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September 1, 2010
Enhanced vision (EV) and synthetic vision (SV) systems are becoming more common in rotary-wing as well as fixed-wing aircraft. The technologies are particularly valuable in helicopters, which fly much of the time at low altitude in the terrain. EV, typically based on IR sensors, gives the pilot a thermal image of the area in front of the aircraft, which is very compatible with human eyesight. SV is a...
September 1, 2010
Over the years, lessons learned have yielded excellent procedures for safe and effective hoist rescues. In my experience, though, many good techniques fail to be shared across user domains. Many of these techniques are codified in written checklists and manuals—you may consider incorporating them into yours and offer concepts missed here in a letter to the editor or e-mail me at...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 24, 2010
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that the Virginia Department of State Police Aviation Unit in Richmond, Va., would receive 19 F4949 Pinnacle Aviation Night Vision systems. ASU already had obtained a necessary GSA contract that...
August 17, 2010
James Garrett is the new vice president of operations at REBTECH, a Bedford, Texas-based division of REB Technologies. He has more than 40...
August 13, 2010
Hillsboro Aviation has received six Alpha Eagle flight helmets from...
August 1, 2010
This Ornge AW139 is the first to receive AgustaWestland’s full ice protection system (FIPS). AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has delivered the first...
August 1, 2010
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit has chosen Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) to provide night vision modifications on...
August 1, 2010
Bell Helicopter has announced its intent to install BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system as standard equipment on new Bell 412s. This OEM “endorsement,” coupled with the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent certification of its Bell 412 FastFin system, has officials at BLR Aerospace busy. “We are proud to be part of the Bell Helicopter team...
August 1, 2010
On a clear day, eastern South Dakota appears to be a benevolent setting for helicopter flight. The landscape is as flat as a hospital bed, and it appears covered by a giant patchwork quilt, created by the checkerboard design of farm fields. The razor-edge horizon allows a view of blue skies as far as the eye can see. The two HEMS operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. are Avera McKennan Hospital and University...
July 1, 2010
 The size of the problem depends on who’s talking. Several agencies are struggling, said Martin Jackson, president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Some units are shutting down or cutting back drastically on flight operations. Others estimate as many as 40 shutdowns, with four to five in California, alone. Some departments flying older military helicopters are having trouble...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
June 1, 2010
Get Paid Faster with Appareo’s Fleet Management Device The Appareo FMD gives operators a mobile device to automate data collection, speed billing and reduce accounts receivable days. Designed to fit any type of operation, it captures accurate flight information to cut down on paperwork, minimize customer disputes and simplify data collection. The FMD reduces flight crew workloads with tools such as...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Fire-X. Northrop Grumman Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter and Northrop Grumman are teaming to develop Fire-X, a...
June 1, 2010
Image courtesy of Kaman. Kaman Aerospace and the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center have completed a series of cargo airdrops with an unmanned K-MAX helicopter. The...
June 1, 2010
As part of a recent night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrade on a Bell 407, Aero Dynamix installed a new Garmin 530W helicopter terrain awareness and...
June 1, 2010
TImage at top shows interior view of the Air Methods EMS cabin on Mercy One’s Bell 429, with exterior view below. Air Methods The Products division of Air Methods Corp. has handed over a Bell 429 with an EMS cabin to Des...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
June 1, 2010
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in the Gulf of Mexico is: “A thing of beauty.” Those were the actual words of the controller during the interview at Houston’s ARTCC radar control room. Gerard Quiroz, a front line manager and Kim Pettis, Houston Center, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) ADS-B representative, were in agreement. They gave a frank and...
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