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January 5, 2015
Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron conducting simulated exercises. Photo by USAF Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce With the reduction in general defense spending now slicing capability from virtually every area across the military spectrum, the skills and dedicated assets of personnel recovery (PR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) forces appear to be easy pickings when it comes to saving money...
January 1, 2015
Back when I was a patrol sergeant, we got a Sunday morning call for the sound of automatic gunfire in a wooded area not too far from the station. Even though I had only been transferred to that district a few days before, I was familiar with the spot because our pistol range used to be there. Not wanting to send my guys in without a little support, and because my county department didn’t have an...
January 1, 2015
Joseph Ambrogne is the Technical Editor of Rotor & Wing. He earned a BA in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He also holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating, and has been flying helicopters since 2010. Keith Cianfrani is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master...
December 11, 2014
Adrian Board, president and CEO of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, has announced that three of the company’s pilots are the recipients of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Paul Edwards, Pietro Venanzi and Dan Wells were selected on Sept. 27 for their work with AW609 program. SEPT established the Iven C. Kincheloe award in 1958...
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
December 9, 2014
Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center. The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 8, 2014
Sikorsky Sea King. Photo courtesy RAF The final Search and Rescue (SAR) conference organized by the Royal Air Force was held during early November at RAF Valley at the far tip of northwest Wales, on the island of Anglesey. In March 2015, the UK will begin the process of handing over responsibility for SAR to the new civil contractor, Bristow Helicopters. Bristow will gradually take responsibility over the...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
December 4, 2014
Years ago, when I first joined the police aviation unit, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with a former Marine Corps CH-46 driver. As the new guy, I was very happy when this more experienced aviator would say, “You have the controls,” and give me command of the aircraft. As I made every effort to fly as smoothly and precisely as possible, there was always some wisdom he would readily...
December 3, 2014
Earlier this year, the high sheriff of Stanislaus County (Calif.) caught some heat for allowing his helicopters to participate in several charitable events that were either outside of the county proper, or involved organizations that were not entities of the county government. One such event occurred on May 15 at the Saddle Creek Resort, just 4 n.m. inside of neighboring Calaveras County. Apparently, a...
December 2, 2014
In the September issue, I wrote about laser strikes on aircraft. Since that article was written, in fact predating that article, there has been an effort underway to get the FAA to consider formulating some guidelines for eye protection devices from laser strikes. As I said in the previous article, I don’t think a regulation or full-blown rule change is necessary. A well written Advisory Circular...
December 1, 2014
FDC/Aerofilter manufactures this PMA filter for the Bell 206L-1, L-3 and L-4. Image courtesy of FDC/Aerofilter Protecting the power plant from the worst effects of the ingestion of particles has always been a problem. But when United States military helicopter forces began operating in the dusty environments of Iraq, and then the even worse and oft quoted “talcum powder” environment experienced...
December 1, 2014
 In mid-February of this year, I received a call from the publisher of this magazine asking me the most ridiculous question I have ever been asked in the 25 years that I have been a pilot: “How would you like to be trained to fly the AgustaWestland AW609 Tilt Rotor?” As it turned out, I would be the first person outside of the manufacturer’s own pilots to fly the current iteration of...
December 1, 2014
In February of 2014, Enstrom Helicopter introduced a prototype of its TH180, a brand new, single-engine piston design intended for the flight training and private ownership markets. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff This month, we here at Rotor & Wing are reflecting upon what the industry has seen in 2014. As we flipped back through calendar, many things were brought back to mind. The year saw just about...
November 11, 2014
Attendees at Rotorfest 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) in West Chester, Penn. attracted a crowd of rotorcraft enthusiasts to its annual RotorFest event October 11 and 12. Young and old, industry professionals and the curious alike, endured Saturday’s drizzle and reveled in Sunday’s clear skies to enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere around...
November 11, 2014
The annual exposition and convention of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) was staged in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 13-15, 2014, and demonstrated a more upbeat feel than last year’s sequestration blighted event. International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega provided photos and comments from the event. Sikorsky recently...
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