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September 7, 2010
Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services has placed an order for nine AgustaWestland AW139s. The...
September 2, 2010
Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) has issued dual qualification for Frasca’s Eurocopter...
September 1, 2010
FAA has approved Bristow Academy’s Part 141 night vision goggle (NVG) training program. Training will begin at...
August 31, 2010
AgustaWestland has secured an order for 10 AW139s from PHI, the...
August 26, 2010
The civilian rotorcraft market is expected to remain diverse with the bulk of all new deliveries arriving from mature production lines, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan. The report says the industry witnessed unprecedented growth in the global sales of civil rotorcraft from 2004 through 2008. However, as 2008 ended, the...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 23, 2010
Cutting edge technology will be on show during this year’s Helitech, which takes place at Airport Cascais, near Estoril in Portugal from 5 to 7 October. Bose will be demonstrating its recently launched A20 Aviation Headset. The A20 boasts greater noise reduction capability—vital when cockpit noise levels can reach 105 dBA. Enhancing comfort has also been taken into consideration by using the...
August 1, 2010
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters is planning to introduce a new search and rescue/EMS operation with Priority 1 Air Rescue. The...
August 1, 2010
The 0/3481 Deepwater Horizon NOTAM encompasses a huge chunk of airspace that covers the coast lines of four states and has been put in place to protect fliers of all kinds of aerial vehicles and their passengers. There have been NOTAMs and even temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the gulf in past years, but nothing to compare with this one. The mother of all TFRs, if you will. NOTAMs aside, during a...
August 1, 2010
Left to right Scott Tish, Randy Sharp, Fred Brisbois and Mark Mestre. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Speakers at “IFR for the VFR Pilot” during the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit hammered home that helicopter operators should emphasize prevention in training pilots to avoid inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IIMC). But when VFR pilots suddenly find themselves in the...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Eurocopter Vostok has appointed a new president and CEO—Laurence Rigolini. The Eurocopter Group subsidiary provides sales and support in Russia and CIS countries in the region. A 20-year employee of Eurocopter, she formerly served as corporate communications vice president for Eurocopter Group. The manufacturer has also named Matthieu Louvot (at right) vice president and head of corporate strategy...
June 1, 2010
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in the Gulf of Mexico is: “A thing of beauty.” Those were the actual words of the controller during the interview at Houston’s ARTCC radar control room. Gerard Quiroz, a front line manager and Kim Pettis, Houston Center, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) ADS-B representative, were in agreement. They gave a frank and...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
May 1, 2010
President’s Offshore Plans During a speech on March 31 at Andrews AFB, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled plans for “the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy sources and the need to protect America’s natural resources.” His administration is considering areas for drilling “in the mid and south Atlantic...
May 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney hosted a recent event at its Customer Training Center in Hartford, Conn. with President Dave Hess and other top executives from various sections of the company. Rotor & Wing had a chance to sit down with Richard Dussault, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada, to get an update on the commercial rotorcraft engine market. Among recent...
April 1, 2010
Columbia Helicopters has a new chairman who understands the goals and aspirations its late founder, Wes Lematta—his wife Nancy. He passed away in December at age 82, but Lematta’s succession plan was in place long before that. “The leadership won’t change because I’ve taken cues from Wes, and having been married for 47 years, I pretty much know how he wants it,” Nancy...
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