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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...
February 1, 2005
Nations Marshal Rotorcraft to Aid Tsunami Victims Helicopters from around the world rallied to the aid of the millions injured and displaced by tidal waves triggered by the Dec. 26, 2004 undersea earthquake off the northwestern coast of Sumatra. The waves killed more than 150,000 around the Indian Ocean. The impromptu aerial relief operations proved the critical value that helicopters can play after...
February 1, 2005
CIVIL Firehawk Flies 24 Rescues in About 11 Rain-Soaked Hours The crew of a single Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Firehawk saved 34 victims in 24 separate rescues in one 10.8-hr. stretch of flying Jan. 10...
January 1, 2005
Renewing the Debate As we went to press, the ground was being laid for renewed public debate in the United States on homeland security, what it means and on how it can best be achieved. We wrap up production of Rotor & Wing roughly two weeks before you see it about the first day of the month cited on the cover. (Some of you outside the United States see it much later; we continue to work on resolving...
January 1, 2005
In this fast-paced and ever-changing industry, if you don't keep up with new trends you'll be left behind. To find out what some of those new trends are we asked top industry executives the following question: "What specific trends do you anticipate in the helicopter industry in 2005, and what effects will they have on the industry?" Aviall: "Things Are Looking Positive" This year...
January 1, 2005
Accessories for Firefighting, Ag-Spraying and Oil-Spill Response For the most complete line of high- quality helicopter firefighting mission equipment, customers around the world turn to Simplex. Tradition of Quality It's been that way for more than 58 years, and generations of operators have expanded their fleet utilization with our well-designed, high-quality, and easily maintained equipment. Today...
December 1, 2004
January January is our second-annual, Annual Reports issue, featuring detailed company profiles. In this issue, we provide a writer and the space for our advertisers to communicate to our readers about what is new or interesting within their company. James Careless has been surveying these companies extensively over the past weeks to prepare this unique special report, which will be bound into the center...
December 1, 2004
VXX Award Targeted for Dec. 17 December 17 stands to be a key date for the teams competing to provide the next helicopter transport for the U.S. President. U.S. Navy officials appear to be sticking to their plans to announce the winner of the VXX competition for that aircraft on the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight. There were some similarities in the paths Sikorsky and...
November 1, 2004
It's time. By your best estimates, your community is ready to get into the air. It is time to start a public safety helicopter unit! Getting your agency off the ground will not be a walk in the park, but those who have done it have a lot of good advice. According to most, step #1 is to call home and let them know that you will be a year or two late for dinner. Unless you are the one who sits at the top of...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
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