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September 24, 2007
The United States Senate is trying to keep search and rescue helicopters at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash. The 36th Rescue Flight, a part of the 336 Training Group at Fairchild operates the U.S. Air Force Survival...
September 10, 2007
FMV, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, has taken delivery of its second NHIndustries NH90. It took possession of its first at the Paris Air Show in June. The second NH90 accepted is the first built by...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
CLAUDIO AGOSTINI joined the Rotor & Wing team in June 1999, writing from Brazil about Latin America. He is based in the city of São Paulo, which has more than 300 helicopters and 160 heliports. Claudio has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience in aerospace and defense. He consults on strategy and marketing and lectures about the helicopter market. He also actively participates...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAME Sikorsky Aircraft reports that fly-by-wire technology for the H-92 version of its S-92 that it is building for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program has passed two days of initial ground tests. The fly-by-wire system, developed in association with BAE Systems, is intended to improve significantly the maneuverability, safety, and effectiveness of the 28 H-92s that Canadian forces are to...
September 1, 2007
AIR SHOWS Search-and-rescue operations, medium-lift helicopter requirements, and the market potential of vertical-lift unmanned systems will be focuses of discussions at Helitech 2007, the all-rotorcraft trade show and exhibition to be held in England next month. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The biennial event gives...
September 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The U.K. Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will place satellite-based flight tracking and communication equipment on search-and-rescue Sikorsky Aircraft Sea Kings to augment existing communication with radio operators. Blue Sky Network’s...
September 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.S. Army has named Maj. Gen. James Myles the sixth commander of the Aviation and Missile Command. Myles assumed command July 19 in a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Previously he was the commanding general of the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command in Falls Church, Va. He was trained in the Army’s...
September 1, 2007
Attack — Boeing has delivered 23 Apache Longbow Crew Trainers to the U.S. Army and Dutch air force and is under contract for five more for U.S. and international customers. Observation — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ordered eight more Eurocopter AS350B3s. Reconnaissance — EFW Inc. will...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
Will the U.S. General Accountability Office’s ruling on the latest CSAR-X protests settle the matter and allow that contentious yet critical Air Force procurement proceed? Don’t count on it. The GAO is due no later than Sept. 17 to rule on protests of the Air Force’s re-tooled bid for 141 combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters by Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft. But as we went...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
September 1, 2007
THE NAVY MEANS TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. This is the slogan with which the Koninklijke Marine, or Royal Netherlands Navy, portrays itself to the Dutch public. But to know what the slogan means, we needed to take a closer look. The navy invited us to visit Naval Air Station de Kooy, home base of the Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD), or naval air force, and to embark on the amphibious transport/assault ship...
September 1, 2007
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE is a primary mission for some and secondary one for most military helicopter units. As an aid to civil disaster planning officials, I offer here the different U.S. services’ doctrinal medic, corpsman, and swimmer capabilities. Air Force pararescuemen (PJs) attend grueling training starting with a 10-week indoctrination course. Graduates go on to dive, survival, and military...
August 30, 2007
The U.S. General Accountability Office has rejected an Air Force plan to salvage its contested procurement of a new combat search and rescue helicopter. The congressional office has just notified the service and vying bidders that it upholds Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft's latest protests against the Air Force's proposal to re-compete the contract without considering new information from the...
August 23, 2007
Just 10 days remain for you to nominate individuals or crews for Rotor & Wing’s 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. Any person or helicopter crew, military or civilian, from...
August 15, 2007
The U.S. Army’s new LUH-72A Lakota is suitable for light utility missions, but is not effective for use in hot environments or the transport of two critical patients. Nor does it meet requirements for lifting...
August 15, 2007
Goodrich will build advanced health and usage management systems for new-production U.S. Navy Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60R and -60Ss. It...
August 14, 2007
Sept. 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Rotor & Wing 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. The competition is international in scope and open to both military and civilian operators. A...
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