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August 1, 2010
I was standing right by the exit of the arrivals channel at Kabul airport. I was there because flying in with an obscure offshoot of Air India was the only way that I was going to be able to report on the helicopter war in Afghanistan for a third time. So now, through necessity, I was talking on my mobile phone (which I had previously always been told not to use in-country in case the bad guys monitored it...
June 1, 2010
Rotor & Wing Military Editor Andrew Drwiega traveled to Afghanistan in early...
June 1, 2010
Richard Whittle, contributing editor for Rotor & Wing, appeared on the April 27 broadcast of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to...
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
Fire-X. Northrop Grumman Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter and Northrop Grumman are teaming to develop Fire-X, a...
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
The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA) at NAS Patuxent River took delivery of its new flying test bed in April, allowing flight testing on new technology projects to start in June. The Test Bed for Rapid Experimentation and Warfighter Support, or “T-Rex”, is a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1N that was being replaced by the UH-1Y Venom at USMC Base Camp Pendleton. The new test...
June 1, 2010
An AH-64 Apache pilot’s best friend is rapidly becoming whichever unmanned aerial system (UAS) he is tasked to work with during an engagement. A British Army Air Corps Apache pilot, recounting some of his experiences from Afghanistan while answering questions from the audience during a Royal Aeronautical Society function in London recently, said that an increasing number of the ‘bad guys’...
June 1, 2010
When the doors were thrown open at the Fort Worth convention center in April to welcome the annual gathering of the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A), the theme that everyone was focused on was—the U.S. Army Roadmap for UAS 2010–2035! Sure, helicopters were physically scattered throughout the exhibit hall—from the likes of the 160th SOAR, the 21st Cavalry Brigade, and from...
May 1, 2010
AgustaWestland announced in April that the Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract...
May 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy’s Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven One (HSM-71), under the command of CDR Jeffrey Dodge, celebrated reaching 10,000 mishap free flight hours in the MH-60R Raptor since starting to fly the helicopter in October 2007. HSM-71 is the first operational squadron to fly the MH-60R, the...
May 1, 2010
The U.S. Army has granted a three-year contract worth up to $36.8 million to Lockheed Martin for support of its target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor...
May 1, 2010
Rotor & Wing’s Safety and Training Summit—set for June 8-9 in Denver, Colo.—will include a “lessons learned” from a recent Squadron Inc. Air Department Safety Officer course held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...
May 1, 2010
Aero Dynamix Receives STC for Bell 429 Night Vision Lighting System Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) has been awarded an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of a Night Vision Lighting system in a Bell 429. The HEMS aircraft, owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation, was outfitted with NVG-compatible lighting to provide safety enhancements for night flight operations...
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...
May 1, 2010
An airfield in Wiltshire in the southern English countryside is home to one of the most significant groups of military helicopter specialists in the UK. They are the driving force behind the upgrading of British military helicopters as well as the rapid fielding of Urgent Operational Requirement (UORs) for rotary use in Afghanistan. Boscombe Down, a pre-World War II Royal Air Force (RAF) station still...
May 1, 2010
Launched on a telephone tip early one Sunday morning last June, an Eurocopter EC120B of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Yuma Air Branch intercepted an ultralight aircraft about 6,800 feet over Arizona. The target had apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border around the Pinacate Lava Flow and flown north through the Air Force Goldwater bombing range in the CBP Yuma Sector. The helicopter pilot...
May 1, 2010
At the end of March as part of its Air Power series of conferences, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), located in Whitehall, London, ran a conference on The Future Use of Battlefield Helicopters in Support of Land Operations. It was organized alongside the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command. RUSI has long associations with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and regards itself as a think tank on...
May 1, 2010
I was in a ready room in South Vietnam in 1969, when a fellow pilot read aloud an article printed in the Stars and Stripes. The article reported that the United States Congress had just passed a bill providing federal grant funds to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of instructing officers in the fine art of flying helicopters. To say that my fellow pilots and I were not overly thrilled with the...
April 1, 2010
SRVIVR Cockpit Recorder Available from L-3 L-3 Electrodynamics is introducing the SRVIVR family of Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorders (CVFDR), a state-of-the-art crash survivable recorder designed to meet the new FAA mandate for flight recorders. Offering the smallest and lightest CVFDR on the market today, SRVIVR is available with a variety of air vehicle interfaces providing flexibility for its use on a...
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