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August 31, 2016
By 2020, all Part 27 and Part 29 rotorcraft flying in the U.S. must be equipped with DO-260B ADS-B compliant transponders and GPS receivers. Owners and operators have experienced a lack of variety and affordability of such gear, as well as regulatory hurdles to ADS-B installations. Now, it appears these difficulties largely have been overcome. A new FAA policy removes red tape that had delayed...
August 31, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at R&WI’s Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Texas this month. Following on last year’s inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit, attendees on Sep. 19 to 20 at the Hilton Fort Worth will meet and hear from leading technology...
August 31, 2016
It is well known that flight into instrument meteorological conditions without the proper instrumentation and training is almost certain to lead to loss of control. But controlling a rotorcraft in degraded (but not zero) visibility is a problem that is not well understood. There is a reason helicopter pilots get to gaze through great big cockpit windows, and it’s not so everyone can see who the best...
August 31, 2016
With the largest multi-sport event in the world held this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, security became a major concern for tourists and visiting athletes. Reports of armed robberies, attacks and other criminal activity prompted Olympic committees and local officials to issue travel warnings and curfews. Helicopters were instrumental in protecting Olympic athletes, dignitaries and spectators. They were...
August 31, 2016
Every pilot-in-command or aviation manager responsible for the operation or maintenance of a civil aircraft has pondered the question of operating an aircraft with inoperative instruments and equipment. In the U.S., both Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 91 and 135 say that no one “may take off an aircraft with inoperative instruments or equipment installed,” except under certain conditions...
August 1, 2016
By Anne Musquere Today less than 300 civilian helicopters are flying in India — that is less than 1% of the worldwide civil helicopter fleet, for a country of 1.2 billion people. But civil helicopter operations in India, suffering from lack of infrastructure, rigid policy and high costs, should benefit from the new National Civil Aviation Policy issued June 15 and the subsequent draft Regional...
August 1, 2016
Sometimes, the question may be as important as the answer, particularly when people in a position to answer decline to do so in a straightforward, honest manner. Some questions below fall into that category. Several years ago the FAA proposed an airworthiness directive on Bell Helicopter 205, 212 and 412 tail booms. It indicated that tail booms equipped with aftermarket strakes were suffering from an...
August 1, 2016
Nothing can clear a room faster than talking about helicopter aerodynamics. But certain concepts do seem to create lasting intrigue and can spark good conversation. Sometimes you’ll find pilots using various hand gestures as a visual aid to assist them in describing theory and physics. If you’re really crafty, you can use a parlor trick or two to get your point across. One of the more unique...
August 1, 2016
Pilots often equate wind shear in a preflight briefing with thunderstorms and severe turbulence. But one form of wind shear may occur when the air is glassy smooth — nonconvective low-level wind shear (LLWS). The forecast for this condition is probably the most misunderstood aviation forecast among pilots. In a terminal aerodrome forecast (TAF), it appears in coded form with a WS code, such as...
August 1, 2016
The Aerospatiale Gazelle is among the last singles certified for IFR operations before FAA guidance raised the bar (left). Newer types like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 (middle) and Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X (right) would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve that capability. Photos courtesy of Davide Olivati, Marenco and Bell   An industry campaign for less...
August 1, 2016
A U.S. Navy Trainer flies above Whiting Field. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy At least 30 companies, from aerospace and defense giants to small contractors, have expressed interest in providing the U.S. Navy’s next-generation helicopter training system. They’d just like to know what the Navy wants and when and how the service plans to pay for it. For several years, the Navy has been mulling...
August 1, 2016
In last month’s article on airborne use of force by police agencies, R&WI contributor Frank Lombardi explained that the mere presence of a helicopter could deter criminal activity and change the situation on the ground for the better (“Police Face Much to Consider in Airborne Use of Force,” R&WI, July 2016, page 28). This is a public-safety benefit of helicopter capabilities...
July 1, 2016
When I returned to this magazine just over a year ago, we were discussing changes. My return was one change. I had led these editorial efforts in the early 2000s and looked forward to working with the committed, top-notch team of executives, designers and sales folks here at Access Intelligence to rebuild this publication’s standing and its value for members of that industry. A key part of that...
July 1, 2016
Mike Hangge I write this column knowing and accepting that I am neither the finest of leaders nor an expert on leadership. I have, however, spent the last three decades in various military positions leading and following. We are currently experiencing the dreaded political change from a “wartime army” to a “standing peacetime army.” Although there are differing opinions regarding...
July 1, 2016
Arthur J. Negrette Most aircraft owners, pilots and aviation managers in the U.S. are generally aware that the government may seize a civil aircraft when its use is implicated in a crime. However, most people do not appreciate the scope of federal criminal provisions related to aircraft and how they may be applied. It is possible for a pilot or aircraft owner to become ensnared unwittingly in a legal...
July 1, 2016
Pat Gray You may view the current state of offshore as chaotic, tumultuous, convulsive; maybe even troubled. But it’s not exactly so. The oil business is cyclic. It is always tied to the cost of producing a barrel of oil, which is where chaos lies. With fracking, deepwater drilling, old wells squeezing out more oil, foreign discoveries and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)...
July 1, 2016
Our mission at R&WI is to be the business resource for managers of rotorcraft operations around the world. This is not new; for nearly 50 years we have strived to serve this industry’s business intelligence needs. In that pursuit, we long have benefitted from the counsel of forward-thinking leaders. To better serve our readers, we are formalizing that counsel with an Editorial Advisory Board...
July 1, 2016
The H215 uses the same basic airframe, rotor and engines as Airbus Helicopters’ AS332, but incorporates improved avionics. Photo courtesy of Airbus Recently, I had an opportunity to fly the latest addition to Airbus Helicopters’ venerable line of Puma variants, the H215. The aircraft was being shown to various public safety agencies in California, both in law enforcement and the fire service...
July 1, 2016
Type your caption here. Light helicopters are following the decade-long trend of adopting flat-panel interactive human-machine interfaces. This has been driven by the avionics industry’s expansion in digital mapping, synthetic vision, wire and traffic warning systems fueled by highly certified software. With growing innovation, OEMs adopt standard high-definition-screen cockpits with greater...
July 1, 2016
The U.S. Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron is tasked with stopping illegal drug-running boats On Sep. 18, 2015, a sheriff’s deputy from San Bernardino, California, employed the use of deadly physical force to stop a dangerous fleeing suspect in a vehicle on the Interstate 215 freeway. What made this event unique was the deputy’s vantage point: his gunfire came from...
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