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May 1, 2012
SAR. Search and rescue by helicopter. They say it all started in April 1944 when a Sikorsky R-4 helicopter rescued four airmen from the Burma jungle. That was a military application and the airborne SAR mission remained a military/government operation for many years. Let’s fast forward to the here and now. Over the United States’ land mass, the military still retains its internal SAR...
April 30, 2012
Oil and gas operator, Heliservicio Campeche, has contracted CAE Mexico to provide pilot training on the Bell 412 and Sikorsky S-76. CAE...
April 26, 2012
Eurocopter has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210 as the powerplant for the X4. The...
April 25, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team, the rotorcraft accident rate has fallen 30 percent in the past five years (from 2006 to 2011/early 2012) when compared to 2001-2005. Describing the decrease as a “strong step in the right direction,” IHST notes that despite making progress, “if our current statistical trend continues, the industry will not meet its goal of an 80...
April 25, 2012
Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6C-67E, which powers the...
April 20, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal-based Omni Helicopter International (OHI) has taken delivery the first of four...
April 20, 2012
Bell Helicopter has opened a new operations facility in New Delhi, India. The country houses...
April 18, 2012
Broussard, La.-based Rotorcraft Leasing Company has named Curtis Hudson director of...
April 18, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing examines various options for operators in “Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm”. The article provides a starting point for pilots and operators when it comes to airborne weather radar. Outside of the Honeywell and Rockwell Collins’ radar systems that are mentioned, operators can also find L-3 Communications’ Stormscope and Insight...
April 1, 2012
Honeywell provided Rotor & Wing the opportunity to experience its Sentinel and Observer displays up close as part of a Feb. 11 demonstration flight on a Eurocopter AS350BA during Heli-Expo in Dallas. Never one to turn down a chance to fly, I climbed in and sat next to senior test pilot Ronald Wayman, who started up the controls and booted up the avionics units. Looking out the window of the AS350 at...
April 1, 2012
FAA has issued type certificate approval for installation of the Garmin G500H on the MD500E/F and...
April 1, 2012
Eurocopter has received an order for seven EC135s from Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters. The...
April 1, 2012
Lider Aviacao’s fleet of 61 helicopters includes the Sikorsky S-92. Brazil is one of the driving forces behind Latin America’s emergence as a fast-growing market for helicopter support operations. The largest rotorcraft operator in Latin America is Lider Aviacao, with a fleet of 61 helicopters—comprising the Sikorsky S-92, S-76A/C+/C++ and Bell 412/212—as well as 31 fixed-wing...
April 1, 2012
The CHC Safety & Quality Summit was held in Vancouver, Canada in late March with Sikorsky Aircraft agreeing to join as a...
April 1, 2012
Artist’s rendering of the new facility. AgustaWestland Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand March 14 to launch construction of a new helicopter production facility for Indian Rotorcraft at Hyderabad International Airport. The 10-acre...
April 1, 2012
Aspen Avionics and NVG Modifications from Aero Dynamix Aero Dynamix, Inc. is the industry leader and principle innovator of integrated Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) solutions for commercial and military aircraft. ADI is a full line distributor and certified repair station for Aspen Avionics and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Aspen products that do not compromise on the Aspen factory...
April 1, 2012
Ka-52 Alligator. While Russian Helicopters is expanding globally in civil markets, the manufacturer’s military variants continue to draw international attention. Photos by Russian Helicopters During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from global expansion, emerging markets and training, to...
April 1, 2012
The sixties were great. I wasn’t old enough to fly then, but several of the aircraft I flew were of that vintage—the UH-1, OH-58, C-130 and the B727. (I won’t mention the Cessna 150, TH-55 or the T-37). Many didn’t have radar and the aircraft that did had a single monochrome display that was not integrated into a flight management system. In the industrial heyday of their prime...
March 29, 2012
Qatar-based Gulf Helicopters has received EASA Part 147 maintenance training approval (MTO) for its academy. With the new...
March 28, 2012
Sten Gustafson has joined Seacor subsidiary Era Group as chief executive officer, effective April 1. He was previously managing director and head of energy for the Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities...
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