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April 30, 2014
Elsewhere in this issue of Rotor & Wing you may have read my piece on synthetic vision systems (SVS). As I was compiling it, the point was driven home that glass cockpits rule the day. Sure, they all have a primary display containing basic flight instrumentation, such as an airspeed indicator and altimeter. But it’s the other portions of the system that can be tailored to the needs of the...
April 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters delivered its civilian multirole Ka-32A11BC helicopter to the Shanghai Public Security Directorate in China. The helicopter is produced at Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise and the contract for this helicopter was concluded in 2012. The Ka-32A11BC, certified in China, is designed for special search and...
April 30, 2014
North Texas-based CareFlite's fleet now includes four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical...
April 30, 2014
Synthetic vision systems, such Rockwell Collins’ Helisure, can be an invaluable feature for pilots who must fly in mountainous terrain where visibility can be reduced by clouds and precipitation with little advanced warning. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Collins Helicopter avionics have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Technology that was once reserved for military fighters, corporate jets and...
April 30, 2014
FAA has issued a Federal Register Notice seeking public comment on a proposed policy change to protect airspace for emergency operations when an aircraft engine fails during departure. The proposed policy change strikes a balance by providing the option to designate one path for all airlines to use when one engine inoperative (OEI) procedures are needed.  The FAA evaluates the takeoff path from...
April 29, 2014
Critical-care airlift services from Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation are now at their full-up capability following completion of Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of EC135 to this commercial arm of the Turkish Aeronautical...
April 29, 2014
One of six Sea Kings in transit through Nowra. Photo courtesy Australian Navy The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings have been removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK, where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL). The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the MRH-90...
April 29, 2014
Loading the Seahawk in preparation for MH370 search The Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the...
April 28, 2014
The Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria awarded Australian Helicopters with a 10-year contract to supply new AgustaWestland AW139s. The agreement also includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft maintenance is required...
April 28, 2014
With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens that will put many lives in grave danger. The point was made by several speakers at the start of IQPC’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (April 8-9) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maj. Gen. Stig Nielsen, commander...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
April 23, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) with a supplemental...
April 22, 2014
Hayes Ambulance and Metro Aviation have teamed up to add an air ambulance helicopter to the company’s existing fleet...
April 22, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225, allowing production and installation on all compatible...
April 21, 2014
The Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation reports that its Basic Aviation Risk Standards (BARS) program has been meeting with great success in the helicopter community. Flight Safety Foundation's vision to see "an international civil helicopter community with zero accidents" is what drives BARS. BARS was developed three years ago to provide a uniform, objective method for evaluating an...
April 21, 2014
In response to industry feedback, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year. Earlier this year, the FAA issued a rule that requires helicopter operators to have stricter flight rules...
April 21, 2014
The first of six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now operational, two and a half months ahead of schedule. The FAA granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its...
April 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA for its new Bell 407 polycarbonate windshield, to be distributed...
April 18, 2014
The latest addition to the Airbus Helicopter rotorcraft lineup, the EC 145 T2, was recently issued certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification...
April 18, 2014
DART Aerospace received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its EC145 skidtubes. The company also recently received FAA approval for its...
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