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June 1, 2015
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) departs the USS Essex during a certification exercise off San Diego April 14. An Osprey from the squadron crashed in Hawaii May 17, killing one Marine. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Miguel Carrasco May was a month of highs and lows for the Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. On May 16, U.S. Air Force CV-22s helped fly U.S...
June 1, 2015
The head of the new safety association HeliOffshore urged attendees of the group’s first annual meeting to pursue greater levels of inclusion and engagement with employees and customers and deliver on the group’s safety commitments. In closing the May 8-11 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins told more than 150 leaders that “focusing on the priorities that we...
June 1, 2015
  Community fights with helicopter operators over noise from their aircraft are simmering in the U.S., with a short-term “cease fire” on the East Coast and growing dissatisfaction in the West. In New York, a pending lawsuit forestalled new restrictions on helicopter flights to an uncontrolled airport in East Hampton, N.Y. that serves the collection of high-brow Eastern Long Island beach...
June 1, 2015
A new association in Myanmar aims to develop the commercial helicopter market in that Southeast Asian nation, formerly known as Burma. The Myanmar Helicopter...
June 1, 2015
An AW189 by North Pole Investments of Panama would mark the super-medium twin’s entry in the South American market...
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating the May 12 crash in Nepal of a Bell Helicopter UH-1Y that killed all eight onboard. The six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers on the helicopter were participating in disaster relief missions following a second major earthquake in Nepal. The May 12 quake followed a magnitude 7.8 one that struck the country on April 25. The helicopter from Marine Light Attack Helicopter...
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
James T. McKenna An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S...
June 1, 2015
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June 1, 2015
Forty years ago, Vought Aircraft and Sperry collaborated to produce the SA-341 IFR Gazelle. This first IFR-certified single-engine helicopter was a breakthrough.“This new world of single-pilot IFR represents the removal of one of the last major barriers to realizing the full potential of commercial helicopters,” wrote A.G. Bud DeLucien in the July/August 1975 issue of Rotor & Wing. But new barriers...
June 1, 2015
Technological advances, like Sikorsky’s X2, have long outpaced the strictures of airworthiness...
June 1, 2015
Metro Aviation, a regular STC applicant, says efforts...
June 1, 2015
Metro Aviation, a regular STC applicant, says efforts to streamline the process aren’t bearing fruit yet. Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation For anyone who feels uneasy about the process for obtaining a supplemental type certificate (STC) in 2015, you’re in good company. Making aftermarket changes to an aircraft has got to be a tense enough experience, especially with operators having to invest...
June 1, 2015
A modern Gazelle. Photo by Davide Olivati   Forty years ago, Vought Aircraft and Sperry collaborated to produce the SA-341 IFR Gazelle. This first IFR-certified single-engine helicopter was a breakthrough. “This new world of single-pilot IFR represents the removal of one of the last major barriers to realizing the full potential of commercial helicopters,” wrote A.G. Bud DeLucien in the...
June 1, 2015
Technological advances, like Sikorsky’s X2, have long outpaced the strictures of airworthiness certification rules. International rotorcraft manufacturing leaders will be working over the next several months to define a framework for a joint review of U.S., European and Canadian standards for the certification of vertical-lift aircraft. Their objective is to work with the top international rotorcraft...
June 1, 2015
A high operational tempo contributes to HH-60G maintenance challenges. Photo courtesy of USAF/Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride The U.S. Air Force is confronting a variety of issues that impede its ability to keep its helicopters ready to perform critical missions ranging from combat search and rescue (CSAR) to supporting the American government’s ability to keep working in the face of a national...
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
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