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August 1, 2012
S-76 Safety It was noted in the CHC Safety & Quality Summit article in the May 2012 issue (page 40) that the Sikorsky S-76 was specifically cited as “lacking in safety design requirements” in part because it does not have a crashworthy fuel system. I’m sure we all prefer to base our beliefs on facts instead of rules, so let’s look at the numbers. About 800 S-76 helicopters have...
August 1, 2012
NASA Ames Research Center issued a request for information (RFI) in June seeking sources to diagnose and repair, or rebuild, malfunctioning electronic input-output processor (IOP) circuit cards for the research flight control computer assembly (RFCCA) on the JUH-60 helicopter. Boeing and Lear Astronics developed the Rotorcraft Aircrew Systems Concepts Airborne Laboratory (Rascal) in the 1990s, and the...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has received a Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration...
August 1, 2012
Keith Flail has joined Bell Helicopter as director of military program office operations. The U.S. Army veteran was previously senior manager of business development for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Company. Flail will take charge of the program management and core process teams for his department. Vancouver, B.C.-based CHC Helicopter has hired Peter Bartolotta to serve as chief operating...
August 1, 2012
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has equipped a Scandair Eurocopter AS350B3e and a Summit Air Ambulance AgustaWestland AW109 with inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems. The Swedish utility operator provides aerial applications, including...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter affiliate SkyBOOKS has packaged its Version 4.7 SAAS software into two areas—flight operations and maintenance...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has expanded the list of equipment, parts and tooling suppliers that will be involved with the development of the 525 Relentless. The Textron subsidiary unveiled the “super medium” class helicopter in February 2012 at Heli-Expo in Dallas. The Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer has secured...
August 1, 2012
NextGen avionics provider, FreeFlight Systems, has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to incorporate a rule-compliant automatic dependent...
August 1, 2012
The Eurocopter X3 made its U.S. debut in June at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, near American Eurocopter’s headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas. Eurocopter   Overhead panel of the X3 cockpit.       X3 landing at Alliance Airport.   Up close look at the X3’s rotor hub. Picture this: A mad scientist takes a helicopter and a twin-turboprop into his laboratory, wires them...
August 1, 2012
Nondestructive testing (NDT) of helicopters via ultrasonics is an essential facet of any maintenance and manufacturing program. NDT is a cost-effective way to quality check rotorcraft components and structures for defects, thickness, cracks, flaws and other problems without tearing apart your helicopter to access them. The helicopter industry is dependent on NDT.  (Top) NDT plays a vital role in...
August 1, 2012
Heli-Union’s new Dauphin N3/N3+ simulator is Level B qualified. French operator Heli-Union has added a new Eurocopter Dauphin N3/N3+ full flight simulator (FFS) to its training center in Angouleme. The unit is qualified as a Level B full...
August 1, 2012
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is planning to incorporate “intelligent” avionics into all of its helicopter lines from 2015 onward. The system—which seeks to increase pilot situational awareness—will be used for monitoring flight conditions, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. The company says the technology will allow pilots to carry out difficult maneuvers at low...
August 1, 2012
Helicentre Aviation has become the first UK-based utility surveillance operator to achieve certified emissions measurement and reduction scheme (CEMARS)...
August 1, 2012
Energy. “It cannot be created or destroyed, only changed from one form to another.” You should remember your high school physics teacher making a statement like this. You should also remember your primary flight instructor making a statement like, “Rotor speed is life.” The relevance of these two statements could not be more important, especially when the engine in your whirlybird...
July 31, 2012
Textron Marine & Land Systems operating unit MillenWorks has obtained a contract from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) to design a pair of components for the Helicopter Crew Safety System (HCSS). Plans call for the work to take place over 18 months at the MillenWorks facility in Tustin, Calif. The...
July 30, 2012
Aspen Avionics has received FAA approval for its H-series primary flight displays (PFDs) and multifunction...
July 26, 2012
Simulator manufacturer CAE invited Rotor & Wing to Canada in late July for an exclusive look at the latest iteration of its 3000 Series helicopter flight...
July 25, 2012
Timothy Gowen has succeeded retiring Navy Capt. John Slaughter as head of the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement for the U.S...
July 25, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 U.S. summer tour—which started with a June 20 ceremony in Grand Prairie, Texas and included trips to Redstone Arsenal, Fort Bragg, Davison Army Airfield and Manassas Regional Airport—will end on Thursday after a visit to the Pentagon. From there, it will make a ferry flight to Richmond, Va. before being disassembled and flown back to Europe. Rotor & Wing caught up with...
July 24, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca has reached an agreement to provide its TM800 engine for the Eurocopter X4 future helicopter, the planned replacement for the AS365/EC155 Dauphin. The formal contract...
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