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November 7, 2007
Canada has picked CAE to provide operational training systems for its new Boeing CH-47 Chinooks. Canada said CAE, based in Montreal, was the only bidder for the work...
November 6, 2007
Those looking for signs that the U.S. Air Force is finally sorting out its competition for a new combat search and rescue helicopter (CSAR-X) may not find them in the service's latest plan for the acquisition. It unveiled a draft of that plan in a...
November 2, 2007
CHC Helicopter Corp. is using its latest orders for new aircraft as leverage to build the overhaul and maintenance capability of its Heli-One unit. The Vancouver, B.C. operator's worldwide helicopter support division has ordered 12 new S-92s...
November 1, 2007
I’LL CONFESS I’M PRONE, AS PERHAPS many of us are, to get "head down" and lose perspective amid the press of daily duties. For example, as I write this, my local fire company has just concluded its annual open house (I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am a volunteer firefighter in Fairfax County, Va.). In the United States, these open houses coincide with the national Fire...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
The majority of LEE BENSON’S SAR search and rescue operations occurred during his 26 -year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Additionally, in 1981 he flew for the Life Flight program in Indianapolis. But Lee observes that all helicopter pilots, regardless of their main mission, have done and continue to do lifesaving work as it is encountered in their day-to-day operations. STEVE...
November 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/SAR CHC is now operating under its multi-million pound Sterling contract to provide commercial search and rescue helicopter service for the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The operator fielded its first aircraft, a SAR-configured Sikorsky Aircraft S-92, at the end of...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The U.S. Air Force is sticking with its tangled effort to procure a new combat search and rescue helicopter rather than expand the program or rewrite requirements to avoid further contractor protests, which have hobbled the acquisition to date. The service now hopes to select a winner in early 2008. Its first contract award to Boeing last November was thrown out. "We probably are not...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.K. Defence Ministry has commissioned a study of how the workload on helicopter pilots may be reduced. CORDA, a consulting firm wholly owned by BAE Systems, is working in partnership with AgustaWestland and Qinetiq. The study is one of eight covered by a three-year Maritime Surface Effects...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The Irish Air Corps is retiring its Alouette 3s, which have been central to thousands of rescue and Army missions since it first went into active service. The Irish defense forces bought the aircraft in 1963 from France’s Sud Aviation, a predecessor of Eurocopter. The Alouettes were used mainly as an air and sea rescue helicopter, but were also used by the Army for patrols of the border with...
November 1, 2007
Attack — Boeing has delivered to the U.S. Army the first AH-64D Apache Longbow under the extended Block 2 contract. Heavy-Lift — Bell Helicopter delivered H-1s to the U.S. Navy despite concerns about production deliveries. The Navy took delivery of six Lot 1 helicopters. All six helicopters were delivered as of the first week of October and are in test in the Southwest United States...
November 1, 2007
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command awarded Boeing in Ridley Park, Pa., a $25.5 million modification to a firm, fixed-price contract for procurement of a CH-47F. Work is expected to be completed by December, 2012. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Technical Services Co., Indianapolis, Ind., a $25 million contract for the development and procurement of additional V-22 training...
November 1, 2007
You may not have seen much in the news about manpads and Iraq, but U.S. military officials and defense analysts are increasingly concerned about that threat to helicopters operating there. The concern is that Iraqi insurgents...
November 1, 2007
The rescue by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service of 91 people from raging seas In the midst of a typhoon made its crews worthy recipients of Rotor & Wing’s 2006 Helicopter Heroism Award. WHEN CAPT. ARDIS TANG AND HIS HELICOPTER CREW reported for duty Aug. 4, 2006 at the Government Flying Service base at Hong Kong International Airport, they might have been excused if they did a few double...
November 1, 2007
IT WAS MIDDAY ON AUG. 8, 2005 when Lt. Col. Rashid Ullah Beg got the call to rescue a mountaineer from an elevation of 20,670 ft (6,300 m) on Nanga Parbat. The Pakistan army aviator at once made a few calculations and concluded it was impossible to hover his SA315B Lama at that altitude at the prevailing temperatures. He recommended the mountaineer be brought down to, say, 18,000 ft, where a rescue attempt...
November 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS HAVE A CONSTANT appetite for the new and improved. Many a rescue technician and pilot lies awake at night mulling better techniques and tools for executing particular parts of their missions, and they rarely rest until they’ve tested out their most intriguing ideas. If the most intriguing involves a technique, they find someone to fly it and try out. If it’s a tool...
November 1, 2007
ALL NEW U.S. ARMY AVIATORS NOW GRADUATE from the Flight School XXI (FSXXI) curriculum at Fort Rucker, Ala. The modernized schoolhouse has nearly all its required simulators, TH-67 primary training helicopters, and go-to-war aircraft. Compared to past training schemes, FSXXI gives each student pilot 50-80 additional hours in operational utility, cargo, attack, and scout helicopters. Hard comparisons with...
November 1, 2007
Being a search and rescue pilot takes skill and the ability to listen to your compatriots. THE QUESTION POSED BY ROTOR AND WING WAS, could I write an article about what it takes to be a good search and rescue pilot and how young pilots can prepare for this line of flying. I immediately thought about the definition of a SAR pilot. Does it include pilots working in EMS operations that only do...
November 1, 2007
The Netherlands is a key player in amphibious combat capabilities. Its navy’s helicopter fleet plays a major role in supporting that capability. This is the second part of report on operations of the air arm of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The first part appeared in our September 2007 issue. — The Editor DURING THE 24 HR WE WERE THE GUESTS OF THE ROYAL NETHERLANDS Navy on the HMS Rotterdam, the...
November 1, 2007
THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE is pressing on with its efforts to "rationalise" its helicopter fleets, with just a few hurdles along the way. The requirement for new helicopters (and a simplified fleet mix) was made apparent again with the Oct. 2 grounding of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of six Westland-built Sea Kings. Those aircraft are to be replaced by some of the 46 MRH90s Australia...
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