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November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
November 1, 2006
HAS SEARCH AND RESCUE ENTERED A NEW AGE? Soon after the first helicopter rescue missions in 1944, SAR grew into a bastion of dedicated specialists using honed flying skills and customized tools to return to safety downed airmen, marooned sailors, and stranded citizens. SAR crews gained reputations as competitive bunches who refused to admit defeat. They developed their own territories and specialties and...
November 1, 2006
MD Plans to Acquire Training Fleet MD Helicopters is "committed to being the provider of training" to its customers and is undertaking an aircraft, training device and courseware acquisition program to achieve that, according to the company's new director of flight operations and training and chief pilot. "We are conducting a major review of every aspect of our training program," said...
August 1, 2006
U.S. Army Choice of EADS LUH Bid Boosts Globalization The U.S. Army's choice of a European-led team to provide its next-generation light utility helicopter is widely seen as a crucial validation of globalization in the rotorcraft industry. Two critical questions arise. First, can the Army afford the purchase of up to 352 aircraft envisioned when it named Eurocopter's EC145 the winner of a four-helicopter...
July 1, 2006
U.S. Office Faults Proposed Visa Changes Foes of proposed changes to U.S. visa rules for foreign students seeking flight training won support from a notable source--an office of the U.S. government itself. "Mindful that there are important security implications associated with this proposed rule," particularly with respect to foreign nationals training to be pilots, the Office of Advocacy of the...
April 1, 2006
Vortex Helicopters Recovers, Relocates Its battering by Hurricane Katrina last year helped convince Vortex Helicopters to relocate from Long Beach, Miss. to New Iberia, La. The flight school's decision was made easier by tax breaks and other incentives from New Iberia's economic development agency, which had been wooing owners Joe and Mary Sheeran, and by the new site's collocation with Air Logistics...
March 1, 2006
The question remains: When will we learn? Two weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks that had U.S. politicians of every ilk clamoring for greater domestic defense against threats manmade and natural, little more than a year after an emergency-management simulation essentially predicted massive flooding of New Orleans in the wake of a Category 4 hurricane, just eight months after an Indian...
February 1, 2006
Vendors to Line Up for Slice of USMC Heavy-Lift Pie Sikorsky is focused on nailing down by June its strategy for choosing key subcontractors to build a new U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter, having secured contracts for that potential $18.8-billion aircraft development and production program. Approved by the Pentagon Dec. 22, 2005, development of the Heavy Lift Replacement successor to the CH-53E...
January 1, 2006
These are times of unexpected change, unusual partnerships and high demand for helicopters and those who make them, support them and fly them. To decipher what all this means for the Industry going forward, we asked top Industry executives the following question: "What specific trends to you anticipate In the helicopter Industry In 2006, and what effects will they have on the Industry?" Precision...
January 1, 2006
Ever-Expanding Line of Helicopter Mission Equipment 60 Years of Excellence Now entering our 60th year of business, generations of operators have expanded their fleet utilization with our well designed, high-quality, and easily maintained equipment. Simplex designs and manufactures a range of helicopter systems and accessories for fire fighting, agricultural spraying, and oil spill response, all of it...
January 1, 2006
Eurocopter has finally moved to plug a long-standing gap in its product line, signing a pact to develop its next helicopter, the 7-9-ton EC175, with Chinese industry. This EC175 will compete head on with the AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter AB139. Both its launch and AgustaWestland's November buyout of Bell's stake in the AB139 confirm that the 6-8 tonne market segment is widely seen as a highly profitable...
January 1, 2006
Delays in fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor was one reason AgustaWestland ended its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the AB139 medium-twin. "When we started, we were thinking to go into the market with the 609 and 139 together" and the joint Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. selling both made sense, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi said. With the BA609's service entry delayed until...
January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
October 1, 2005
Helicopter Heroism I'll spare you the diatribe about helicopters in emergency response, which seems to have become a nearly semi-annual recurrence for my Editor's Notebooks. Back in August 2004, I wrote "it seems hard to believe that political leaders, emergency managers and the general public have not universally recognized the critical need to have helicopters available in times of crisis."...
October 1, 2005
First Lessons From Katrina Paris--Like television viewers around the world, Europeans were in turn appalled by the catastrophic damage Hurricane Katrina wreaked on the U.S. Gulf Coast, incredulous at the curiously relaxed response of all levels of American government, and appalled that victims were left for days to fend for themselves. It was only several days later that scenes shown on TV screens became...
October 1, 2005
Unprecedented Helicopter Force Takes Field in Katrina's Wake Hurricane Katrina destroyed, and helicopters by the score swept in behind her to save and bring succor. In the wake of that devastating Aug. 29 maelstrom and the flooding that followed it, helicopter owners and operators of every size and stripe flew to the grief-stricken regions of Louisiana and Mississippi to help in any way they could. Nearly...
August 1, 2005
With two teams working on firefighting tanks for the K-Max--and one on the verge of certification, operators may have a new reason to order the strange but uniquely capable aircraft. Kaman hopes so. SUPERIOR HELICOPTER MIGHT HAVE BEEN FLYING ITS new FIREMAX helicopter weeks ago. But business was just too good. The Grants Pass, Ore.-based logging, construction and firefighting helicopter operator and its...
July 1, 2005
Phoenix's Air Support Unit chases criminals, quenches fires and rescues the distressed from nearby mountains with its fleet of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Since 1973, the Phoenix Police Dept.'s Air Support Unit has been backing up earthbound patrol officers, dousing fires across the department's 500 sq. mi. jurisdiction and rescuing injured climbers off the city's hot, arid mountains. "We're...
July 1, 2005
Carrying Rain Dumping large amounts of water onto a raging fire is not rocket science, but it does take good judgment, a steady hand and special training. In the 1989 movie "Always," Richard Dreyfus plays a firefighting pilot who flies right through the smoke and fire, his aircraft falls apart and he's killed. While he does come back as a fairly benevolent ghost, there is the nagging feeling that...
July 1, 2005
New Center Offers Firefighting Training The U.S. Forest Service, NASA and the University of California at Davis are teaming up to bring a new level of sophistication and effectiveness to training air crews and mission managers for aerial firefighting. Along with representatives from private industry, those partners have opened an Aviation Center of Excellence at the former McClellan AFB north of...
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