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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...
September 1, 2009
Headsets Designed for Helicopter Use Germany’s beyerdynamic has unveiled two new headsets developed for use in helicopters — the HS 600 digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) Rotor and HS 200 Rotor, which features passive noise attenuation. The HS 600 DANR uses a microprocessor with a software algorithm to eliminate background noise, as well as the accompanying feeling of pressure on the ears...
September 1, 2009
If you ask pilots about Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), you will normally get one of two responses: I wouldn’t fly at night without them or I have no interest in flying with them, period! Perhaps you are undecided about whether NVGs fit into your program. Night vision goggles, NVGs or simply "goggles," certainly have their share of controversy, but not if you speak to the pilots that routinely...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
September 1, 2009
Options abound for training in the use of night vision goggles. Similarities and stark differences exist between the civilian and military approaches. Rotor & Wing takes a comprehensive look at those options, similarities and differences. Night vision goggles (NVG) have been used by the military for decades and by civilians for about 10 years. As the number of users-turned-instructors has grown and the...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Navy with its 200th Common Cockpit avionics suite. The equipment is designed to be used in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R and MH-60S multi-mission helicopters. Built using...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Sikorsky Aircraft has announced plans to make S-92 cabins in India. In June, Sikorksy made public an agreement with India’s Tata Group. Under the arrangement, Tata Advanced Systems will manufacture S-92 cabins at a new facility to be built in Hyderabad. The first S-92 cabin delivery is due in 2010. Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino notes that "India’s...
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