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December 1, 2011
Handheld 406 Decoder Assisting with SAR Available from Techtest The 12-406-9 is a touchscreen handheld 406 decoder that receives and decodes COSPAS SARSAT distress or test messages. The need to detect and locate downed aircrew has always existed. Accurately pinpointing both aircraft and crew can sometimes necessitate a lengthy search scenario. The increased population of COSPAS /SARSAT (C/S) 406MHz beacons...
December 1, 2011
This Howard County (Md.) Police helicopter is typical of many Bell 407s equipped for police work. Under its belly are a nose-mounted video/forward-looking infrared camera system, a digital downlink antenna mounted amidships, and an aft-mounted searchlight. Photos by Ernie Stephens Next to helicopters that are used for air medical operations, no other non-military rotorcraft feature as much special mission...
December 1, 2011
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories in the helicopter industry that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of more than 300 items published from January to November 2011. These news stories, features and product announcements ran in the pages of the print magazine—this doesn’t include our daily Top Stories at rotorandwing.com, web-only features...
November 3, 2011
Eurocopter has broken ground on its manufacturing plant in Queretaro, Mexico. The Queretaro location will...
November 1, 2011
EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X on display at AUSA in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Andrew Parker America has started handing over UH-72A Lakota LUHs outfitted with security and support (S&S) battalion mission equipment packages (MEPs) to the U.S...
November 1, 2011
The U.S. Army has contracted FLIR Systems to supply Safire II stabilized multi-sensor systems for...
November 1, 2011
PORTAPAD Brings the Landing Site to You A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned timeframe. When the mission is completed, you have the ability to...
October 18, 2011
Woodland, Wash.-based LifePort, Inc. has earned an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Bell 407...
October 17, 2011
CPI Aerostructures signed a $2.3 million agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft to manufacture gunner window assemblies for...
October 13, 2011
During this week’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Meeting & Exposition, 3M and Clearfix Aerospace introduced a new aviation window restoration system that could lower costs to fix helicopter windows by up to 80 percent. According to NAVAIR estimates, the system could also reduce downtime by 85 percent. Bill Norville, president, CEO and founder of Clearfix Aerospace, provided a demo of the...
September 27, 2011
Aerospace Optics (Stand 1709) Fort Worth, Texas-based Aerospace Optics is showcasing its VIVISUN Electronic Latch, which performs in a similar fashion to traditional magnetic holding or solenoid latching switches but in a much smaller mechanical package and with 500,000-cycle reliability. It integrates an electronic latch circuit that accepts discrete inputs and responds with conditioned outputs. The...
September 1, 2011
FAA has granted supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for Bristol, Tenn.-based Aeronautical Accessories’ line of...
September 1, 2011
If you were lucky enough to join the nearly 20,000 other heli-fans at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo in Orlando, you got to experience a seemingly endless array of new avionics, systems and components. And, like most, you no doubt left the show floor dreaming of flying home in one of those showroom fresh helicopters with full glass and a host of other performance upgrades. But, alas, only a very fortunate...
September 1, 2011
Annapolis, Md.-based ARINC Engineering Services has modified and delivered the last of 22 Russian Mi-17s for the Iraqi Air Force. This...
September 1, 2011
August 24, 2011
On August 22, the NTSB issued a new Safety Recommendation for the Robinson R44. The recommendation was issued at the conclusion of the NTSB investigation of a May 2009 Alaska State Trooper “hard landing” incident in which there were no injuries, with the goal of preventing similar mast-rocking incidents. In part, the NTSB recommendation reads, “NTSB recommends that FAA require Robinson...
August 1, 2011
Simplex Manufacturing has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its fire attack system on the AgustaWestland AW139. The...
July 22, 2011
Bell Helicopter affiliate SkyBOOKS has published its newest version of its electronic maintenance tracking program. SkyBOOKS V4.5...
July 1, 2011
Lockheed Martin has completed testing of its joint air-to-ground missile (JAGM) again moving sea targets in the Gulf of Mexico near Eglin AFB in Florida. The tests highlighted the abilities of the missile’s tri-mode seeker, which was mounted in the nose section of a modified Sabreliner 60 and used against multiple targets, including a Revenge Advanced Composites (RAC) patrol ship. While the trials...
July 1, 2011
Pilots like to discuss weather even when they’re not flying. How much thought do you put into your weather sources? Over the years, our options have certainly expanded. With today’s technology, we have access to weather in nearly every phase of flight. Only a few decades ago, our sources of weather were somewhat limited and not altogether mobile. It often required a trip over to the flight...
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