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October 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Aviation Today is hosting a webinar — scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 — that asks some of the world’s top helicopter air safety...
October 1, 2009
Air Methods bills itself as the "World’s Largest Air Ambulance Operator" for a very good reason: It is. The numbers tell the tale. Air Methods flew 105,971 missions in 2008, serving 42 U.S. states from 249 hospital and community bases. This translates to 138,219 total flight hours for the company’s fleet of 300-plus rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. This fleet is primarily comprised of...
October 1, 2009
The weather outside is frightful... It’s high noon on November 24th: The wind is 30-plus knots with blowing snow; the temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; there are polar bears lurking outside your hangar; and the sun won’t come up until late February. Just the thought of that kind of environment is enough to make practically every pilot in the lower 48 thankful they don’t have to...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
October 1, 2009
TRAINING Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters has achieved approval under the M-1 Visa student and exchange visitor program. SRT becomes the first non-Part 141 flight training school in the U.S. to...
October 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Level 7 qualification for Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International’s AS350B2 flight training device (FTD). The simulator, which features a 200 x 70 field of view, graphical...
October 1, 2009
While the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cancelled the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program for significant cost overruns, all may not be lost for proponents of a replacement rotorcraft fleet for the President of the United States. DOD has held numerous meetings on how to replace the fleet of aging Sikorsky VH-3Ds since the VH-71 program was cancelled, Rotor & Wing has learned. The meetings did not...
September 1, 2009
If you are a regular reader, you will have seen Ernie Stephens’ last column about having fun, which is what Ernie is off to do. But everyone has their own definition of fun. So let me tell you a little bit about myself and that might explain what I think is fun. My background is more about aviation than journalism, even though I find myself at the helm of this amazing publication. I have been...
September 1, 2009
CHARLOTTE ADAMS covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast...
September 1, 2009
TRAINING Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky’s Global Helicopters unit in Horseheads, N.Y. has handed over an S-300C to the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The university, which has been using Sikorsky helicopters to train students since 1983, will incorporate the S-300 into its training...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland (AW) has received orders for five AW139s — four from the government of Trinidad and Tobago and one from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). The LAFD helicopter will join two AW139s that conduct search and rescue (SAR), aerial firefighting and medevac operations in the city and surrounding areas. AW...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems has received an order for 20 enhanced vision system (EVS3) cameras from the Alaska Civil...
September 1, 2009
September 22 – 24: Helitech 2009, Cambridge, U.K. Contact Reed Exhibitions, phone +44 (0) 208-271-2155 or visit www.helitech.co.uk September 22 – 24: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) & Standardization Conference, Orlando, Fla. Contact DMSMS, phone 1-937-426-2808 or visit www.dmsms.org September 22 – 25: 35th European Rotorcraft Forum, Hamburg, Germany...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY The Phoenix Police Department has selected Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital intercom and audio selector panel for its...
September 1, 2009
It’s a big deal when a manufacturer introduces a new helicopter model. It’s the culmination of years of designing, engineering, testing and tweaking, interspersed with artist conception drawings, full-scale mock-ups, flying prototypes and then a number of fully-functioning machines that are available for aviation journalists and a few potential customers to fly. It’s during the early...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY A rapid response and quick thinking by Ultra Helicopters pilot Wayne Norris saved his life and that of a passenger, following a fast-spreading engine fire in a Bell 204C helicopter (the 204C is an early civilian version of the UH-1). Norris was doing long-line work, hoisting a water bucket over Easterville, Manitoba in Canada on June 15, 2009, when he noticed "dark...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association Intl (HAI) recently awarded STAT MedEvac for its outstanding safety record in 2008. HAI gives the award to members who demonstrate an excellent safety...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Grand Rapids, Mich.-based L-3 Avionics Systems has obtained technical standard order (TSO) authorization and an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate...
September 1, 2009
Current EMS helicopter operational safety statistics, as we know all too well, continue to echo the early 1980s, when medical transport activities grimly persevered to survive a high-risk professional infancy. In those early days, it was relatively easy to identify that helicopter operators were creating many of their own safety problems by trying to sell their product in an unfamiliar market arena...
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