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August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY Bell Helicopter Textron Canada has rehired 400 of its 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from the company’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec (near Montreal) due to the recession. The orders were there, but customers were asking Bell to delay...
July 1, 2009
July 12-14 — ALA 2009, The Latin American Aeronautical Association, Miami, Fla. Contact: Phone: 1-817-284-0431; Web: www.ala@aero. July 18-19 — Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. Contact: Web: www.airtattoo.com. July 22-25 — Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Savannah, Ga. Contact: Phone: 1-301-631-2406; Web...
July 1, 2009
Water Survival Training Unfortunately, most inadvertent water landings do not result in the same successful ditching as Capt. Sullenberger’s US Airways jet in the East River. How many of those passengers had ever gone down in the water prior to that cold day? They were lucky to survive. I attended a water survival training course hosted by John McMillan, president of McMillan Offshore Survival...
June 19, 2009
The Transportation Safety Board found that the Sikorsky S-92A offshore crash in March, off the coast of Newfoundland, that killed 17 people, was due to a faulty tail rotor and the loss...
June 11, 2009
In a ceremony hosted by St. Johns Ambulance, Rescue Technicians Ian Wheeler and Stephen LeMessurier were honored for their actions during the mission to save the crew and passengers of a Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S-92 that crashed into the...
June 4, 2009
After a Super Puma, flying workers offshore, ditched in the North Sea this winter, it was discovered that the personal locator beacons passengers wore on...
June 1, 2009
This year’s 100th show could prove to be a not-to-be-missed event. On June 15, the 2009 "Salon de L’Aéronautique et de L’Espace" will open, becoming the 48th Paris Air Show and celebrating its 100 anniversary since starting as a small exhibition for aeroplanes in the Grand Palais of Paris, just off the Champs Elysées. It is also believed to be the 85th anniversary...
June 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OFFSHORE The British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) continues to condemn the oil industry task force examining offshore helicopter safety. The task force was inspired by the April 1 crash of a Bond Mark II Super Puma (G-REDL) that killed 16 off the coast of Scotland. "Pilots, and specifically unions, were deliberately excluded [from the task force]," BALPA spokesperson...
May 28, 2009
The company will pay $174 million for a 42.5 percent stake in Lider Aviacao Holding, SA, which was founded as a taxi company more than 50...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 13, 2009
According to Canada’s Canwest News Service, Hibernia Management and Development Corp. has decided to resume helicopter flights to and from its offshore platforms in the...
May 1, 2009
A glimpse at water landings taught to pilots able to take a long weekend on a Mediterranean island. Wanna extend your flying skills in the Mediterranean sun? Where do I sign? As our Editor-in-Chief Ernie Stephens pointed out in the March issue of R&W’s "Editor’s Notebook," one huge difference between the experience of learning to fly in the military and taking the Private Pilot...
May 1, 2009
IFR in the Gulf of Mexico Helicopter instrument flight in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has always been eyedropper slow, due mainly to a lack of radar coverage. This is changing. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast or ADS-B will cure these short comings through its unique ability to provide positive control without radar. There will be a series of dedicated ground stations located in a network throughout...
May 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL As of April 1, the Norwegian-based Norsk Helikopter’s fleet of S-92s are flying Bristow Helicopter’s red and blue livery. The changes come in the wake of Bristow purchasing 51 percent of Norsk from Norway’s Ugland family last...
May 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OFFSHORE Evidence is pointing to the gearbox as the cause of a fatal April 1 crash involving a Bond...
April 20, 2009
Oil and Gas UK, a representative body for the United Kingdom’s offshore oil and gas industry, called a meeting of North Sea platform operators and politicians to discuss helicopter transport safety issues, mostly because of the...
April 13, 2009
The United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch reports that a failure in the main rotor gearbox caused the fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma in the North Sea 15 miles northeast of Peterhead...
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