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December 5, 2014
Northrop Grumman has delivered the first operational MQ-8C Fire Scout to the U.S. Navy for use by ship-based commanders in intelligence-gathering operations. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman The...
December 5, 2014
While pilots now have much more information at their disposal through increasingly complex aircraft systems, whether in the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon or an AH-64 Apache, spatial disorientation is still a danger that most aircrew will encounter.  Although modern aircraft are very safe, human performance can be a factor that leads to unsafe situations, particularly when the pilot experiences...
December 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
December 4, 2014
Years ago, when I first joined the police aviation unit, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with a former Marine Corps CH-46 driver. As the new guy, I was very happy when this more experienced aviator would say, “You have the controls,” and give me command of the aircraft. As I made every effort to fly as smoothly and precisely as possible, there was always some wisdom he would readily...
December 4, 2014
European helicopter management, charter, and training company Starspeed has boosted its capability for off-airfield landings with the purchase of two GL3 Portable Approach Path Indicators. Designed by Bauertech Instruments...
December 3, 2014
Earlier this year, the high sheriff of Stanislaus County (Calif.) caught some heat for allowing his helicopters to participate in several charitable events that were either outside of the county proper, or involved organizations that were not entities of the county government. One such event occurred on May 15 at the Saddle Creek Resort, just 4 n.m. inside of neighboring Calaveras County. Apparently, a...
December 3, 2014
New Zealand’s Composite Helicopters International has confirmed it plans to continue development of the KC-518 Adventourer despite the all-composite helicopter recently suffering a second crash in its flight-testing program. The KC-518, which has been under development for a couple of years, is described by Composite Helicopters as the world’s first all-composite frameless helicopter. The...
December 3, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation. The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat...
December 2, 2014
In the September issue, I wrote about laser strikes on aircraft. Since that article was written, in fact predating that article, there has been an effort underway to get the FAA to consider formulating some guidelines for eye protection devices from laser strikes. As I said in the previous article, I don’t think a regulation or full-blown rule change is necessary. A well written Advisory Circular...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
December 1, 2014
FDC/Aerofilter manufactures this PMA filter for the Bell 206L-1, L-3 and L-4. Image courtesy of FDC/Aerofilter Protecting the power plant from the worst effects of the ingestion of particles has always been a problem. But when United States military helicopter forces began operating in the dusty environments of Iraq, and then the even worse and oft quoted “talcum powder” environment experienced...
December 1, 2014
 In mid-February of this year, I received a call from the publisher of this magazine asking me the most ridiculous question I have ever been asked in the 25 years that I have been a pilot: “How would you like to be trained to fly the AgustaWestland AW609 Tilt Rotor?” As it turned out, I would be the first person outside of the manufacturer’s own pilots to fly the current iteration of...
December 1, 2014
In February of 2014, Enstrom Helicopter introduced a prototype of its TH180, a brand new, single-engine piston design intended for the flight training and private ownership markets. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff This month, we here at Rotor & Wing are reflecting upon what the industry has seen in 2014. As we flipped back through calendar, many things were brought back to mind. The year saw just about...
December 1, 2014
On Nov. 30, minister for law and parliamentary affairs, T.B. Jayachandra, transferred 610 acres of land at Bidarehalla Kaval, 57 miles northwest of Bangalore, India, to the officers of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). HAL is governed by the Indian Ministry of Defence, and is the country's primary manufacturer of helicopters, as well as fixed-wing aircraft and aeronautical...
November 26, 2014
The Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) has selected CybAero to conduct Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) test and demonstration flights. According to Cybero...
November 26, 2014
GrandView Aviation announced the hiring of Christian Venuto as its new charter sales executive. In her new role, Venuto will assist Director of Sales and...
November 25, 2014
Russian Helicopters has begun flight testing the first prototype of its multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. The first Mi-171A2 prototype will be tested for its in-flight operability and safety...
November 25, 2014
The Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina has selected the Trakka A800 helicopter searchlight to assist with helicopter patrol...
November 24, 2014
Delford Michael Smith, founder of Evergreen Helicopters, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2014. Smith will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the commercial helicopter industry, partnering with longtime friend Quay Jorgensen to form Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. in 1960. He also served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War.     Del...
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