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February 1, 2010
The EC175 fills the gap between Eurocopter’s EC155 Dauphin and EC225 Super Puma. While the initial flight of the helicopter was on December 4, company officials introduced the model during a ceremony on December 17. The Eurocopter EC175 medium twin helicopter was officially introduced on December 17 in Marignane, France, thus filling the gap between the manufacturer’s EC155 Dauphin and the...
February 1, 2010
Services | Financing Although helicopter financing is in the doldrums compared to the boom years, some experts predict a recovery beginning in the second half of this year. The current chill followed a prolonged period of hot and heady days from 2004 through much of 2008, when user demand and helicopter shortages fueled a pricing bubble and financing terms hit historic lows. The bubble burst in late 2008...
February 1, 2010
Training| Instruments For helicopter pilots and CFIIs, the use and maintenance of our instrument ratings in the helicopter world is very different than for fixed-wing pilots. It is common for helicopter pilots to obtain their commercial rating without obtaining an instrument rating first, and those of use who have an instrument, ATP or CFII rating do not always have the same opportunities to fly in actual...
February 1, 2010
To the uninitiated, the small sprag clutch rotating along in the drive-train of a helicopter seems somewhat insignificant. Amidst the myriad of components that comprise a helicopter, it’s a relative unknown. But when the engine or drive-train fails on a rotary wing aircraft, the little clutch buried inside permits the autorotation that can keep the helicopter aloft and allow the pilot to guide the...
February 1, 2010
Products | Airframes Assembly of the initial Sikorsky S-76D airframe—s/n 761004—has begun at Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic. The first production unit is scheduled for an April 2010 transfer to Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ facility in Chester County Airport (MQS) in Coatesville, Pa. for final assembly and completions. Sikorsky’s S-76D in flight. The manufacturer launched...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore VIH Cougar Helicopters will use the AW139 for offshore transport in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy AgustaWestland During a recent...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | ATC Air traffic controllers in Houston have started using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor, manage and separate aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood notes the...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore Houston-based Bristow Group has announced “fundamental structural changes” to its operating units, according to President & CEO William Chiles. The restructuring, designed to “increase...
February 1, 2010
Services | Product Support Bell is transferring the Model 47 type certificate to one of its customer service facilities—Scott’s Helicopter Services of Le Sueur, Minn. The transition means that...
January 1, 2010
February 20–23: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston, Texas. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.heli-expo.com March 17–19: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Contact AAMS, phone 1-703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org March 23–28: FIDAE 2010, Santiago, Chile. Contact FIDAE, phone 56 2 873 9752 or visit...
January 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems “Corporate Backbone & Global Footprint” Nothing has shown to be more true in the last year than a need for a strong corporate backbone and a global footprint to weather today’s economy. As we have all seen businesses struggling from small to large, those that survive and thrive are able to quickly mitigate market shifts and pullbacks. After a year of...
January 1, 2010
Turbomeca is part of the Propulsion branch of the Safran group, a high-technology group. Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. In the industry since 1938, Turbomeca is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines. It also designs and builds turbine engines for training aircraft. Turbomeca has one subsidiary...
January 1, 2010
The Light Helicopter Division of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., serves many markets in today’s aviation industry with its range of piston- and turbine-powered helicopters and dedication to meeting the changing technological demands of the global aerospace community. A skilled workforce, outstanding engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and a commitment...
December 1, 2009
Services | Repair & Overhaul Vancouver, Canada-based Heli-One has selected two Precision Aviation Group (PAG) subsidiaries to be “Tier-One” suppliers of component repair and overhaul...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Airframes U.S. and European aviation safety agencies have issued airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring inspection of the section of the Sikorsky S-92 that connects the main gearbox to the...
December 1, 2009
Military | Airframes AgustaWestland’s AW149 took to the skies for the first time on Nov. 13 in Vergiate, Italy. Credit: AgustaWestland AgustaWestland conducted the initial flight for two helicopters—the AW149 medium twin and the AW159 military...
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...
November 1, 2009
In this issue you will find the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Awards. Being new to the rotor world, I have to say that reading these submissions and learning about the events for which our winners were chosen, left me awestruck. The skills to complete the rescues we chose are at a level few will ever experience. Two groups and one individual were chosen among many entries. First...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/ACCIDENT PREVENTION U.S. helicopter accidents can be drastically reduced, and we have the fact-based recommendations to do it: That was the message at the International Helicopter Safety Symposium, held from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Montreal, Canada. Hosted by the Intl Helicopter Safety Team (IHST)—the global industry-government group committed to reducing accident rates by 80 percent by...
November 1, 2009
In front of a Model 107-II are (left to right) Chris Hankland, Columbia’s director of quality, FAA Inspector Aaron Kathman and Tim Vranna, manager of FAA’s Seattle Manufacturing and Inspection District Office with Columbia director of materials Chris Hansel, director of engineering Paul Trese, executive vice...
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