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September 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL U.S. officials investigating the Aug. 5 crash of a Carson Helicopters S-61N that killed nine firefighters battling California wildfires are examining the aircraft’s engines and voice recorders for clues to the cause of the accident. The Fire King, a variant of the S-61 developed by Carson, crashed in the Shasta-Trinity Forest near Weaverville, Calif. Four of the 13...
September 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Specialist Aviation Services recalled all 18 of its MD Helicopters MD-902s from police and emergency medical service lessees in early August while it investigated a control system failure. On Aug. 8, an SAS Explorer on lease to Great North Air Ambulance of Durham, England, executed a run-on landing at its Denham Airfield base outside of London after the pilot experienced what the operator...
July 28, 2008
This Friday, August 1, is the deadline to submit your nominations for the Rotor & Wing Helicopter Heroism Awards. Winners...
July 21, 2008
Aircraft of the U.S. Air Force’s 302nd Air Expeditionary Group began their third week of coordinated efforts to control wildfires in California. The 302nd AEG aerial assets have conducted nearly 1,000 drops, delivering more than...
July 9, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar...
July 3, 2008
Welcome to R&W’s updated homepage. You’ll still find all the rotorcraft information you require here, with our daily news briefs, powerful search engine and current...
June 25, 2008
The two U.K. police officers and helicopter pilot were nominated for the country’s Police Bravery Awards, which honor police officers in England and Wales for heroic actions. The team saved a woman from drowning in the River Derwent in Derbyshire, England. Pilot and Captain Eric Church, hovered near power lines...
June 23, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar year 2007...
June 20, 2008
Summertime always brings with it the risk of forest fires in rain-starved landscapes. On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, a forest fire forced the evacuation of six villages this week. The island is facing one of the worst droughts on record and had to use scarce water...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 3, 2008
Nominations are open for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award. For more than 40 years, the award has honored crews who tested the limits of their skill and courage and the performance of their...
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
PUBLIC SERVICE New York City’s East 34 Street Metroport hosted an Apr. 26 drill to exchange information on how rescue professionals can work safely around EMS helicopters. Roughly 150 heliport and rescue workers joined in the drill. An Atlantic Ambulance Services Eurocopter EC135 and a New Jersey State Police Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 — both configured for EMS operations — were...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
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 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
PUBLIC SERVICE | FIRE Two fire departments in the United States are expanding their aerial firefighting capabilities with the addition of new helicopters. The Chicago Fire Dept. last month unveiled its new Bell Helicopter 412EP. It joins an older 412EP that has been flown by sworn firefighters of the 5,000-member agency since 2001. Both are tasked with search and rescue in Lake Michigan, fireground...
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 16, 2008
Keystone Helicopter has won approval to certify modifications to specific rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft for the FAA. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary...
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