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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...
April 1, 2010
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour at the podium with (seated left to right) EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe, American Eurocopter President/CEO Marc Paganini and Brig. Gen. William Crosby, program executive officer of U.S. Army Aviation, during the 100th Lakota delivery ceremony. EADS North America delivered its 100th UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH) to the U.S. Army on March 4 at...
April 1, 2010
UK MoD As the Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War comes to its conclusions, arguments continue to rumble back and forth between the politicians involved and a selection of senior military commanders. While the politicians say that they gave all that the British military commanders requested to deploy and sustain operations in Iraq (then also Afghanistan), a good selection of...
April 1, 2010
The Army Aviation Association of America, known as Quad-A, expects to attract at least 7,500 attendees and 300 exhibitors this year. The association is using the entire arena and an annex to the Fort Worth Convention Center, probably at least 225,000 square feet, said Bob Lachowski, director of advertising and industry relations. When Rotor & Wing caught up with him last month, there were only six...
April 1, 2010
A two-year commitment by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) to train Afghan helicopter pilots and aircrew concluded at the end of March 2010. Project Curium resulted in the training of 18 pilots and nine engineers/aircrew. A pin-prick in the world of global military training you might think, but one that can have an effect out of all proportion to its size. Project Curium was managed by...
March 1, 2010
A crowd of more than 150 people witnessed the initial flight of the Eurocopter CH-53GA—the medium lift transport for the German Armed Forces—on Feb. 10 in Donauwörth. Test...
March 1, 2010
Lockheed Martin has handed over the 50th MH-60R helicopter with an equipment package designed to help protect the U. S. Navy fleet from hostile submarines and surface ships. Sikorsky built the newest member of the Seahawk family, with advanced mission systems integration from Lockheed Martin. “I am extremely proud of the MH-60R team, which has enabled this important milestone in the Romeo’s...
March 1, 2010
Soldiers from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit survey the area around Corail, Haiti in late January before boarding a Bell-Boeing MV-22. The U.S. Department of Defense budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a request for 30 MV-22B Ospreys for the Marines and five CV-22B troop transport versions for the Air Force.U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who often talks about how vital rotorcraft are in...
March 1, 2010
Public Service / Patrol T Finland’s Border Guard has purchased a fourth AW119Ke for police and special ops missions. The helicopters will come with a law enforcement package similar to this NYPD AW119Ke in the...
March 1, 2010
Capt. Jeremy Duff, a battle commander for the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, uses an Apache Longbow Crew Trainer (LCT) to prepare for various missions in Iraq. U.S. Army/Terry Moore The U.S. Army has declared five recently delivered Boeing AH-64D Apache...
March 1, 2010
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion, flies above a mosque during an early 2009 mission in Iraq. Sikorsky is investing $1 billion in its new Innovations segment, which will research a number of next-generation technologies, including an unmanned version of the Black Hawk.U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke More than 100 people attended...
March 1, 2010
EADS North America has chosen Plano, Texas-based Luminator’s LS16 searchlight for the UH-72A. In the security and support configuration, the UH-72A...
March 1, 2010
The Bangladesh Navy has placed an order for two AW109 Power helicopters from AgustaWestland. The AW109s will conduct search and rescue, surface surveillance, maritime...
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