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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...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The recession hasn’t hurt Aeronautical Systems Inc. In fact, the Sterling, Va.-based supplier of military replacement parts and...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Simplex Manufacturing, which makes aerial applications systems for helicopters, has acquired Helipod International. The purchase gives Simplex access to Helipod’s certified accessory products for Robinson helicopters, including cargo pods, spray systems and...
August 1, 2009
Australia’s latest defence capability plan (DCP), released July 1, reveals plans to upgrade or replace three types of helicopters in service with the country’s Defence Force (ADF). In particular, it looks at modernizing the mission equipment to its Eurocopter Tiger fleet, "to ensure the Australian Tigers retain currency with operational requirements." The new DCP predicts a "new...
August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
August 1, 2009
MTrax Maintenance Tracking Version 2.0 Keeping close tabs on your aircraft’s maintenance is a top priority. Tdata computerized the solution to this problem by developing MTrax, a maintenance tracking program. Now the company has released version 2.0 of MTrax. With just one license, owners and operators can track an unlimited number of aircraft. Functionally, MTrax keeps an eye on ADs, service...
August 1, 2009
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
July 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | MILITARY The evaluation is over and the results are good: Harris has successfully completed the flight and ground testing of its Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) Hawklink system. Scheduled for installation in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopter, CDL Hawklink is a high-speed, digital data link...
July 1, 2009
Goodrich DuraTherm Defeats Ice DuraTherm’s heating mat protects helicopter engine inlets from icing up. The technology was recently proven by a test at NASA Glenn’s icing research tunnel, where the DuraTherm system was installed in a Boeing AH-64 Apache engine inlet sectional mockup. DuraTherm heater mat technology works by embedding an electronic mesh into an advanced durable composite...
July 1, 2009
In the teeth of a worldwide recession, the word of the day for police forces — U.K. ones at least — is collaboration. In reality this has been the word for a year or more: traditional county constabularies have belatedly realized that buying in bulk, whether helicopters, searchlights, uniform sweaters or whistles, is only a matter of common sense. More rural police air support units (ASUs) have...
June 5, 2009
Kaman Aerospace of Bloomfield, Conn. announced that it made its first appearance on the Forbes list of the 400 Best Big Companies. Kaman, while not being a leader in...
June 1, 2009
MILITARY Since January 2005, Australia’s Department of Defence has spent $96 million purchasing military helicopter parts and upgrades through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) system. Nearly half of that was spent upgrading and maintaining the Australian Army’s Boeing CH-47D Chinooks. A little more than one-third was expended on parts and upgrades for the Army’s Sikorsky S-70A-9...
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