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May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE It’s fire season in the Northeastern United States, where branches starved of water are vulnerable to lightning strikes from spring thunderstorms and campers eager to commune with nature who leave smoldering embers behind. It’s still fire season in the West, where wildfires have devastated thousands of acres and destroyed homes. It doesn’t look like it’s going to...
May 1, 2007
OKAY. HERE’S THE SCENARIO: YOUR outfit has authorized the purchase of a new aircraft. Everyone either officially or unofficially starts looking at helicopter brochures, sketching interior designs, and talking about what the "other guys" are flying. Next, the various sales representatives drop by with a sample for you to fly, along with a dizzying list of options. Once you’ve chosen an...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE The city of San Diego's fire and rescue helicopter is now in service around the clock. Since Feb. 10, Copter 1, a Bell 212, has been available 24 hr a day, seven days a week. Before then, its operating hours were 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If an emergency necessitated air support outside those hours, aircrews were called back. Copter covers 331 sq mi, all of the...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
IT MAY SEEM LIKE NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH THE current high demand for new helicopters. Operators don’t like having to wait a year or more for aircraft. Customers of commercial ones want more services than it is possible to get at times, because everything available is flying. Manufacturers complain they could garner more sales if they could build helicopters faster. Smiling among the unhappy crowd...
April 1, 2007
AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SURPLUS MILITARY helicopters are being sold by the U.S. military and foreign military organizations around the world. While these sales are beneficial to the seller, many of them bring a host of problems that the purchasers do not foresee, making the helicopter purchase anything but beneficial. Before buying a helicopter that has been used in military operations, potential buyers...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
April 1, 2007
BELL HELICOPTER AND AN ISRAELI FIRM are pursuing development of an advanced-technology rotorcraft that some at the U.S. manufacturer believe could change the face of vertical-lift operations. The concept is based on the patented "fancraft" technology of the Israeli firm, Urban Aeronautics. The concept calls for a highly integrated propulsion and flight-control system that makes it possible to...
March 15, 2007
Firefighters in Gainesville, Fla are learning how to work around law enforcement helicopters.  Their teachers are members of the Alachua County Sheriff Dept.’s Joint...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
The European Commission plans to test and implement a system for communicating with the populace in disaster-stricken areas by broadcasting text messages to cell phones from an orbiting helicopter. The commission is underwriting the initiative, which is intended to close the communications gap that typically results when a natural disaster...
March 1, 2007
The Helicopter Assn. International has presented more than 600 Igor I. Sikorsky Awards for Humanitarian Service to organizations, companies, and individuals whose helicopters and crews served the Gulf Coast of Louisiana...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
March 1, 2007
EACH DAY, AN ELITE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN crisscross the skies in helicopters with tons of cargo dangling far beneath their helicopters on long cables. Some are taking massive buckets of water to a fire, while others are carrying a clutch of logs to the mill. They fly in almost everything that a hook can be attached to. The specialty is long-line flying. Some estimates put the number of long-line pilots at...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
February 1, 2007
Feb. 20-22 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Rotorcraft/Technology Infusion, Riverbend Campus, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. Contact: Mark Dreier, 817-280-4907; E-mail: MDreier@BellHelicopter.Textron.com. March 1-3-Heli — Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
January 1, 2007
Simplex Manufacturing is committed to providing premier aviation products in the field of fire management, agricultural applications, and now power-line maintenance. Its entire team is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer support worldwide. Simplex is entering its 61st year of engineering and manufacturing excellence. The company is proud of the generations of operators that have expanded...
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