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January 1, 2014
The outlook for 2014 remains filled with uncertainty, but most executives have high hopes for their segment of the rotorcraft market. As the books for the year 2013 are closed, businesses are bracing themselves for what 2014 might bring. So, a few weeks ago I spoke to the owners, executives or managers of a variety of companies throughout the rotorcraft industry, and asked them what they think 2014 has in...
January 1, 2014
estephens@accessintel.com In this month’s issue, we share what we call the “Executive Outlook.” It is a compilation of what the rotorcraft industry’s top executives think the year 2014 will bring to the helicopter world, including the “Rotorcraft Outlook Panel” (see page 18), which is a group of leaders from companies that participate in Rotor & Wing’s Annual...
January 1, 2014
By Lee Benson I seem to be stuck in a rut. My last several articles have related to concerns about regulatory overreach by bureaucrats or the new FAA Advisory Circular regarding heliports. I really try hard not to be a boring writer, but some issues need to be exposed. Granted this stuff is not near as interesting as “There I was at a 100-foot hover.” Recently, the FAA, without adhering to its...
January 1, 2014
Eurocopter has extended contracts with two Abu Dhabi-based companies to continue providing product support for operations in the Middle East. The agreements with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) and Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) were signed at the Dubai Airshow. The manufacturer re-upped its customer support services contract with GAL “to further strengthen Eurocopter’s...
January 1, 2014
Mi-38 during flight testing. Russian Helicopters has finished individual testing for the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 at the National...
January 1, 2014
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
January 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has announced it will install the final assembly line for the new five-seat short light single (SLS) at Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) in Louisiana. There, the company plans to create 115 direct jobs and an estimated 136 indirect jobs. The investment in equipment and tooling is valued at $11.4 million. Graphic of the Bell short light single (SLS). “We considered several sites for...
January 1, 2014
MD Helicopters plans to increase marketing of its helicopter product line of light, multi-mission helicopters in the UAE, and has chosen Dubai-based Quest Aviation Solutions to be its exclusive sales distributor for the seven UAE emirates. Qatar LifeFlight MD902 operated by Gulf Helicopters. Perry Orr, MD’s director for Middle East, Africa and India, said the company has not been pro-active in...
January 1, 2014
The Brunei Ministry of Defense has received the first batch of four S-70i helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, including two during the Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
January 1, 2014
Portable Helipad from FEC Heliports A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned time frame. When the assignment is completed, you exit that area with...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
December 17, 2013
Hawke Aerospace Holdings has hired Jim Fisher as president of its Uniflight subsidiary in Grand Prairie, Texas, which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for...
December 1, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard - Semper Paratus   Coast Guard Medevacs Woman From Cruise Ship. Coast Guard Searches for Missing 32-Year-Old Man in Chesapeake Bay. Coast Guard, Navy Rescue Three From Disabled Sailboat. Those headlines are just a sampling of actual missions flown by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) out of Air Station, Elizabeth City in North Carolina – and they were flown over a 15-day period. But...
December 1, 2013
Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s for offshore transport and SAR missions. Nine are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Three operate from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos by Ernie Stephens     Rain and poor visibility are the one-two punch that keeps most helicopter operations on the ground. But not so at Cougar Helicopters located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. On...
December 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-26T. Russian Helicopters has returned the first of two Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters to the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry after undergoing overhaul and modification from their previous M-26 military status. The helicopters were prepared for overhaul in March 2012, when specialists from Novosibirsk met...
December 1, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has conducted the initial trials of a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual...
December 1, 2013
PHI-operated Sikorsky S-92 in the Gulf of Mexico. No radar, no ILS, no marker beacon, yet it is a precision approach by any standard, even though the FAA would not classify it as such. The official name is “Rig Approach” and it is a patented system for doing an automated instrument approach by a helicopter to an off shore oil rig under challenging weather conditions. Having an instrument...
December 1, 2013
Zero Accidents This is in response to the Question of the Month in the October 2013 issue (page 8): “What more needs to be done to improve the safety record of the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) community? We all have opinions on how to reduce the helicopter accident rate, not just HEMS. We hold NTSB hearings, form Safety Analysis Teams and workgroups. Organizations publish surveys...
December 1, 2013
Lee Benson is a retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.     Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief, is a senior defense/aviation journalist with a specialization in...
December 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Three of the larger stories involving the helicopter industry in 2013 have ties to Eurocopter. The first is something Eurocopter didn’t do in relation to arguably the biggest story of the year, as the manufacturer dropped out of U.S. Army Aviation’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) competition, which leads to Future Vertical Lift (FVL), first with the medium variant. Army Aviation...
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