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May 1, 2010
Performance-based navigation (PBN) is a new form of aerial navigation currently being deployed by the FAA, ICAO and other aviation regulators worldwide. The reason is PBN supports smaller separation intervals, more direct flight paths and more flexible landing/takeoff routing for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft alike. It does this using GPS and WAAS (wide area augmentation system) satellite signals...
May 1, 2010
Launched on a telephone tip early one Sunday morning last June, an Eurocopter EC120B of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Yuma Air Branch intercepted an ultralight aircraft about 6,800 feet over Arizona. The target had apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border around the Pinacate Lava Flow and flown north through the Air Force Goldwater bombing range in the CBP Yuma Sector. The helicopter pilot...
April 1, 2010
SRVIVR Cockpit Recorder Available from L-3 L-3 Electrodynamics is introducing the SRVIVR family of Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorders (CVFDR), a state-of-the-art crash survivable recorder designed to meet the new FAA mandate for flight recorders. Offering the smallest and lightest CVFDR on the market today, SRVIVR is available with a variety of air vehicle interfaces providing flexibility for its use on a...
March 1, 2010
Imagine for a moment that a single-piloted, passenger-carrying helicopter leaves on a VFR flight plan from its airport-based helipad, enroute to a remote island 20 miles offshore. The flight was intended to take off in the late afternoon, however the VIPs were delayed until after sunset. Weather is reported as overcast at 6K, 6 miles in haze, 28C, calm winds, and no significant weather is forecasted along...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | ATC Air traffic controllers in Houston have started using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor, manage and separate aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood notes the...
January 1, 2010
Products | Night Vision Goggles Want to improve air ambulance safety? Then adopt two-pilot crews, and make sure that they are equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs). That was the message from Night Vision and Electro Optical Conference 2009 (NVEO 2009), a two-day event held Nov. 16–17 in Ottawa, Canada. It featured presentations from military and civil agencies that use NVGs, plus government...
January 1, 2010
During the past 15 years, Aero Dynamix (ADI) has become a leader in the night vision modification industry. Currently the company employs more than 60 night vision professionals and is growing rapidly. As an FAA-certified Repair Station (C73R723N), Aero Dynamix offers a full line of services in the instrument/avionics repair field. They have 15 FAA-certified repair technicians on staff to meet customer...
January 1, 2010
Carl Zeiss Optronics designs, develops and produces state-of-the-art optronic instruments for military and civilian applications. They are used to monitor, identify and classify, as well as for precise measurement, evaluation and targeting. As a subsidiary of the globally recognized Carl Zeiss Group, the company has years of experience and know-how in optronics, highly accurate optics and precision...
January 1, 2010
Becker Avionics International develops, manufactures and distributes the latest communications, navigation, surveillance and search & rescue (SAR) equipment for airborne and ground applications. For more than 50 years, Becker Avionics has provided avionics equipment to general and corporate aviation, ATC, law enforcement and military organizations around the world. Becker Avionics is dedicated to...
January 1, 2010
REBTECH, a division of REB Technologies, was founded in 1996 by Dick Borkowski. He had firsthand knowledge of night vision goggle (NVG) green filters and the problems associated with light transmission and color rendering. Borkow- ski’s goal was to create NVG lighting solutions for military and civilian pilots alike. Although the company started in 1996, its three main principals have been working in...
January 1, 2010
The Light Helicopter Division of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., serves many markets in today’s aviation industry with its range of piston- and turbine-powered helicopters and dedication to meeting the changing technological demands of the global aerospace community. A skilled workforce, outstanding engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and a commitment...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/ACCIDENT PREVENTION U.S. helicopter accidents can be drastically reduced, and we have the fact-based recommendations to do it: That was the message at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)—the global industry-government group committed to reducing accident rates by 80 percent by...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/ENGINES Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer Service Center Europe has reached separate agreements to support the Netherlands Police Agency (KLPD) and add Motorflug to its recognized maintenance facility (RMF) network. Under...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES FAA has published an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) related to the tail boom of the AgustaWestland AW139 and AB139. According to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) alert, the tail boom of a Gulf Helicopters-operated AW139 bent and collapsed while taxiing on August 25 in Doha, Qatar. In addition, EASA discovered...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/COMPONENTS Kaman Aerospace’s Helicopters division has won a $53-million contract to supply composite helicopter...
November 1, 2009
Officer/pilot David Weirick (left) accepts the helicopter from MD director Don Bridgers with officer/pilot David Eubanks at right. PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE MD...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky’s X2 Technology demonstrator broke the 100-knot threshold in a recent flight test...
November 1, 2009
November 15–19: Dubai Airshow, Dubai, UAE. Contact Fairs & Exhibitions, phone +9714-286-7755 or visit http://www.dubaiairshow.aero November 30–December 1: Human Factors in Aviation Safety, Los Angeles, Calif. Contact USC Viterbi School of Engineering, phone 1-310-342-1345 or visit http://www.viterbi.usc.edu November 30–December 3: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and...
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...
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