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August 1, 2013
U.S. Procurement Flaws In the June 2013 issue (see “Looking for Evidence of Lessons Learned,” page 54), Andrew Drwiega talks about the flaws in the U.S. procurement process for helicopter programs. An enormous amount of money and effort goes into research and development in responding to these Request for Proposals (RFPs). Mr. Drwiega did a good job of pointing out the frustrations put forth...
August 1, 2013
Helicopters are noisy, and people complain about noise. There aren’t many areas of the world where these two factors reach a boiling point like in the western U.S. cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where celebrities, casinos, tourism and people with deep pockets and powerful connections rule the land. One of the hotbeds of the helicopter noise issue is Los Angeles, where the FAA released a report...
August 1, 2013
As this column is started, news reports of one more fatal EMS helicopter accident are being released, and the early details of yet another tragedy already seem uncomfortably familiar. Many will remember Bill Murray’s 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” which told the story of a comical television weatherman who somehow found himself imprisoned in an odd pattern of time/event repetition, from...
August 1, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
August 1, 2013
Rockwell Collins has introduced a new avionics product line, dubbed HeliSure, in a bid to improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots. While some of the products are already known, such as helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), others are in an early development phase. New sensors should thus enhance obstacle detection. HeliSure...
August 1, 2013
Garmin panels at the Bell 525 display at the 2013 Paris Air Show in June. Texas-based Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class...
August 1, 2013
A diesel engine designed for light helicopter singles has been running on a test bench in Trappes, France since March as part of Europe’s Clean Sky, a €1.6 billion ($2 billion) research project. The 440-shp demonstrator is a tradeoff between car racing performance and aviation safety and durability requirements. It is planned to eventually power a Eurocopter EC120 for flight tests. Compared to a...
August 1, 2013
The electric tiltrotor “technology incubator” known as Project Zero is to move from an all-electric to hybrid engine architecture, according to manufacturer AgustaWestland. James Wang, vice president of research and technology, said that a diesel, a derivative from a car engine, is to be installed in the next 12 months. Dr. James Wang. The unmanned Project Zero aircraft, first unveiled in March...
August 1, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on Sept. 24. The...
August 1, 2013
Prince Harry (aka Capt. Harry Wales) is now qualified as a Boeing Apache aircraft commander, completing three years of training that has involved Conversion to Type (CTT) then Conversion to Role (CTR) courses. Prince Harry. Toward the end of his qualification...
August 1, 2013
Thales announced during the Paris Air Show plans to team with Sichuan Haite, a helicopter training provider in China. The partnership will bring Thales’ Reality H Level...
August 1, 2013
As one that has been in the safety management business for a very long time, I always wondered what we could do to promote safety beyond the many tools that enhance safety in organizations. I’m sure we all agree that we need additional forms of safety promotion. Enter the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP), which does exactly that. ISSP is a newly formed organization of safety...
August 1, 2013
The CAE NH-90 simulator in Australia is the first to attain Level D certification, according to industry sources who spoke with Rotor & Wing at the Paris Air Show. The Australian Army and Navy will be sharing 24 MRH-90s. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) is also believed to be considering buying simulators for its fleet of 20 NH-90s in the tactical transport helicopter (TTH) configuration. CAE is also...
August 1, 2013
Turbomeca revealed plans at the Paris Air Show to conduct a test phase of its BOOST (bank of online service and technologies and services) program. Advanced Helicopters, CHC, Helicopters Italia, Helijet, Heli-Union and Milestone Aviation Group will participate in the trial run during...
August 1, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer. There was a time, he said, “when the Black Shark (Ka-50) was the most advanced...
August 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract on June 16 in Paris. Buying Russian defense...
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’...
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