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March 1, 2006
The question remains: When will we learn? Two weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks that had U.S. politicians of every ilk clamoring for greater domestic defense against threats manmade and natural, little more than a year after an emergency-management simulation essentially predicted massive flooding of New Orleans in the wake of a Category 4 hurricane, just eight months after an Indian...
March 1, 2006
Jensen was to assume new duties in Washington as the U.S. Army National Guard's aviation operations and training branch chief at the Joint Readiness Center in early September. Instead, he spent four days heading an ad-hoc flight operations team coordinating activities around New Orleans as the flight operations officer at the downtown heliport at the Superdome, for what would become Task Force Eagle. My...
March 1, 2006
  Mary Lynn   Before Katrina struck Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, it wreaked havoc on vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Massello and his HH-60 Jayhawk crew from CGAS Clearwater, Fla. were among those who came to their aid. For one mission, Massello and crew were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. An honor normally given for heroism in combat, it recognizes "extraordinary achievement...
March 1, 2006
O'Brien was stationed in Nashville with the 105th Airlift Sqdn. of the 118th Airlift Wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard at the time Katrina hit New Orleans. He spent a good portion of his time in New Orleans working among the many helicopters ferrying storm and flood victims to the military triage center at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The San Antonio, Texas native and Air Force...
March 1, 2006
Heroes, One Solution and One Mess This month finds America examining its response--or lack thereof--to Hurricane Katrina. As that occurs, we can draw comfort that the helicopter community is applying lessons learned from that storm by increasing the understanding and appreciation of rotorcraft and their capabilities. One recent event unrelated to Katrina reminds us of how big a challenge that remains. We...
March 1, 2006
Pilots of news helicopters have seen more than their share of death and destruction, but Katrina's aftermath even took members of that hard-bitten corps by surprise. Not the least surprising was the sheer number of helicopters in the skies over New Orleans. Ken Pyatt is president of SKY Helicopters, based at the Garland, Texas Heliport. His company is a Part 135 operator and helicopter flight school and...
March 1, 2006
Holland is aviation director for the southeast region for LifeNet Air Medical Services, a division of Air Methods Corp. With other LifeNet crews, he flew three aircraft from Alabama, Florida and Georgia to New Orleans to aid in rescue and recovery operations. A retired U.S. Army aviator who flew OH-13s and Apaches, he is a religious man. When he arrived in New Orleans, it was apparent to him that he had...
March 1, 2006
In an attempt to apply the lessons of disasters like September 11th, the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistan earthquake late last year, HAI is compiling a comprehensive database of helicopter resources available to emergency response managers around the world. This is an issue that has been discussed since 9/11, since post-Katrina. What do we have as resource database information?" said...
March 1, 2006
Johnny Delgado closed out last August with four of the most frustrating days of his career. As head of a "strike team" of five emergency medical services (EMS) helicopters based in Florida, Delgado and 50 other volunteers to support those helicopters--pilots, nurses, medics, mechanics-- were prepped and ready to fly within 24 hr. to the Mississippi Delta to rescue victims of Hurricane Katrina...
March 1, 2006
After he'd checked that his Jackson, Miss. Mercury Aviation had survived Katrina, Coyt Bailey grabbed a cameraman and set off Aug. 30 in the R44 WLBT-TV charters from him to survey the storm damage. He'd covered six or eight hurricanes. The cameraman had covered more, including Hurricane Camille in 1969--the Big Storm before Katrina. "We'd never seen anything like this, either of us," Bailey...
March 1, 2006
Within 12 hr. of Katrina passing the Gulf Coast, U.S. Coast Guard aircraft began to converge on the devastated region from all over the country, with units from Cape Cod, Mass.; Atlantic City, N.J., Elizabeth City, N.C. and Clearwater, Fla. among the first to arrive. They supplemented HH-60s and HH-65s and fixed-wing HU-25s from the Mississippi coastal areas and New Orleans. For two weeks, the Coast Guard...
March 1, 2006
'Revitalization Project' Aims to Boost Military Helo Safety, Survivability A new U.S. rotorcraft industry task force is seeking measures to improve the survivability of helicopters in combat in the near term and increase the safety and reliability of all helicopters in the long term. Dubbed the Rotary-Wing Revitalization Project, the effort aims to overcome the main impediments to broader use--and...
February 1, 2006
With activity up in major sectors like offshore energy, EMS and law enforcement, manufacturers and operators are enjoying good times and ready to tackle safety and security challenges facing the industry. Matthew Zuccaro, the newly minted president of the Helicopter Assn. International, can't think of anything negative to say about the state of the industry going into this year's Heli-Expo. "There's a...
February 1, 2006
Vendors to Line Up for Slice of USMC Heavy-Lift Pie Sikorsky is focused on nailing down by June its strategy for choosing key subcontractors to build a new U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter, having secured contracts for that potential $18.8-billion aircraft development and production program. Approved by the Pentagon Dec. 22, 2005, development of the Heavy Lift Replacement successor to the CH-53E...
February 1, 2006
Border Patrolling By Sgt. Ernie Stephens Last year, I ran across the June 13, 2005 issue of the Arizona Daily Star, with the front-page story entitled, "Border Patrol Chopper Flights Perilous." I think there's a law that says you have to buy a paper if you want to read more than the top half of the front page, so I forked over my 50 cents. The article cited (and editorialized about) seven U.S...
February 1, 2006
At the helicopter industry's premier event, manufacturers and vendors parade their newest and best. Here's a sampling of what's on the convention center floor. As the premier gathering of the helicopter industry, Heli-Expo is a showcase for companies offering their products and services to rotorcraft owners, operators, pilots and aficionados. The event is so big that some companies can get lost in the...
January 1, 2006
Best Kept Secret in Helicopters Sixty years ago, Michigan lumberman and mechanic Rudy Enstrom dreamt of manufacturing his own helicopter. Aided by experienced aircraft designers and backed by local business people, Enstrom realized his dream in the 1960s when the R.J. Enstrom Corp. (established in 1959, and renamed the Enstrom Helicopter Corp. in 1971) began building and selling the F-28 light helicopter...
January 1, 2006
These are times of unexpected change, unusual partnerships and high demand for helicopters and those who make them, support them and fly them. To decipher what all this means for the Industry going forward, we asked top Industry executives the following question: "What specific trends to you anticipate In the helicopter Industry In 2006, and what effects will they have on the Industry?" Precision...
January 1, 2006
Eurocopter has finally moved to plug a long-standing gap in its product line, signing a pact to develop its next helicopter, the 7-9-ton EC175, with Chinese industry. This EC175 will compete head on with the AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter AB139. Both its launch and AgustaWestland's November buyout of Bell's stake in the AB139 confirm that the 6-8 tonne market segment is widely seen as a highly profitable...
January 1, 2006
Delays in fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor was one reason AgustaWestland ended its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the AB139 medium-twin. "When we started, we were thinking to go into the market with the 609 and 139 together" and the joint Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. selling both made sense, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi said. With the BA609's service entry delayed until...
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