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September 3, 2014
At this year’s Quad-A convention, held in Nashville, Tenn. in May, Bell Helicopter displayed a full scale mock-up of its V-280 Valor, a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft. Photo by Andrew Drwiega The most unsurprising announcement of the year so far is the U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate’s (AATD) decision revealed on August 12 that the Boeing/Sikorsky partnership and Bell Helicopter...
September 3, 2014
The information found in a pilot’s logbook and FAA records may not be an accurate reflection their proficiency and work history. Does PRIA see through the smoke and mirrors? Photo by Ernie Stephens In August 2010, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act changed the way the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) works and how the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) handles an airman’s...
September 3, 2014
Resources companies Senex Energy and Drillsearch Energy are sponsoring a Bell 206 Longranger to operate 24 hour medical air ambulance services in the Cooper Basin in South Australia/Queensland in the Australian Outback. The service is the first for the remote region which is a significant onshore oil and gas exploration site, where 4,000-5,000 people can be working on oil and gas...
September 1, 2014
This X4 UAV is equipped with position lights for added safety. Photo courtesy of Draganfly Innovations Pilots and operators of manned aircraft are under a significant threat as inexpensive microdrones proliferate, while the FAA drags its heels in crafting a regulatory framework that will reduce risks, and permit drones and manned aircraft to peacefully and safely to coexist. The core of the problem is that...
September 1, 2014
Rapco, Inc. of Hartland, Wis., is a manufacturer and distributor of PMA parts for both helicopters and airplanes. Photo courtesy of Rapco A helicopter is, in fact, a very large collection of parts, most of which operate in an extremely violent fashion. Which means, of course, that they have to be replaced on a regular basis – normally during a pre-determined period based on flight time or flight...
September 1, 2014
Aero Dynamix Achieves QPL Certification Aero Dynamix, Inc. has now been approved by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for addition to the qualified products list (QPL) for MIL-DTL-7788 integrally illuminated panels. Aero Dynamix’s proprietary, in-house panel design and production capabilities include: state-of-the-art illumination design and testing technologies essential for effective light...
September 1, 2014
Fully integrated flight data recording is now affordable for the light single and twin engine fleet. PHI is outfitting their Bell 407s with NORTH FDS HUMS/HFDM recorders. Photo courtesy PHI Health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) and helicopter flight data management (HFDM) systems are powerful aviation tools. Their capabilities will eventually make them mandatory and will prove indispensible to the...
September 1, 2014
FFL’s aft cabins, equipped with the latest technology, are accessible by sliding side doors and rear-mounted clamshell doors. Photo by Ernie Stephens If you are in portions of Wisconsin or Illinois, and your life is in immediate danger from illness or accident, you won’t just expect a ride from Flight For Life... you’ll want it! Flight For Life (FFL) was the first air medical program in...
August 27, 2014
The Russian operator of a United Nations chartered Mi-8 helicopter that crashed on August 26 in South Sudan has been claimed to have been brought down by rebel ground fire, possibly a rocket-propelled-grenade (RPG). There were three fatalities among the Russian...
August 27, 2014
Although still conducting its investigation into whether senior managers from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland paid bribes to win a defense contract for 12 AW101 Merlin VIP helicopters, Reuters news agency reports that the Indian Ministry of Defence has banned the Italian defense group from bidding for future defense contracts in...
August 27, 2014
The Pegasus series is a new line of helicopter landing platforms from All Metal MS. The company states that the ‘dollie’ can be maneuvered by one person. There are four dollies in the series, ranging in capacity from 3,800 lbs to 15,000 lbs Deck dimensions begin at 12ft wide x 14ft...
August 26, 2014
The New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA) has launched a new initiative designed to further improve flight safety after the country’s helicopter accident rate has plateaued. NZHA chief executive officer John Sinclair notes that the country’s helicopter accident is very good – at around 20 accidents each year – but that figure has plateaued over the last 14 years. The latest...
August 26, 2014
The August edition of the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) bulletin included a correction to its report on EC155 B1 (OY-HJJ) which had a loss of control in the North Sea, November 6, 2013. The summary of the incident from the AAIB is as follows: “Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the...
August 26, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program.  PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the...
August 26, 2014
Nineteen of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) field inspectors were trained by Mornington Sanford Aviation on theoretical...
August 26, 2014
Aerolite recently received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been awarded to aircraft interior solutions company Aerolite America (a subsidiary of Aerolite Max Bucher) for its...
August 26, 2014
The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) is less than a month away and is being staged at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn., from September 22 to 24. Keynote speakers include Bruce Crandall on Monday, September 22. Candall was the first winner of the Helicopter Heroism Award presented by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for two daring nighttime landings under fire to rescue 12 badly wounded...
August 25, 2014
After more than two weeks on the ground, the Omaha Police Department's Air Support Unit is flying again. Flights had been suspended on Aug. 10 when a routine inspection discovered a serious problem with one of its Bell 206B Jet Rangers.  "We examined one of the fuel filters in the helicopter and saw some...
August 21, 2014
The NYPD has chosen to install Trakka and Helinet Technologies’ A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Helicopter Searchlight on the department’s new...
August 21, 2014
The MD 530G scout attack helicopter has just completed its ‘live fire’ qualification exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., according to MD Helicopters. This included the .50 caliber and 7.62mm weapons, as well as laser-guided and unguided rockets. According to the company, the MD 530G live fire tests included the firing of four Raytheon TALON laser guided rockets at distances ranging...
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