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December 1, 2009
The U.S. Marine Corps is putting its CH-53Ds under a heavy upgrade program following a decision to retain the heavy lift helicopters until they can be replaced by the future CH-53K. This overrides the initial decision to replace the 30 D models left in the fleet with the VM-22 Ospreys now being deployed. The 53Ds, based in Hawaii, have been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan “because they are...
November 1, 2009
Specialized NVG Ratings This paragraph is from a Rotor & Wing article, “NVGs Made Simple,” that ran in the September 2009 issue, on page 38: NVG Repair – There are several certified FAA Part 145 service centers that can repair, maintain and perform 180-day airworthiness inspections on NVGs and their subcomponents as specified in RTCA/DO-275. For small or medium size organizations that...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/AIRFRAMES The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $35.8-million contract to design new cabins and cockpits for its AH-1Z Super Cobra. The contract, issued on Sept. 15, marks a significant new phase in a program that began before the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as an upgrade of aging AH-1W versions of the attack helicopter. With the Navy paying for new cabin design...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/ENGINES Pratt & Whitney Canada’s Customer Service Center Europe has reached separate agreements to support the Netherlands Police Agency (KLPD) and add Motorflug to its recognized maintenance facility (RMF) network. Under...
November 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL/OFFSHORE Sikorsky will be making life easier for S-92A pilots by giving them the capability to make hands-free IFR approaches towards offshore oil platforms. Scheduled for FAA/Transport Canada certification by year-end, the flight control computer enhancement will replace the reportedly 14 pilot actions required to initiate approach, with no more than seven—and those carried out either...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/COMPONENTS Kaman Aerospace’s Helicopters division has won a $53-million contract to supply composite helicopter...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are saying that an air medical helicopter that crashed in South Carolina on Sept. 25 did not have safety features recommended by experts. Three people—pilot Patrick Walters, 45, flight nurse...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Medical Center has ordered three EC135s from American Eurocopter. The helicopters, which...
November 1, 2009
A CHC Europe AgustaWestland AW139 based in the Netherlands. SERVICES/MAINTENANCE Canadian helicopter support services provider Heli-One is planning to establish an AgustaWestland AW139 repair and overhaul...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS & INSTRUMENTS Helicopter accidents, especially those involving emergency medical services (EMS) flights, have been getting a lot of bad, but well-deserved press recently. The increasing number of helicopter EMS (HEMS) fatalities has also caught the eye of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which early this September issued a revised recommendation letter outlining 19...
November 1, 2009
United Technologies Corp. routinely flies its RIPS-equipped S-92A aircraft in known icing conditions in the U.S. CORPORATE/OPERATORS For the past 36 months, I’ve had an exciting and challenging opportunity to fly the Sikorsky S-92A in the northeastern U.S. at the corporate flight department of United Technologies Corp. As one of the few pilots type rated in the S-92A who routinely flies the aircraft...
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
DART Helicopter Services (DHS) has appointed Steven E. Joseph as general manager. He will also support DHS subsidiaries including Apical, Canam and Geneva Aviation. A former U.S. Marine Corps pilot and officer, Joseph was previously president of Geneva Aviation. West Plains, Mo.-based Air Evac Lifeteam has given its 2009 Regional Mechanic of the Year award to helicopter mechanic Maynard Winch, who is based...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil has issued approval for Kent, Wash.-based Geneva Aviation to install electronic news gathering (ENG) equipment in helicopters registered that country. The certification follows similar action by Transport Canada, and...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES Vista, Calif.-based Sandel Avionics is preparing to carry out flight tests on its helicopter terrain awareness and warning...
October 1, 2009
Vivisun Series of Switches Expands Fort Worth, Texas-based Aerospace Optics has added the Logic Series to its Vivisun product line. The company says the electromechanical switch is the first of its kind based on an integrated logic circuit. COO Loren Jensen explains that the Logic Series "has a solid-state circuit that allows different poles in the same switch to function as momentary or alternate...
October 1, 2009
Recently, we’ve talked about the FAA’s NextGen Roadmap and many of the new tools that are being made available to us. Due to accuracy errors inherent to GPS, two methods have been created to augment the GPS signal to improve position accuracy from approximately 10 meters to two meters. One of the most promising NextGen technologies to accomplish this and support IFR domestic helicopter...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Jacksonville, Fla.-based SkyBOOKS has introduced Lite, a user-managed version of its aviation maintenance management program. The launch customer for SkyBOOKS Lite is the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), which will employ the program for its fleet of two Bell 412 and two UH-1 helicopters. SkyBOOKS COO John Willis explains that while the Lite version reduces operator costs, "it will...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Grand Rapids, Mich.-based L-3 Avionics Systems has obtained technical standard order (TSO) authorization and an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate...
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