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February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
February 1, 2010
Services | Interiors AAR Corp. of Wood Dale, Ill. has struck an $18.8-million deal to supply...
January 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore Two Bell 412EPs have joined the fleet of Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS). The manufacturer’s November handover signifies the 9th and 10th deliveries to FAS, eight of which took place during 2009. FAS has also inked a deal for PT6T-3DF Twin-Pac engine...
January 1, 2010
Commercial | Airframes Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft and China Aviation Industry Corp. (AVIC) have completed the first...
January 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems “Corporate Backbone & Global Footprint” Nothing has shown to be more true in the last year than a need for a strong corporate backbone and a global footprint to weather today’s economy. As we have all seen businesses struggling from small to large, those that survive and thrive are able to quickly mitigate market shifts and pullbacks. After a year of...
January 1, 2010
In my last article we discussed the mid-air collision of a Eurocopter AS350BA with a Piper 32R-300 over the Hudson River Exclusion Area that claimed the lives of nine people. Although the NTSB investigation is still ongoing, there has been progress in making the skies over New York City safer. Let me report first of all, that there has been much speculation on what happened and what to do about it. Some...
December 1, 2009
Services | Maintenance Textron subsidiary SkyBOOKS has obtained a contract to supply maintenance tracking services for Heliservicio and Servicio Tecnico Aereo de Mexico (STAM)’s fleet of helicopters. The...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Air Traffic Control New FAA rules governing the airspace over the Hudson and East rivers around New York City went into effect on Nov. 19. The agency created an exclusionary zone to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the rivers. The airspace changes come two months after an Aug. 8 midair collision involving a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson. Nine...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS & INSTRUMENTS Helicopter accidents, especially those involving emergency medical services (EMS) flights, have been getting a lot of bad, but well-deserved press recently. The increasing number of helicopter EMS (HEMS) fatalities has also caught the eye of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which early this September issued a revised recommendation letter outlining 19...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
October 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Scheduled commercial helicopter services have been tried in many markets around the world, but few have succeeded. One major exception is found in Hong Kong, the former British Crown colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997 to become a special administrative region or SAR, for short. Operating out of a smartly designed three-story terminal complex within the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has officially launched its U.S. customer service and fleet operations center (CSFC). The facility, located at the company’s Grand Prairie site, will serve as a global service and logistics network, along with sister fleet operations facilities in Europe (in La Durane, France) and Asia (Hong Kong, China). The CFSC opening followed an event in...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY A rapid response and quick thinking by Ultra Helicopters pilot Wayne Norris saved his life and that of a passenger, following a fast-spreading engine fire in a Bell 204C helicopter (the 204C is an early civilian version of the UH-1). Norris was doing long-line work, hoisting a water bucket over Easterville, Manitoba in Canada on June 15, 2009, when he noticed "dark...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the I-70 helicopter crash in Maryland that resulted in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The Robinson R44 helicopter struck a guy wire that crossed I-70 near Boonsboro the night of July 23 and crashed just off the roadway. Advanced Helicopter Concepts (AHC), a nonprofit charity and helicopter pilot...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Rolls-Royce has secured an agreement to provide its RR300B1 engine for RotorWay International’s new Eagle 300T helicopter. The development of the RR300-B1, the...
August 1, 2009
NEWS Cougar Helicopters Flight 491 lost tail rotor drive about a minute before it crashed into the ocean off Newfoundland on March 12, killing 17 of the 18 people on board. The aircraft’s flight data recorder had stopped working but investigators were able to piece together information from the health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) and flight control computer. Canada’s Transportation Safety...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s official — the Bell 429 light twin helicopter has received certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With the FAA having also granted its certification, the floodgates are open and Bell is scheduled to begin delivering 429s to its North American clients. According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s X2 Technology demonstrator has completed two test flights that included full engagement of the unique propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight. The X2 Technology...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OBSERVATION After sitting in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the EC135 has a new owner — Dam Helicopters of British Columbia, which purchased the helicopter for about $2.23 million. Dam Helicopters’ BO105 LS will be inspecting power lines, surveying for natural resources, conducting EMS missions and...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
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