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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...
January 1, 2010
About a year ago, the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) faced a dilemma. A steady flow of battle-damaged helicopters was coming in for refurbishment and overhaul from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the center was tasked to carry out two major Sikorsky H-60 upgrade programs. The workload was expanding but not the resources. CCAD leadership had to determine how to do more with less. They had adopted...
December 1, 2009
Military | News A total of 14 Americans died in two separate helicopter crashes in Afghanistan on Oct. 26, making it one of the deadliest single days since the war began in...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | Law Enforcement AgustaWestland handed over an AW139 to the Korea Coast Guard on Oct. 23. Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland has delivered two AW139s to the Korea Coast Guard, which will employ the...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | SAR U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Sara FrancisAET2 Tito Sabangan and AST1 Chuck Ferrante scan the Gulf of Alaska for two kayakers during a search and rescue mission. Ferrante assisted the kayakers in the water. A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk teamed with a fishing vessel on a recent mission to rescue two lost kayakers that were discovered near Gore Point, around 40 miles southeast of Homer...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/EMS A MedEvac Foundation International study has found that five percent of urgent care patients experience a life-threatening event or, in rare cases, death while on air medical transport flights. Dr. Jeff Singh and co-author Dr. Russell MacDonald of...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/AIRFRAMES The last of some 10,000 UH-1 Hueys built for the U.S. Army has now left operational service, ending a four-decade run as the “workhorse” of U.S. Army Aviation and solidifying forever the role of the helicopter in military operations. The last Huey—a UH-1H, tail number 0-21776 in operation with the 121st Medevac Company of the DC National Guard—was flown out of...
November 1, 2009
November 15–19: Dubai Airshow, Dubai, UAE. Contact Fairs & Exhibitions, phone +9714-286-7755 or visit http://www.dubaiairshow.aero November 30–December 1: Human Factors in Aviation Safety, Los Angeles, Calif. Contact USC Viterbi School of Engineering, phone 1-310-342-1345 or visit http://www.viterbi.usc.edu November 30–December 3: The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and...
October 1, 2009
I hadn’t wanted to write such a serious piece on my second month as editor. But the Washington Post series called "Fatal Flights" that was published at the end of August and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) hearing on September 1 left me no choice. If you are at all involved in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), you have probably already reviewed the NTSB...
October 1, 2009
NEWS In its latest response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s flight record, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added a new arrow to its quiver. The agency has ventured into the public insurance reimbursement arena with the idea of using financial pressure to change industry culture. It has recommended tying operator reimbursement to an as-yet undefined...
October 1, 2009
MILITARY Thales’ helmet-mounted sight display, TopOwl, has completed a series of tests to demonstrate its abilities as advanced mission and piloting equipment in attack and...
October 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Aviation Today is hosting a webinar — scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 — that asks some of the world’s top helicopter air safety...
September 1, 2009
September 22 – 24: Helitech 2009, Cambridge, U.K. Contact Reed Exhibitions, phone +44 (0) 208-271-2155 or visit www.helitech.co.uk September 22 – 24: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) & Standardization Conference, Orlando, Fla. Contact DMSMS, phone 1-937-426-2808 or visit www.dmsms.org September 22 – 25: 35th European Rotorcraft Forum, Hamburg, Germany...
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