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March 3, 2014
Rolls-Royce has launched a 24/7 Operations Center for its civil helicopter engines to deliver round-the-clock support for its global customer base. The new center is the focal point of a series of improvements to the customer...
March 1, 2014
Honeywell SVS alerting system. Photo courtesy of Honeywell From any helicopter pilot or owner’s perspective, these are some amazing times. Especially when you look at all the capabilities that are available today. From synthetic vision, to terrain and obstacle awareness, to infrared-based enhanced vision systems (EVS); to GPS navigation, traffic, weather and just about anything else you want, the...
March 1, 2014
Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions but the most important and most common are communications or navigation. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions, but the most important and perhaps most common are communications or navigation. There are several ways to accomplish this via transmission or reception of radio waves: VFR, IFR, ILS or...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
The Korea Forest Service has a new service and maintenance center for its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters. Russian Helicopters...
March 1, 2014
▶ R&W’s Question of the Month: In your view, what was the biggest story to come out of Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Do you have comments on the rotorcraft industry or recent articles and viewpoints we’ve published? Send them to: Editor, Rotor & Wing, 4 Choke...
March 1, 2014
Lee Benson is a retired helicopter pilot who’s flying career started in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and concluded as Chief Pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Lee’s 15,500 hours of flying and 40 years of Military, commercial and government flying operations afford him a very broad background in the helicopter world. In 2008 he started a consulting company and is contracted to...
March 1, 2014
Houston Texas, known for its heat and humidity, has really received a curveball from the weather gods this year, including sleet, ice and freezing rain. Texans who live and work along the Gulf Coast are not used to sequences of icing conditions; perhaps one per year at the most. This global warming is really treacherous. Looking out the window at the icy mess outside made me think about some of my weather...
March 1, 2014
Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for Era Helicopters in Anchorage, Alaska. My supervisor at Era was Lou Earhart, one of the nicest, most professional people I’ve ever had the blessing to work for or around. I considered Lou to be a consummate professional pilot. Then one day he told me about a mistake he had made. While ferrying a Jet Ranger up to Anchorage from Bell, the helicopter...
March 1, 2014
Ever since the beginning of police aviation, law enforcement agencies have studied, implemented, de-implemented, and studied again the merits of delivering deadly force from helicopters. The name of the department escapes me, but I recall there being an agency out west that kept MP5 submachine guns in locking racks aboard their aircraft. They even made it a point to conduct regular airborne target practice...
March 1, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year, according to Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager for vertical lift programs. She reported on the manufacturer’s progress in January during a media gathering following the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Pat Donnelly, Joint...
March 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has inked an agreement with the New York Police City Department for four Bell 429s. The helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the citizens of...
March 1, 2014
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has established its own repair station...
March 1, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290...
March 1, 2014
Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) have awarded initial certification of the Bell 429 WLG. The helicopter was first unveiled at the National...
March 1, 2014
The Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) has issued a certificate of approval...
March 1, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols...
March 1, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AgustaWestland AW189. First deliveries are expected during February, with Bristow Helicopters anticipating the first at their Norwich base for operations on oil rig support in the southern North Sea. The Bristow helicopter (show in image) is serial 49007 and is seen here in full colors with the British registration...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
March 1, 2014
Jerry Mullins Jerry Mullins is retiring from his position as president and CEO of Enstrom. Working in the aviation industry for more than 40 years, Mullins will continue to serve in a consulting role with Enstrom through 2014. The manufacturer has promoted Tracy Biegler to president and CEO effective February 1. Biegler was previously vice president. A 26-year veteran of the aviation industry, and 10-year...
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