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September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE City and state officials in Columbus, Ohio plan to build an $8 million heliport for the Columbus Police Dept. The department operates a fleet of five MD Helicopters MD-500Es out of its base at West Third and Olentangy avenues. The new facility, with an office and two hangars, will be built in the city’s Hilltop community, west of the downtown area. The 12.9-acre...
September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/SECURITY AgustaWestland has delivered an AW109 light twin and an AW139 medium twin to the Beijing Municipal Public Service Bureau. The delivery marks the first time the AW139 has been...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
In the fight to make greater use of unmanned aircraft in civil airspace, which at times appears to be a bureaucratic war, we can’t even be as optimistic as Churchill after Britain’s 1942 victory over Nazi forces at El Alamein, Egypt. Not only are we not at the beginning of the end, we hardly seem to be close to the end of the beginning. Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States are...
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...
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