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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
James T. McKenna An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S...
June 1, 2015
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June 1, 2015
Forty years ago, Vought Aircraft and Sperry collaborated to produce the SA-341 IFR Gazelle. This first IFR-certified single-engine helicopter was a breakthrough.“This new world of single-pilot IFR represents the removal of one of the last major barriers to realizing the full potential of commercial helicopters,” wrote A.G. Bud DeLucien in the July/August 1975 issue of Rotor & Wing. But new barriers...
June 1, 2015
Technological advances, like Sikorsky’s X2, have long outpaced the strictures of airworthiness...
June 1, 2015
Metro Aviation, a regular STC applicant, says efforts...
June 1, 2015
Metro Aviation, a regular STC applicant, says efforts to streamline the process aren’t bearing fruit yet. Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation For anyone who feels uneasy about the process for obtaining a supplemental type certificate (STC) in 2015, you’re in good company. Making aftermarket changes to an aircraft has got to be a tense enough experience, especially with operators having to invest...
June 1, 2015
A modern Gazelle. Photo by Davide Olivati   Forty years ago, Vought Aircraft and Sperry collaborated to produce the SA-341 IFR Gazelle. This first IFR-certified single-engine helicopter was a breakthrough. “This new world of single-pilot IFR represents the removal of one of the last major barriers to realizing the full potential of commercial helicopters,” wrote A.G. Bud DeLucien in the...
June 1, 2015
Technological advances, like Sikorsky’s X2, have long outpaced the strictures of airworthiness certification rules. International rotorcraft manufacturing leaders will be working over the next several months to define a framework for a joint review of U.S., European and Canadian standards for the certification of vertical-lift aircraft. Their objective is to work with the top international rotorcraft...
June 1, 2015
A high operational tempo contributes to HH-60G maintenance challenges. Photo courtesy of USAF/Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride The U.S. Air Force is confronting a variety of issues that impede its ability to keep its helicopters ready to perform critical missions ranging from combat search and rescue (CSAR) to supporting the American government’s ability to keep working in the face of a national...
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...
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