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July 1, 2015
National Guard units already have turned over their OH-58As and Cs for distribution as military surplus. A second wave will come next year when the Army does the same. Photo courtesy of the National Guard Bureau/Tech. Sgt. Betty Squatrito-Martin Airborne law enforcement leaders are keen to apply the lessons of the past as the U.S. Army releases hundreds of surplus helicopters for use by public service...
July 1, 2015
U.S. aviation officials are noting a big spike in reported incidents of birds colliding midair with helicopters from 2009 through 2013, and they are not sure why it happened. The average number of “bird strikes” reported during that five-year period was nearly 550 percent greater than the number reported from 2004 through 2008, according to data collected by the FAA and the federal Department...
July 1, 2015
James T. McKenna   I have just finished reading a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt. “The First Tycoon,” by T.J. Stiles, recounts how Vanderbilt rose from a young descendant of Dutch settlers on New York’s Staten Island to a man who transformed commerce in the U.S. and helped lay the foundation for today’s capital markets. Other captains nicknamed Vanderbilt “the...
June 1, 2015
James T. McKenna More than 25 years ago, I had just begun to write for another very prestigious aviation magazine. It was thrilling. That publication, like this one, was known worldwide. Its readers, like ours, were most loyal and (as a consequence) expected excellence in its pages. I learned that fact after writing a story about the redevelopment of New York’s JFK Airport. I had just gotten my big...
June 1, 2015
Frank Lombardi My 82-year-old Italian dad likes to cut out news articles about helicopter accidents to show me, so he can then tell me what went wrong. Apparently, according to him, most helicopter crashes occur because “those damn things just get shaky and fall out of the sky.” I suppose I am taking it too personally, but as an engineer this tweaks me. While I concede that even the best...
June 1, 2015
  How long has Rotor & Wing International been bringing you, our readers, news from the Paris Air Show? Longer than we’ve all been using the term “Eurocopter.” This year’s edition of the biennial show—the 51st—is ripe with potential news. Think, “A decision on Sikorsky Aircraft’s future ownership” or “First flight of Bell...
June 1, 2015
The California state agency CAL FIRE and its Aviation Division have an enviable history in firefighting with aircraft. After World War II, CAL FIRE employed a variety of airplanes, such as Stearmans, TBMs and N3Ns, as air tankers. In short order, two things were learned: air tankers could play an important role in fire suppression, but a better airframe was needed. Not being terribly interested in...
June 1, 2015
Question of the Month: The U.S. Air Force faces challenges sustaining relatively small, mixed fleets. What do you find most challenging in maintaining a small fleet? Let us know, and look for responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. In Your Prime? In response to your Publisher’s View (“In Our Prime,” R&W, May 2015, page 4), like everybody else in the...
June 1, 2015
Six U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs arrived aboard the USS Wasp May 18 to begin two weeks of operational tests of the short-takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) version of the advanced fighter. The operational test will assess the integration of the F-35B while operating across a wide array of flight and deck operations, the USMC said. Specific objectives include demonstrating and assessing day and night...
June 1, 2015
A Mil Mi-26T carries the 15.4-ton fuselage of a Mi-26 military transport from Yoshkar-Ola in Russia’s Mari El Republic to Russian Helicopters’ plant in Rostov-on-Don, a distance of more than 900 miles. The operation took nine days, Russian Helicopters said, and its route passed through Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Kamyshin, Volgograd, and Volgodonsk and weather that varied...
June 1, 2015
Cities and towns within 15 miles of Washington National Airport constitute a “no-drone zone,” the FAA declared May 13, adding that residents...
June 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Bell Bell Helicopter delivered a Bell 412EPI to Chongqing General Aviation, saying the aircraft “is the first certified” 412 to operate in China. The new helicopter will be used for firefightingand was outfitted with a water tank, Bambi bucket, hoist...
June 1, 2015
U.S. disaster relief officials board an Indian Air Force Dhruv in Kathmandu May 5. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Isaac Ibarra Domestic and international vertical-lift aircraft spent last month bringing supplies and support to survivors of a massive April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks in Nepal. The temblors killed more than 8,000 and left much of that nation devastated. Nepal’s small...
June 1, 2015
Summer in North America and Europe typically brings an increase in helicopter accidents, according to the International Helicopter Safety Team, which notes that fatal accidents in particular reach their peak in July and August. The team, set up in 2005 to pursue an 80 percent reduction in helicopter accidents worldwide by 2016, is offering pilots tips to help them avoid become a summer statistic this year...
June 1, 2015
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced) departs the USS Essex during a certification exercise off San Diego April 14. An Osprey from the squadron crashed in Hawaii May 17, killing one Marine. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Miguel Carrasco May was a month of highs and lows for the Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. On May 16, U.S. Air Force CV-22s helped fly U.S...
June 1, 2015
The head of the new safety association HeliOffshore urged attendees of the group’s first annual meeting to pursue greater levels of inclusion and engagement with employees and customers and deliver on the group’s safety commitments. In closing the May 8-11 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, HeliOffshore CEO Gretchen Haskins told more than 150 leaders that “focusing on the priorities that we...
June 1, 2015
  Community fights with helicopter operators over noise from their aircraft are simmering in the U.S., with a short-term “cease fire” on the East Coast and growing dissatisfaction in the West. In New York, a pending lawsuit forestalled new restrictions on helicopter flights to an uncontrolled airport in East Hampton, N.Y. that serves the collection of high-brow Eastern Long Island beach...
June 1, 2015
A new association in Myanmar aims to develop the commercial helicopter market in that Southeast Asian nation, formerly known as Burma. The Myanmar Helicopter...
June 1, 2015
An AW189 by North Pole Investments of Panama would mark the super-medium twin’s entry in the South American market...
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating the May 12 crash in Nepal of a Bell Helicopter UH-1Y that killed all eight onboard. The six Marines and two Nepalese soldiers on the helicopter were participating in disaster relief missions following a second major earthquake in Nepal. The May 12 quake followed a magnitude 7.8 one that struck the country on April 25. The helicopter from Marine Light Attack Helicopter...
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