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September 27, 2010
Eurocopter took the wraps off its new Hybrid Helicopter (H3) concept on Monday. The prototype for the helicopter—the X3—flew for the first time on Sept. 6 at the French DGA Flight Testing Center in Istres, reaching speeds of around 180...
September 1, 2010
Over the years, lessons learned have yielded excellent procedures for safe and effective hoist rescues. In my experience, though, many good techniques fail to be shared across user domains. Many of these techniques are codified in written checklists and manuals—you may consider incorporating them into yours and offer concepts missed here in a letter to the editor or e-mail me at...
August 30, 2010
Hold the Front Page Welcome to the first monthly Military Newsletter published by Rotor & Wing. The aim of the newsletter is to present a round-up of comment and interviews that are original and that you will not have seen elsewhere, supported by general information about military industrial complex and the military worldwide that you might have missed. This first issue features an interview with...
August 30, 2010
Australia Supports ISAF in Afghanistan Colonel Andrew MacNab, deputy commander, 16 Army Aviation Brigade, Australian Army talks exclusively to R&W about his country’s rotary wing commitment to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The interview took place at Enoggera Barricks, Brisbane on 31 May 2010. Andrew Drwiega: Colonel MacNab, could you outline your current...
August 30, 2010
European Air Group’s Annual Personnel CJPRS Course Heads For Germany The next European Air Group Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardization (CJPRS) course will be conducted at Lechfeld airbase, southern Germany, from 15-30 September 2010. The German Air Force’s LTC Uwe Schleimer (JPR-1) is the man responsible for putting the two-week course and exercise together at the EAG’s...
August 26, 2010
United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) delivered two Bell 430’s to the Ecuadorian Navy on August 1, 2010. The first 430 received a Garmin GNS400 GPS coupled to...
August 16, 2010
Seven of 19 helicopters from the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy have begun supporting relief efforts in Pakistan...
August 1, 2010
Sikorsky Aircraft has conducted the inaugural flight of the S-70i. The international Black Hawk...
August 1, 2010
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescued a kayaker stranded in the surf near Trinidad Head July 4 in McKinleyville, Calif. Photo by Lt. Todd Vorenkamp, U.S. Coast Guard A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin from McKinleyville, Calif.-based Air Station...
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...
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