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May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
USAAC 2nd Lt. Carter Harman (left side, standing) flew the first combat rescue mission in an YR-4B in Burma in 1944. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. On May 8, the National Mall in Washington will be the site of several vintage World War II aircraft fly-bys commemorating Victory in Europe (V-E) Day – the day in 1945 when victory was declared in the European theater of the war...
May 7, 2015
On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects. Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes. “Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said...
May 6, 2015
By Mike Hangge Fifty feet up, open desert below, 110 knots. Heat forgotten, sweat pouring. Crew meshed, flight locked tight. Target in sight. One minute out… To me, there just isn’t anything quite as perfect as those moments when life is forgotten and there’s nothing but the mission. Everything depends on me doing my job. Everything depends on each of us doing our jobs. We are fused...
May 1, 2015
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time we had THE talk. What do you do when you see something from the air that’s so highly controversial, you wish you hadn’t seen it? What do you do when your camera system catches behavior that will certainly spell trouble for your colleagues, whether they deserve it or not? We’ve all seen the videos. It doesn’t matter whether they were shot...
May 1, 2015
CHC Helicopter President and CEO Karl Fessenden welcomed about 750 industry representatives in late March to Vancouver, British Columbia and the 11th Annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, a premier safety event. Fessenden, who joined CHC in February after a 20-year career at GE, challenged attendees to embrace the theme of the event: achieving greater integration of safety management. This column is...
May 1, 2015
Helicopters are intended as machines capable of fluidly delivering the full range of their transportation service miracles by spanning both aerial and terrestrial environments. When these matchlessly flexible aircraft terminate flight at improvised landing sites, however, they may encounter a nearly infinite variety of environmental factors. These are limited only by the scope of conditions and scenarios...
May 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of the ATSB A fatal aeromedical accident in Australia that killed a specially-trained paramedic points out the dangers of modifying procedures on the spot to complete a difficult mission, according to two separate investigations. “This accident highlights the dangers associated with modifying established procedures to complete a difficult, and potentially not previously experienced...
May 1, 2015
An HH-60H from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 11 during recent operations. The HS-11’s cruise onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt marks the Navy’s last deployment of SH-60Fs and Hs. MH-60s will replace them. Major vertical lift-related events in the last two months kicked off aviation’s annual trade show season, with expositions focused on the U.S. Army and Navy following close on...
May 1, 2015
The potential of small UASs like this DJI Inspire 1 (equipped with a 12-megapixel 4K video camera) is great but stymied by concerns about their ability to operate safely in airspace occupied by general aviation and commercial aircraft. Photo by Mark Colborn Don’t we all wish we could predict the future? New business deals would entail less risk. Investing for retirement would be a snap. There is a...
May 1, 2015
Pictured from left to right are Caroline Vandedrinck (Sikorsky VP Europe & Central Asia), Hans-Peter Mueller (NATO JCGVL Committee Chairman), Lt. Col. John Ennis (CH-53K Government Flight Test Director) and Mike Torok (Sikorsky VP CH-53K Program). Photo courtesy of Sikorsky NATO leaders received updates on the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy-lift program during a recent visit to Sikorsky...
May 1, 2015
Rotorcraft manufacturers made a strong showing at the 2015 LAAD Defence & Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro April 14-17. The Brazilian military helicopter market is dominated by Airbus. The military is procuring 50 EC725 (now H225) Cougar helicopters built in country by Avibras, a local Airbus unit. Helibras, another Airbus subsidiary, is upgrading AS565 Panthers operated by Brazil’s army...
May 1, 2015
Honeywell’s latest survey found demand in China outpaces most world regions. Courtesy of Honeywell The 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) offered a venue for focused discussions about the state of helicopter operations in China and prospects for their growth. “ABACE once again put China at center stage of the Asian and global business aviation community,” said...
May 1, 2015
The Izumo is key to Japan’s strategy for countering China’s threats. Japan launched its largest military ship since World War II on March 25 when Defense Minister Gen Nakatani led the commissioning of the helicopter carrier...
May 1, 2015
PHI flew the first operational Rig Approach flight in November 2013. It collaborated with Sikorsky in developing the feature. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Transport Canada has approved Sikorsky Aircraft’s Rig Approach automated approach feature...
May 1, 2015
At his retirement, Tishchenko had helped develop 75-80 percent of the Soviet Union’s helicopters. Photo courtesy of AHS Iternational. Marat Tishchenko, the Mil Design Bureau’s chief designer from 1970 to 1991, died March 13 after a long illness, AHS International reports. He was 84. “Perhaps the crowning achievement of his career was leading the design and development of the Mi-26, the...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland’s contract dates to 2006. Korea Aerospace Industries has won a $1.49 billion contract to develop civilian and military helicopters for South Korea with Airbus Helicopters. The contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) calls for the companies to develop a new Light Civil Helicopter by 2020 and a follow-on Light Armed Helicopter by 2022. The armed version would...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland is seeking designers’ proposals for an all-new cabin design for its AW609 TiltRotor The competition follows one last year that led to exclusive cabin layout and dedicated paint scheme for the new-generation AW169 light intermediate twin; these were designed by the selection of the Lanzavecchia+Wai design studio of Italy and...
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