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January 9, 2015
So the troops are coming back from Afghanistan and the mission is over. Really? Haven’t we heard this somewhere before? On Aug. 31, 2010, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) confirming: “We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out...
January 7, 2015
I once enjoyed the privilege of spending the cold, dark midwinter months in Deadhorse on Alaska’s North Slope, qualifying for civilian IFR competency in Bell 212s, and proving along the way that unexpected safety challenges await in all environments. This exercise was accomplished as a byproduct of participation in one of the most interesting rotory-wing operations imaginable, wherein Alaska’s...
January 7, 2015
Bell Helicopter has appointed Matthew J. Hasik to the position of executive vice president, commercial business, succeeding Danny Maldonado who has been selected as president and CEO of Textron Financial.   Barry Kohler, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada since 2009, is now executive vice president, customer service and support, replacing Eric Cardinali who has been selected to lead global...
January 6, 2015
Bell Long Ranger used for utility work. Photo by Dennis Pierce After writing several articles on SMS and as a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) SMS Committee, I set out to find out which operators and flight schools are actually using SMS in their daily operations. I know that most of the larger operators have a formal safety management system, or SMS, but it’s the smaller...
January 6, 2015
Airbus Helicopters X4. Graphic courtesy Airbus Helicopters While most major players in the helicopter industry are keeping their powder dry before revealing their future plans at the world’s largest helicopter convention, Heli-Expo (March 2-5, Orlando, Fla.), there are a number of trends that are worth watching in the year ahead. In particular, there is still a need to drive new helicopter platforms...
January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy ING Robotic Aviation The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) has selected ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to aid with research into systems integration and specific UAV applications. ING Robotic...
January 5, 2015
  Image courtesy CAE CAE launched its next-generation Medallion-6000 image generator at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Florida. It supports the Common Database (CDB) and is also designed to be part of CAE’s Dynamic Synthetic Environment (DSE), which improves real-world simulation. According to CAE, the latest version has a...
January 5, 2015
The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, located in California, Md., has received a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA to fly the Talon 240, designed...
January 5, 2015
Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron conducting simulated exercises. Photo by USAF Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce With the reduction in general defense spending now slicing capability from virtually every area across the military spectrum, the skills and dedicated assets of personnel recovery (PR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) forces appear to be easy pickings when it comes to saving money...
January 1, 2015
Back when I was a patrol sergeant, we got a Sunday morning call for the sound of automatic gunfire in a wooded area not too far from the station. Even though I had only been transferred to that district a few days before, I was familiar with the spot because our pistol range used to be there. Not wanting to send my guys in without a little support, and because my county department didn’t have an...
January 1, 2015
Joseph Ambrogne is the Technical Editor of Rotor & Wing. He earned a BA in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He also holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating, and has been flying helicopters since 2010. Keith Cianfrani is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master...
December 11, 2014
Adrian Board, president and CEO of AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, has announced that three of the company’s pilots are the recipients of the Iven C. Kincheloe Award from the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP). Paul Edwards, Pietro Venanzi and Dan Wells were selected on Sept. 27 for their work with AW609 program. SEPT established the Iven C. Kincheloe award in 1958...
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
December 10, 2014
The FAA has announced that a final rule regarding safety regulations for helicopter air ambulances will go into effect on April 22, 2015. As part of the rule, pilots will be allowed to determine whether to take off from sites where weather reports are unavailable. If a pilot...
December 10, 2014
The drawdown of forces in Afghanistan, together with re-assessment of global strategic threats facing the United States conducted by President Obama’s administration, resulted in, among other things, the ‘Pivot to the Pacific.’ This has been described by the Congressional Research Service as a rebalancing of forces focused on that region “to ensure that international law and norms...
December 9, 2014
Depiction of the Reality H FFS. Image courtesy Thales Australian aeromedical rapid response group CareFlight has teamed with simulator manufacturer Thales Australia to establish the country’s first AgustaWestland AW139 civil helicopter training center. The facility will be located at CareFlight’s aeromedical training academy at Brisbane International Airport, which is operated in conjunction...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 8, 2014
Sikorsky Sea King. Photo courtesy RAF The final Search and Rescue (SAR) conference organized by the Royal Air Force was held during early November at RAF Valley at the far tip of northwest Wales, on the island of Anglesey. In March 2015, the UK will begin the process of handing over responsibility for SAR to the new civil contractor, Bristow Helicopters. Bristow will gradually take responsibility over the...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
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