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January 14, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International plans to hold the first HAI/Federal Interagency 2008 Helicopter Firefighting Safety Forum early next month. Registration is open for the event...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 10, 2007
Carson Helicopter Services is demonstrating its Fire King in Western Australia. The Grants Pass, Ore.-based company's conversion of the Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 is starting a...
December 7, 2007
San Diego's Fire-Rescue Dept. is in line to get a second helicopter. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the city's major, Jerry Sanders, has signed off...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 13, 2007
Aerosimulators has formed a strategic alliance with AeroComputers, to enhance Aerosimulators' Gimbal Imaging System Trainer. The Belgian-U.S. training company unveiled that...
November 1, 2007
I’LL CONFESS I’M PRONE, AS PERHAPS many of us are, to get "head down" and lose perspective amid the press of daily duties. For example, as I write this, my local fire company has just concluded its annual open house (I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am a volunteer firefighter in Fairfax County, Va.). In the United States, these open houses coincide with the national Fire...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
The majority of LEE BENSON’S SAR search and rescue operations occurred during his 26 -year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Additionally, in 1981 he flew for the Life Flight program in Indianapolis. But Lee observes that all helicopter pilots, regardless of their main mission, have done and continue to do lifesaving work as it is encountered in their day-to-day operations. STEVE...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Attendees and exhibitors at Helitech near Cambridge, England found the biennial trade show to be a bit slow this year, but generally were satisfied with the quality of visitors and displays. With over 15,000 sq m (161,460 sq ft) of display space, the...
November 1, 2007
SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS HAVE A CONSTANT appetite for the new and improved. Many a rescue technician and pilot lies awake at night mulling better techniques and tools for executing particular parts of their missions, and they rarely rest until they’ve tested out their most intriguing ideas. If the most intriguing involves a technique, they find someone to fly it and try out. If it’s a tool...
November 1, 2007
Being a search and rescue pilot takes skill and the ability to listen to your compatriots. THE QUESTION POSED BY ROTOR AND WING WAS, could I write an article about what it takes to be a good search and rescue pilot and how young pilots can prepare for this line of flying. I immediately thought about the definition of a SAR pilot. Does it include pilots working in EMS operations that only do...
October 31, 2007
Three firefighters and a young civilian owe their lives to the quick and daring action of aviators who saved them from a Southern California wildfire. A California Forestry and Fire Protection Dept. battalion chief, Ray Chaney, was...
October 29, 2007
California state and U.S. officials are pointing fingers at each other for the use—or lack thereof—of helicopters to fight wildfires that have ravaged Southern California. Three California Republican congressmen faulted a California policy...
October 3, 2007
The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. is getting ready to buy a new Bell Helicopter 412EP. The price is $10.2 million. Now, the county’s fire fleet consists of three Sikorsky Aircraft...
October 1, 2007
ALEA The Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. held its 37th annual convention and expo in Orlando, Fla. July 12-14, drawing more than 1,400. The event, co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept., included 164 exhibitors, more than 20 aircraft on static display, and a variety of professional workshops. At its annual membership breakfast and meeting, ALEA President Dan...
October 1, 2007
IT WAS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT I learned of the midair between two media helicopters July 27 in Phoenix. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the four men involved. Although I didn’t know either of the pilots, I took this as a personal loss because they were professional helicopter pilots and therefore my peers. In my 39 years in this industry, I have met only a handful of pilots that...
September 25, 2007
Anticipated forest fires due to the dry season in the countryside surrounding Jakarta, Indonesia, has spurred the Forestry Ministry in Jakarta to rent two Russian-made Kamov Ka-32s owned by LG...
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