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August 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has agreed to purchase Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort Inc., an aircraft accessories...
August 1, 2010
Tom Salat, with FAA’s WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, spoke on performance-based navigation (PBN) for helicopter operators at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Thomas Salat, a helicopter and ATP-rated pilot who worked in FAA’s Satellite Navigation Program Office as part of the WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, died on June...
July 1, 2010
Newer airframe designs incorporating vulnerability reduction concepts and crashworthiness reduced combat losses to commonly used weapons six-fold since Vietnam. DoD Graphic The U.S. Deputy Undersecretary for Acquisition and Technology recently published its Study on Rotorcraft Survivability. This document addresses many of the shortfalls that military helicopter crews have cited for years and formalizes...
July 1, 2010
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Image courtesy of Kaman. Kaman Aerospace and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have completed a series of cargo airdrops with an unmanned K-MAX helicopter. The...
June 1, 2010
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations recently took delivery of two Kamav Ka-32As from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has handed over two Kamov Ka-32A...
May 1, 2010
While Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) President David Adler looks on, Sharon Nell, director of the U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Intl Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs Office of Aviation, officially signs a contract for up to 110 S-61Ts on Feb. 21 at Heli-Expo. Photo by Andrew D. Parker, Managing Editor The U.S. State Department’s decision to replace chartered Russian-made helicopters used to...
May 1, 2010
Marines prepare to board three MV-22 Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, MEB-Afghanistan for insertion into Marjah on Feb. 19, 2010. U.S. Marines/Lance Cpl. Samuel A. Nasso A U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22B Osprey crashed at about 1:00 a.m. local time April 9 in Zabul province Afghanistan, killing a USAF pilot and an enlisted flight engineer, an Army Ranger and a civilian...
May 1, 2010
It’s not good when a pilot loses situational awareness in a dust cloud near the ground. Brownout is a major threat to helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that 37 percent of helicopter losses there between 2001 and 2008 involved brownout and obstacle strikes. This article looks at pilot brownout aids and other emerging technologies. Combat unit training...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
February 1, 2010
The following was adapted from an NTSB preliminary accident report: “On Sept. 25, 2009, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Eurocopter AS350B2 was substantially damaged when it crashed near Georgetown County Airport (GGE), Georgetown, S.C. The certificated commercial pilot and two others on board were killed in the crash. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company visual flight rules...
February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
January 1, 2010
What’s Stifling Innovation? On page 52 of the November 2009 issue of Rotor & Wing, Giovanni de Briganti asks, “Are Legacy Designs Stifling Innovation?” I would respond that there are, in fact, two stifling forces at work. First, there are the financial realities that drive OEMs and others to develop relatively short-term, cost-effective solutions. These are essentially band-aid fixes...
January 1, 2010
Military | Personnel Recovery The military business of Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) is low down the priority list of many a General and politician. Low down that is, until a hostage appears on an Arabic media channel such as al Jazeera or a pilot is shot down and needs rescuing, or civilians need extracting from a rapidly deteriorating situation (usually in the glare of the world’s media). It is...
January 1, 2010
Military | Airframes The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Programs (PMA-207) handed over four new Mi-17 helicopters to the...
January 1, 2010
Military | Utility The U.S. Army has placed an order for 45 additional EADS North America UH-72A Lakotas. The $247.2-million contract brings the total number of Army UH-72As on...
January 1, 2010
Goodrich Corporation is one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense suppliers, with annual sales nearing $7 billion. Goodrich has been in operation for 140 years and employs 25,000 people in 80 worldwide manufacturing and service sites. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the aerospace industry, Goodrich provides aircraft operators and manufacturers around...
January 1, 2010
One of the benefits of being a consultant in the helicopter industry is interacting with great people. Aussies, Brits or folks from Amman, helicopter people share a zest for life that’s hard to match. I derive particular joy in spending time in the company of serving military officers. They fly neat stuff, tell good stories and allow us to sleep at night, knowing that they are guarding both our front...
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