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August 1, 2014
A Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-64E working the Lodgepole wildland fire in Idaho in July 2013 releases a load of retardant. The material will help keep the trees from becoming fuel for the approaching flames. Photos by Kari Greer They come in many shapes and various sizes. They fly to places with odd names, like Soldotna, Coconino and Funny River. Then they linger amid flames and smoke that darken the skies...
August 1, 2014
View inside the Tiger Helicopters hangar. Photos by Andrew Drwiega You could not describe the airfield at Shobdon in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside as on the road to anywhere in particular. Located down an unassuming road that bears left at the bottom of a small hill towards the control tower, with two grass and one paved runways, it has the appearance of a small country flying club with a few...
July 17, 2014
Just as the Pentagon saw the advantages of using remotely piloted vehicle systems (RPVS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to serve soldiers on the battlefield, law enforcement agencies saw a system that could just as easily serve officers out in the community. Builders of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – the animal you get when you bring a UAV, optics, and other features together into...
July 16, 2014
The New York Police Department is using Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) for Bell 412 advanced search and rescue hoist rescue training and Bell 429 hoist rescue transition training. The training covers 36 SAR pilots, hoist operators and rescue specialists and divers. Patrick Dennis, senior vice president of training solutions at P1AR, noted that during the selection process, NYPD asked the company “to...
July 15, 2014
The four-rotor Qube is made by AeroVironment for a variety of police applications, including searches, aerial photography, and light surveillance. (Below) Logo of the Northeast Region UAS Unit. Images courtesy of GFSD Since their widespread use as military surveillance platforms in the Middle East, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have drawn the attention of a public that has marveled at the...
July 14, 2014
Bell AH-1Z Super Cobra in action. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded Elbit Systems of America (ESA) two contracts worth a total of $14.1 million for equipment connected...
July 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-171 in flight. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171s for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions, as well as personnel and cargo...
July 11, 2014
Hurst, Texas-based Textron division Bell Helicopter has reached agreements with Helicopter Flight Services, AngMar Aviation and Rocky Mountain Rotors involving the 407GX, which features Garmin’s G1000H flight deck. New York City-based Helicopter Flight Services offers tours, corporate charter services, aerial photography and video, and construction...
July 10, 2014
Graphic of the AW101 for the NAWSARH program. Image courtesy of FLIR Systems The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All...
July 10, 2014
As the Mark 6 Chinook entered the hover above RAF Odiham, set in the Hampshire countryside, quite suddenly I became aware of the stability of the helicopter, seemingly unlike other Chinooks that I have been in, either during exercises or in Afghanistan. It was so stable that I thought to myself, “you could hold tea in a cup and saucer and not spill it – impressive.” This was the end of a...
July 9, 2014
Other than Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson, with the passing of Charles Kaman in 2011, there is no one alive more iconic to the helicopter industry than Sergei Sikorsky. Currently serving as global ambassador for the Stratford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Sergei is the son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the world’s first mass-produced helicopter...
July 7, 2014
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210S engine. Photos courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada During a media briefing at Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters where President Paul Adams and other executives reflected on the state of the aviation industry, Rotor & Wing had a chance to interview Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada (the unit that produces...
July 7, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load, winching and rappelling operations throughout the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched...
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...
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