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October 1, 2008
The school that teaches U.S. Army aviators to operate safely on high-altitude missions, like those on the battlefields of Afghanistan, shares key principals of that training. Mid-October in the Rocky Mountains is no place for an outing by yourself, especially if you are unprepared. Typically during this time, pilots at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) would spend their...
September 15, 2008
Air Force helicopters from the 23rd Wing were deployed to Galveston, Texas to assist in the massive search, rescue and recover effort that followed in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the area on the morning of September 13. The...
September 1, 2008
As I write this, a panel of distinguished judges is reviewing nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award and other honors. Their recommendations will help the staff of the magazine decide the winners of those awards. We will present the winners at the Search and Rescue Summit 2008 in Reston, Va. on the 18th of this month. (You can learn more about the Summit at...
September 1, 2008
MILITARY Allied forces have been urging worldwide governments to send more attack and transport helicopters for years. Soldiers are being injured or killed by roadside bombs and without medevac helicopters and their attack escorts, many of the soldiers, who could have been flown to safety, are dying. Canadian forces are not exempt from those deaths: According to Canada’s CBC News, 90 Canadian...
September 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. Air Force officials expect the selection of a new winner for its $10-billion-plus combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopter contract will be posted as planned within the next couple of months. The service originally selected Boeing in November 2006 to replace 100 performance-limited Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60G Pave Hawks...
September 1, 2008
SERVICES Civilian, military and public service leaders will discuss and debate the challenges and benefits of helicopter use in emergency operations at Rotor & Wing’s Search and Rescue Summit 2008, Slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., the event will feature panel discussions on the organization and integration of and training...
September 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $22-million contract for two MH-60S Sea Hawks. Work will be performed in Stratford and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012. Bristow Academy Inc, Titusville, Fla., was awarded a $5.3-million contract for initial entry rotary-wing training from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Command. Work will be performed in Titusville and is...
September 1, 2008
Helicopters Needed, Now! PARIS — Canadian soldiers have a history of being let down by their governments and being left to operate outdated, costly and maintenance-hungry weapons so that their politicians can make whatever point they are hoping to score. Nowhere has this malign neglect been clearer than in the field of helicopters. Readers will remember the disgraceful “gold-plated...
September 1, 2008
October 2008: Corporate Helicopters — Have helicopters permanently proved their worth to corporate bean counters or do they risk the axe as companies wrestle with economic uncertainty? This report looks at the health of the corporate sector and the gear companies are using to support their helicopter operations. Air Medical Operations — As the U.S. air ambulance community gathers for the annual...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
August 21, 2008
In two separate rescues, the Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Calif. flew four patients to the hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Using one of their three MH-60 Jayhawks, Lt. Denning flew his crew more than 100 mi for...
August 20, 2008
The U.S. Air Force seems to have learned its lessons from the protested Boeing contract and confirmed it is striving to ensure that the current $35-billion contract between Lockheed Martin...
August 18, 2008
The Native American Havasupai reservation, located near the Grand Canyon in Colorado, was flooded due to a dam break yesterday. Helicopters by...
August 15, 2008
On Saturday, September 6, the Army Aviation Assn will be hosting an open house in Fort Myer...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
August 11, 2008
Four men were in trouble off the coast of Cannon Beach, Ore. this past weekend. The Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, “Received a call from the vessel over VHF radio about 6:10 a.m. PST, reporting mayday they were taking on water and putting on life jackets preparing to go in the water,” Group Deputy Officer Mark Dobney told R&W, “The men then used the [emergency...
August 6, 2008
Two pilots and two on-board technical staff are still missing, three days after taking off from the Hyderabad Airport in India. A...
August 4, 2008
Military commanders in Afghanistan will soon get some relief that they have been calling for. A fifth of the RAF's search and rescue helicopter crews will be sent to help British troops in...
August 1, 2008
CSAR With a CH-47? As a former Vietnam War pilot who flew Hughes OH-6 Cayuses with C Troop, 2nd Sqdn, 17th Cavalry of the 101st Airborne Div and got shot down nine times, I can speak from the downed pilot’s point of view on being rescued in a combat environment ("VH-71 Delays" April 2008, page 7). Boeing’s CH-47 is not the answer at all to the U.S. Air Force’s requirement for a...
August 1, 2008
All Agree Size Counts in CSAR-X Competition A general criticism leveled by competitors of Boeing, once selected by the U.S. Air Force to replace its aging and overtaxed Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60G Pave Hawks, is that its entrant (a version of the CH-47F Chinook) is...
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