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March 1, 2010
I recently attended an aerial firefighting conference in Rome, Italy. The food was great, the people are wonderful, but I managed somehow. Conference attendees came from all aspects of aerial firefighting. Great discussions were held in the conference itself and more importantly in the bar. One bar comment comes from an observation over the last 40 years. I don’t drink, not a big deal, I never did...
March 1, 2010
The business of developing strategies for actions following aviation mishaps is not usually a favorite topic for helicopter operators, but it does represent an area of flight planning, and mission execution, that can prove to be absolutely pivotal where bottom-line safety concerns are considered. Optimum strategies dealing with post-crash actions are usually thought of as so unlikely to be needed that they...
February 1, 2010
Military | Unmanned Aircraft Military helicopter pilots beware—the day of the unmanned helicopter force could be fast approaching. In 1999 the U.S. Army fielded only three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), said LTG James Thurman, Deputy Chief of Staff, at the AUSA Aviation symposium (Jan. 5–7 in Washington D. C.). Ten years on, he said, there are more than 1,700 unmanned aerial systems (with each...
February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted a Jan. 14 workshop in Arlington, Va. related to a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Transformer (TX) program. Government representatives explained the vision and objectives of the program—to develop a ground-based vehicle that...
January 1, 2010
Military | Utility The U.S. Army has placed an order for 45 additional EADS North America UH-72A Lakotas. The $247.2-million contract brings the total number of Army UH-72As on...
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
Military | Airframes AgustaWestland has delivered the first AW139 to the Qatar Armed Forces as part of an 18-unit order...
January 1, 2010
One of the benefits of being a consultant in the helicopter industry is interacting with great people. Aussies, Brits or folks from Amman, helicopter people share a zest for life that’s hard to match. I derive particular joy in spending time in the company of serving military officers. They fly neat stuff, tell good stories and allow us to sleep at night, knowing that they are guarding both our front...
December 1, 2009
Military | SAR A U.S Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter and a Coast Guard C-130 transport collided over the Pacific Ocean on Oct. 29, killing a total of nine people. The incident took place off the coast of southern California, around 25 miles east of San Clemente Island...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | Law Enforcement AgustaWestland handed over an AW139 to the Korea Coast Guard on Oct. 23. Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland has delivered two AW139s to the Korea Coast Guard, which will employ the...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | SAR U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Sara FrancisAET2 Tito Sabangan and AST1 Chuck Ferrante scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers during a search and rescue mission. Ferrante assisted the kayakers in the water. A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk teamed with a fishing vessel on a recent mission to rescue two lost kayakers that were discovered near Gore Point, around 40 miles southeast of Homer...
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
Specialized NVG Ratings This paragraph is from a Rotor & Wing article, “NVGs Made Simple,” that ran in the September 2009 issue, on page 38: NVG Repair – There are several certified FAA Part 145 service centers that can repair, maintain and perform 180-day airworthiness inspections on NVGs and their subcomponents as specified in RTCA/DO-275. For small or medium size organizations that...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/GOVERNMENT AGENCIES More details have become available regarding recent purchase of two Mi-171 and two Mi-17V-5 helicopters by the Republic of Macedonia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Despite Ministry officials describing them as brand-new aircraft, the helicopters have not been procured directly from the OEMs—Russian helicopter production plants Ulan-Ude Aviation...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR Two separate search and rescue (SAR) helicopter crews have been given awards in recent weeks. Sikorsky Aircraft has named an S-92 helicopter crew operating on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) the winner of its Winged S Rescue Award. The...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky’s X2 Technology demonstrator broke the 100-knot threshold in a recent flight test...
November 1, 2009
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. James Careless is a long-time contributor to Rotor & Wing. He has written for other aviation magazines such as our sister publications, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics, as...
November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve Bonn - Lt. Robert DeBolt - AMT2 O’Brien Hollow - AST2 At 3:00 am on March 23, 2008, a fishing vessel...
November 1, 2009
SERVICES/MAINTENANCE A visitor to Eurocopter Deutsch- land’s Helicopter Technology Park, with about 5,200 workers and engineers the chief employer in this picturesque Bavarian town, hardly senses there’s a world economic crisis underway. A German Army Tiger attack helicopter, one of Eurocopter Donauwörth’s major products, in flight. On the east side of the neatly organized factory...
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