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August 1, 2015
Vatican Radio reported on July 17 that critical care transport now is possible using a heliport located in the Vatican Gardens. An accord announced jointly by Bambino Gesù children’s hospital of Rome and the Vatican...
August 1, 2015
The Army is transferring Apaches from the National Guard to active duty units under the aviation restructure initiative (ARI), replacing them with Black Hawks under a plan to save about $12 billion. But in the past five years, only 10 Apache pilots have transferred to the Guard, said NCFA Commissioner Robert Hale...
August 1, 2015
The U.S. Army is searching for contractors interested in working on a four-year project (starting during the current fiscal year) to develop and demonstrate a multi-spectral sensor to help its helicopter pilots fly safely in degraded visual environments (DVE). The service posted a request for information July 8 on sources capable of crafting an integrated system that fuses a “forward-looking sensor...
August 1, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft has pushed back the CH-53K‘s first flight to finish testing a redesign of the next-generation heavy-lifter’s main gearbox. The King Stallion, a replacement for aging U.S...
August 1, 2015
By Pat Host U.S. Army helicopter aviators phased out as part of the service’s massive Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) could have new careers piloting unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The head of Army Training and Doctrine Command, Gen. David Perkins, said June 30 the service is moving some aviators to UAS billets (depending on where they are in their careers) because their skill sets are...
August 1, 2015
The European Aviation Safety Agency issued AgustaWestland a type certificate for its AW169 July 15, less than five years after the Pratt & Whitney PW210A-powered light intermediate...
August 1, 2015
A U.S. judge has blocked a N.Y. beach community’s bid to limit helicopter flights to once per week, but upheld new local laws imposing nighttime flight curfews. Judge Joanna Seybert’s June 26 preliminary injunction called the town of East Hampton’s once-a-week limit...
August 1, 2015
About 150 new Bell Helicopter 412s are to join the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) fleet starting in 2021. Japan’s Ministry of Defense said July 17 that it had selected Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) to develop the 412 variant with Bell as a utility helicopter to replace the JGSDF’s aging Bell UH-1Js. In winning the $3 billion contract, FHI prevailed over Kawasaki Heavy...
August 1, 2015
ASU Reveals New N16HT Pro (Night Pro) Vision System At the Airborne Law Enforcement Association 2015 Expo in Houston, Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) revealed its new patent-pending N16HT Pro system. N16HT Pro is a wireless imaging, recording and disseminating night-vision system used during low light-level conditions. The ASU N16HT Pro fully integrates and compactly couples a GoPro® camera with...
August 1, 2015
Colorado Heli-Ops already has begun incorporating risk management and other elements of the new standards in its training course outlines. Here, CFI Tyson Bolduc performs a discovery flight for a new student.  Photo by Dennis Pierce, courtesy of Colorado Heli-Ops Any good CFI will tell you that the secret to performing a stellar takeoff to a hover is ascending to a stable two-to-five-foot height above...
August 1, 2015
Through the Sikorsky acquisition, Lockheed Martin seeks to bolster its defense market position as revenue growth slows from programs like the multi-national, multi-service F-35, shown here during tests of the short-takeoff/vertical-landing F-35B variant at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. June 19, 2015. Lockheed Martin Photo by Andy Wolfe   Lockheed Martin’s proposed multi-billion purchase...
August 1, 2015
Metro Aviation’s Helicopter Flight Training Center is equipped with two high-end FlightSafety International simulators, within which pilots from throughout the industry are invited to sharpen their life-saving skills. Pictured here is one configured as an Airbus AS350. Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation Positive transfer of knowledge—yes, it sounds overly technical, and no, I’m not talking...
August 1, 2015
Flying over terrain like this isn’t the time to wonder if anybody knows where you are or when to start looking for you. Always ensure someone does know. Photo courtesy of Mike Hangge Becoming a pilot takes months of training in performance planning, meteorology, airspace, flight maneuvers and emergency procedures. Years are spent perfecting aviation skills and forming rote memorization into the...
August 1, 2015
By Pat Gray Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are operating now offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. I’m sure this is not a surprise to many people who make their living dealing with the extraction of oil and gas from under the sea. Innovation is a constant in this industry. That is reflected in the thousands of oil field patents issued and their millionaire owners. At present, there are two primary UAS...
August 1, 2015
By Terry Terrell My EMS base changed aircraft recently. We had, during the very early 2000s, bought three consecutively produced Eurocopter AS350B2 AStars. These were ordered as sequential deliveries out of Grand Prairie, Texas, and we flight tested and flew them home green. We completed avionics installations, cabin outfitting and painting ourselves. It turns out that these AStars were destined to provide...
August 1, 2015
By Frank Lombardi It’s been said that once you develop the stick-and-rudder skills necessary to fly the machine, being a good helicopter pilot is all about good decision-making and risk management. I agree wholeheartedly and try to practice this at all times. The greatest pilots have the best situational awareness. What they learn is added to a mental database that, over time, becomes wisdom...
July 1, 2015
Arthur J. Negrette Operational control. Ask five aviation managers (be they chief pilots, operations directors or business owners) and you will get 10 different definitions of the term within the context of flight operations. Though the concept of operational control has been embedded in the FARs for decades, the FAA’s recent interest in it can be traced to high-profile investigations. One set...
July 1, 2015
Ernie Stephens Let’s start with Col. Harland Sanders, the late, white-haired gentleman whose likeness has appeared on every bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for decades. Did you notice when his former enterprise shortened its name to KFC? Did you catch the change from “fries” to “potato wedges”? In the 1980s, Tony the Tiger, the mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, went...
July 1, 2015
Mike Hangge This month, Rotor & Wing International is introducing a column to discuss the issues military veterans face when transitioning to the civilian work force. This topic is important to us because we recognize the needs of our heroic veterans, and understand the difficulties of finding quality employees for great civilian companies. Each year, more than a quarter of a million veterans depart...
July 1, 2015
A DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. Photo from ThinkStock Advocates for greater use of unmanned aerial systems in the U.S. insist that UASs can perform the same missions as aircraft with pilots aboard just as safely and reliably, but at much lower costs. They argue that UASs often can be safer by sparing pilots from risking their lives unnecessarily in dangerous missions that might be better conducted...
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