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July 1, 2015
Nonprofit organization Women in Aviation International (WAI) will announce seven new scholarships in 2016 in addition to its existing list, including several of interest to present and aspiring female helicopter professionals. The application period begins July 1...
July 1, 2015
International helicopter transport provider HNZ Group has acquired a financial stake in Norwegian offshore transport operator Norsk Helikopterservice AS (NHS) through a combination of common shares and convertible debt. NHS has...
July 1, 2015
By Pat Host   A commission set up by Congress as a checkpoint on the U.S. Army’s path for restructuring its aviation forces has begun a series of road trips to collect input on what the service should look like in the near future. The National Commission on the Future of the Army met for two days of open and classified hearings in June in Fayetteville, N.C., home of Fort Bragg, whose Army...
July 1, 2015
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors of the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade over Savannah, Ga. May 13. Photo by 1st Lt. James Webb III The Bell Helicopter OH-58Ds being retired from the U.S. Army fleet are destined for sales to military forces outside the U.S. and not domestic commercial and public-use operators. Fourteen months ago, the Army had about 340 Kiowa Warriors in its fleet. By...
July 1, 2015
The S-97 flies for the first time at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., May 22. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft As Sikorsky Aircraft makes advances towards fielding the next generation of rotorcraft, its parent company is weighing what the future will hold for that vertical-lift pioneer. The firm founded by Igor Sikorsky in 1923 reached its latest milestone May 22, when...
July 1, 2015
Two former Carson Helicopters executives have been sentenced to U.S. prison for their role in the fatal 2008 crash of a firefighting S-61N. Steven Metheny, Carson’s vice president at its Grants Pass, Ore. site at the time of the crash, was sentenced to 12.5 years by U.S. Chief District Court Judge Ann Aiken in Medford, Ore., June 16. Levi Phillips, Carson’s maintenance director at the time...
July 1, 2015
James Walker Greenwich AeroGroup has named James Walker VP and general manager of Professional Aviation Associates. Having begun his aviation career as a first lieutenant and air traffic control officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Walker has held leadership positions at United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and AlliedSignal Aerospace.  Most recently, he was president and founder of Worthington Aviation...
July 1, 2015
Maxcraft Avionics Offers MD302 SAM for Airbus Helicopters Maxcraft Avionics Ltd. has received FAA validation of its Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM). This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus Helicopters, including...
July 1, 2015
The Turkish National Police is using Bell Helicopter 429s to support a wide array of law enforcement missions. Photo courtesy of Bell The Police Aviation Conference highlighted the common issues confronting airborne law enforcement units around the world, from flight safety and unmanned aircraft to interaction with homeland security agencies. The annual conference was held May 26-27 in Breda, the...
July 1, 2015
The industry aims to give the FAA the data needed to determine that IR spotlight installations are safe. Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Company Modifications shops, airframe and component makers, and operators are working with a top standards organization to define best practices to ensure the safety of infrared (IR) spotlights. The goal is to produce a standard that would enable the FAA to sign off...
July 1, 2015
National Guard units already have turned over their OH-58As and Cs for distribution as military surplus. A second wave will come next year when the Army does the same. Photo courtesy of the National Guard Bureau/Tech. Sgt. Betty Squatrito-Martin Airborne law enforcement leaders are keen to apply the lessons of the past as the U.S. Army releases hundreds of surplus helicopters for use by public service...
July 1, 2015
U.S. aviation officials are noting a big spike in reported incidents of birds colliding midair with helicopters from 2009 through 2013, and they are not sure why it happened. The average number of “bird strikes” reported during that five-year period was nearly 550 percent greater than the number reported from 2004 through 2008, according to data collected by the FAA and the federal Department...
July 1, 2015
James T. McKenna   I have just finished reading a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt. “The First Tycoon,” by T.J. Stiles, recounts how Vanderbilt rose from a young descendant of Dutch settlers on New York’s Staten Island to a man who transformed commerce in the U.S. and helped lay the foundation for today’s capital markets. Other captains nicknamed Vanderbilt “the...
June 1, 2015
James T. McKenna More than 25 years ago, I had just begun to write for another very prestigious aviation magazine. It was thrilling. That publication, like this one, was known worldwide. Its readers, like ours, were most loyal and (as a consequence) expected excellence in its pages. I learned that fact after writing a story about the redevelopment of New York’s JFK Airport. I had just gotten my big...
June 1, 2015
Frank Lombardi My 82-year-old Italian dad likes to cut out news articles about helicopter accidents to show me, so he can then tell me what went wrong. Apparently, according to him, most helicopter crashes occur because “those damn things just get shaky and fall out of the sky.” I suppose I am taking it too personally, but as an engineer this tweaks me. While I concede that even the best...
June 1, 2015
  How long has Rotor & Wing International been bringing you, our readers, news from the Paris Air Show? Longer than we’ve all been using the term “Eurocopter.” This year’s edition of the biennial show—the 51st—is ripe with potential news. Think, “A decision on Sikorsky Aircraft’s future ownership” or “First flight of Bell...
June 1, 2015
The California state agency CAL FIRE and its Aviation Division have an enviable history in firefighting with aircraft. After World War II, CAL FIRE employed a variety of airplanes, such as Stearmans, TBMs and N3Ns, as air tankers. In short order, two things were learned: air tankers could play an important role in fire suppression, but a better airframe was needed. Not being terribly interested in...
June 1, 2015
Question of the Month: The U.S. Air Force faces challenges sustaining relatively small, mixed fleets. What do you find most challenging in maintaining a small fleet? Let us know, and look for responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. In Your Prime? In response to your Publisher’s View (“In Our Prime,” R&W, May 2015, page 4), like everybody else in the...
June 1, 2015
Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs arrived aboard the USS Wasp May 18 to begin two weeks of operational tests of the short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the advanced fighter. The operational test will assess the integration of the F-35B while operating across a wide array of flight and deck operations, the USMC said. Specific objectives include demonstrating and assessing day and night...
June 1, 2015
A Mil Mi-26T carries the 15.4-ton fuselage of a Mi-26 military transport from Yoshkar-Ola in Russia’s Mari El Republic to Russian Helicopters’ plant in Rostov-on-Don, a distance of more than 900 miles. The operation took nine days, Russian Helicopters said, and its route passed through Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Kamyshin, Volgograd, and Volgodonsk and weather that varied...
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