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July 1, 2008
The Southampton Village, N.Y. Board of Trustees approved raising the weight limit of helicopters landing at the Southampton...
June 24, 2008
The number of private helicopter licenses Ireland issued has risen 400 percent in the last 10 years, according to the Irish news Web site Business World...
June 20, 2008
The market analysis firm Forecast International sees piston-powered helicopter production to taper off in coming years. Production in that category has been booming since 2002, when only about 290 units were...
June 18, 2008
The company, Helips, is seeking investors for a new, multi-purpose, light helicopter that does not have a tail rotor. The Gulf Times reported that two representatives from Helips gave a presentation at the Qatar Scientific...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 5, 2008
Looking for a leading indicator of whether the U.S. dollar is rebounding in value against other international currencies? Top U.S. economic officials have in recent weeks been signaling that the "greenback" has depreciated enough. They long...
June 4, 2008
Zip Aviation, a charter helicopter company that flies into the West 30th Street Heliport in Manhattan, will begin service to Stewart Airport located in upstate N.Y. This will be...
June 1, 2008
New and Improved? Perhaps Mrs. McKenna has a point in her reluctance to use electronic methods of navigation ("New and Improved," January 2008, page 4). In 1989, I was flying in a loose formation of three from Deauville to Ferté Alais, France. As I was in a poorly equipped Tiger Moth, I was the back of the formation with a paper map, the leader having a Loran (the GPS of the era, but less...
June 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Sikorsky Aircraft reports it successfully ran its X2 Technology Demonstrator with its coaxial main rotors installed for the first time on May 13. That ground-run test marks a milestone for the program, which aims to field an aircraft that...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | AIR TAXI Atlantic Airways Ltd of Denmark’s Faroe Islands has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter is configured for 12-15 seat layouts for both public passenger transport and offshore-support operations. As the national airline of the Faroe Islands...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL The two companies are planning to establish what they say is the first helicopter hub in Italy at Rome’s Urbe Airport and to have that hub achieve operational readiness in 2009. According AgustaWestland, the project’s investment is worth about €3.2 million ($5 million). The companies plan to set up a 22,000-sq-ft...
June 1, 2008
PRODUCTS UHF emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) transmitting at 406 MHz have been in use for years. In 2003, Transport Canada proposed amending its rules to bring operators in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) operating rules on ELTs. The ICAO policy was that as of January 2005, all ELTs should have the capability to operate at 406 MHz and 121.5 MHz simultaneously. At the...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE New York City’s East 34 Street Metroport hosted an Apr. 26 drill to exchange information on how rescue professionals can work safely around EMS helicopters. Roughly 150 heliport and rescue workers joined in the drill. An Atlantic Ambulance Services Eurocopter EC135 and a New Jersey State Police Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 — both configured for EMS operations — were...
June 1, 2008
2008 is already a bad year for aviation safety in the United States. That may strike readers as a strange statement. The traditional measure of safety, certainly in the public mind, is accidents, and this year has not been exceptionally bad. Helicopter accidents continue at what appears to be a steady rate, but there have been no headline-grabbing airline crashes in the United States. The damage that this...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
Safety experts are fascinated by helicopter collisions with terrain, water and obstacles. They study these types of accidents continually. In the past four years, groups of accidents involving what is called controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) alone have been the subject of studies by the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the International Helicopter Safety Team, the International Assn of...
June 1, 2008
Where lies the next big opportunity for helicopter jobs? Perhaps it lies at sea — and we don’t mean on offshore oil and gas rigs. Owners of yachts, and a new category of them called megayachts, are adding helipads to their vessels. Some megayachts have two helipads. But the schools that train crewmembers and captains of such vessels don’t offer flight training (though some do offer...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 30, 2008
Sloane Helicopters has ordered a flight and navigation procedures trainer for the AgustaWestland A109E from the...
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