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April 13, 2015
FreeFlight Systems has released ADS-B View 2.0 – a free NextGen aviation iPad app that provides graphical weather, traffic and textual data to the aircraft pilot and crew. Weather and traffic information is received by the RANGR ADS-B system, transmitted to the tablet via WiFi, and overlayed on the ADS-B View map. “As with the previous version, and in keeping with the ‘Free Weather and...
April 10, 2015
Nothing is more essential to aircraft operations than completing the mission safely. In an airliner’s world, air traffic controllers maintain separation of airplanes from each other and from some obstacles. But down in the obstacle-rich environment of the helicopter, where air traffic control assistance is absent more often than present, the rotorcraft pilot needs to “see and avoid”...
April 10, 2015
  Many moons ago, I was flying in support of the Glomar Explorer, a spy ship developed by the CIA under the Nixon administration to retrieve a Russian sub that had sunk in 1968 about 1,000 miles from Hawaii. The details of this fascinating, eye-opening story is in the book Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell. We were supporting the ship during its sea trails about 50 miles offshore. The Glomar company...
April 10, 2015
Airbus Group has announced that Chris Emerson, a veteran Airbus Group executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. effective June 1. Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, which includes oversight of both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. In his new roles, Emerson will replace Marc Paganini, who has accepted a...
April 10, 2015
Bell Helicopter has signed a contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the supply of seven Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The aircraft will support the CCG’s maritime security and fisheries activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of Canadian waters. The aircraft were signed for by the Honourable...
April 10, 2015
Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and a delegation from Indonesia headed by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil visited Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, on April 9. The delegation was met by Interim President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters, CEO of Kazan Helicopters Vadim...
April 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both companies will be available at Booth #J.20 to discuss a broad range of aerospace, special mission and defense capabilities. The exhibition...
April 9, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has contracted with Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corporation and Asia Aircraft Overseas Philippines (AAOP) to provide heavy-lift aviation services in support of the Angat Dam project in the Norzagaray Municipality in Bulacan Province, Central Luzon Island, Philippines. The performance of this work is projected to occur in the...
April 9, 2015
Era Group Inc. has reached an agreement to sell its fixed based operation ("FBO") business at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Landmark Aviation, a company with a network of 68 fixed based operations in the U.S., Canada and Western Europe. Under the terms of a...
April 8, 2015
As the helicopter fleet in the Asia-Pacific region has substantially increased in recent years, airframe and engine manufacturers have boosted their support in the region through their own An Airbus Helicopters EC225 in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters facilities, joint ventures and authorized service centers. With Asia-Pacific helicopter order books...
April 8, 2015
  It’s difficult to believe, but the FAA is actively soliciting our opinion on a variety of issues related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). Regardless of your feelings on this subject, don’t miss this rare opportunity to help shape the future of aviation. The comment period will end April 24. Many entrepreneurs in the U.S. want to use sUASs for non-recreational purposes. In the...
April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla., Frasca International showcased its new TruFlite R44 Flight Training Device (FTD). Incorporating many features from Frasca’s higher-end Full Flight Simulators (FFS), the TruFlite is marketed as a much more realistic training experience than other FTDs on the market today. Rotor & Wing was invited to test out the FTD and talk to Frasca representatives about...
April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 last month, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company’s UK search and rescue (SAR) contract. Bristow was awarded a 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Jonathan Baliff, Sergei Sikorsky, Richard Parkes and Shane...
April 8, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has renewed key contracts with the U.S. Forest Service as well as with Canadian aerial heavy lift company Helifor Canada, a subsidiary of Columbia Helicopters. Jeff Roberts, CEO and president of Erickson Incorporated, commented, “I am happy these valued government and commercial customers selected us once again and gave us a vote of confidence in our ability to serve their...
April 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will host its first International Rotorcraft Safety Conference from April 21 to 23 at the Hurst Conference Center near Ft. Worth, Texas. The free event is part of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Safety Initiative and will provide conference attendees with tips about how to reduce helicopter accidents. In fiscal year 2013, 37 people lost their lives in rotorcraft...
April 8, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services, headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., has partnered with Outerlink Global Solutions and Metro Aviation to launch Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), which is expected to expand tracking, communication and overall safety practices. IRIS provides global coverage and will allow REACH to record significantly greater amounts of aircraft data. The data will be...
April 7, 2015
  I recently got together with a college buddy of mine to catch up on things. As he vented about his job, it was clear that there were many aspects of it that have caused him frustration over the years. “I swear, one day, I am going to run off and join the circus!” he said to me in desperation. I chuckled and reflected on my own employment, which definitely has its trying moments. I was...
April 7, 2015
CHC Helicopter, search and rescue (SAR) operator for the Irish Coast Guard, currently has four bases in Ireland: Waterford, Shannon, Sligo and Dublin. In 2012, CHC began its latest contract with the Irish Coast Guard: a 10-year contract with the option of a three-year extension. Rotor & Wing sat down with Chris Hodson, CHC’s general operations manager for SAR services, to speak more about the...
April 7, 2015
Spectrum Aeromed, designer and manufacturer of custom air medical and air ambulance equipment for fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, will be showcasing its medical interior in a new Pilatus PC-12 NG airplane during a tour of Asia. The aircraft will be viewable in the Chalet Display area in the static displays at Asian Business Aviation Convention & Expo (ABACE) in Shanghai, China from April 14-16...
April 7, 2015
Horizon International Flight Academy LLC of the United Arab Emirates has placed an order with FRASCA International, Inc. of Urbana, Ill. for a Bell 407 Flight Navigation Procedures Trainer (FNPT) II (“simulator”). The simulator will be configured as a Bell 407 Helicopter and will feature...
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