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August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/MISSION EQUIPMENT Eurocopter has won U.S. and European certification of a night-vision capable cockpit for the EC145. The manufacturer appears to be the first OEM to offer an option for night-vision-capable cockpit instruments and lighting for a civil aircraft off the production line. Aircraft with...
August 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE Eurocopter is seizing the opportunity of the wildfire season on the Mediterranean island of Corsica to assess the firefighting capabilities of the EC725. In league with the manufacturer, France’s interior ministry rented an EC725 from the French air force’s 1/67 "Pyrénées" Sqdn. in Cazaux, near...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES AgustaWestland has signed an agreement with Kaigai Aviotech Corp. of Japan to sell AW119 Ke, AW109 Power and Grand helicopters to the Japanese commercial market. Kaigai provides maintenance services to aircraft...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
THE 1960S PROVED TO BE A PIVOTAL DECADE FOR THE helicopter industry. As the Vietnam War escalated, the versatility of the helicopter was demonstrated time and time again. With new technology came new applications and the helicopter was used for everything from troop transport to airborne attack. Medevac usage was also a critical mission, and paved the way for the future growth of civilian emergency medical...
August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
INTERNATIONAL HELICOPTER manufacturers and operators remain hopeful that upcoming events in China will serve to loosen the Communist government’s stranglehold on general aviation operations there. Industry representatives have been building relationships with officials in Beijing and major Chinese cities for several years. They are seizing the opportunity created by the need to provide security and...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
August 1, 2007
FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO thank Rotor & Wing for giving me the opportunity to write this column. Since I recently retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., this column will allow me to stay connected to the helicopter industry I truly love. I’m sure my college freshman English teacher is now spinning from laughter in her grave faster than the N1 section in a C20 turbine. That woman...
July 25, 2007
A mechanical malfunction has been cited as the cause of a crash of a firefighting helicopter working on the Zaca fire in Santa Barbara, Calif. last week. Minor injuries were suffered...
July 1, 2007
Seeking out the bad guys with today’s innovations makes this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association a must-attend meeting. FINDING WAYS TO KEEP AIRBORNE law enforcement capabilities a step or two ahead of the bad guys that are cost-efficient, politically palatable, and truly effective in the field is a constant challenge. Many an agency air unit makes due with equipment that’s a bit...
July 1, 2007
AUSTRALIA IS A VAST COUNTRY. The natural development has been major centers of population in the capital cities with smaller population centers to support development in the outback. Outside the armed forces the helicopter is a major lifesaving tool and is an essential part of the various state governments’ emergency and ambulance services, with assistance from the Flying Doctor Service established...
July 1, 2007
A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO I ACCEPTED an invitation to see some of the latest and greatest advancements in ultralights, powered parachutes, and even gyroplanes. Collectively, I’ll call them "sport-recreational aircraft," the kind anyone can buy in kit form for less than $50,000. Even though those kinds of aircraft have been on the market for decades, and are already popular among people who want...
June 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE Supervisors in Kern County, Calif. have approved a six-year plan to build a small air force to fight wildfires. The fire chief wants to add two new helicopters and replace the single...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/MEDICAL A Pennsylvania fire department has won a court fight over its ability to build a heliport for medevac flights. A judge in Schuylkill County, Pa. ruled in mid-April that the county zoning hearing board adhered to procedures in approving Good Will Fire Co. No. 1’s request to build a heliport on unoccupied property owned by Reading...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
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