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May 7, 2012
Eurocopter has received an order for an additional eight EC145s from the Kazakhstan government. The octuplet is part of a...
May 1, 2012
A study from John Hopkins University published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that critically injured patients transported via helicopter to level I or level II trauma...
May 1, 2012
I know that some of you must think that I’m an anarchist. I have BMW-ed—that’s “bitched, moaned and whined” in California speak—about most of the regulators of aviation at one point or another. Whether it’s the FAA or the NTSB, I have my concerns. After 40-plus years in the helicopter business I have seen instances of abuse of power that reinforces Lord...
May 1, 2012
SAR. Search and rescue by helicopter. They say it all started in April 1944 when a Sikorsky R-4 helicopter rescued four airmen from the Burma jungle. That was a military application and the airborne SAR mission remained a military/government operation for many years. Let’s fast forward to the here and now. Over the United States’ land mass, the military still retains its internal SAR...
April 18, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing examines various options for operators in “Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm”. The article provides a starting point for pilots and operators when it comes to airborne weather radar. Outside of the Honeywell and Rockwell Collins’ radar systems that are mentioned, operators can also find L-3 Communications’ Stormscope and Insight...
April 1, 2012
The Ministry of Defense for Japan is replacing a Eurocopter EC225 lost in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  Eurocopter Eurocopter Japan has received an order from the Japan...
April 1, 2012
Ka-52 Alligator. While Russian Helicopters is expanding globally in civil markets, the manufacturer’s military variants continue to draw international attention. Photos by Russian Helicopters During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from global expansion, emerging markets and training, to...
April 1, 2012
Aviation support units from across Australia converged in Parramatta for a three-day helicopter tactical training course hosted by the New South Wales Police Force Aviation Support Branch (PolAir). The tactical flight course, led by airborne law enforcement trainer Kevin Means, was aimed at improving...
April 1, 2012
One of Italy’s 10 new HH-139As in service with the Air Force. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has handed over the first of 10 HH-139As to the Italian Air Force. The helicopters will serve in search and rescue (SAR)...
March 20, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is asking for feedback on its web-based safety toolkits...
March 15, 2012
Eurocopter's EC225 full flight simulator in Aberdeen, Scotland has logged more than 2,000 flight hours in its first 11...
March 13, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained an order from the Turkish National Police for 15 Bell 429s. The selection follows an...
March 12, 2012
Los Angeles Fire Department’s Air Operations unit has chosen Aero Dynamix to install night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrades on five AgustaWestland AW139s...
March 1, 2012
Jeff Pino addresses the press at Heli-Expo 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own...
March 1, 2012
Tech-Tool Plastics: Reinforced and Ready to Install EC120, EC130 Windows Tech-Tool Plastics is pleased to offer the ultimate in quality replacement windows for your Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 helicopters. Currently FAA, EASA, Transport Canada and ANAC approved, these windows offer reinforced edging which helps prevent cracking during extreme temperature changes. Plus, these replacement windows are...
March 1, 2012
If you’re looking for a bright spot in any sector of aviation, the best place to start is the helicopter segment. The rising price of oil along with the continued growth of EMS and SAR have helped helicopter manufacturers maintain rather healthy production numbers. In fact, at last year’s Heli-Expo, Honeywell’s annual Turbine-powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook predicted that...
March 1, 2012
Maritime Coastguard Agency AW139 that is currently operated by CHC from Portland and Lee-on-the-Solent in the south of England. The Department for Transport (DfT) is contemplating that the future of the Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service in the United Kingdom could be given to a single operator or pair of operators rather than to a consortium of companies as happened in the last SAR-H...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
March 1, 2012
During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from emerging markets to aftermarket support. The Moscow-based conglomerate is made up of a dozen subsidiaries, including Mil and Kamov, employing a total of around 40,000 people. Petrov said that Russian Helicopters is keeping tabs on the civil rotorcraft...
February 22, 2012
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) hosted its 2nd Annual Night Vision Awards ceremony during Heli-Expo 2012. The night vision goggle (NVG) supplier recognized EMS, law enforcement, public safety and transport...
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