopters with counter-rotating main rotor systems and some ugly helicopters. Now when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly like the MBB BO105 that I used to fly, which is maybe not as...
July 2, 2014
In the case of most helicopter door and window modifications, necessity is certainly the mother of invention. An independent company talks with operators, surveys the market, and designs a modification that makes a product better or easier to use. Air tour operators want maximum visibility for passengers, so the OEM door is removed and replaced with a large window. This applies in law enforcement...
July 2, 2014
Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras are used for a host of military and civilian rotary wing applications, everything from law enforcement and pipeline patrol to detecting oil spills around drilling platforms and locating oil reserves under ice in Alaska. Law enforcement operators use them to locate marijuana fields. An operator with a FLIR camera can fly over a quarry and by comparing the current...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
July 1, 2014
EC155 shared by Danny Haqim Looi. You should enlighten your readers to the definition of drone. It’s become a catch-all word that is misleading. The article is nice and gives the impression of friend not foe, which is exactly what the industry needs. It’s a bit fantastic, though, and a little more reality might do your readers well. One reason companies have joined with aircraft manufacturers...
July 1, 2014
Diagram showing AVX Aircraft’s offering for the Joint Multi-Role competition. Renderings courtesy of AVX Aircraft Coaxial compound and tiltrotor aircraft are making news thanks to the U.S. Army’s search for the next-generation platform to replace its Sikorsky Black Hawk and Boeing Apache helicopter fleets from 2035 onward. While both technologies have been around for many years and to differing...
July 1, 2014
The tip speed of an H-60 tail rotor is nearly 700 fps. Without proper balancing, excessive tail rotor vibrations can insidiously cause equipment damage and airframe fatigue. Photo courtesy PEO Aviation, U.S. Army If you own or operate a helicopter, you’d probably like to boost your company’s profit margin. Right? Wouldn’t hurt to reduce your maintenance expenditures either. It’d be...
July 1, 2014
Lee Benson is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.   Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief, is a senior defense/aviation journalist with a specialization in...
July 1, 2014
Patrick Coulter FlightSafety International has promoted Patrick Coulter to director of business dev-elopment and commercial training. Coulter joined the company in 1998 as a ground school and simulator instructor at FlightSafety’s Learning Center. Before working for FlightSafety, Coulter was a commercial pilot and flight instructor. He holds an ATP certificate with single and multi-engine ratings...
July 1, 2014
FEC Remote Lighting Controller and Optional Weather Station FEC Heliports’ new Remote Lighting Controller (RLC) integrates both traditional VHF PCL and adds SMS/GSM control and monitoring with the option of automatic weather reporting (wind speed/direction, temperature, dew point and pressure). VHF operation can be remotely enabled/disabled for extra security. Remotely activate Circuits 1, 2 or 3 and...
June 30, 2014
Airbus Helicopters EC225 above an offshore oil rig. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region on possible purchases following a recent successful tour of the EC175 and EC145 T2 in the region. Asia is an area where Airbus sees great potential for its products and the manufacturer has been focused on...
June 24, 2014
AgustaWestland AW101 in the Norwegian SAR configuration. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland Your correspondent has battled his way through the corporate jungle that is the Farnborough Air Show for more than a quarter of a century. The show was once a closed showcase for products of a thriving British aerospace manufacturing industry but, as that has declined over the years, the requirement to reach out beyond...
June 13, 2014
It has always been, and will always be, the role of a well-trained U.S. Army helicopter mechanic to take care of Army aircraft. However, the problem over the past several years has been a simple matter of mathematics – too many man-hour requirements, too few man-hours available. Enter the civilian contractor. Civilian maintenance contractors have always been a part of Army Aviation, augmenting the...
June 12, 2014
The success of the United Kingdom’s Military Aviation Authority (MAA) is being regarded as a model for wider application of its principles across all arms of the military with the planned creation of a Defense Safety Authority. “We publish without approval – we don’t let other people mark our homework,” said the director general of the UK’s MAA, Air Marshal Dick Garwood...
June 11, 2014
An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is simply a device that, when activated in the event of an unplanned landing or accident, sends out a distress signal pinpointing your location. It’s the one device that you hope you never need, but in the event that you do you want it to work perfectly. There are several things to consider when looking at ELTs. Most older ELTs, which were notoriously...
June 11, 2014
There is an impressive variety of tugs and dollies available for every conceivable type of rotary wing operation: wheels, manually controlled dollies, electric and gas-powered tugs, and powered platforms – some with wireless remote control. When maneuvering on a ramp or in and out of a hangar there is equipment that will pull, push, lift and perform the task at hand safely and efficiently. Some units...
June 11, 2014
One of the inevitabilities encountered in gaining rotary-wing aviation experience, when compared to indulgence in the relative orderliness of most fixed-wing flying, is the endless cavalcade of random safety challenges which are absolutely guaranteed to befall the virtuous pilot, however cautious and conservative that individual might aspire to be. Early recollections of Coast Guard operations, as...
June 10, 2014
To virtually no one’s surprise, the upcoming end to a decade of war has resulted in a serious drop in the U.S. President’s fiscal year 2015 military budget, with little hope for increases over the next half-decade or so. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) budget request for FY15 is $495.6 billion, compared to the FY14 budget of $615.10 billion. From that, the Army is asking for $120.5...
June 10, 2014
While contemplating how to encompass several thoughts about recent events into one article, an old English wedding custom came to mind involving old, new, borrow and blue (I got married in December 2013 so some matrimonial themes have still not been swept from my consciousness). Something Old: Continuity with the past. This month I visited Sikorsky in Stratford, Conn. and had the privilege of being showed...
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