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August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
INTERNATIONAL HELICOPTER manufacturers and operators remain hopeful that upcoming events in China will serve to loosen the Communist government’s stranglehold on general aviation operations there. Industry representatives have been building relationships with officials in Beijing and major Chinese cities for several years. They are seizing the opportunity created by the need to provide security and...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE Eurocopter is seizing the opportunity of the wildfire season on the Mediterranean island of Corsica to assess the firefighting capabilities of the EC725. In league with the manufacturer, France’s interior ministry rented an EC725 from the French air force’s 1/67 "Pyrénées" Sqdn. in Cazaux, near...
August 1, 2007
FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO thank Rotor & Wing for giving me the opportunity to write this column. Since I recently retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., this column will allow me to stay connected to the helicopter industry I truly love. I’m sure my college freshman English teacher is now spinning from laughter in her grave faster than the N1 section in a C20 turbine. That woman...
July 27, 2007
Police in the Cayman Islands will soon be flying their own police helicopter, according to the newspaper      Cay Compass. The Royal Cayman...
July 25, 2007
A mechanical malfunction has been cited as the cause of a crash of a firefighting helicopter working on the Zaca fire in Santa Barbara, Calif. last week. Minor injuries were suffered...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/BORDER PATROL A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Eurocopter AS350B3 crashed May 22 in Texas during a routine patrol of the Mexican border, killing the pilot. Robert Smith was a 16-year veteran with the agency’s Air Operations unit. A Border Patrol observer on the flight, Steven Takacs, was critically injured. Federal officials are investigating the crash...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Police in the English town of Merseyside plan on using a helicopter drone to keep an eye on what’s going on in the countryside, but insist they are using the drone in an overt, not covert...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Sheriff’s Office of Bryan County, Okla. has purchased a surplus U.S. Army Bell Helicopter OH-58 as the centerpiece of a new air support unit with the help of a donation from the Native American Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. "I think it will be a big plus for this area," said Bryan County Sheriff Bill Sturch. The sheriff’s office began considering setting up an...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY/POLICE The London Metropolitan Police have given their new Eurocopter EC145s, which began flying in June, a heavy-duty technical boost with the installation of Skyquest Aviation’s new Video Management System mission equipment to provide aircrews with the latest in forward-looking infrared (flir) and video monitoring capabilities. The system allows two airborne...
July 1, 2007
The Hueys and crews of Space Gateway Support provide security and logistics for America’s human and robotic space venturers — tasks that have been transformed in the post-September 11, 2001 world. ON THE MORNING OF MAY 22, THE PHONE rang in an old hangar at Patrick AFB, about 10 nm south of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Within minutes, helicopter N420NA had been pulled from its hangar and a pilot...
July 1, 2007
Seeking out the bad guys with today’s innovations makes this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association a must-attend meeting. FINDING WAYS TO KEEP AIRBORNE law enforcement capabilities a step or two ahead of the bad guys that are cost-efficient, politically palatable, and truly effective in the field is a constant challenge. Many an agency air unit makes due with equipment that’s a bit...
July 1, 2007
AUSTRALIA IS A VAST COUNTRY. The natural development has been major centers of population in the capital cities with smaller population centers to support development in the outback. Outside the armed forces the helicopter is a major lifesaving tool and is an essential part of the various state governments’ emergency and ambulance services, with assistance from the Flying Doctor Service established...
July 1, 2007
A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I ACCEPTED an invitation to see some of the latest and greatest advancements in ultralights, powered parachutes, and even gyroplanes. Collectively, I’ll call them "sport-recreational aircraft," the kind anyone can buy in kit form for less than $50,000. Even though those kinds of aircraft have been on the market for decades, and are already popular among people who want...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Ontario’s air medical transport giant, Orgne, is aggressively looking for 25 landing sites to add to their current list of prepared helipads. With a large fleet of helicopters operating from 26 bases throughout the province, Ornge makes more than 18,000 hospital admissions annually. Some are hospital-to-hospital transports, but most originate from impromptu landing sites...
July 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/MEDICAL An air ambulance operator, Red Star of David, will join Magan David Adom, Israel’s Red Cross, to work in coordination with Magan David Adom’s fleet of ambulances and...
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