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July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
July 1, 2010
Fishtail Air’s Eurocopter AS350B3 pulled three climbers stuck on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna to safety in late April. Using its new Eurocopter...
July 1, 2010
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
July 1, 2010
International Aviation Safety Consultant Greg Feith took Summit attendees through an informative review on...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
June 1, 2010
Simulation and training have come a long way in the helicopter world. As the virtual experience becomes more lifelike, operators are recognizing the value of sim time as a complement to in-aircraft training. That wasn’t always so. Historically, the fixed-wing segment has driven the simulator market, and these aircraft don’t require the same level of visual resolution as their rotary-wing...
June 1, 2010
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This column usually runs just shy of that mark. I tend to agree with that sentiment and am occasionally chided for my quiet nature, although there are some out there that won’t believe that. But there are some things that just beg for discussion, although this will not be a thousand words. Last month in this spot I wrote about the EMS crash in March in...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations recently took delivery of two Kamav Ka-32As from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has handed over two Kamov Ka-32A...
June 1, 2010
As part of a recent night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrade on a Bell 407, Aero Dynamix installed a new Garmin 530W helicopter terrain awareness and...
June 1, 2010
TImage at top shows interior view of the Air Methods EMS cabin on Mercy One’s Bell 429, with exterior view below. Air Methods The Products division of Air Methods Corp. has handed over a Bell 429 with an EMS cabin to Des...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
June 1, 2010
Interior view of the new EMS-configured S-76 cabin from Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Sikorsky Under a collaborative effort with Air Methods, Sikorsky Global Helicopters has unveiled an S-76 interior designed for emergency medical services...
June 1, 2010
American Eurocopter has finalized the Blue Ribbon Committee that will select this year’s winner of the Vision Zero Aviation Safety award. Sierra Health Group President Bill Bryant and Denise Landis, program director for University...
June 1, 2010
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin have launched a bid to offer the H-92T for the U.S. Navy’s VXX Presidential Helicopter program. In 2005, AgustaWestland and Lockheed...
June 1, 2010
As part of its continuing investigation of the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision of a Eurocopter AS350BA and a Piper PA-32 aircraft over the Hudson River, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket. It includes...
June 1, 2010
Transport Canada has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Maxcraft Avionics to equip various Bell and Sikorsky...
June 1, 2010
AgustaWestland has delivered the first NFH version of NH Industries’ NH90 to the Royal Netherlands Navy. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has handed over the first NH90 NFH helicopter to...
June 1, 2010
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a close call on April 28 at Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston that involved a Bell 207 and a Boeing 737 airliner. According to reports, the Bell 207—which...
May 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney hosted a recent event at its Customer Training Center in Hartford, Conn. with President Dave Hess and other top executives from various sections of the company. Rotor & Wing had a chance to sit down with Richard Dussault, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada, to get an update on the commercial rotorcraft engine market. Among recent...
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