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December 1, 2015
Robinson Helicopter is expected late this month to set the price and begin taking orders for a lighter, two-place R44 derivative with better high-altitude performance margins. Developed “with the training market in mind,” the R44 Cadet also is “suitable for a wide variety of utilitarian applications,” said Robinson President Kurt Robinson. The Cadet will be priced between the R22...
December 1, 2015
Amref (African Medical Research Foundation) Flying Doctors has extended its subscription coverage for medevac services to locations in Uganda following successful talks with Uganda’s chamber of commerce, according to the organization. The group has provided “Maisha Air Ambulance” coverage in...
December 1, 2015
The U.S. Army and powerplant manufacturers are moving to the next phase of an ambitious, nearly decade-old effort to improve Apache and Black Hawk performance and efficiency substantially. The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is Army aviation’s top priority, according to the program executive officer (PEO) for aviation, Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. But it has not moved swiftly. The Army in 2006...
December 1, 2015
Naval aviator Brenda Robinson Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger Women in Aviation International plans to induct into its Pioneer Hall of Fame 12 former military aviators who “have led lives of great accomplishment while paving the way for other women to follow,” said Peggy Chabrian, president of the U.S.-based non-profit organization. “There are no better role models for our members than this...
December 1, 2015
Lisa Atherton Bell Helicopter appointed Lisa Atherton its executive VP of military business. She will provide strategic direction and overall management for all government programs and business development efforts. Since she joined Bell in 2012, Atherton has held various positions, including VP of global military business development. Tom L. Wood Tom L. Wood, Bell’s chief technologist, received the...
December 1, 2015
A U.S. Army AH-64 lands on the USS Comstock’s flight deck during 2014 operations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy /Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lenny LaCrosse The U.S. Army is “changing the configuration of aviation in the Pacific,” bringing more AH-64 Apaches into the theater over the next two years to bolster joint-services and allied capabilities, said the service’s...
December 1, 2015
The dispersion of the AW609’s wreckage is one indication of a midair breakup. Photo courtesy of Associated Press International investigators are combing data from flight recorders, telemetry, systems designs and wreckage for clues as to why an AW609 broke up in flight during October 2015 high-speed tests in Italy. Among other areas, investigators are working to ensure they understand the design and...
December 1, 2015
A KUH-1 Surion performs cold-weather flight testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries Korea Aerospace Industries is pursuing a special airworthiness certificate for its KUH-1 Surion to fulfill a new order from South Korea’s national forestry service. The forestry service ordered a firefighting version of the twin-engine utility helicopter, the manufacturer said in early...
December 1, 2015
India’s government has taken steps to bring in both rotary-wing talent and equipment amid a larger plan to grow its aviation industry. The country’s director general of Civil Aviation, M Sathiyavathy, said her agency plans to draw on outside experts to address an estimated four-month backlog of permit applications for non-scheduled helicopter operations, according...
December 1, 2015
Members of the 1st Cavalry Division Assn. placed wreaths at Washington, D.C., memorials for veterans of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars on Nov. 11, 2015, Veterans Day in the U.S. November marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Ia Drang...
December 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of European Space Agency Former helicopter pilots from the British and U.S. armies are to spend the next five months or so in near weightlessness as crewmembers on the International Space Station, which orbits about 250 mi above...
December 1, 2015
The FAA is evaluating an industry proposal to ease the path for certification of single-engine helicopters for operations under instrument flight rules and expects to respond in the next few months, it told R&WI last month. The agency maintains that single-engine IFR helicopter certification is allowed today. But several industry leaders say the FAA’s requirements for redundancy of systems needed...
December 1, 2015
Guided with input from a Stalker XE drone, the Unmanned K-MAX drops water during a demonstration in Rome, New York. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin November was a busy month for the K-MAX. Kaman Aerospace Group said on Nov. 23 it had received its first orders for the coaxial utility helicopter from a Chinese customer. The manufacturer said Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd., an aircraft and parts dealer...
December 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of Bell Bell Helicopter moved the 525 Relentless prototype Dec. 1 from its Amarillo, Texas, assembly site to the XworX research and development facility near the company’s Fort Worth headquarters for the next phase of...
December 1, 2015
The CH-53K on its third flight Nov. 13, 2015. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft With the U.S. Marine Corps’ new heavy-lifter finally logging flight test hours, Sikorsky Aircraft hopes that recent advanced ground testing will enable the smooth ongoing development of the CH-53K. The King Stallion prototype had flown a total of 6.7 hr in five flights by press time, including 30 min during its maiden...
December 1, 2015
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe The U.S. Army’s search for a “degraded visual environment” solution is aimed not only at enabling aircrews to take off and land safely in blowing dust, sand, snow...
December 1, 2015
2015 saw both consolidations of medical transport operators and heavy cuts by offshore oil and gas operators, in addition to other shake ups. Image by R&WI, with helicopter courtesy of AgustaWestland Looking back, it’s easy to characterize 2015 as the year of surprises. Many predictions made near the end of 2014 proved drastic understatements, with almost every major segment of the rotorcraft...
December 1, 2015
By James T. McKenna jmckenna@accessintel.com In marching toward the completion of this month’s issue, I was surprised to find myself at the intersection of some sensitive issues. One of our final tasks before shipping the next R&WI off to the printer and publishing it on the website is to cull from the news items for our Rotorcraft Report section. We review items that we found worthy to post in...
December 1, 2015
Most upper-level aviation managers are convinced of a good safety management system’s benefits, as are most operations staffs. Safety officers may find less enthusiasm within maintenance departments. “SMS is a duplication of effort,” goes a frequently heard attitude among maintainers. “We already record maintenance actions.” This may be true, but there is a difference between...
December 1, 2015
By Terry Terrell Watching the television news reports covering the very sad search attempts last July aimed at finding the two teenage boys whose boat capsized off Jupiter, Florida, I was reminded of a sometimes irreplaceable helicopter performance feature that will never appear highlighted in a descriptive reference or sales brochure. U.S. Coast Guard aircraft flew precise search patterns for more than a...
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