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February 1, 2013
Raanan Horowitz Software, sensors and iPads. Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America (ESA), covers all three in the first five minutes of our conversation during last year’s annual Army exposition, AUSA, in Washington, D.C. The way ahead for rotorcraft innovation, he confirms, is the simplification of technology with the integration of systems in a...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
February 1, 2013
The conscientious helicopter pilot is almost always engaged in active accommodation of at least two completely separate sets of safety challenges. The first, of course, is the actual accomplishment of physical safety. The licensing and qualification mechanisms conventionally observed in U.S. helicopter operations ensure that legitimately experienced pilots are expected to be technically competent to safely...
February 1, 2013
We live in amazing times. As I compose this month’s column on my laptop, I’ve got my tablet to the left of me, and my smartphone to my right. Poised and ready to provide the answers to all my questions, they are the ultimate reference. Well, almost. I’ve been “googling” around for a while now, looking for a human factors term I learned in graduate school, yet I simply cannot...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland’s fourth AW169 prototype completed its maiden flight Thursday at the manufacturer’s plant in...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 11, 2013
Regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Peru have initiated a formal investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of a Columbia Helicopters Model 234 that was supporting petroleum exploration operations near Pucallpa, Peru. The incident resulted in the deaths of...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 7, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to provide five Bell 429s that will enter service with Turkey’s General Directorate of...
January 4, 2013
UIC Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has agreed to establish an assembly plant in New Delhi with Elcom Systems Private Ltd., which is part of India’s SUN Group. The facility will produce Kamov Ka- and Mil Mi- series variants, starting with the Ka-226T. The agreement, which was...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
Airfast Indonesia Mi-171. Russian Helicopters has sold an Mi-171 to another Indonesian operator. An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 14, 2012
The first flight of the No. 1 series-production EC175 took place at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane last...
December 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over the first 429 to an operator based in the United Kingdom. National Grid Electricity...
December 4, 2012
Under a non-binding letter of intent, Erickson Air-Crane has agreed to acquire the air logistics unit of Brazilian oil and natural gas operator HRT Participacoes em Petroleo...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 29, 2012
An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an independent company that offers fixed-wing and rotary aircraft services to a variety of...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
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