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November 1, 2008
MILITARY | SAR I posed a question to the DUSTOFF crew during the course of the interview and it went like this: "If you were king for a day, what piece or pieces of kit would you ensure all medevac rescue crews had to make their lives easier?" The responses varied by aircrew duty and experience but here’s some of what they and other crews expressed that they’d like to see on their...
October 21, 2008
The Canadian Air Force, Sikorsky’s launch customer for the maritime variant of the S-92, dubbed the H-92, is...
October 13, 2008
Effective Oct. 16, 2008, FAA Airworthiness Directive AD 2008-19-02, regarding Bell model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters, will require repetitive inspections of the main rotor hydraulic actuator supports to verify the presence...
October 9, 2008
Sydney-based Wieland Helicopter Technologies (WHT) uses coaxial rotor systems for their helicopters. This design, according to the company’s Web site, is quieter than...
October 1, 2008
PRODUCTS The U.S. subsidiaries of SEI Servizi Elicotterisitici Italiani SpA, and Aerolite Max Bucher AG are collaborating on the development and marketing of EMS interiors for operators of AgustaWestland AW109s and AW139s. SEI of America Corp. and Aerolite America LLC will collaborate on the effort. SEI is an Italian aerospace company that is...
October 1, 2008
Honeywell entered into a teaming agreement with LOM PRAHA s.p. of the Czech Republic to provide platform logistics-helicopter overhaul and maintenance, inspections, parts supply chain management, pilot training, and aftermarket services. More than 12,000 Mi-8/Mi-17 turboshaft multi-mission helicopters have been delivered throughout the world. DART Helicopter Services acquired Canam Aerospace Inc and...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Houston was the site of the 38th Annual ALEA Conference and Exposition. The two-day event drew 1,143 law enforcement aviators from around the globe, many of whom come every year for classes, workshops and access to the industry’s leading manufactures of aircraft, aviation products and support services. In addition to...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Chief Pilot Jack Reichert of the Texas Dept of Public Safety accepted the keys to the police agency’s 10th Eurocopter AS350 police helicopter at the annual ALEA Conference in Houston in July. The white, black and gold B2 variant was presented by Larry Roberts, VP of commercial affairs for American...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 ALEA has embarked on a two-part initiative to promote airborne law enforcement to Congress. The first part is to encourage lawmakers to "support the funding efforts needed to keep aviation units active," according...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Persistent Surveillance Systems made its aviation industry debut at ALEA. It brought along its high-altitude, aircraft-based, video surveillance system, which the company describes as being "like a live version of Google Earth with TiVo capability." Onlookers...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Texas Aviation Services has delivered a Bell Helicopter Model 407 to the Volusia County, Fla. Sheriff’s Dept. This new 407 is one of three to be used in the sheriff’s emergency medical service and law enforcement air support missions for the county on Florida’s east-central coast. More than 500,000 people live in the county...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Axsys Technologies of Grass Valley, Calif. used the 38th annual ALEA Conference as a backdrop to introduce its new, military-grade applications that it said would "significantly enhance" its’ high-definition V14HD MSII video system. Specifically, the applications are designed to reduce cockpit workload by simplifying the user/system interface. The first application, dubbed the...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Sheriff Sidney Causey of New Hanover County, N.C. and several of his deputies traveled to the ALEA Conference in Houston to take delivery of a new R44 Raven 2 police helicopter from Kurt Robinson of Robinson Helicopter. The shiny, all-black aircraft is the Sheriff’s Office’s first, and came equipped with a forward-looking infrared sensor, searchlight and...
September 1, 2008
PRODUCTS U.K. government officials are expanding their rotorcraft research efforts to look at active blade and hydraulics controls. The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in...
September 1, 2008
Perhaps it was the economic troubles, the weak dollar, the fair weather or competition from other international aerospace exhibitions. But nearly every exhibitor, attendee and fellow journalist that Rotor & Wing queried during July’s Farnborough Air Show and since described this year’s event in the same way: slow. Farnborough organizers betrayed no worries, claiming new orders worth about...
September 1, 2008
A preview of a new forum to guarantee vendors the opportunity to showcase products and announcements to our worldwide audience. Introducing the Latest in Airborne Video Recording Avalex Technologies introduces the AVR8100 series Digital Video Recorder. Reliable and easy to use, the AVR 8100 records crisp, high-quality video and audio directly to a jump drive, flash card or the internal solid state drive...
August 1, 2008
Composites and Combat This article focuses on composite materials and their contribution to survivability in combat aircraft applications. Composite materials, specifically fiber-reinforced polymers, provide manufacturers with amazing improvements producing structural strength and flexibility. These composite panels vary from cowlings and integral structural members to all-composite rotor blades replacing...
August 1, 2008
The MD 369FF helo, operated by Smoky Mountain Helicopters, sustained major damage when it impacted trees and terrain in the town of Haena on the island of Kauai, Hawaii and killed one passenger on March 11, 2007...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 1, 2008
NEWS A set of new U.S. Army contracts to helicopter makers, spurred by damage incurred by aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is intended to reinvigorate U.S. research and development of rotor technology. Awarded to Boeing and Sikorsky under the Army Applied Aviation Directorate’s Rotor Durability program, the contracts initially aim to develop rotor blades — retrofittable to current aircraft...
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