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May 9, 2007
Supervisors in Kern County, Calif. have approved a six-year plan to build a small air force to fight wildfires. The fire chief wants to add two new helicopters and replace the single fire command and...
May 1, 2007
TWO MONTHS AGO, WE EXTENDED an invitation to all of you, our readers. Suspecting that some of you enjoyed the sight of your aircraft (and you in and around them) captured on film or digitally, we asked for your favorites. You confirmed our suspicions and responded enthusiastically. We heard from readers in Germany and Iraq, the Sinai and the U.S. Southwest, Chile and Canada. You e-mailed and snail-mailed...
May 1, 2007
Delivering Fire I recently finished reading Ernie Stephens’ article concerning aerial sniper fire ("Delivering Fire," February 2007, page 66). I have some background in the area and wanted to share a few thoughts. I fly HH-60Hs for the U.S. Navy. While on cruise, we worked with U.S. Marine Corps designated marksmen, employing them in an aerial sniper role to shoot out the outboard engines...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE San Antonio police will soon be flying a new Eurocopter AS350B3, adding to their fleet of four Schweizer 333s. The department received the AS350B3 March 8 after city officials determined it was needed to reduce emergency response times. The money for it, $3.2 million, was from a 2005 Urban...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Cedar Rapids, Iowa is auctioning off the assets of its police department’s aviation unit. The city council in January advanced a budget that eliminated funding for the unit, which was launched 35 years ago with a Hiller and is the only police...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. will host a forum on international safety initiatives at its annual conference this July in Orlando, Florida. The police aviation group will convene its 37th Annual Conference & Expo July 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. On July 12, from 3 – 4:30 pm, it will co-host the International...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE The helicopter unit of the Dallas Police Dept. is flying high these days, with the delivery of a new Bell 206B3 Jet Ranger, another 206B3 scheduled to have been...
May 1, 2007
OKAY. HERE’S THE SCENARIO: YOUR outfit has authorized the purchase of a new aircraft. Everyone either officially or unofficially starts looking at helicopter brochures, sketching interior designs, and talking about what the "other guys" are flying. Next, the various sales representatives drop by with a sample for you to fly, along with a dizzying list of options. Once you’ve chosen an...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE It’s fire season in the Northeastern United States, where branches starved of water are vulnerable to lightning strikes from spring thunderstorms and campers eager to commune with nature who leave smoldering embers behind. It’s still fire season in the West, where wildfires have devastated thousands of acres and destroyed homes. It doesn’t look like it’s going to...
April 24, 2007
The Law Enforcement Aviation Coalition  (LEAC), a non-profit group in Winthrop Harbor, Ill. has acquired three new helicopters which will be made available to law enforcement operations in northern Illinois...
April 17, 2007
AgustaWestland will supply five AW109 Powers to the Japan National Police Agency. The contract is part of Japan's ongoing program to modernize its police helicopter...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
Delivering Fire In response to Ernie Stephens’ recent column on firing from a helicopter, if you don’t meet force with force, the bad guys will escalate ("Delivering Fire", February 2007, page 66). My reasoning is the increase in "failure to yield" incidents as a result of politically driven, conservative pursuit policies. Another factor to consider is when a brother officer...
April 1, 2007
Frank Robinson still isn’t showing all his cards. The creator of what are the best-selling civilian helicopters in the world today revealed plans for the next aircraft in his product line at Heli-Expo 2007, after years of teasing. But he didn’t reveal much. If those displaying at Heli-Expo felt the exhibit hall crowd got a bit light around 2 pm on March 1, the show’s first day...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Saying they couldn’t deliver the aircraft at a price customers wanted, Bell Helicopter officials canceled its long-awaited Model 407 follow-on just a year after the company launched it. The 417 "was not going to be a big differentiator in the marketplace," said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president of business development, at the annual trade...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Rolls-Royce is developing a new turboshaft engine to power Robinson Helicopter’s first turbine helicopter and is discussing the application of the powerplant to the products of Enstrom Helicopter, MD Helicopters, and Schweizer Aircraft. Unveiled at Heli-Expo, the RR300 is "a major step forward in the helicopter industry," said Scott Crislip, Rolls’ president of...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 New management is making progress in reversing problems of an MD Helicopters that was "20 years broken," but it will take years to complete that process, according the manufacturer’s CEO. "This is a company that’s 20 years broken," said Lynn...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland is offering an improved version of its AW119 light single. The AW119Ke Koala Enhanced includes a 286-lb (130-kg) increase in max takeoff weight to 6,283 lb (2,850 Kg.) and a main rotor whose blades have a new aerodynamic design...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Sagem Avionics has built a new, integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) for the Robinson R44. The dual-screen, multi-function ICDS-8 display is an aftermarket option designed to replicate R44’s analog instruments and provide navigation and...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
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