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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
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
Kaman Aerospace has started production flight testing for the first of 10 SH-2G(l) Super Seasprite helicopters from its Bloomfield, Conn. facility. The fleet of helicopters, destined for New Zealand, is due for delivery in mid-2015. New Zealand ordered 10 Super Seasprites, plus spares, a full mission simulator and logistics support in a $120 million deal in May 2013. The helicopters, upgraded former U.S...
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
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 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 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 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
The success of the United Kingdom’s Military Aviation Authority (MAA) is being regarded as a model for wider application of its principles across all arms of the military with the planned creation of a Defense Safety Authority. “We publish without approval – we don’t let other people mark our homework,” said the director general of the UK’s MAA, Air Marshal Dick Garwood...
April 29, 2014
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens flew the AW609 tiltrotor in Arlington, Texas...
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
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, discussed a broad range of issues to do with restructuring and upgrading its production capacities and streamlining its management processes at a meeting of the company’s Collegium on 24 April. The Collegium – held at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company – also discussed the production...
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 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached a framework agreement with Avicopter covering a thousand EC175. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has reached an agreement with China’s Avicopter to jointly produce 1,000 new...
April 28, 2014
AW609 rotors tilting. Photo by Ernie Stephens The idea of a flying machine that will take off and land vertically, then achieve airplane speeds, has been around since the development of engine-driven aircraft. Several designs have been toyed with, but arguably the most successful have fallen into one of two categories: a hybrid using a main rotor and propellers, or vectored thrust (i.e., a tilting rotor)...
April 28, 2014
Genesys Aerosystems Group has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC Corporation in a management buyout. Key customers include AgustaWestland, Airbus Military, Air Medical Group Holdings, Bell Helicopter, Carson Helicopters, Embraer, Grob Aircraft, Sikorsky, Textron AirLand, and commercial, military, and government fleets around the world. Chelton Flight Systems, founded in 1997, developed 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
Five British servicemen were killed on April 26 when their AgustaWestland Lynx Mk9A helicopter crashed in Afghanistan near Kandahar air base. Twenty-four hours later, it was still unclear what caused the twin-engine utility helicopter based at RAF Odiharn in Hampshire to come down. It is the third largest loss of...
April 28, 2014
Cobham Aerospace Communications’ RT-5000P radio has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for installation and use by USFS Cooperators in wild land fire situations.  Effective immediately, agencies cooperating with the USFS, including airborne law enforcement, airborne emergency medical service, State National Guard, U.S. Military, and other first responders may install the...
April 25, 2014
Mark Gassaway, founder and president of Aerocomputers, passed away on Monday, March 17. He will be missed by his many friends in the aviation community. Mark was both a pilot and an engineer. These combined interests led to the foundation of Aerocomputers...
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