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May 1, 2010
Aero Dynamix Receives STC for Bell 429 Night Vision Lighting System Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) has been awarded an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of a Night Vision Lighting system in a Bell 429. The HEMS aircraft, owned and operated by Air Methods Corporation, was outfitted with NVG-compatible lighting to provide safety enhancements for night flight operations...
May 1, 2010
It’s not good when a pilot loses situational awareness in a dust cloud near the ground. Brownout is a major threat to helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that 37 percent of helicopter losses there between 2001 and 2008 involved brownout and obstacle strikes. This article looks at pilot brownout aids and other emerging technologies. Combat unit training...
May 1, 2010
Launched on a telephone tip early one Sunday morning last June, an Eurocopter EC120B of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Yuma Air Branch intercepted an ultralight aircraft about 6,800 feet over Arizona. The target had apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border around the Pinacate Lava Flow and flown north through the Air Force Goldwater bombing range in the CBP Yuma Sector. The helicopter pilot...
April 1, 2010
SRVIVR Cockpit Recorder Available from L-3 L-3 Electrodynamics is introducing the SRVIVR family of Cockpit Voice Flight Data Recorders (CVFDR), a state-of-the-art crash survivable recorder designed to meet the new FAA mandate for flight recorders. Offering the smallest and lightest CVFDR on the market today, SRVIVR is available with a variety of air vehicle interfaces providing flexibility for its use on a...
April 1, 2010
Devon & Cornwall Police will operate this EC145 for anti-crime initiatives. The Devon & Cornwall Police in England have taken delivery of...
April 1, 2010
On Feb. 22, HAI hosted a public service technology workshop at Heli-Expo. Capt. Don Roby of Baltimore County PD led a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the growing number of safety-related equipment turning up on police, fire and EMS helicopters. Joining him was a panel with Cmdr. Sam Creech from USCG Air Station, San Francisco; David Cruz, homeland security sales manager for...
April 1, 2010
UK MoD As the Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War comes to its conclusions, arguments continue to rumble back and forth between the politicians involved and a selection of senior military commanders. While the politicians say that they gave all that the British military commanders requested to deploy and sustain operations in Iraq (then also Afghanistan), a good selection of...
April 1, 2010
Talk to people who have upgraded their rotorcraft from analog ‘steam gauges’ to all-digital ‘glass cockpits’, and their enthusiasm brings the J-word to mind time and again. The improvements in performance, ease of use, and maintenance are stunning; as the following stories clearly attest. Glass Cockpit Just Part of Transformed Bell 212 Located in Sudbury, Canada, Day Aviation flies...
March 1, 2010
Aero Dynamix Offers L-3 M949 Gen III Night Vision Goggles Night vision systems provider Aero Dynamix of Euless, Texas has become a full line distributor for L-3 Electro-Optical Systems’ M949 Generation III night vision goggles. The goggles are built to DO-275 standards with Class B filters, and versions with Class A and C filters are also available. The M949 has an image intensifier tube, interface...
March 1, 2010
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Aero Dynamix...
March 1, 2010
Dubai-based Aerospace Consortium FZE has contracted SkyTrac Systems to supply satcom and flight...
March 1, 2010
Rockville, Md.-based BAE Systems successfully installed its Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on U.S. Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft in December 2009. Now, the U.S. Army has reported its first success in defending a CH-47D against multiple infrared man-portable anti-aircraft missiles (IR manpads)...
March 1, 2010
The U.S. Army has taken delivery of the 500th Goodrich Corp. AN/AVR-2B laser detecting...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
The U.S. Army may put new engines and a new drive train on its workhorse OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters to give them “increased power margins to meet the high and hot demands of 6,000 feet and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which are some of the conditions we’re flying in Afghanistan today,” the service’s top operations officer told the Association of the United States...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology Netherlands’ National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) is being asked to come up with solutions to the issue of helicopter brownouts, when clouds of sand and dust rise up during a desert landing. The...
January 1, 2010
Commercial | Tourism Paradigm Helicopters has incorporated its first Eurocopter AS350B3 into its Houston-based operations. The company provides various commercial...
January 1, 2010
Public Service | Police The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) combined its aviation assets with high technology and coordinated efforts with ground forces to protect dignitaries and the city of Pittsburgh from potentially violent anti-government demonstrators. The demonstrators were in Pittsburgh last September to protest against the G-20 Economic Summit. Axsys Technologies V14 MSII gyro-stabilizer on the...
January 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance Under a partnership with One Sky Aviation, Russell, Pa.-based Forward Vision Systems has received a supplemental type...
January 1, 2010
Military | Mission Equipment The Army’s OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopter—the most heavily used aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan—is losing its distinctive mast-mounted sight. Brig. Gen. Tim Crosby, commander of the Army’s Program Executive Office for Aviation, said the sensor turret atop the mast will be replaced as part of “band-aid” fixes to keep the aging...
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