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December 1, 2008
Aircraft Sales Brokers Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin, TX 78746 E-mail: helisales@austinjet.com Web: www.austinjet.com Phone: 512-292-7088 Fax: 512-233-2726 Heli-Lynx 684 Mud Street East, Hangar #1 Stoney Creek, ON, Canada L8J 3C9 E-mail: info@helilynx.com Web: www.helilynx.com Phone: 905-643-7334 Fax: 905-643-7223 Buyer’s Agents Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin...
December 1, 2008
A AAR Corp., 1100 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191; E-mail: paul.oppenheim@aarcorp.com; Web: www.aarcorp.com; Phone: 630-227-2000; Fax: 630-227-2039 Acadian Composites LLC, 301 W. Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507; E-mail: acsales@phihelico.com; Web: www.phihelico.com; Phone: 337-237-6070; Fax: 337-237-6560 Ace Technical Plastics, P.O. Box 4519, Hartford, CT 06117: E-mail...
November 6, 2008
The company recently conducted a series of test flights demonstrating a new, low-light-level sensor system for U.S. Army Arrowhead-equipped AH-64D Apaches. The Visible/Near Infrared...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Turbomeca Manufacturing, a subsidiary of SAFRAN USA in Grand Prairie, Texas, opened its Monroe, N.C. facility on September 25, making it the company’s only manufacturing plant outside of France. The 100,000-sq-ft facility is located on 42 sprawling acres of land just outside of Charlotte, N.C. The plant will use state-of-the-art equipment to build...
November 1, 2008
PRODUCTS The National Business Aviation Assoc. reported robust participation at its 61st Annual Meeting and Convention, which was held October 6-8 in Orlando, Fla. Organizers counted 30,811 attendees who represented a variety of disciplines in the business aviation field. Although fixed-wing executive aircraft and equipment accounted for the majority of interest at the NBAA convention, the...
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 1, 2008
Important tools for flight safety, NVGs’ broader application is impeded by varying and confusing FAA rules on their installation and use. Although night-vision goggles (NVGs) are becoming commonplace in emergency medical services and law enforcement operations, and the FAA says it encourages their use, questions remain about what is and is not allowed in operations and modifications. There is a lack...
September 1, 2008
Heli-Snipers Here to Stay Giovanni de Briganti calls on the U.S. military to consider employing a technique he explained is being used by several other forces, particularly the British and French (“Heli-Snipers Prove Effective” June 2008, page 54). He writes “...if the Pentagon can afford to spend $22 billion to buy 22,500 Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles to protect troops from...
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
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
There is always far more to a news story than what makes it into print — the back story of all the intricate maneuvering and hours of negotiations, the legal and financial aspects, who may be grinding an axe, protecting a friend or pursuing a financial interest. The challenge for us here at Rotor & Wing, and for any journalists, is to convey the heart of a story accurately without explaining...
August 1, 2008
Bumps in the Night Millennia ago, humans gathered in caves at night for a sense of protection. In groups near an open fire, they listened to the frightening sounds of predators outside and hoped they would not become a predator’s next meal. When the sounds got louder and closer, they stoked their fires higher, attempting to ward off the predators. Sure, man ventured outside at night, but he was never...
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...
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