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December 1, 2006
FlightSafety International has promoted Ralph Hicks (right) center manager of its Daleville and Dothan, Ala. Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins, who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service. A 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Hicks has served at the Daleville and Dothan centers since joining the company in 1985. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with single and multi-engine...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
December 1, 2006
SEARCH AND RESCUE IS A DIFFICULT mission that is complicated by the fact that we generally operate in reactive mode to emergencies and disasters. You’re probably wondering what an unmanned aerial system has to do with SAR. Unmanned systems are a force multiplier for SAR, period, and here’s how. Historically a survivor’s probability of survival (Ps) diminishes over time, and quickly...
November 1, 2006
Safety Management I am a 20-year-old college student in southeastern North Carolina. I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your article on efforts to improve safety management ("A Few Steps More," September 2006, page 30). It was refreshing to know that someone else out there is trying to make a difference in one of the weakest parts of emergency services these days. I am a fireman and...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
November 1, 2006
HAS SEARCH AND RESCUE ENTERED A NEW AGE? Soon after the first helicopter rescue missions in 1944, SAR grew into a bastion of dedicated specialists using honed flying skills and customized tools to return to safety downed airmen, marooned sailors, and stranded citizens. SAR crews gained reputations as competitive bunches who refused to admit defeat. They developed their own territories and specialties and...
November 1, 2006
WHETHER FOR CIVIL/FIRST RESPONDER, COMMERCIAL, or military helicopters, search-and-rescue (SAR) equipment has never been more in demand. Mindful of this, SAR equipment manufacturers and vendors are creating innovative products tough enough for the challenging SAR environment. Here are some of the SAR products that are available today. Tyler Technologies' special-operations platform is designed to support...
November 1, 2006
MD Plans to Acquire Training Fleet MD Helicopters is "committed to being the provider of training" to its customers and is undertaking an aircraft, training device and courseware acquisition program to achieve that, according to the company's new director of flight operations and training and chief pilot. "We are conducting a major review of every aspect of our training program," said...
November 1, 2006
I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING the 36th annual Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s conference, which was held in July in New Orleans, for Rotor & Wing. As always, there were some excellent lectures and workshops, as well as an exhibition hall full of the newest products, services and aircraft. Among the many people who stopped past the R&W booth to say hello was a friend of mine who was there...
November 1, 2006
Rolls-Royce has named Martin Fausset the new managing director of its Defence Aerospace business, based in Bristol, the United Kingdom. Fausset joins Rolls-Royce from AgustaWestland where he was program director responsible for the Lynx, Apache and EH101. Brett Gardner has joined MD Helicopters, Inc. as central regional sales manager. He most recently was the Midwest regional marketing manager with...
November 1, 2006
ALL CATEGORIES OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ALLOW for pilot discretion on how best to complete the mission. But what happens when a helicopter aircrew has two viable and safe flight options for a rescue mission? Each helicopter rescue is different, even if it occurs over and over at the same location. Safety is paramount to success of the mission. The U.S. Forest Service is chartered with administering...
November 1, 2006
SEARCH-AND-RESCUE PILOTS HAVE BEEN BUSY AND in the spotlight in the last two years. These are folks who thrive on racing to the aid of those in distress, often in conditions that most rationale people are fleeing. Rescues like the December 2000 flights to the foundering passenger ship Sea Breeze 220 mi east of Cape Henry, Va. test the decision-making skill and initiative of Coast Guard aviators. One flight...
October 1, 2006
Lockheed Martin’s facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York, just about where that state’s border cuts due west toward Lake Erie, is crammed with military colors— the flight suits of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps test and evaluation pilots, the hulls of transformed Navy Seahawks, an EH 101 and even a fixed-wing U.S. Air Force A-10. Home to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, the Owego...
October 1, 2006
According to the NT SB, on the night of Jan. 10, 2003 at about 19:54 local, an air medical helicopter was dispatched from Salt Lake City to Wendover, Utah (just over 100 mi to the west). After departure, the pilot contacted the Salt Lake City (SLC) air traffic control tower and requested an I-80 transition low-level westbound to Wendover. The tower instructed the pilot to hold east of SLC due to landing...
September 1, 2006
Change is the watchword. For decades, perhaps since it was incorporated in 1939, Schweizer Aircraft has been about change. It started out building gliders. Then it worked on some of the earliest versions of unmanned aircraft, then reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, agricultural aircraft, light commercial helicopters, a new generation of recon and surveillance aircraft and a new generation of...
August 1, 2006
Floating around this year's Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s Northeast Regional Safety Conference (and every ALEA conference, for that matter) were tales of aviation unit commanders and administrators who are, well, less than effective. Most of my fellow flyers say that their upper management consists of very nice people, but that they don't know anything about aviation management. Based on what I have...
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