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November 1, 2009
Priority 1 considers cross training, crew interoperability and teamwork as fundamental to its Class D basic hoist rescue course. TRAINING/SEARCH & RESCUE Search and rescue (SAR) is a crowded arena with many players—from the U.S. military and Coast Guard (USCG) to local police and fire departments. These organizations vary widely, and their training reflects that, though there is a...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/MISSION EQUIPMENT In recent years, faced with the realization that enemies on the ground were actually disposed to shoot any helicopter that came within range, Western militaries have discovered anew the advisability of fitting automatic weapons as a way of defending their transport helicopters. While operational procedures might have preferred giving this role to dedicated escort...
October 1, 2009
With the U.S. Navy’s MH-60 Romeo and Sierra programs well into production and being deployed to the fleet, the service is busily upgrading its legacy SH-60B, SH-60F and HH-60H fleets to carry it through until the Romeos and Sierra are fully deployed, according to Commander Larry Patrick, H-60 Program In Service Integrated Program team lead. Through August, 40 MH-60Rs had been delivered to the Navy...
October 1, 2009
The weather outside is frightful... It’s high noon on November 24th: The wind is 30-plus knots with blowing snow; the temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; there are polar bears lurking outside your hangar; and the sun won’t come up until late February. Just the thought of that kind of environment is enough to make practically every pilot in the lower 48 thankful they don’t have to...
October 1, 2009
The Kaman Seasprite has a retro-50s flare and the empennage looks a bit too short for the height of the fuselage. I never thought it was very pretty. But when a company invites me to test drive a helicopter, looks aren’t very important. It’s all about performance and operational capability. And trust me, what the SH-2G(I) lacks in looks, it makes up for in performance and a suite of...
September 1, 2009
CHARLOTTE ADAMS covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast...
September 1, 2009
NEWS The U.S. Army has issued a Request for Information as the next phase in development of its Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP). The ITEP is a 3,000-shp engine program "based upon Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology development," the Army stated in its RFI, issued on July 22. The ITEP is planned as a replacement for the T700-GE-701C/D engines that currently power the UH-60...
September 1, 2009
TRAINING Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky’s Global Helicopters unit in Horseheads, N.Y. has handed over an S-300C to the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The university, which has been using Sikorsky helicopters to train students since 1983, will incorporate the S-300 into its training...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems has received an order for 20 enhanced vision system (EVS3) cameras from the Alaska Civil...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s X2 Technology demonstrator has completed two test flights that included full engagement of the unique propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight. The X2 Technology...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Navy with its 200th Common Cockpit avionics suite. The equipment is designed to be used in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters. Built using...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
July 1, 2009
News A search and rescue effort is underway in the Pentagon in the wake of Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ decision to cancel the U.S. Air Force’s $15 billion CSAR-X program, which aimed to buy 141 new combat search and rescue helicopters for that service. Pentagon officials are searching for an answer to the question Gates posed when he announced his CSAR-X decision in April: "Whether...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 16, 2009
It's no secret that the European Union is in desperate need for more helos in order to help fight the War on Terrorism. However, the latest news...
June 5, 2009
Kaman Aerospace of Bloomfield, Conn. announced that it made its first appearance on the Forbes list of the 400 Best Big Companies. Kaman, while not being a leader in...
June 2, 2009
The 152,000-square-foot maintenance and repair building will be used to support helicopter...
June 1, 2009
CSAR, OSD, Roles and Missions A highly-capable, and professional USAF combat rescue force is the current target of beltway banter, fiscal posturing and political brinksmanship. Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ recent budget recommendations and anecdotal CSAR assessments were generated by his OSD staff. Specifically, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics...
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