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August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
August 1, 2010
Since my last column, I have had the privilege of attending three very unique conferences. The first was the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual showcase in Fort Worth, Texas. Seeing and listening to the professional flight and support crews that make up Army Aviation today made me come home and polish my Army Flight Wings. God bless every one of you and your families. The next conference...
August 1, 2010
1,000-Words Plus My compliments on your editorial point of view regarding the March 2010 crash of an EMS helicopter in Brownsville, Tenn. (See Editor’s Notebook, June 2010.) Your use of the radar picture was indeed worth “1,000 words,” and was an effective way of highlighting your written point of view. I have no personal connection with the aircraft owner/operator, the hospital or the...
August 1, 2010
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters is planning to introduce a new search and rescue/EMS operation with Priority 1 Air Rescue. The...
August 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has agreed to purchase Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort Inc., an aircraft accessories...
August 1, 2010
On a clear day, eastern South Dakota appears to be a benevolent setting for helicopter flight. The landscape is as flat as a hospital bed, and it appears covered by a giant patchwork quilt, created by the checkerboard design of farm fields. The razor-edge horizon allows a view of blue skies as far as the eye can see. The two HEMS operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. are Avera McKennan Hospital and University...
August 1, 2010
With the continued uptick in EMS accidents over the last few years, there is greater scrutiny on the pilots than ever before. A majority of EMS fatal accidents occur at night. Obviously, it is harder to see at night, but another factor is that pilots don’t always come to work fully rested. EMS has never been a time building job. It has rightfully earned the name “Earn Money Sleeping.”...
August 1, 2010
AgustaWestland parent Finmeccanica agreed in June to sell the intellectual property, data and production rights for the AW101 to Boeing. The Seattle-based manufacturer plans to incorporate AW101 design elements into a new offering for the VXX Presidential Helicopter...
August 1, 2010
Virginia Tech students Ryan Berg, Joseph Diner, Alexander Carra, Michael Creaven, Meagan Hom, Ryan Paetzell, Jason Smith, Alan Steinert, James Tenney and Bryant Tomlin took the top prize in the NASA contest for their RAFT concept. NASA Taking second place was a team of 10 graduate students from Georgia Tech and the University of Liverpool. Georgia Tech’s Etienne Baer, Adam Cortese, Ersel Olcer...
August 1, 2010
Tom Salat, with FAA’s WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, spoke on performance-based navigation (PBN) for helicopter operators at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Thomas Salat, a helicopter and ATP-rated pilot who worked in FAA’s Satellite Navigation Program Office as part of the WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, died on June...
August 1, 2010
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a global revision to MMEL (master minimum equipment list) Policy Letter 127, which focuses on night vision imaging systems (NVIS), including night vision goggles (NVGs). According to FAA, around 40 percent of HEMS...
August 1, 2010
The 0/3481 Deepwater Horizon NOTAM encompasses a huge chunk of airspace that covers the coast lines of four states and has been put in place to protect fliers of all kinds of aerial vehicles and their passengers. There have been NOTAMs and even temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the gulf in past years, but nothing to compare with this one. The mother of all TFRs, if you will. NOTAMs aside, during a...
July 1, 2010
In mid-July, aviators from police, sheriff and federal law enforcement agencies will descend upon Tucson, Ariz. for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 40th Annual Conference & Exposition. The event, which will run from July 15–17, will be preceded by the organization’s pre-conference professional development courses July 12–14. Enstrom Helicopter will be at the show...
July 1, 2010
All airborne law enforcement agencies operate towards ensuring public safety and compliance with laws through the use of specialized aircraft and crew. To fully realize the advantage of this service, it is imperative that it be done safely and efficiently. No doubt that the first time an aircraft was used for law enforcement ideas were explored, lessons were learned and practices began to develop...
July 1, 2010
 The size of the problem depends on who’s talking. Several agencies are struggling, said Martin Jackson, president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Some units are shutting down or cutting back drastically on flight operations. Others estimate as many as 40 shutdowns, with four to five in California, alone. Some departments flying older military helicopters are having trouble...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
July 1, 2010
July 14–17: Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference, Tucson, Ariz. Contact ALEA, phone 1-301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org July 19–25: Farnborough Intl Airshow 2010, Farnborough, England. Contact FIA, phone +44 0 1252 532800 or visit www.farnborough.com Aug. 21–23: National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) 132nd General Conference, Austin, Texas...
July 1, 2010
The first portion of this month’s Rotorcraft Report is dedicated to articles, photos and links to website-hosted videos from the 2010 Rotor & Wing Safety and...
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