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March 4, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team, or IHST (Booth C1103) has released new figures that show the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. continued to trend downward...
March 4, 2013
StandardAero’s Helicopters division in Winnipeg has hired Chad Kaatz as director of engineering. He will be based in Winnipeg but assist each of...
March 4, 2013
Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has brought a Lloyd Helicopters-operated Sikorsky S-76 to Las...
March 4, 2013
Gerry Block, CEO of Vista, Calif.-based Sandel Avionics (Booth N6008) is giving the keynote speech at HAI’s annual membership meeting. “The H-TAWS Mandate...
March 4, 2013
Transport Canada has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Donaldson Aerospace & Defense to install an inlet barrier filter (IBF) on the Bell 206L and...
March 4, 2013
Integrated Microwave Technologies (Booth C3916) has launched its Mobile Viewer-BC dual-diversity COFDM...
March 4, 2013
Atlanta, Ga.-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) subsidiary, Precision Heliparts (Booth 5305), has opened two new service and sales facilities in the past eight months. The service...
March 4, 2013
Visitors to Booth C1116 at Heli-Expo will get a glimpse of Blue Sky Network’s New SkyRouter, which is a cloud-based fleet management offering for...
March 1, 2013
Ever since the Kerr-McGee Corporation drilled its first well from a fixed offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in the late 1940’s, helicopters have been an indelible part of the offshore oil and gas (O&G) industry. “Today, the only safe way the operators can move people is by helicopter. In open water, boats are too slow and is too dangerous to transfer people from boats to elevated...
March 1, 2013
The final Sikorsky S-76C++ entered service with Milestone Aviation Group in 2012, as the manufacturer phases in the S-76D. The old rock classic “Let the Good Times Roll” could serve as the theme song for Heli-Expo 2013, as rotorcraft manufacturers plan to announce several orders for new helicopters, indicating further that the recovery is finally here—or right around the corner—for...
March 1, 2013
Type This image of a Robinson R44 appeared in the 2007 Excellence  Ratings, before the introduction of the turbine- powered R66 in 2010.  What do Robinson operators think of the R66 in 2013?. Rotor & Wing is re-launching its Excellence Ratings, which surveys helicopter operators to find out who provides the best customer satisfaction in key areas. The 2013 Excellence Ratings survey will be...
March 1, 2013
Inspector Phil Whitelaw has been a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom since 1972. At the end of 2012 he retired from the position of Unit Executive Officer (UEO) and Accountable Manager (AM) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Air Support Unit (ASU), a unit he has been associated with since February 1994. The ASU base at Lippitts Hill, Essex, is located to the north of London...
March 1, 2013
Close to Home I wanted to thank Ernie Stephens for his well-written article on the two Atlanta Police Officers that were killed while doing their job (see “Officers Halford and Smiley: Men of Honor,” February 2013, page 48). It was very close to home for me because I was part of that unit for 27 years and had worked with Officer Halford at different times. I was a pilot and part of keeping the...
March 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, Military Editor, is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on...
March 1, 2013
For many in the helicopter industry, the weeks leading up to Heli-Expo are among the busiest times of the year—second only to the actual event. It’s also one of the most exciting seasons of the year, as thousands come together to watch manufacturers and suppliers uncover their newest products and latest innovations. Just about everyone looks for signs of progress, and decision-makers within the...
March 1, 2013
My subject for this month is audits, auditors and who they are. A long-time acquaintance and neighbor—he lives 35 miles away, but that qualifies in Texas—Richard Landrum, owns AirWing Aviation Consultants and is an IS-BAO (International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations) certified auditor. He performs safety audits for various clients throughout the world, specializing in helicopter...
March 1, 2013
If you ask me what opportunities I consider to be my greatest blessings, meeting my wife would be on the top of that list. I would go on to say that serving as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army in Vietnam and working as a pilot for Los Angeles County fire would come in second and third. I mention this because this is my second article in which I presume to tell the Army how to do its business. I do this...
March 1, 2013
If you flipped though the previous pages of this issue without reading the Rotorcraft Report entitled “Laser Attack Injures Helo Crewmember,” I’m flattered that you landed here first. But what I’m about to tell you is a continuation of that piece written just for the law enforcement community. So, if you haven’t seen that short item, please check it out now, then return here...
March 1, 2013
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has issued Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval to Bell Helicopter Asia. The...
March 1, 2013
Bell claims granting the Bell 429 an exemption to raise MTOW to 7,500 lbs. would increase safety and capability. Shown is Switzerland-based Air Zermatt’s Bell 429, one of the first European examples of the light twin. Bell Helicopter has submitted a “petition for reconsideration” to the U.S. FAA, the Bell 429 light twin should be allowed to operate at 7,500 lbs., instead of the FAR...
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