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February 1, 2010
Public Service | EMS Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) has selected EMS Sky Connect’s Fleet satcom system...
February 1, 2010
February 20–23: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston, Texas. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.heli-expo.com March 17–19: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Contact AAMS, phone 1-703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org March 23–28: FIDAE 2010, Santiago, Chile. Contact FIDAE, phone 56 2 873 9752 or visit...
February 1, 2010
Services | Financing Although helicopter financing is in the doldrums compared to the boom years, some experts predict a recovery beginning in the second half of this year. The current chill followed a prolonged period of hot and heady days from 2004 through much of 2008, when user demand and helicopter shortages fueled a pricing bubble and financing terms hit historic lows. The bubble burst in late 2008...
February 1, 2010
Military | Government Agencies It’s nice to have friends in high places, and helicopters have one in the Pentagon, the chief of the Army Department’s aviation division assured the annual Association of the United States Army aviation symposium. Buying more helicopters and unmanned aerial...
February 1, 2010
Training | Icing The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-08-03R1 on Jan. 11. The alert describes practices intended to help reduce the chances of an in-flight engine shutdown related to a helicopter taking on ice and snow. Among the guidelines in the report are for...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | ATC Air traffic controllers in Houston have started using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor, manage and separate aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood notes the...
February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted a Jan. 14 workshop in Arlington, Va. related to a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Transformer (TX) program. Government representatives explained the vision and objectives of the program—to develop a ground-based vehicle that...
January 1, 2010
Public Service | Police The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) combined its aviation assets with high technology and coordinated efforts with ground forces to protect dignitaries and the city of Pittsburgh from potentially violent anti-government demonstrators. The demonstrators were in Pittsburgh last September to protest against the G-20 Economic Summit. Axsys Technologies V14 MSII gyro-stabilizer on the...
January 1, 2010
Products | Night Vision Goggles Want to improve air ambulance safety? Then adopt two-pilot crews, and make sure that they are equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs). That was the message from Night Vision and Electro Optical Conference 2009 (NVEO 2009), a two-day event held Nov. 16–17 in Ottawa, Canada. It featured presentations from military and civil agencies that use NVGs, plus government...
January 1, 2010
February 20–23: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston, Texas. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.heli-expo.com March 17–19: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Contact AAMS, phone 1-703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org March 23–28: FIDAE 2010, Santiago, Chile. Contact FIDAE, phone 56 2 873 9752 or visit...
January 1, 2010
The world recession affected the helicopter industry. However, Eurocopter’s strong product line, solid after-sales service and loyal customer base helped the company retain its position as a world-leading helicopter manufacturer. Eurocopter reinforced its worldwide commitment to training by deploying simulators and training devices for the EC225, AS365 Dauphin, AS350 AStar, EC135/145 and the NH90 in...
January 1, 2010
During the past 15 years, Aero Dynamix (ADI) has become a leader in the night vision modification industry. Currently the company employs more than 60 night vision professionals and is growing rapidly. As an FAA-certified Repair Station (C73R723N), Aero Dynamix offers a full line of services in the instrument/avionics repair field. They have 15 FAA-certified repair technicians on staff to meet customer...
January 1, 2010
Enstrom proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009. From humble beginnings in northern Michigan, Enstrom has grown into a world-renowned aerospace company, with sales of more than 1,100 aircraft in 50 countries. Still, the economic difficulties of 2009 required even more focus on Enstrom’s customers and products. In an era of volatile fuel prices, spiraling maintenance costs, and ever-shrinking...
January 1, 2010
I recently bumped into a few officers that I knew from my days of driving a police car, who asked about life in the aviation section. I was disheartened to hear that they were unaware of the size and location of our helicopter fleet, and even more disturbed to hear that they did not know we operated on a full 24-hour schedule, especially since that has been standard since 1994! How could these people work...
January 1, 2010
Since 1976 the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), a voluntary program that encourages reports from aviation personnel including helicopter pilots and mechanics, has received hundreds of thousands of submissions. The ASRS receives the reports, processes and analyzes them, and in particular addresses human factors aspects of performance in the aviation system. The ASRS states its objective is to...
January 1, 2010
Military | Airframes The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Programs (PMA-207) handed over four new Mi-17 helicopters to the...
January 1, 2010
One of the benefits of being a consultant in the helicopter industry is interacting with great people. Aussies, Brits or folks from Amman, helicopter people share a zest for life that’s hard to match. I derive particular joy in spending time in the company of serving military officers. They fly neat stuff, tell good stories and allow us to sleep at night, knowing that they are guarding both our front...
January 1, 2010
In my last article we discussed the mid-air collision of a Eurocopter AS350BA with a Piper 32R-300 over the Hudson River Exclusion Area that claimed the lives of nine people. Although the NTSB investigation is still ongoing, there has been progress in making the skies over New York City safer. Let me report first of all, that there has been much speculation on what happened and what to do about it. Some...
January 1, 2010
Several recent events involving air traffic control surveillance come to mind. They involved aircraft not in radio contact with ATC. During the episode involving Northwest Airlines 188 (NW188), air traffic controllers surveilled an aircraft they could not communicate with for 90 minutes. Aside from the lack of communication and its unpredictable flight path when it overflew its destination by 150 miles...
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