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June 5, 2008
Looking for a leading indicator of whether the U.S. dollar is rebounding in value against other international currencies? Top U.S. economic officials have in recent weeks been signaling that the "greenback" has depreciated enough. They long...
June 3, 2008
Nominations are open for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award. For more than 40 years, the award has honored crews who tested the limits of their skill and courage and the performance of their...
June 3, 2008
Aviation Specialties Unlimited has regained its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate. The FAA issued the certificate May 30, according to the...
June 3, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Aviation Specialties Unlimited says that no more than 10 helicopters had use of their night-vision systems suspended as a result of discrepancies between installations and the paperwork submitted to the FAA, and that those were limited to two operators. It notes that the FAA official with which it has worked to develop a plan to correct the discrepancies is a project manager in the Northwest...
June 1, 2008
New and Improved? Perhaps Mrs. McKenna has a point in her reluctance to use electronic methods of navigation ("New and Improved," January 2008, page 4). In 1989, I was flying in a loose formation of three from Deauville to Ferté Alais, France. As I was in a poorly equipped Tiger Moth, I was the back of the formation with a paper map, the leader having a Loran (the GPS of the era, but less...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
June 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Enstrom Helicopter Corp has delivered three new turbine 480Bs to its newest international dealer, Aerolineas Ejecutivas S.A. de C.V. in Mexico, and a customer of that dealer there. Aerolineas Ejecutivas plans to use a 480B as a...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | AIR TAXI Atlantic Airways Ltd of Denmark’s Faroe Islands has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter is configured for 12-15 seat layouts for both public passenger transport and offshore-support operations. As the national airline of the Faroe Islands...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The city of Edmonton, Alberta has authorized the purchase of a second helicopter for its police department. Already dubbed Air 2 by Police Chief Mike Boyd, the $1.6 million Eurocopter EC120 will provide much needed relief for the high-time EC120 already serving the city. Inspector Neil Dubord reported that the Air 1 flew 1,150 hr...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The Houston Police Dept. has received approval to increase its airborne patrol fleet from six helicopters to 13, with the first ones scheduled to arrive sometime next month. The department has four MD Helicopters MD-500Es and two Schweizer Aircraft 333s for patrol and three Schweizer 300s for...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE New York City’s East 34 Street Metroport hosted an Apr. 26 drill to exchange information on how rescue professionals can work safely around EMS helicopters. Roughly 150 heliport and rescue workers joined in the drill. An Atlantic Ambulance Services Eurocopter EC135 and a New Jersey State Police Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 — both configured for EMS operations — were...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
June 1, 2008
Subject:  Response to Article “FAA, Vendor, Operators Sort Through NVG Turmoil,” June 2008, page 10   Too many times information goes out without having the facts right.  Your latest article in your “Rotorcraft Report” is a prime example of this situation. It is true that Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) has been sorting through and correcting...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE Massive disasters last month in Asia have once again thrown the spotlight on the unique capabilities of the helicopter in emergency relief operations. Unfortunately, in one case, rescue workers were forced to only imagine the aid helicopters could bring to their efforts. At press time, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was still blocking most international efforts to bring in aid...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Partisan bickering seems to have put the kibosh on FAA funding for the near future. The Senate failed to force a vote on the bill that would reauthorize multibillion-dollar funding for the FAA, which is key to overhauling the aging and overburdened U.S. air traffic control system. President Bush put a funding overhaul for FAA on the table in 2007...
June 1, 2008
Erickson is the manufacturer and worldwide operator of the S-64 Aircrane and values the contract at more than $300 million (€194 million), saying it is the largest aircraft lease in the history of the company. European Air-Crane CEO Gian Franco Blower and his team signed the contract with officials of the department. The pact ensures the continued availability of the four S-64Fs already in Italy for...
May 28, 2008
Los Angeles authorities have arrested four people in connection with the shooting of a L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. helicopter was hit with gunfire. A 23-year-old Carson, Calif...
May 22, 2008
The country’s military rulers have decided to allow 10 helicopters access to Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, according to The Wall Street Journal. Each helicopter can carry three tons of relief supplies. The...
May 19, 2008
Police and political officials in the United Kingdom county of Wiltshire are fighting to preserve their airborne law enforcement support. Wiltshire’s police currently share...
May 9, 2008
Silver State Helicopters’ fleet of more than 200 aircraft has been collected and assembled in Texas, where new owners are picking through the lot. Sky Helicopters in Garland, Texas...
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