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September 1, 2013
UK Royal Air Force SAR Sea King. Annually involved with more than 4,000 calls for help then backing that up with the deployment of assistance on average around 2,500 times, the United Kingdom’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC) and conjoined Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Center (UKMCC) support not only UK requests for aeronautical emergency help, but also monitor distress calls...
September 1, 2013
Clearing the helicopters of snow before the day’s mission begins. When it comes to dealing with Mother Nature, a helicopter usually appears at the beginning of a project. Whether counting seabirds, tracking migrations, “darting” large mammals or removing forest clutter, the crew rarely have the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of their labor first-hand. Not so on the remote British...
September 1, 2013
On July 13th Matt Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association International (HAI), wrote an article entitled “Land the Damn Helicopter” for Rotor News, which the association publishes. Matt’s point in summary is many helicopter accidents could be avoided by using one of the helicopter’s true advantages – it can land almost anywhere. Sorry offshore guys, as the British say...
September 1, 2013
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the plan to change Eurocopter’s name and brand to Airbus Helicopters? Mission Vs. Flight Request I read Terry Terrell’s column, “Another Groundhog Day,” on page 48 of the August 2013 edition of Rotor & Wing, and Mr. Terrell makes some very good points about making correct decisions. I totally agree with his assessment of...
September 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...
September 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Under a section titled “Strategy Review Update” within its first half 2013 financial results report on July 31, European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS) – the conglomerate that formed in 2001 and includes subsidiaries such as Astrium, ATR, Cassidian, Dassault Aviation, EADS North America, Eurocopter, Eurofighter and Socate – announced that it will...
September 1, 2013
As most of us know, Lockheed Martin received a contract in 2005 to provide flight service for aviators as the FAA was closing down its many Flight Service Stations across the country. Lockheed Martin consolidated these services stations into three hubs, each of which covers a vast amount of real estate. Here on the Gulf we deal with the Fort Worth, Texas hub. I was interested in seeing just what they did...
September 1, 2013
Months after its implementation, you still can’t go more than a day without hearing about the effects of sequestration – the spanking the federal government took last March when politicians failed to agree upon less painful spending cuts. It was intended to be the same kind of over-the-top threat of punishment a parent makes to get their child to comply with something, while all along expecting...
September 1, 2013
Details are coming together for the 2014 version of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium, scheduled to take place Feb. 27-28 after Heli-Expo...
September 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB in flight. The maiden flight of the Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB took place August 9 at the Rostvertol flight test center, which is also the...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program.   The company...
September 1, 2013
The Bristow Group has inked a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport’s search and rescue (SAR) program...
September 1, 2013
Orlando was the site of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Exposition, which ran from July 17 through 19. Co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and held at the Orange County Convention Center, the event drew people from across North America for training, networking, exhibitions and social events specially tailored for federal, state and local...
September 1, 2013
Eurocopter’s Norbert Ducrot, in addition to continuing his responsibilities as the Senior Vice President-North Asia (China, Korea, Japan), has been appointed the President and CEO of Eurocopter China. Ducrot has been with Eurocopter since 2003, and has many years of experience in the region. Eurocoper is seeking to increase its market share in China as well as strengthen its support and services...
September 1, 2013
HeliSAS™ Autopilot for Bell 206 and Bell 407 Available Through Aeronautical Accessories Aeronautical Accessories’ new 2013 Product Catalog features the Cobham HeliSAS™ autopilot for Bell 206 and Bell 407 models. The two-axis attitude hold/attitude command flight control system significantly reduces pilot workload and allows pilots to perform many cockpit functions hands-free...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 22, 2013
A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The theme for the opening session is “The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.” Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association...
August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
August 1, 2013
Hubi-Fly Robinson R44 landing during  Helidays 2011 in Gmunden, Austria. In following up last year’s effort with Part Two of the Rotorcraft Training Guide (see 2012 Guide for Part 1), we look outside the U.S. to the rest of the world, including other countries located in Europe, Middle East, sub Saharan continent and bordering the Pacific region. They include the satellite facilities of the...
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