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July 2, 2008
The 10 helicopters that have delivered food and supplies to thousands of stranded survivors in the Irrawaddy delta may be grounded unless the international community provides $50 million in funding for the continued efforts...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intelligent Automation Corp (IAC), a leading supplier of helicopter on-board diagnostic systems for both military and commercial customers. Pending regulatory review, Honeywell will take over Poway, Calif.-based...
July 1, 2008
Optimists believe structural changes in the industry have made helicopters largely immune to the current economic turmoil. Here’s a rundown of leading indicators that will tell whether they’re right. Pam Holm isn’t Chicken Little. Holm was the only one of 14 members of Houston’s City Council to vote against an April proposal to more than double the size of the police...
June 27, 2008
Alamo Helicopter Tours has launched a commercial division of its operations, according to The San Antonio Business Journal. Based at Stinson Municipal Airport, the...
June 24, 2008
The United Nations World Food Program is running out of money to run helicopter emergency-relief operations. The Rome-based agency's efforts to fly relief supplies to...
June 23, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar year 2007...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 12, 2008
Agricultural aircraft operators have a desperate need for restricted-category helicopters, according to one industry leader. Business is robust for the sector, particularly in the United States. There, high food prices worldwide and a...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 5, 2008
Looking for a leading indicator of whether the U.S. dollar is rebounding in value against other international currencies? Top U.S. economic officials have in recent weeks been signaling that the "greenback" has depreciated enough. They long...
June 5, 2008
An Oregon township has approved Carson Helicopters' plans to expand its facility there with a $1 million, 40,000-sq-ft...
June 3, 2008
Nominations are open for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award. For more than 40 years, the award has honored crews who tested the limits of their skill and courage and the performance of their...
June 3, 2008
Aviation Specialties Unlimited has regained its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate. The FAA issued the certificate May 30, according to the...
June 3, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Aviation Specialties Unlimited says that no more than 10 helicopters had use of their night-vision systems suspended as a result of discrepancies between installations and the paperwork submitted to the FAA, and that those were limited to two operators. It notes that the FAA official with which it has worked to develop a plan to correct the discrepancies is a project manager in the Northwest...
June 1, 2008
New and Improved? Perhaps Mrs. McKenna has a point in her reluctance to use electronic methods of navigation ("New and Improved," January 2008, page 4). In 1989, I was flying in a loose formation of three from Deauville to Ferté Alais, France. As I was in a poorly equipped Tiger Moth, I was the back of the formation with a paper map, the leader having a Loran (the GPS of the era, but less...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
June 1, 2008
MILITARY | TRAINING The Royal New Zealand Air Force has picked AgustaWestland’s A109 to replace its fleet of Korean War-era Bell Helicopter Sioux trainers and light utility helicopters. The acquisition includes a simulator for training on the A109LUH (NZ), a variant of the militarized A109 AgustaWestland also has sold to Malaysia, Sweden and South Africa. The deal is valued at $106 million...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | AIR TAXI Atlantic Airways Ltd of Denmark’s Faroe Islands has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter is configured for 12-15 seat layouts for both public passenger transport and offshore-support operations. As the national airline of the Faroe Islands...
June 1, 2008
Erickson is the manufacturer and worldwide operator of the S-64 Aircrane and values the contract at more than $300 million (€194 million), saying it is the largest aircraft lease in the history of the company. European Air-Crane CEO Gian Franco Blower and his team signed the contract with officials of the department. The pact ensures the continued availability of the four S-64Fs already in Italy for...
June 1, 2008
PRODUCTS UHF emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) transmitting at 406 MHz have been in use for years. In 2003, Transport Canada proposed amending its rules to bring operators in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating rules on ELTs. The ICAO policy was that as of January 2005, all ELTs should have the capability to operate at 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz simultaneously. At the...
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