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June 1, 2008
That was a question on the minds of U.S. attendees at last month’s American Helicopter Society International annual gathering in Montreal. What provoked the question? The U.S. Navy’s launch of a rotorcraft center of excellence, based at NAS Patuxent River, Md. It is headed by the Naval Air Systems’ Douglas Isleib (see the VH-71 item), who is one of just two full-time employees assigned to...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 27, 2008
European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative...
May 23, 2008
AgustaWestland is setting up an international helicopter rescue school in partnership with Italy’s Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, according to the World Aeronautical Press Assn. The smallest of Italy’s...
May 23, 2008
Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service is sending one of its Eurocopter Super Puma’s to China’s Sichuan region to aid in earthquake relief operations there. The...
May 21, 2008
U.S. FAA officials responsible for regulation of obstacle marking and lighting are weighing whether to approve a Norwegian-developed system as an alternate means of marking powerlines. Oslo-based OCAS developed the...
May 16, 2008
Work on the two Chinook CH-47Fs at the Boeing plant in Ridley Township, Penn., stopped as suspicions of sabotage dominated an unfolding investigation into how the two military helicopters were damaged as they were nearing completion for an Army contract that runs through 2018. The reports indicate that someone might have...
May 14, 2008
The latest hazard to safe helicopter flight in the United States comes in the form of wind farms. These collections of modern-day windmills, seen as an environmentally friendly energy option to gas, coal, and nuclear powerplants, are proliferating. The U.S. Energy...
May 1, 2008
Recent years have brought a broadening of the field of heroism in helicopters. AgustaWestland’s AW139 is a case in point. It is still relatively new to the field. But its operators, such as the Italian operator Air Green in the Alps and the United Arab Emirates’ air force, have performed many rescues with it. Last month, an AW139 operated by CHC Helicopters flew its first rescue mission within...
May 1, 2008
Military Outsourcing Regarding Giovanni de Briganti’s comments on military outsourcing, the situation could go a step further: arm all civil aircraft ("Military Outsourcing: How Far to Go?" January 2008, page 23). They could divert at a moment’s notice from their scheduled flight plan, attack an enemy threat, and continue on their scheduled flight. The only cost to the military would...
May 1, 2008
MILITARY The U.S. Air Force has bought itself three more months to announce its new choice for a combat search and rescue helicopter. The service on April 11 issued a draft change, the sixth, to its request for proposals for the Combat Search and...
April 16, 2008
Where did that fifth blade on Sikorsky Aircraft's S-92-based Combat Search and Rescue X (CSAR-X) proposal come from? The added blade has been in trade press headlines for a couple of weeks. The stories cite the fifth blade as a recent change prompted by the two-year delay in the U.S. Air Force's contract award; the added blade was planned for...
April 14, 2008
Boeing reports it has received a draft of the latest change to the U.S. Air Force's request for proposals to provide a new combat search and rescue helicopter. The draft of Amendment 6 of the Combat Search and Rescue X proposal was sent out April 11. Bidders have until...
April 10, 2008
U.S. Army leaders are weighing how to best form a 12th combat aviation brigade (CAB). A new brigade is needed to maintain the 12-month rotation schedule of units serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, the director of Army...
April 9, 2008
Boeing and Piasecki Aircraft are developing a $3 million plan to assess mating a version of Piasecki Aircraft's vectored-thrust, ducted propeller to its AH-64 Apache and possibly its A160T vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle. Boeing has...
April 9, 2008
Say farewell to Joint Heavy Lift, the U.S. Army's aspiration to a multi-service, next-generation heavy-lifter. The program, spearheaded by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate, seems to have been overcome by requirements creep and inter-service rivalry. It was...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
Where is Raymond Orteig when we need him? Aviation history buffs know that name as belonging to the hotelier who in 1919 offered $25,000 to the first to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. The more recognizable name associated with his is that of Charles Lindbergh, who claimed the prize after landing The Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget airfield on May 20, 1927 following a solo flight of 33 hr, 29 min...
April 1, 2008
Flight Training Mistakes In response to your recent Question of the Month about the most troubling or curious flight training mistakes I’ve seen, a curious and somewhat troubling mistake I have both witnessed and committed is what I’d call "going on autopilot" (Feedback, February 2008, page 7). In this scenario, something that could be major is missed because the task being trained...
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