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June 3, 2008
Aviation Specialties Unlimited has regained its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate. The FAA issued the certificate May 30, according to the...
June 3, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Aviation Specialties Unlimited says that no more than 10 helicopters had use of their night-vision systems suspended as a result of discrepancies between installations and the paperwork submitted to the FAA, and that those were limited to two operators. It notes that the FAA official with which it has worked to develop a plan to correct the discrepancies is a project manager in the Northwest...
June 1, 2008
June 10-12 — ITEC 2008, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact: Phone: 44 (0) 20-8910-7817; E-mail: itec@reedexpo.co.uk; Web: www.itec.co.uk. June 16-20 — Eurosatory 2008, Paris. Contact: Phone: 33 (0) 1 4414-5810; E-mail: coges@eurosatroy.com; Web: www.eurosatory.com. June 16-19 — CBAA Convention, Toronto. Contact: Phone: 1-613-236-5611, ext. 230; E-mail: hgervais@cbaa.ca; Web: www.cbaa.ca. July...
June 1, 2008
San Francisco-based URS Corp will train helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army and the Air Force under a five-year contract that could be worth up to $240 million. URS won the contract through its EG&G division, which has been training helicopter pilots for the military since 1989. Training takes place at Fort Rucker, Ala. Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $60-million contract for the...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
Subject:  Response to Article “FAA, Vendor, Operators Sort Through NVG Turmoil,” June 2008, page 10   Too many times information goes out without having the facts right.  Your latest article in your “Rotorcraft Report” is a prime example of this situation. It is true that Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) has been sorting through and correcting...
May 29, 2008
Eurocopter is acquiring the German helicopter maintenance specialist Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH. Motorflug, which has bases in Baden-Baden, Rheinmünster and Schönhagen near Berlin, will become an integral part of...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
May 1, 2008
Northrop Grumman is searching for a new radar for its MQ-8B Fire Scout program, in hopes that new customers will follow. The company plans to build its own unmanned test aircraft to try out new sensor packages on the unmanned aerial vehicle, a modified version of Schweizer’s Model 333 turbine helicopter. Later this year, The company-owned "white tail" will test the Telephonics RDR-1700B...
May 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | You are relaxing in the pilot lounge waiting for passengers to arrive when you see on TV "Breaking News" — an aircraft has crashed. You see overhead pictures from news helicopters, the FAA or NTSB investigators on the way to the crash site, and finally someone talking about aviation safety. Many pilots have often wondered what really happens during an investigation. The FAA...
April 29, 2008
California’s Orange County fire Authority is buying two new Bell Helicopter 412EPs to strengthen its firefighting capabilities, according to The Orange...
April 14, 2008
Boeing reports it has received a draft of the latest change to the U.S. Air Force's request for proposals to provide a new combat search and rescue helicopter. The draft of Amendment 6 of the Combat Search and Rescue X proposal was sent out April 11. Bidders have until...
April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 1, 2008
NEWS As the U.S. Air Force culls final bids for its combat search-and-rescue X (CSAR-X) contract, the competing teams are maneuvering for any advantage they can get in the disputed, $10-billion-plus program. Top Air Force officials have said they want a contract award by July. The program to replace the service’s over-taxed CSAR fleet of Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60G Pave Hawks has been delayed twice by...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The FAA’s top helicopter official told Heli-Expo attendees that all night operations should be flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs). "NVGs should be the norm, not the exception," said David Downey, manager of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate. A problem with that, of course, is that NVG installations in civil aircraft in the United States are done almost...
April 1, 2008
Igor Sikorsky, the godfather of the modern helicopter, perhaps summed it up best: "Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle." When I served as editor-in-chief of Rotor & Wing during the mid-to-late 1990s, I was always struck by the sheer passion of the people in the helicopter market. Their devotion to rotorcraft made editing this magazine a joy and a privilege. I...
April 1, 2008
Continuing the discussion we began with my last column on helicopter acquisitions, I focus this month on helicopter selection ("Aircraft Life Lessons," February 2008, page xx). We all have favorite helicopter makers and models. Next to hot fudge sundaes with no calories, being allowed to pick my favorite helicopter without regards to cost or justification would be at the top of my Christmas list...
April 1, 2008
May 2008: Air Med on the European Continent — We examine in depth the factors spurring (and limiting) development of air medical operations on the Continent. Offshore Operations — As the offshore industry gathers in Houston for its annual Offshore Technology Conference, we look at what’s driving helicopter operations in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, and elsewhere. Satellite Tracking...
April 1, 2008
Taking on Needles In Bigger Haystacks Planning on getting lost at sea? Try to wait a few years. The U.S. Coast Guard is in the process of installing new emergency beacon locators on all of its aircraft. The new DF-430-F electronic director finder, made by Rockwell Collins, can pick up emergency signals from 60 mi away, a huge improvement over older systems that required rescue aircraft to be within a few...
April 1, 2008
Armed Dolphins Replace Stingrays The U.S Coast Guard is now flying its own armed helicopters to interdict drug runners, after nearly a decade of using leased aircraft because its own weren’t powerful enough to lift the guns and crews needed for the mission. The Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., dubbed HITRON, switched to Eurocopter HH-65C Dolphins from leased...
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