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December 1, 2009
Paravion Technology’s Heliporter Paravion has been producing the Heliporter for more then 20 years and the design allows one person to easily move helicopters safely and efficiently. Many options are available including lifting from the skid tubes or the cross tubes. The hydraulic system allows for smooth and easy operation into tight areas and the design allows for one unit to move many different...
December 1, 2009
Military | SAR A U.S Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter and a Coast Guard C-130 transport collided over the Pacific Ocean on Oct. 29, killing a total of nine people. The incident took place off the coast of southern California, around 25 miles east of San Clemente Island...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | Law Enforcement AgustaWestland handed over an AW139 to the Korea Coast Guard on Oct. 23. Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland has delivered two AW139s to the Korea Coast Guard, which will employ the...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | EMS Eurocopter delivered another AS350B3 to the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit on Oct. 22. American Eurocopter handed over an EC135 and an EC145 to Charleston, W.V.-based HealthNet Aeromedical Services on November 6. The EMS-configured helicopters, set to...
December 1, 2009
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...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | EMS/SAR Two SEACOR Holdings subsidiaries, Era Helicopters and SEACOR Environmental Services, conducted a joint search and rescue (SAR) and EMS demonstration with Priority 1 Air Rescue on Oct. 28 in Sabine Pass, Texas. The presentation was part of a teaming agreement between Era and Priority 1, which is based in Mesa, Ariz. The two companies are offering FAA-approved SAR and EMS training to...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | SAR U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Sara FrancisAET2 Tito Sabangan and AST1 Chuck Ferrante scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers during a search and rescue mission. Ferrante assisted the kayakers in the water. A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk teamed with a fishing vessel on a recent mission to rescue two lost kayakers that were discovered near Gore Point, around 40 miles southeast of Homer...
December 1, 2009
Two Pilots Needed In regards to an article that appeared on Aviation Today [www.aviationtoday.com] on Oct. 16, “Prelim on Fatal HEMS Crash,” which discusses the NTSB report on the Sept. 25 helicopter EMS crash in South Carolina, I’d like to note that all night HEMS operations [should] be conducted under IFR with a two pilot crew. This recommendation was made several years ago to the FAA...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Airframes U.S. and European aviation safety agencies have issued airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring inspection of the section of the Sikorsky S-92 that connects the main gearbox to the...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Air Traffic Control New FAA rules governing the airspace over the Hudson and East rivers around New York City went into effect on Nov. 19. The agency created an exclusionary zone to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the rivers. The airspace changes come two months after an Aug. 8 midair collision involving a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson. Nine...
December 1, 2009
The year is drawing to a close. I’ve heard many say they can’t wait for this year to be over. In general, certainly in reference to the economy, I have to agree. Looking back over the year in rotorcraft there have been some highs and lows. One issue has to remain top of mind. Crashes in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry, especially those with fatalities, continue to...
November 1, 2009
In this issue you will find the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Awards. Being new to the rotor world, I have to say that reading these submissions and learning about the events for which our winners were chosen, left me awestruck. The skills to complete the rescues we chose are at a level few will ever experience. Two groups and one individual were chosen among many entries. First...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/ACCIDENT PREVENTION U.S. helicopter accidents can be drastically reduced, and we have the fact-based recommendations to do it: That was the message at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)—the global industry-government group committed to reducing accident rates by 80 percent by...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/ENGINES Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer Service Center Europe has reached separate agreements to support the Netherlands Police Agency (KLPD) and add Motorflug to its recognized maintenance facility (RMF) network. Under...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/GOVERNMENT AGENCIES More details have become available regarding recent purchase of two Mi-171 and two Mi-17V-5 helicopters by the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Despite Ministry officials describing them as brand-new aircraft, the helicopters have not been procured directly from the OEMs—Russian helicopter production plants Ulan-Ude Aviation...
November 1, 2009
Officer/pilot David Weirick (left) accepts the helicopter from MD director Don Bridgers with officer/pilot David Eubanks at right. PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE MD...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR Two separate search and rescue (SAR) helicopter crews have been given awards in recent weeks. Sikorsky Aircraft has named an S-92 helicopter crew operating on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) the winner of its Winged S Rescue Award. The...
November 1, 2009
November 15–19: Dubai Airshow, Dubai, UAE. Contact Fairs & Exhibitions, phone +9714-286-7755 or visit http://www.dubaiairshow.aero November 30–December 1: Human Factors in Aviation Safety, Los Angeles, Calif. Contact USC Viterbi School of Engineering, phone 1-310-342-1345 or visit http://www.viterbi.usc.edu November 30–December 3: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and...
November 1, 2009
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. James Careless is a long-time contributor to Rotor & Wing. He has written for other aviation magazines such as our sister publications, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics, as...
November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve Bonn - Lt. Robert DeBolt - AMT2 O’Brien Hollow - AST2 At 3:00 am on March 23, 2008, a fishing vessel...
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