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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...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
May 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE If you thumb back through your old issues of Rotor & Wing, you’ll find a column I wrote about overnight tours ("Surviving the Late Shift," September 2004, page 57). In it, I talked about the various ways pilots and tactical flight officers alike try to stay wake when our eyelids feel like lead weights. I talked about the caffeine in coffee and the energy drinks...
May 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The April 4 crash of a Topeka, Kan. Police Dept. Robinson Helicopter R44 may have resolved a running controversy over that department’s aviation unit. The R44 crashed near the campus of Washburn University in central Topeka. The three officers on board suffered only minor injuries, but department officials quoted in Topeka...
May 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | FIRE Two fire departments in the United States are expanding their aerial firefighting capabilities with the addition of new helicopters. The Chicago Fire Dept. last month unveiled its new Bell Helicopter 412EP. It joins an older 412EP that has been flown by sworn firefighters of the 5,000-member agency since 2001. Both are tasked with search and rescue in Lake Michigan, fireground...
May 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | GOVERNMENT AGENCIES The Japan Coast Guard has taken delivery of three AW139s from AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace...
April 29, 2008
California’s Orange County fire Authority is buying two new Bell Helicopter 412EPs to strengthen its firefighting capabilities, according to The Orange...
April 28, 2008
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. has delivered three new turbine 480B to its newest international dealer, Aerolineas Ejecutivas S.A. de C.V. in Mexico, and a customer of that dealer there...
April 16, 2008
Keystone Helicopter has won approval to certify modifications to specific rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft for the FAA. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary...
April 15, 2008
FlightSafety International has broken ground for its new, 70,000-sq-ft. training center in Lafayette, La. Dubbed the company's Center of Excellence for rotorcraft training, the Lafayette Learning Center is scheduled to...
April 9, 2008
Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency will buy three AgustaWestland AW139s for surveillance and search and rescue operations, according to...
April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
LEE BENSON is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press. REBECCA CHRISTIE this month contributes the Program Insider page of Rotorcraft Report. Based in Washington, she specializes in...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Interest in Robinson Helicopter’s R66, strong from its launch last year, has grown with Bell Helicopter’s decision to cancel its 206B3 JetRanger line. The light, single, Robinson’s first turbine, has hundreds of dealers and customers ready to place orders based solely on the phenomenal success of the Torrance, Calif. company’s two-seat R22 and four-seat R44...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES AgustaWestland plans to beef up its popular AW139 to better compete in offshore markets. At Heli-Expo in Houston, the manufacturer said it is working on certification of an 882-lb. (400-kg) increase in the AW139’s max gross weight of 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). That would enable it to carry six passengers to a max range of more than 500 nm (926 km). The increase is intended to help the...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The FAA’s top helicopter official told Heli-Expo attendees that all night operations should be flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs). "NVGs should be the norm, not the exception," said David Downey, manager of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate. A problem with that, of course, is that NVG installations in civil aircraft in the United States are done almost...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will hold a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems. The forum will be convened April 29 to May 1 at NTSB Headquarters in Washington. It is intended to help the board and interested parties better understand the safety implications of the growing use of...
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