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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 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
WHETHER YOU’RE A PILOT, a tactical flight officer, crew chief or medical professional, your first day of training included how to conduct a preflight. The Pilot Operating Handbook tells you what to push, pull, jiggle, and look over, while the Mission Equipment Checklist gives reminders on how to inspect the forward-looking infrared camera, medical oxygen system, and hoist. Then there’s the...
June 1, 2007
In Eurocopter’s AS350, operators find an aircraft that can perform a great variety of missions, carry a multitude of equipment for them, and provide significant power in the process, even during hot and high conditions. Like many helicopters today, it holds its value well on the used market. As with all things, the family of aircraft known as the Ecureuil, Squirrel, and, perhaps, most commonly, the...
June 1, 2007
»Bringing the LTS101 Back to the AStar Exasperation among AS350 operators with Turbomeca’s support of the aircraft’s powerplants drove Honeywell Aerospace and Soloy LLC to partner in bringing the LTS101 back to the AStar. Soloy got into the AS350 power business in 1990, when it bought the AS350 AllStar supplemental type certificate developed by Rocky Mountain Helicopters to retrofit the...
June 1, 2007
Turbomeca’s customer support of AS350 engines is the stuff that legends are made of. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the legends are often attached to customers going to extraordinary lengths to get the parts and other help they need to keep their aircraft flying. A top official of an operator of more than 10 AS350s has such a legendary tale. After his organization began operating the AStars...
May 10, 2007
The Florida National Guard supplied two UH-60 Black Hawks and flight crews in the fight to put out a wildfire that has engulfed thousands of acres in three central Florida...
May 9, 2007
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 fire command and...
May 1, 2007
TWO MONTHS AGO, WE EXTENDED an invitation to all of you, our readers. Suspecting that some of you enjoyed the sight of your aircraft (and you in and around them) captured on film or digitally, we asked for your favorites. You confirmed our suspicions and responded enthusiastically. We heard from readers in Germany and Iraq, the Sinai and the U.S. Southwest, Chile and Canada. You e-mailed and snail-mailed...
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