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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...
September 18, 2007
An Arizona helicopter pilot and a technology company are taking steps they hope will prevent accidents like the mid-air collision in Phoenix, Ariz. last month where four people were killed. The system’s aim is to...
September 13, 2007
The deaths of two New York City firefighters last month has fire union officials clamoring for a dedicated fire helicopter in that city. The two firefighters were killed Aug. 18 after they became trapped in a major fire at the...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
CIVIL Effective Aug. 30, the FAA was to reconfigure the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, changing it from what many pilots have described as "Mickey Mouse ears" to a rough circle centered on the DCA VOR. The original ADIZ was placed around Washington in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and encompassed the Class B airspace of National...
September 1, 2007
PUBLIC SAFETY/FIRE With more than 40 major wildfires still raging in the western United States, officials from the National Interagency Fire Center in August faced a shortage of helicopters to battle the blazes that had already consumed 830,000 acres of land. As of early August, more than 200 rotorcraft and many fixed-wing aircraft were participating in the...
September 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/UTILITY The Russian operator UTair Aviation has sent an Mil Mi-6 to help contain forest fires in Greece. The helicopter, which can carry 15 metric tons (33,000 lb) of water, was sent in response to the Greek prime...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
September 1, 2007
Atlantis Demonstrates Virtual Task Trainer Atlantis Systems International of Brampton, Ontario, gave attendees at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.’s 37th Annual Convention a sample of virtual reality with their Helicopter Virtual Task Trainer. Looking like a cross between an amusement park ride and a full-motion flight simulator, the trainer puts the pilot and a set of flight controls atop a...
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