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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...
November 1, 2007
SINCE SAR IS A MISSION THAT HAS had many years to mature, it’s uncommon to see revolutionary changes that improve helicopter mission execution. But several technologies and one organization in particular show remarkable promise. Their improvements range from aircraft design to satellite-based mission dispatch and self-protection. In my opinion, the helicopter technology that shows the greatest...
October 29, 2007
Malaysia's defense ministry wants the first replacements for its aging Nuri helicopters delivered in two years. The air force deputy chief, Lt. Gen. Datuk Bashir Abu Bakar, told TheEdgeDaily...
October 25, 2007
Senior U.S. Air Force officials are briefing members of Congress and their staffs today on its latest effort to pick a new helicopter for combat search and rescue missions. The service sent out a draft request for...
October 19, 2007
The Royal Australian Navy is prepared to return its fleet of six Westland Sea Kings to service after its grounding September 28. The grounding had been the result of a...
October 16, 2007
Estonia has received the first of two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft were ordered by the Estonian interior...
October 15, 2007
CHC Helicopter's new search and rescue S-92 in the United Kingdom has flown its first mission. The Sikorsky Aircraft bird, flying from the U.K...
October 3, 2007
The Royal Australian Navy has grounded its fleet of Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 Sea Kings after problems during a maintenance test flight. One of the rotorcraft was forced to...
October 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The U.S. Air Force must sort out how to proceed with fulfilling its helicopter requirements following a watchdog’s second rejection of its plans. In what is widely considered a highly unusual move, the U.S. General Accountability Office on Aug. 30 upheld a second round of protests by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft and directed the service to draft new plans for the Combat Search...
October 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE Helicopters, civil and search and rescue, responded to a fire on an oil rig in the North Sea Aug. 14, evacuating 32 non-essential rig workers in a matter of a few hours. The Ocean Guardian oil platform, leased by Calgary, Canada-based oil and gas company Oilexco, reported a fire in the engine room. The...
October 1, 2007
TRAINING/SIMULATORS The U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) is training with a new Boeing MH-47G Chinook combat mission simulator. The simulator recently completed on-site testing and acceptance. Built by CAE, the simulator is in use at Fort...
October 1, 2007
UTILITY The U.S. Coast Guard plans to field its first unit of armed American Eurocopter HH-65C Dolphins in February and is making all its helicopters capable of carrying machine guns and rifles. As a part of its mission for the U.S. Homeland Security Dept. to intercept illegal drug runners, will make the 95 Dolphins it flies capable of being armed. The Coast Guard hopes to purchase seven more by the middle...
September 27, 2007
Cracks in the hub assemblies of AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorants tail rotors will take years to fix, according to Canadian defense department documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The Cormorant is Canada’s main search...
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