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September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
September 1, 2007
Atlantis Demonstrates Virtual Task Trainer Atlantis Systems International of Brampton, Ontario, gave attendees at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.’s 37th Annual Convention a sample of virtual reality with their Helicopter Virtual Task Trainer. Looking like a cross between an amusement park ride and a full-motion flight simulator, the trainer puts the pilot and a set of flight controls atop a...
September 1, 2007
OKAY. LET’S SAY YOU’RE AIRBORNE. You’ve warmed up your moving map, cooled down your forward looking infrared (flir) device, and you’re all hyped up for another action-packed airborne patrol. The only problem is there isn’t squat happening: no chases, no calls for shots fired, no nothing. If it weren’t for that uncomfortable seat you’re strapped into, you would have...
September 1, 2007
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE is a primary mission for some and secondary one for most military helicopter units. As an aid to civil disaster planning officials, I offer here the different U.S. services’ doctrinal medic, corpsman, and swimmer capabilities. Air Force pararescuemen (PJs) attend grueling training starting with a 10-week indoctrination course. Graduates go on to dive, survival, and military...
September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY/FIRE With more than 40 major wildfires still raging in the western United States, officials from the National Interagency Fire Center in August faced a shortage of helicopters to battle the blazes that had already consumed 830,000 acres of land. As of early August, more than 200 rotorcraft and many fixed-wing aircraft were participating in the...
September 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/UTILITY The Russian operator UTair Aviation has sent an Mil Mi-6 to help contain forest fires in Greece. The helicopter, which can carry 15 metric tons (33,000 lb) of water, was sent in response to the Greek prime...
September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin flying two AgustaWestland AW139s as part of its fleet of medium-lift helicopters. The agency within the U.S. Homeland Security Dept. currently flies Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60 Black...
September 1, 2007
Malaysian School Adds To EC120 Trainer Fleet Malaysia’s Integrated Training & Services Sdn Bhd ordered two EC120Bs from Eurocopter at the Paris Air Show in June. One of the leading helicopter training programs in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region, Integrated Training is expanding its operations to meet what it says is growing demand for helicopter training. It has contracts from...
August 27, 2007
Helicopters are being sent to Greece to help put out the devastating fires that are enveloping the country. Russia sent aircraft at the end of July and this past weekend sent...
August 21, 2007
Police in Staffordshire, England monitored a music festival attended by 90,000 people with a TV-equipped unmanned aerial...
August 17, 2007
Speeders in Spain will now have to watch for speed cameras in the sky. According to theNewspaper.com, the Spanish government has placed a Wescam MX15...
August 14, 2007
Sept. 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Rotor & Wing 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. The competition is international in scope and open to both military and civilian operators. A...
August 8, 2007
In an effort to continue to improve helicopter education nationwide, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a Helicopter Association International (HAI) affiliated organization, is bringing its Professional Education Series to the West...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
August 1, 2007
Correction Our story on future rotorcraft powerplants included a discussion of Fischer-Tropsch fuels drawn largely from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet ("More Efficient, More Sources," May 2007, page 34). Through an editing error, the attribution to the EPA was deleted, leaving readers with the incorrect impression that the material was based on our own knowledge of the subject...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/MISSION EQUIPMENT Eurocopter has won U.S. and European certification of a night-vision capable cockpit for the EC145. The manufacturer appears to be the first OEM to offer an option for night-vision-capable cockpit instruments and lighting for a civil aircraft off the production line. Aircraft with...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES AgustaWestland has signed an agreement with Kaigai Aviotech Corp. of Japan to sell AW119 Ke, AW109 Power and Grand helicopters to the Japanese commercial market. Kaigai provides maintenance services to aircraft...
August 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta, Canada have replaced their Bell Helicopter 204 LongRanger with a Eurocopter AS350B3. The Mounties’ helicopter is...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY/POLICE The sheriff’s department in Port St. Lucie, Fla. will fly only two medical evacuation helicopters starting Oct. 1 instead of the three it has been flying. Tax reform has caused the county to eliminate the...
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