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April 1, 2010
Earlier this year I attended a FAASTeam seminar regarding the new airspace requirements in the New York exclusion areas. It was held at Flying W Airport (N14) in Lumberton, N.J. There were approximately 200 pilots in attendance, mostly fixed-wing, with a hand full of helicopter pilots who fly in the New York area. The presenter reviewed the changes but when faced with questions about the new rules and some...
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman’s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman’s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway. We began by discussing Chairman Hersman’s stated mission to “raise the bar” for what I called the...
March 1, 2010
Public Service / Patrol T Finland’s Border Guard has purchased a fourth AW119Ke for police and special ops missions. The helicopters will come with a law enforcement package similar to this NYPD AW119Ke in the...
March 1, 2010
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Aero Dynamix...
March 1, 2010
Port St. Lucie, Fla.-based Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has conducted night vision goggle training for the Atlanta Police Department under its Turn Green...
March 1, 2010
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior has placed an order for 12 Eurocopter EC135 P2i aircraft. Spain’s National Police Force will receive six of the helicopters for law...
March 1, 2010
Vacations are great. They give you a chance to put the stresses of work and daily chores aside for awhile and decompress. Occupying your mind with something other than flying can sometimes be a good thing, but once you get back in the cockpit, you may find that the rust sets in rather quickly. Picture this: you walk back into the hangar after a nice vacation, greet your evening partner as you relieve the...
March 1, 2010
Victoria, BC-based Latitude Technologies Corp. has signed a supply agreement with SEI Industries to equip...
March 1, 2010
I recently attended an aerial firefighting conference in Rome, Italy. The food was great, the people are wonderful, but I managed somehow. Conference attendees came from all aspects of aerial firefighting. Great discussions were held in the conference itself and more importantly in the bar. One bar comment comes from an observation over the last 40 years. I don’t drink, not a big deal, I never did...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
This Eurocopter EC135 has joined the fleet of the EastCare air medical program, which Pitt County Memorial Hospital runs. Pitt County Memorial Hospital has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter...
March 1, 2010
San Antonio Fire Department’s Medical Special Operations Unit (MSOU) recently completed two training courses with SRT Helicopters of Bakersfield, Calif. The...
March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
March 1, 2010
The business of developing strategies for actions following aviation mishaps is not usually a favorite topic for helicopter operators, but it does represent an area of flight planning, and mission execution, that can prove to be absolutely pivotal where bottom-line safety concerns are considered. Optimum strategies dealing with post-crash actions are usually thought of as so unlikely to be needed that they...
March 1, 2010
Made up of CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Soteria Consortium has chosen the S-92A to replace UK-operated Sea Kings. Sikorsky The Soteria Consortium (comprising CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland) has won a bid to replace the UK’s predominantly military-run Search and Rescue helicopter force in 2012. The current SAR force is mainly comprised of Royal Air...
March 1, 2010
Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Erickson Air-Crane a SHARP...
March 1, 2010
It requires no great leap of faith to accept that the business of flying offshore oil & gas operations can be safer in some parts of the world than in others. Developing new energy resources is an ever-more challenging task and, to get the stuff out of the ground, partnerships often have to be struck with governments, national oil companies and helicopter operators who might not be as familiar with...
March 1, 2010
Initiatives from various parts of the world were discussed at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s third rotorcraft symposium in Cologne, Germany in December. Offshore operations are still a major focus, but some speakers warned that real problems may be somewhat below the radar—at small operators and/or in remote areas. Vittorio Morassi, chairman of newEHA, gave an updated picture of...
March 1, 2010
There were at least two factors behind last year’s decision to terminate the funding for the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) aircraft. The first was the obvious one that it saved money by an incoming president eager for quick wins. It meant not beginning another procurement chain and not re-starting a program that still had a lingering bitter aftertaste following the win by...
February 1, 2010
Importance of Education Frank Lombardi did an excellent job of articulating all the valuable roles an air support unit provides (“Educate Your Troops, January 2010, page 62). I do not think I could have said it any better. I am glad for people like Frank Lombardi, and support groups like the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). The reality is that we need to uplift the benefits of airborne...
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