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February 10, 2015
With sensors increasingly being attached to dynamic components in new helicopters, maintainers are facing a massive increase in aircraft data. Sensor data is fed into the aircraft’s computers, and then downloaded to computers in the maintenance shop – providing not only information on immediate problem areas, but also significant data for trending. This allows a shift from time-based to...
February 10, 2015
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico...
February 9, 2015
As we were going to press with this issue, I happened to notice two different stories in the mainstream media, both about new startup companies offering helicopter shuttle services. One story was from the Jan. 20 edition of the New York Post, and you can access it from our website at Why take a taxi to the airport when you can take a helicopter? The other was posted the very next day on the Wall Street...
February 9, 2015
The Sikorsky S-70i is manufactured by PZL Mielec in Poland. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Contrary to the end-of-year rumblings that Sikorsky would withdraw its bid for the Polish military’s requirement for 70 medium-lift utility helicopters, when the announcement of the bidders was made by the Polish Armament Inspectorate on Dec. 30, 2014, Sikorsky’s name was present through subsidiary PZL...
February 9, 2015
Several times over the past couple of months, I was told horror stories about how great candidates for police pilot jobs were disqualified for employment by the polygraph during the application process. And the story was always the same: If it wasn’t because the applicant revealed that they had sampled a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) too many times or too recently, it was because they had lied...
February 6, 2015
Dr. Roman Sperl and Thomas Hütsch confirming the agreement for both companies to cooperate over the development of training systems and programs. Photo courtesy ADAC A new long-term partnership has been formed to develop synthetic training systems and training programs for helicopter operators in Germany and internationally. ADAC HEMS Academy and Reiser Simulation and Training will cooperate in...
February 6, 2015
PrecisionHawk, UAV manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, recently released its Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System (LATAS) to aid...
February 6, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 B3 with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA’s 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able...
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational courses, exhibitors, events and seminars that cover all aspects of the helicopter community including military...
February 5, 2015
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The arrangement will integrate efforts from...
February 5, 2015
Inside the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center. Photos by Andrew Drwiega The Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center in Bad Tolz, southern Germany, is one of the world’s leading full-scale helicopter rescue training centers. Called the Center for Safeness and Training, it has been purposely built to provide the most challenging rescue environments – all from the comparative luxury of an indoor center where...
February 5, 2015
Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) teams face daily challenges when it comes to safely and efficiently doing their jobs. There are several companies that design, manufacture and sell items such as hoists, harnesses and cargo hooks that help make the jobs a bit easier. Listed here are just a few of those companies and items available today. Aerial Aerial’s Spider is a six-person extraction device...
February 4, 2015
Digital night vision capability is now in the hands of Apache helicopter pilots. Following a $27 million contract signed in June 2013, the U.S. Army has begun equipping its Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet with a state-of-the-art digital night vision systems provided by Intevac. Designated the M611 camera, this system was designed as part of the U.S. Army’s Apache Modernized Target Acquisition...
February 4, 2015
The rear guard action being fought to keep Boeing’s AH-64 Apaches in the National Guard instead of transferring them all into the regular Army has been bolstered following the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congress last December. The legislation includes $1.25 billion for the National Guard and Reserve to address modernization shortfalls (not requested by President...
February 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, plans to issue its earnings release for the fiscal-year 2015 third quarter, which ended Jan. 31, after market close on Monday...
February 4, 2015
Boeing and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) signed the second phase of a performance-based contract that reduces combat logistics support costs while enhancing warfighter readiness. Under terms of the contract, Boeing will provide support for 11 different aircraft including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, AH-64 Apache, AV-8B Harrier, B-52...
February 4, 2015
HAI and the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate will jointly host a forum on Tuesday, March 3, during HAI HELI-EXPO 2015 on the ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) equipage mandate. The FAA has set a 2020 deadline for virtually all aircraft operating in the National Airspace System to equip with ADS-B Out. Despite the challenging deadline — at a...
February 3, 2015
Last year, Revolution Aviation became the first private helicopter flight school to offer instruction in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). There was plenty of new ground to cover at the time; only the military and select colleges were training UAV pilots, no certification standards existed, and commercial unmanned flights were still banned by the FAA. Revolution joined dozens of other industry...
February 3, 2015
The United Nations is requesting the return of approximately 24 Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo. This comes three years after New Delhi recalled them to address its own country’s domestic needs. The Deccan Herald, an English-language daily newspaper in the Indian state of Karnataka, reports that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Indian External Affairs...
February 3, 2015
Over the past few months, the FAA has granted several exemptions to UAV operators in the commercial market. To date, the FAA has given 14 exemptions to 13 companies in various industries. Most recently, the administration granted the first exemption for the use of UAVs for photography in the real estate...
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