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January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY Australia Chinooks to Get $25-Million Upgrade Australia's Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a $25-million upgrade to ensure they are combat ready for future operations. The upgrade includes electronic warfare, ballistic protection and advanced communications gear. In approving the upgrade, Defence Minister Robert Hill said...
December 1, 2005
Why I Ain't Rich Early on in my aviation journalism career, an airliner disintegrated over Lockerbie, Scotland. This was just at the beginning of the cable TV news era that brought an incessant demand for "talking heads," so-called experts, to tell viewers what is happening right now and what it means, even if not much of either is known at the moment. On this evening, my boss appeared at my...
December 1, 2005
CLARIFICATION Our article on U.S. Army development of the Brownout Situational Awareness Upgrade stated that a new, integrated digital automatic flight control system is being tested on the CH-47D ("Helping Aircrews Survive Brownout," October 2005, page 52). That system is being tested on the CH-47F. Links in the Chain As mentioned in Douglas W. Nelms' article, the view that accidents tend to...
December 1, 2005
In March to Efficiency, Sikorsky Buys Keystone and CTI Sikorsky Aircraft is looking for buyout candidate that can help it streamline military aircraft production in the same way it hopes to boost the efficiency of its commercial aircraft lines with the acquisition of Keystone Ranger Holdings. Sikorsky on Nov. 1 said it would buy the $225-million-revenue Keystone Ranger, which controls Keystone Helicopter...
November 1, 2005
CIVIL European Helo Group Names New Chief The European Helicopter Assn. new chairman is focused on strengthening relationships among operators in the group's 15 member nations and developing a collective voice on regulatory matters affecting rotorcraft. Vittorio Morassi, president and managing director of Helicopters Italia Srl of Trento, Italy and head of several other Italian helicopter endeavors, spoke...
November 1, 2005
At Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army is introducing the networked simulators that lie at the heart of Flight School XXI. THE FIRST STUDENT AVIATORS FULLY immersed in the U.S. Army's Flight School XXI began training last month and this month start flying their new, high-fidelity simulators. With more time in advanced training devices and go-to-war aircraft, Flight School XXI graduates promise operational...
October 1, 2005
With planned acquisitions and improvements keeping its production lines busy for years to come, Boeing is preparing for the CH-47 to become the first helicopter to still be flying 100 years after the type entered service. Boeing's CH-47 Chinook started flying in 1962, when helicopters were in much demand, relatively inexpensive and designed and built with the expectation that new and improved replacements...
October 1, 2005
The U.S. Army is assessing a new system designed to enhance situational awareness for CH-47D and UH-60A/L crews during brownout and other degraded visual conditions. Several articles and letters have been written over the past months describing brownout and discussing methods to overcome this significant threat to helicopters. For instance, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Steve Colby challenged industry "to...
October 1, 2005
U.S. Army Aviation is fielding the first units under a plan to transform combat elements into highly flexible, self-supporting modular combat brigades designed to move into any arena fast and hit the ground fighting. At the turn of this century, the U.S. Army's chief of staff, Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, laid out a directive to create "strategic dominance across the entire spectrum of operations." The...
October 1, 2005
Unprecedented Helicopter Force Takes Field in Katrina's Wake Hurricane Katrina destroyed, and helicopters by the score swept in behind her to save and bring succor. In the wake of that devastating Aug. 29 maelstrom and the flooding that followed it, helicopter owners and operators of every size and stripe flew to the grief-stricken regions of Louisiana and Mississippi to help in any way they could. Nearly...
October 1, 2005
It will take 20 years to develop the technology needed for a new, efficient heavy-lift helicopter. The U.S. Army-led Joint Heavy Lift initiative is the latest effort to get that done. By 2008, the U.S. Army plans to field the first light, highly mobile combat brigade equipped with Future Combat Systems technology. Development of these interim brigade combat teams is the first major step in the Army's...
October 1, 2005
The U.S. Marine Corps needs a new heavy-lift capability and is convinced an upgrade of the CH-53 is its best bet. U.S. Marine Corp officials are anticipating a Defense Dept. decision this month or next that would clear them to contract with Sikorsky Aircraft to develop and demonstration a heavy-lift replacement for its aging workhorse, the CH-53E. Col. Paul Croisetiere, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command...
September 1, 2005
As health and usage monitoring systems prove their worth in the North Sea and elsewhere, more civil and military fliers want the safety and operational benefits they offer. As operational experience proves the scope and value of benefits from health and usage monitoring systems in helicopters, more and more users are pushing for the application of such systems to their fleets. Known as HUMS, such systems...
September 1, 2005
Whose MH-53Es? Your item on an MH-53E unit being readied for a combat theater states the unit, Helicopter Support Sqdn. Four (HC-4), is a U.S. Marine Corps squadron ("Saved From Extinction, USMC's MH-53E Squadron Gets New Mission," August 2005, page 19). It is, in fact, a U.S. Navy squadron. Marines fly CH-53Es; the Navy MH-53Es. Lt. Anthony Schwarz, U.S. Navy N78 Air Warfare--Helicopter...
September 1, 2005
New aircraft acquisitions and reduced deployment levels should mean more and newer aircraft for Guard units. But they face many challenges, including answering the call in their home states. The National Guard Assn. of the United States is asking Congress to authorize $309.5 million for six more CH-47F Chinooks and 25 H-60L Black Hawks to support the Guard's requirements under the Army's Aviation...
September 1, 2005
Great Days in Australia The highly successful Heli Pacific Conference--held July 12-13 in Coolum, Queensland--owed that success to the near doubling of Australia's helicopter fleet in little more than a decade. Other keys to its success were the input from Rob Rich, president of the Helicopter Assn. of Australasia (HAA), and the military day hosted by Brigadier Tony Fraser, commander of 16 Brigade...
July 1, 2005
"Filling Comanche's Shoes" As Douglas W. Nelm's article suggests, the future of U.S. Army aviation could be decided in the next few months with contract awards for the armed reconnaissance and light utility helicopters ("Filling Comanche's Shoes," May 2006, page 21.) These are the two largest new procurements by the Army. Both fill critical missions. Only the armed reconnaissance...
July 1, 2005
New Center Offers Firefighting Training The U.S. Forest Service, NASA and the University of California at Davis are teaming up to bring a new level of sophistication and effectiveness to training air crews and mission managers for aerial firefighting. Along with representatives from private industry, those partners have opened an Aviation Center of Excellence at the former McClellan AFB north of...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
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