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March 1, 2007
The Helicopter Assn. International has presented more than 600 Igor I. Sikorsky Awards for Humanitarian Service to organizations, companies, and individuals whose helicopters and crews served the Gulf Coast of Louisiana...
March 1, 2007
Monica McIntyre has received the Helicopter Assn. International’s MD Helicopter Law Enforcement award. Recently retired, McIntyre was the nation’s first female law enforcement pilot. She flew in Lakewood, Calif. as a Sky Knight pilot for the Sheriff’s Dept. for 25 years. Glen Cornett has received the Helicopter...
March 1, 2007
LYNN TILTON IS NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT A MISTAKE. "I make mistakes all the time," said the head of the New York distressed-debt investment firm, which since mid-2005 has been the owner of MD Helicopters. That is in part the nature of her job, she said: She owns 70 different companies, 50 of them with 100-percent stakes. They’re all in different industries. They’ve all got different...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
March 1, 2007
EACH DAY, AN ELITE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN crisscross the skies in helicopters with tons of cargo dangling far beneath their helicopters on long cables. Some are taking massive buckets of water to a fire, while others are carrying a clutch of logs to the mill. They fly in almost everything that a hook can be attached to. The specialty is long-line flying. Some estimates put the number of long-line pilots at...
March 1, 2007
A New Zealand trust has taken on the challenge of designing, building, and operating a self-funding rescue helicopter service for the extreme altitude regions of Nepal. The humanitarian Rescue on Everest Challenge project aims to save lives...
March 1, 2007
The Pentagon plans to replace six U.S. Army Black Hawks pulled from counter-drug operations in the Caribbean to support combat overseas with three S-76s. The decision came at the urging of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who opposed then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s decision late last year to pull Army air...
March 1, 2007
The Norwegian Polar Institute is looking for a helicopter for one month’s time starting March 17 to assist in a study to tag polar bears and track their movements in the Svalbard and East Greenland...
February 1, 2007
NY Airways Was There You recently discussed the West 30th Street heliport’s golden anniversary ("NY’s West 30th St. Heliport Marks 50 Years," December 2006, page 13). But you failed to mention that, at the heliport’s inception, the FAR Part 127 scheduled helicopter airline New York Airways operated float-equipped Sikorsky S-55s from there. We also flew Bell 47s on charter...
February 1, 2007
Assault — NHIndustries has selected Onboard Systems as the sole supplier of fast-rope cargo hooks for the NH90. Attack — Hindustan Aeronautics will install Nexter THL 20 turrets armed with a 20 M 621 ultra-light, low-recoil cannon under the noses of 20 Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters for the Indian armed forces. The turrets are to be combined with a helmet sight on the Dhruvs. The first...
February 1, 2007
Feb. 20-22 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Rotorcraft/Technology Infusion, Riverbend Campus, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. Contact: Mark Dreier, 817-280-4907; E-mail: MDreier@BellHelicopter.Textron.com. March 1-3-Heli — Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
February 1, 2007
A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I WAS at a small gathering and ran into the sergeant of a local SWAT team. What with him being a counter-sniper and me being a pilot, we started talking about the feasibility of shooting from a police helicopter. I suggested that we talk about the practicality of this rather than the feasibility. Mike said he had read an article written by some officers out west who were training...
February 1, 2007
HALF SURROUNDED BY WATER, THE NETHERLANDS often has to deal with rough seas and the dangers that they pose to its citizens and visitors. Given that nation’s large fishing industry, its professional and volunteer rescuers are frequently called on to aid fishermen in trouble aboard vessels that have broken down or foundered. Given the extent of oil and gas exploration and production in the North Sea...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of the Chinook as its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information at the bottom of the page. Is the West at War? Thank you for the essay on the public attitude toward combat operations in...
January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
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