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September 14, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting at 9:30 a.m. EST this morning to issue a report...
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 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...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
June 1, 2010
As part of its continuing investigation of the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision of a Eurocopter AS350BA and a Piper PA-32 aircraft over the Hudson River, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket. It includes...
June 1, 2010
Span Air of New Delhi, India has agreed to purchase a second Bell 429. The air charter...
June 1, 2010
Mindful of the Safety & Training Summit at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver June 8–9, Rotor & Wing talked to operators about the challenges for helicopter pilots flying in Colorado and the training facilities available in the state. Commercial operators discussed special training for pilots to handle mountain conditions, and local flight schools reflected on the best training methods...
April 1, 2010
Earlier this year I attended a FAASTeam seminar regarding the new airspace requirements in the New York exclusion areas. It was held at Flying W Airport (N14) in Lumberton, N.J. There were approximately 200 pilots in attendance, mostly fixed-wing, with a hand full of helicopter pilots who fly in the New York area. The presenter reviewed the changes but when faced with questions about the new rules and some...
February 1, 2010
Services | Interiors AAR Corp. of Wood Dale, Ill. has struck an $18.8-million deal to supply...
January 1, 2010
Commercial | Tourism Paradigm Helicopters has incorporated its first Eurocopter AS350B3 into its Houston-based operations. The company provides various commercial...
January 1, 2010
In my last article we discussed the mid-air collision of a Eurocopter AS350BA with a Piper 32R-300 over the Hudson River Exclusion Area that claimed the lives of nine people. Although the NTSB investigation is still ongoing, there has been progress in making the skies over New York City safer. Let me report first of all, that there has been much speculation on what happened and what to do about it. Some...
December 1, 2009
Personal | Tourism An 84-year-old nursing home resident had her wish to go airborne in a helicopter fulfilled in September. Nora Baird, who is a resident of Cumberland Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Air Traffic Control New FAA rules governing the airspace over the Hudson and East rivers around New York City went into effect on Nov. 19. The agency created an exclusionary zone to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the rivers. The airspace changes come two months after an Aug. 8 midair collision involving a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson. Nine...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
October 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Scheduled commercial helicopter services have been tried in many markets around the world, but few have succeeded. One major exception is found in Hong Kong, the former British Crown colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997 to become a special administrative region or SAR, for short. Operating out of a smartly designed three-story terminal complex within the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal...
October 1, 2009
IN MEMORIAM Robinson Helicopter Company’s Barbara Robinson, former vice president and wife of founder Frank Robinson, died on August 13...
September 1, 2009
Clarification The caption for the image on pages 26 and 27 of the August 2009 issue stated that it was an unmanned K-MAX aerial truck. Several people wrote in to point out that, in fact, there was a person on board and he can clearly be seen in the photograph. To clarify, the photograph was taken during Lockheed Martin and Kaman testing in July. There was a safety pilot on board, as can be clearly seen...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the I-70 helicopter crash in Maryland that resulted in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The Robinson R44 helicopter struck a guy wire that crossed I-70 near Boonsboro the night of July 23 and crashed just off the roadway. Advanced Helicopter Concepts (AHC), a nonprofit charity and helicopter pilot...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Rolls-Royce has secured an agreement to provide its RR300B1 engine for RotorWay International’s new Eagle 300T helicopter. The development of the RR300-B1, the...
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