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March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for Era Helicopters in Anchorage, Alaska. My supervisor at Era was Lou Earhart, one of the nicest, most professional people I’ve ever had the blessing to work for or around. I considered Lou to be a consummate professional pilot. Then one day he told me about a mistake he had made. While ferrying a Jet Ranger up to Anchorage from Bell, the helicopter...
March 1, 2014
Ever since the beginning of police aviation, law enforcement agencies have studied, implemented, de-implemented, and studied again the merits of delivering deadly force from helicopters. The name of the department escapes me, but I recall there being an agency out west that kept MP5 submachine guns in locking racks aboard their aircraft. They even made it a point to conduct regular airborne target practice...
March 1, 2014
Houston Texas, known for its heat and humidity, has really received a curveball from the weather gods this year, including sleet, ice and freezing rain. Texans who live and work along the Gulf Coast are not used to sequences of icing conditions; perhaps one per year at the most. This global warming is really treacherous. Looking out the window at the icy mess outside made me think about some of my weather...
March 1, 2014
The retirement of Maj. Gen. William ‘Tim’ Crosby means that we will no longer be treated to his folksy, home-spun tales that immediately got the attention of his audience and often warmed them to his words. As a larger-than-life character he replaced the dapper civilian, Paul Bogosian, in December 2008. Crosby took up the job when defense still had plenty of money in the pot due to the...
March 1, 2014
The Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) has issued a certificate of approval...
March 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
February 28, 2014
Trakka Corp. has signed a 10-year Long Term Agreement for the supply of its A800 Trakkabeam searchlight to AgustaWestland. Trakka has a history of working...
February 28, 2014
The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo cover rotorcraft that range from the EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the...
February 28, 2014
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior air safety investigator...
February 28, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet...
February 28, 2014
Over 150 Russian-made helicopters are currently involved in UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations around the world. Speaking at the Russian Hour conference at Heli-Expo 2014, representatives of Russian Helicopters...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has received orders from the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior for two MD 530F aircraft. The Bolivian National Police will operate the aircraft to provide additional airborne security...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has sold its first helicopter into China, with the purchase of an MD500E to Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation and Avion Pacific, MD’s sales distributor in China...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has handed over a new MD500E to Nome, Alaska-based Bering Air, one of the largest rotary wing fleet operators in Western Alaska. The new MD500E will provide support for the...
February 28, 2014
Vector Financial Services, the leasing division of Vector Aerospace Corporation, has signed a special Bypass Plus program with Starlite Aviation Group, an enhanced offering of the By the Hour Support Program now covering engines. Starlite is a partner operator for the...
February 28, 2014
StandardAero received Rolls-Royce FIRST Network Customer Satisfaction Award at Heli-Expo. The 2014 award represented the fifth consecutive year that the company has been...
February 28, 2014
As hundreds of attendees gathered at Bell Helicopter’s booth at Heli-Expo, the company shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions. “With the Bell 525 Relentless we are delivering a generational shift in pilot situational...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices. The unveiling occurred at Heli-Expo...
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