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May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 1, 2015
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time we had THE talk. What do you do when you see something from the air that’s so highly controversial, you wish you hadn’t seen it? What do you do when your camera system catches behavior that will certainly spell trouble for your colleagues, whether they deserve it or not? We’ve all seen the videos. It doesn’t matter whether they were shot...
May 1, 2015
CHC Helicopter President and CEO Karl Fessenden welcomed about 750 industry representatives in late March to Vancouver, British Columbia and the 11th Annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, a premier safety event. Fessenden, who joined CHC in February after a 20-year career at GE, challenged attendees to embrace the theme of the event: achieving greater integration of safety management. This column is...
May 1, 2015
Helicopters are intended as machines capable of fluidly delivering the full range of their transportation service miracles by spanning both aerial and terrestrial environments. When these matchlessly flexible aircraft terminate flight at improvised landing sites, however, they may encounter a nearly infinite variety of environmental factors. These are limited only by the scope of conditions and scenarios...
May 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of the ATSB A fatal aeromedical accident in Australia that killed a specially-trained paramedic points out the dangers of modifying procedures on the spot to complete a difficult mission, according to two separate investigations. “This accident highlights the dangers associated with modifying established procedures to complete a difficult, and potentially not previously experienced...
May 1, 2015
An HH-60H from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 11 during recent operations. The HS-11’s cruise onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt marks the Navy’s last deployment of SH-60Fs and Hs. MH-60s will replace them. Major vertical lift-related events in the last two months kicked off aviation’s annual trade show season, with expositions focused on the U.S. Army and Navy following close on...
May 1, 2015
The potential of small UASs like this DJI Inspire 1 (equipped with a 12-megapixel 4K video camera) is great but stymied by concerns about their ability to operate safely in airspace occupied by general aviation and commercial aircraft. Photo by Mark Colborn Don’t we all wish we could predict the future? New business deals would entail less risk. Investing for retirement would be a snap. There is a...
May 1, 2015
Pictured from left to right are Caroline Vandedrinck (Sikorsky VP Europe & Central Asia), Hans-Peter Mueller (NATO JCGVL Committee Chairman), Lt. Col. John Ennis (CH-53K Government Flight Test Director) and Mike Torok (Sikorsky VP CH-53K Program). Photo courtesy of Sikorsky NATO leaders received updates on the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy-lift program during a recent visit to Sikorsky...
May 1, 2015
Rotorcraft manufacturers made a strong showing at the 2015 LAAD Defence & Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro April 14-17. The Brazilian military helicopter market is dominated by Airbus. The military is procuring 50 EC725 (now H225) Cougar helicopters built in country by Avibras, a local Airbus unit. Helibras, another Airbus subsidiary, is upgrading AS565 Panthers operated by Brazil’s army...
May 1, 2015
Honeywell’s latest survey found demand in China outpaces most world regions. Courtesy of Honeywell The 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) offered a venue for focused discussions about the state of helicopter operations in China and prospects for their growth. “ABACE once again put China at center stage of the Asian and global business aviation community,” said...
May 1, 2015
The Izumo is key to Japan’s strategy for countering China’s threats. Japan launched its largest military ship since World War II on March 25 when Defense Minister Gen Nakatani led the commissioning of the helicopter carrier...
May 1, 2015
PHI flew the first operational Rig Approach flight in November 2013. It collaborated with Sikorsky in developing the feature. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Transport Canada has approved Sikorsky Aircraft’s Rig Approach automated approach feature...
May 1, 2015
At his retirement, Tishchenko had helped develop 75-80 percent of the Soviet Union’s helicopters. Photo courtesy of AHS Iternational. Marat Tishchenko, the Mil Design Bureau’s chief designer from 1970 to 1991, died March 13 after a long illness, AHS International reports. He was 84. “Perhaps the crowning achievement of his career was leading the design and development of the Mi-26, the...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland’s contract dates to 2006. Korea Aerospace Industries has won a $1.49 billion contract to develop civilian and military helicopters for South Korea with Airbus Helicopters. The contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) calls for the companies to develop a new Light Civil Helicopter by 2020 and a follow-on Light Armed Helicopter by 2022. The armed version would...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland is seeking designers’ proposals for an all-new cabin design for its AW609 TiltRotor The competition follows one last year that led to exclusive cabin layout and dedicated paint scheme for the new-generation AW169 light intermediate twin; these were designed by the selection of the Lanzavecchia+Wai design studio of Italy and...
May 1, 2015
MD Helicopters head Tilton wants “a fair fight for truth” with the SEC. Photo by Ernie Stephens MD Helicopters head Lynn Tilton is battling with a U.S. securities watchdog over its charges that Tilton and her private equity firm have defrauded investors of nearly $200 million since 2003. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the charges on March 30 and called for Tilton and Patriarch...
May 1, 2015
Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company. Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy...
May 1, 2015
You may have noticed a teaser ad in our April issue that promised a new face to our content coming Summer 2015. Consider this column your Teaser Extreme. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the changes we have in store for you over the course of the next few months. Not the least of these is a new, award-winning editor-in-chief, with a name many of you will recognize immediately. But that is...
April 16, 2015
  Let’s face it. We have all become quite accustomed to the idea that we can get just about anything our little heart desires within a 24-hour period as long as we are willing to throw enough money at it to make it happen. With one glaring exception: aircraft parts. The more we devote to the topic of finding hard-to-find parts, the more we realize how deep and complex the issue truly is. My...
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