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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...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
June 1, 2005
Help With Brownouts With all due respect to Lt. Col. Steven F. Colby and his fellow military aviators, after reading his article on better ways to deal with brownouts, I couldn't help but make some comments ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). I have more than 30 years of commercial helicopter flying in a utility role in some of the harshest environments Mother Nature has to offer. I...
May 1, 2005
Kaman Getting K-MAX Pilots Ready For Fire Season With a relatively dry winter in the northwestern United States, firefighting companies are gearing up for a bad fire season. Kaman Aerospace Corp. doesn't specifically train pilots for fighting fires, but it does train them to transition to the unique, long-line capabilities for water bucket operations used to fight fires with the K-MAX . All of Kaman's...
May 1, 2005
Bringing Visuals Down to Earth In place in its new home, Bell's training academy is focused on enhancing customer learning in part by improving the tools they use to prep for specific mission activities. Flight training devices are impressive things. Built to match the aircraft they represent, to a high degree of fidelity, the more advanced of these devices permit a great deal of systems, procedures and...
May 1, 2005
July Conference to Target Civil Use of NVGs The Assn. of Air Medical Services is working with operators, federal regulators and safety investigators, aircraft makers and equipment vendors to organize a one-day conference in July on avoiding pitfalls in the operational introduction of night-vision goggles for helicopter emergency medical services. NVGs are growing in popularity among civil operators and...
April 1, 2005
Advanced avionics applications have made their way to rotorcraft. Now the challenge is to make it easier and more cost-efficient to get them into aircraft and operations. Avionics and aircraft manufacturers in recent years have succeeded in adapting to helicopter applications many systems developed for the larger fixed-wing commercial and corporate aviation markets. In the process, they've learned valuable...
March 1, 2005
Aerial firefighting is moving to faster, heavier and more capable aircraft at the same time that providers of fire services are confronted with demands from federal officials in the U.S. to upgrade their onboard systems while simultaneously holding bid prices on contracts. From retrofits of old aircraft like Sikorsky's S-61 and CH-53 and the Bell AH-1 Cobra to the entrance of new aircraft such as the...
February 1, 2005
Unique Capabilities, Low Demand UNPLANNED AND ON-CALL ACTIVITIES have become essential for survival in the heavy-lift business. Jon Lazzaretti, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.'s marketing vice president, said firefighting can't be depended upon, but is increasingly important for revenue. Helicopters played a larger role than usual in firefighting last year with the fixed-wing fleet grounded, but heavy rainfall...
February 1, 2005
Public Service Inventories To Grow WITH 2004 GONE, IT IS TIME TO look at what the future holds for airborne law enforcement and firefighting units in 2005. The chief pilot of any law enforcement helicopter operation will tell you that money is still the tail that wags the aviation dog. Flight operations, fleet size and mission equipment acquisitions are driven by massive amounts of money (and the...
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