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February 1, 2012
The Interstate Aviation Committee has approved the Eurocopter AS350B3e in Russia. This certification allows Ecureuil operation in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Following the...
February 1, 2012
Aero Dynamix Provides Garmin Avionics Products and Repairs Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) is the industry leader and principle innovator of integrated Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) solutions for both commercial and military aircraft. ADI is a full-line distributor and certified repair station for Garmin avionics, and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Garmin products that do not compromise on...
February 1, 2012
Virginia’s Fairfax County Police Department is displaying its new Bell 429 at Heli-Expo in Dallas. For the full story and coverage from the event, visit www.aviationtoday.com/rw/heliexpo2012 and look for Rotor & Wing’s Show Day publication on the convention center floor. Photo by Ernie Stephens, Editor-at-Large In case you haven’t attended in the past few years (and why not?)...
February 1, 2012
Gilbert Martinez, chief inspector and R&D supervisor for Aero Dynamix, looks at a panel at the company’s facility in Euless, which recently underwent an expansion. Aero Dynamix Despite the challenges of the global marketplace, cutbacks by public-use helicopter operators and new guidance in the form of FAA Order N8900.152 that took effect in April 2011, companies that provide night vision goggle...
February 1, 2012
The beginning of a new year seems like an appropriate time to look at what lies ahead with evolving helicopter systems and technologies. One area that always welcomes improvement is that of helicopter noise and vibration. A quieter, smoother helicopter makes those who fly in them smile bigger, and those who are on the ground complain less; a win-win for all. There are many oscillating forces and moments at...
February 1, 2012
A good friend of mine sent me a news clipping the other day. Basically, the sheriff of a fair-size department is having such a tough time financing his air unit, he has decided to solicit sponsors to help cover the costs of the operation. Now, if the image of a decal-laden NASCAR vehicle comes to mind, you’re headed in the right direction. Just change the car to a helicopter, and the laundry...
February 1, 2012
I had the pleasure of attending the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) seminar in September last year in Mahwah, N.J. and enjoyed spending time with the council’s President, Jeff Smith, and HAI’s Safety Director Stan Rose. The first several sessions were focused around employment in the rotary wing industry. Attending were young pilots looking to get that “perfect” flying job...
February 1, 2012
Doctor Heli files the first EMS-equipped AgustaWestland GrandNew in Japan. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has completed...
February 1, 2012
From left to right: CNN CEO Patrick Molis, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and Heli-Union CEO Jean-Christophe Schmitt. Eurocopter Eurocopter has delivered two EC225s to French air transport operator, Heli-Union. The new helicopters will be used for offshore oil and gas transport missions. Heli-Union has also purchased four...
February 1, 2012
As we head into Heli-Expo, it’s important to again bring up the subjects of training and safety. Learning lessons from the mistakes of others is one of the most basic ways of improving. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings on January 19 involving two helicopter EMS crashes where pilots flew into storms at night. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near...
February 1, 2012
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Reach Air Medical has teamed with Methodist Healthcare of Houston to establish...
February 1, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued similar rulings in late January involving two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) crashes involving pilots who flew into localized storms. The first crash, which occurred Sept. 25, 2009 near Georgetown, S.C., involved a Carolina Life Care Eurocopter AS350B2 operated by Omniflight Helicopters. Three people died in the crash, the pilot, a flight...
February 1, 2012
This Sikorsky S-92 replaces an S-61. Sikorsky Sikorsky has finished production on an S-92 for CHC Helicopter. CHC will operate the search and...
February 1, 2012
Portland, Ore.-based Max-Viz has teamed with Helijet of Vancouver, Canada to equip three Sikorsky S-76s with the Max-Viz EVS1500 system. The...
February 1, 2012
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens at the controls of the Sikorsky S-76D as part of a Dec. 8 demo flight. The S-76D shares the same sleek, elegant lines as earlier variants, but comes equipped with a state-of the-art Thales cockpit, composite rotor blades, and a set of Pratt & Whitney Canada 210S engines. See story below. Sikorsky Aircraft Since 2009, the economy has ravaged many sectors...
February 1, 2012
Australian Aerospace has received Part 147 certificate approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Australian Aerospace becomes the first civil helicopter maintenance training operator in the...
February 1, 2012
The EADS board of directors has elected Sean O’Keefe as chair- man of the board. The EADS North America CEO will replace the retiring Ralph Crosby. O’Keefe served as vice president of the technology infrastructure sector of General Electric before being appointed CEO of EADS in 2009. Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has hired Michael Gallagher as vice president and project manager. He will...
February 1, 2012
Bristow Group’s Eurocopter EC225s fly over water on a regular basis, making ditching a necessary part of pilot and crew training. Bristow Most ditching events and water impacts would be survived if on the ground. Civil aviation authorities, helicopter makers and equipment manufacturers are struggling to improve the survivability of these accidents, as the number of fatalities due to drowning of...
January 30, 2012
Component Control announced today that it has been approved as the exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association...
January 26, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give the keynote address at Heli-Expo 2012  Hersman will...
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