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June 1, 2016
 The FAA’s Airport Master Record database shows inaccurate heliport locations. A Nashville, Tennessee, television station, for example,  is shown 55 mi away from its actual location. Graphics courtesy of Rex J. Alexander Would it surprise you to learn that one of Northern Ohio’s largest trauma centers, which has three heliports, only has one of those on record with the FAA in its...
June 1, 2016
  When Denver, Colorado, lawyer and inventor David Brody decided in the last few years to launch an effort to develop an innovative business aircraft, he did what aviation entrepreneurs do. He assembled a team of the best engineering and marketing talent he could find. The company he and those rotorcraft and aviation veterans formed, XTI Aircraft, aimed to develop a high-speed, five-passenger...
June 1, 2016
A Papua New Guinea company received an Airbus Helicopters H145 in January. Photo courtesy of Airbus Markets throughout Asia have not escaped the economic concerns plaguing the U.S., Europe and other regions, leading helicopter operators there and the manufacturers and service providers that support them to search out new opportunities in rising used-aircraft inventories. The latest analysis of markets in...
June 1, 2016
Russian Helicopters’ line of aircraft include the Kazan Ansat, the Kamov Ka-62 and Mil Mi-26T, Mi-38 and Mi-8. The TV7-117V  engine is installed on all Mi-38s. Photos courtesy of Russian Helicopters and ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office Amid Western sanctions and the crises of the oil and gas sector, times are challenging for the Russian rotorcraft industry. Russia’s economy is known...
June 1, 2016
  Just about a month ago, I was in New Orleans for the annual gathering of the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International — the trade group for air, ground and marine drone manufacturers and operators. The weather outside was gorgeous — clear, sunny, warm and relatively dry. Conditions inside the “Xponential” show’s exhibit hall and conference rooms were less...
June 1, 2016
Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems I find it hard to believe that R&WI can publish an article updating the industry’s status on crash-resistant fuel systems (May 2016, page 40) and not make one mention about how far out in front of the industry and the FAA Robinson Helicopter Co. is on this subject. As mentioned in the article, what the air medical sector is planning and what aftermarket vendors are...
May 1, 2016
An MH-60S Sea Hawk receives cargo during a vertical replenishment aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy As skipper of the guided missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107), U.S. Navy Cmdr. Alysa Ambrose relies heavily on her ship’s Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawks. The Gravely leads a detachment of four destroyers that since December has been escorting the...
May 1, 2016
One of the great and reoccurring mysteries of aviation is the question of who was the pilot in command (PIC) of an aircraft during flight. The answer is often a key issue in regulators’ enforcement actions, government aircraft accident investigations and post-accident litigation. Determining the PIC is even more difficult when a crewmember is killed or seriously injured as the result of the mishap...
May 1, 2016
Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems Years ago as a first lieutenant and U.S. Army aviator, I had the privilege to attend a short course at Arizona State University titled the Aircraft Crash Survival Investigator’s Course. I think that course is now a part of the Robertson Safety Institute in Prescott, Arizona, (named for Dr. S. Harry Robertson), and is affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University...
May 1, 2016
Following my last article on the acquisition of surplus U.S. Army A-model Sikorsky Black Hawks by several commercial operators in the U.S., I saw three UH-60As on display by various operators at Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. All were impressive in their general appearance, and each Black Hawk had specific modifications related to their intended use in the marketplace. Sikorsky hosted a meeting during...
May 1, 2016
When you think about New York City, one thing that does not come to the mind is “peace and quiet.” For those who live in Manhattan, or even in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, peace and quiet is something it seems you can find anywhere else but New York. Even though the city is a constant cacophony of sound — jack hammers, diesel trucks, emergency...
May 1, 2016
A DJI F550 is shown with a DJI WooKong-M Controller, retractable landing gear and GoPro Hero 4 camera (right). Entrepreneurs who want to fly drones to make money currently must endure a time-consuming bureaucratic process to do so — but only in the U.S. Many argue that the FAA has imposed too many policies, and those put in place are not enforceable by law. Unfortunately, this has set the stage for...
May 1, 2016
A German observer (right) on the Zr.Ms.Zeeland, translated as “His Majesty’s Zeeland” (left), assists in deck-landing training.   A Belgian helicopter pilot arrived in Den Helder, about 35 nm (65 km) north of Amsterdam. Flying above the North Sea just a short distance out of Den Helder’s harbor, he made approaches to practice deck landings on His Netherlands Majesty’s...
May 1, 2016
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May 1, 2016
The U.S. Army heeded the lessons of early crashes, in which occupants survived impact but died in fires, and worked with the industry in the 1960s to develop crash-resistant fuel systems. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Record Admin. A special industry working group is due to report to the FAA this month on the likely cost of accelerating installation of crash-resistant fuel systems in...
May 1, 2016
  CHC’s top guy got right to the point when he opened the company’s 12th annual Safety & Quality Summit last month in Vancouver, British Columbia. Nine months earlier, when organizers set the summit’s theme of “Back to Basics,” the offshore support segment of our industry was struggling to cope with the impact of $60-a-barrel oil. Since then, nearly every player in...
May 1, 2016
  At Heli-Expo in March, I heard an interesting talk on an alternate recovery from vortex ring state (VRS) given by Robinson Helicopter’s Tim Tucker, who had written an article describing this method last fall (“Flying Through the Vortex,” September 2015, page 30). I was anxious to see his presentation explaining it. I guess the difference between flying and crashing is all relative...
April 1, 2016
James T. McKenna Recent business travel brought me face-to-face with a number of Europeans, who surprisingly had one driving question for me, which in sum was: “Donald Trump? Really?” The American spectacle of choosing this year’s Republican Party presidential candidate fascinates and mystifies them. In seeking to explain the U.S.’s hottest new reality show, I recalled my long-ago...
April 1, 2016
Have We Failed? This is in response to your cover story on the International Helicopter Safety Team ( “After 10 Years, Have We Failed?” February 2016, page 32). After 24 years flying helicopters, I was pushed out of a company for predicting an accident two years before it occurred. The reason I was to be fired, my manager at the time said, was that I “need some mental health...
April 1, 2016
  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 Assn., Helicopter Assn. International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S...
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