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August 1, 2013
The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing’s heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F. First flight of the AgustaWestland ICH-47F Chinook...
August 1, 2013
Aug. 12–15: AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2013, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C. Visit www.auvsi.org   Sept. 17: Avionics for NextGen, sponsored by Avionics Magazine, Sheraton, Atlantic City, N.J. For registration and sponsorship information, visit...
August 1, 2013
Steven Webster has been installed as vice president engineering and flight operations, a new position at American Eurocopter. He will be responsible for engineering, certifications, flight operations and the lean/continuous improvement programs. A 28-year helicopter industry veteran, he joins from AVX Aircraft, where he was technology director and program manager for military aircraft development programs...
August 1, 2013
TruLink® ICS Now for Frontline to Flightline Telephonics’ TruLink® Wireless Voice Communication System with its range of 2,500 feet is the most versatile wireless intercom in the world today. TruLink is ideal for pilots and crew members for most helicopter applications. Medevac, Aeromedical, Search and Rescue, Police, Fire and First Responders all use TruLink today. Telephonics’...
August 1, 2013
In 1980, the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) established a human powered helicopter competition in the name of Igor Sikorsky. Over the years the competition has gone from a $10,000 to a $250,000 prize. After more than 30 years, recent strides seemed to bring the prize within reach of two dueling design teams. On June 13, 2013 at 12:43 EDT, AeroVelo, a small team of University of Toronto...
August 1, 2013
Helicopter operations in the last decade have concentrated on counterinsurgency (COIN) operations and asymmetric warfare as witnessed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. By all reports they have got pretty good at it too. But by the end of 2015 the stated ambition is for all International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) to leave Afghanistan. Then what? Contingency is the new watchword, at least in the UK and...
July 1, 2013
Back in 2011, while attending the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference in New Orleans, I saw a brand new Virginia State Police (VSP) Eurocopter EC145 on display. It had recently been completed by Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., and was loaded with all of the latest gear for flying air medical missions. While driving through southern Virginia – technically a...
July 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multi-purpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in...
July 1, 2013
The Korean National Police helicopter fleet is receiving avionics upgrades from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as the Korean Utility...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
Having the right equipment on the ground makes it easier and more efficient to keep helicopters in the air. While there are a lot of differences between helicopters and airplanes, one of the biggest is that there is no such thing as a typical helicopter mission. Owner/operators are continually finding ways to put their amazing machines to work. And the requirement to do more in a shorter amount of time...
July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
July 1, 2013
Eye-Popping Performance R&W’s Question of the Month For public service, law enforcement and EMS personnel: What is the most fundamental piece of support equipment that your operation uses in responding to emergency situations? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed...
July 1, 2013
Rick Adams is chief perspectives officer for AeroPerspectives, an aviation communications consultancy based in the south of France, Geneva, and Dallas. He has three decades of communications experience in aviation, technology and training.     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...
July 1, 2013
The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France. But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual...
July 1, 2013
As I stated in my last article (“Heliport Standards: Where the Bears Live,” May 2013, page, 48), I think the issue of the new heliport design guidelines given in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5390-2C need a bit more sunshine. Without restating the whole article, I think it’s worthwhile to reiterate the point, that while it is true that an AC is not a regulation, many of the states, which do...
July 1, 2013
A few months ago, a former police friend of mine was accidentally shot and killed at a private gun range. As some of us talked about the accident, the conversation shifted to firearms safety in general, and a move my former police department made a dozen years back to make the range experience more safe and useful. The new policy said that officers were required to qualify wearing whatever attire he or she...
July 1, 2013
          The rapid growth of offshore wind farms, particularly off the northern European coastlines bordering the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany, is fuelling the need for more helicopters to help transport turbine engineers and other support staff out to where the energy is being generated. The distance from the shoreline is steadily increasing too as bigger wind farms are...
July 1, 2013
At the Paris Air Show in June, Bell Helicopter uncovered a new light single, so far codenamed the “short light single,” or SLS, which will receive power from a Turbomeca Arrius 2R – the first time a Turbomeca engine will be used on a Bell helicopter. Initial flight is planned for next year. Bell CEO John Garrison said that the target market segment is that of the Robinson R66 and Eurocopter...
July 1, 2013
The UK’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC), currently manned by members of the Royal Air Force and based at RAF Kinloss in Scotland, could be relocated to the new National Maritime Operations Center (NMOC) in Fareham, near Portsmouth, around 2017 when the military ceases to contribute helicopters to the UK’s search and rescue capability. Vice Admiral Alan Massey, chief executive of...
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