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December 1, 2013
Max-Viz EVS System Available from Astronics An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed-wing EMS fleets for approximately half the cost of night vision goggles (NVGs) with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications and hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency. Max-Viz EVS can give your pilots and aircraft...
December 1, 2013
In our annual effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories that appear in print, online, in e-newsletters and digital format, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of items published from January to November 2013, with a special emphasis on stories that you may not have come across in the print edition – stories that appeared at www.rotorandwing.com, or in one of our four e-letters...
December 1, 2013
PHI-operated Sikorsky S-92 in the Gulf of Mexico. No radar, no ILS, no marker beacon, yet it is a precision approach by any standard, even though the FAA would not classify it as such. The official name is “Rig Approach” and it is a patented system for doing an automated instrument approach by a helicopter to an off shore oil rig under challenging weather conditions. Having an instrument...
December 1, 2013
My mind seems to wander more at this time of year than when I plunder about the routine happenings here along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the spring and summer months. Having just attended our year-ending premier safety event, I think a summary of the discussions and actions brought forth by the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) would be useful. After all, a meeting of the most prominent players...
December 1, 2013
After many hours in the cockpit, it’s not uncommon for a good helicopter pilot to become very in-tune with their machine and its abilities. Getting to know your aircraft to this level and being able to operate it safely at or near its limits is commendable evidence of countless hours of flying. But don’t ever use it as a substitute for computing the required performance, weight, and balance...
December 1, 2013
It can be assured that the life of today’s helicopter pilot will take many interesting turns over the course of operational time, and that some of the inevitable convolutions will depart from familiar aviation disciplines in wildly diverging ways. Take, for example, the case of the helicopter situated outside normal aviation environments. It has long been enjoyed, sometimes positively and sometimes...
December 1, 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) slammed into the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8 and brought havoc to the lives of millions of people as its 200-mph-plus winds and associated tidal surge blasted away buildings, villages, towns and people. It was already expected to be the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines – and it lived up to expectations as one of the worst storms to hit land ever...
November 27, 2013
Russian Helicopters' new Mi-171A2 medium multirole and Mi-38 transport helicopters have completed individual testing at the National Helicopter Building Center in Tomilino, Moscow region. The center is...
November 27, 2013
Swiss Kopter Technology (SKT) displayed its new Skyrider 06 at this year’s Dubai Airshow. The light, two-person sport helicopter had its first flight last year, and the company has now sold three...
November 27, 2013
Abu Dhabi Aviation will take delivery of Bell Helicopter Textron’s new 412EPI either later this year or early next year, becoming the first operator to get the new, more powerful version of Bell’s “flying pick-up truck.” The 412EPI is designed to provide a 15 percent increase in takeoff power on hot days, a major consideration in an area where temperatures can hover over the 100...
November 26, 2013
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
November 26, 2013
The UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has now begun training with the latest version of its Eurocopter Puma helicopter, the Puma Mk2. A £260-million (around $420-million) investment by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will see 24 new Puma Mk2 conversions from the older type of aircraft, which will allow the type to overcome obsolescence issues so that it can continue its role as a battlefield...
November 25, 2013
Quest Aviation Solutions announced its appointment as the exclusive MD Helicopters distributor for the United Arab Emirates on the second day of the Dubai Airshow. “We actually signed the document three weeks ago but we have been working on it for a long time,” said Mike Creed, Quest’s group aircraft sales and commercial director. “The market that we are aiming at is the seven...
November 25, 2013
Simplex Aerospace has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Aviation Register of Interstate Committee in Russia for its Fire Attack system on the...
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Navy has awarded a $13.9-million contract to Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter for an AH-1Z flight training device...
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has exercised an option for seven additional UH-60Ms from Sikorsky. The...
November 21, 2013
Brisbane-based Australian Helicopters is renewing its annual “Movember” contest, which challenges operators to grow and send in...
November 21, 2013
The Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) has secured an $11.5 million contract to...
November 20, 2013
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has placed an order for two AW169s from AgustaWestland. The...
November 20, 2013
The New South Wales Police Force has reached an agreement to bring the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to Australia. The...
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