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August 6, 2014
Simplex Portland, Ore., United States With its advanced engineering capabilities and many years of experience, Simplex offers a one-stop solution for nearly every helicopter mission. Aerial firefighting is one of those strengths. Simplex has close relationships with fire departments and forest services across the globe. Because of this, their systems are getting bigger and better while reducing weight and...
August 6, 2014
AgustaWestland RUAS/OPH Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), optionally piloted vehicles, autonomous aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), remotely piloted vehicle systems (RPVS), drones – whatever you call them, they are beginning to take over the world. While no one can seem to agree on a term to describe their UAV/UAS/RPV, one thing everyone seems to realize is that UAVs have a future in the world...
August 6, 2014
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has named Scott Tish director of flight operations. Tish has been a pilot for 35 years and began his aviation career in 1979 as a U.S. Army pilot. For the past 28 years of his civilian career, Tish has focused on emergency medical services (EMS) operations, working for organizations such as Lifeguard Medical Transport in Oregon, Marian Air Care in Iowa...
August 5, 2014
Boeing demonstrated the AH-64E and AH-6 to the media ‘up close and personal’ in the early morning desert sun When Boeing calls asking if you would like to join its pre-Farnborough/Le Bourget media briefing week, it is unwise to say “no.” The schedule is always hectic, crisscrossing the United States on variously timed early and late flights, but the agenda always makes the effort...
August 4, 2014
By Douglas Nelms On Dec. 7, 2011, an AS350-B2 operated by Sundance Helicopters crashed just outside Las Vegas, Nev., killing the pilot and four passengers. NTSB cited probable cause to be “inadequate maintenance of the helicopter.” Specifically, NTSB said the cause included (1) the improper reuse of a degraded self-locking nut, (2) the improper or lack of installation of a split pin, and (3)...
August 4, 2014
Graphic of the Combat Rescue Helicopter. Courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with a derivative of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk for a Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) to replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk fleet. Lockheed Martin is also involved as a major subsystems supplier for the CRH program. There are currently around 100 HH-60Gs in service with the Air Force (active plus...
August 4, 2014
The first two Cabris shipped to China (here with Chinese markings) will go to distributor Shanghai X-Square Aviation Co. Photo courtesy Helicopteres Guimbal Bruno Guimbal, founder and CEO of France-based Helicopteres Guimbal, shared with Rotor & Wing details on the Chinese certification of the Cabri G2 light single, obtained on June 16. The process, a validation of the EASA certification, lasted nine...
August 1, 2014
A pair of CBP UH-60 Black Hawk pilots prepare to conduct morning patrols over Washington, DC. Photo courtesy CBP Aug. 9, 2013: Jeff Birks remembers vividly the day he received the urgent phone call for air support from the Salt Lake City FBI SWAT Team. Horseback riders in the mountains near Cascade, Idaho had sited James Lee DiMaggio, who had kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson from her Southern California...
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...
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