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November 1, 2010
The U.S. Navy has begun rotorcraft project testing using its new Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation (T-REX), a Bell UH-1N adapted for use in developing and testing new technology equipment. T-REX is a part of NAVAIR’s Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA), and headed by Brad Schieferdecker, associate director for technology development, and based at NAS...
November 1, 2010
As I write this column before the outcome of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) is known (expected towards the end of October), it is already clear that the process has been rushed through. Where the previous SDR in 1998 took a year-plus to complete, this time and despite the desperate need for a strategic re-evaluation which is long overdue, the process hasn’t taken more...
October 7, 2010
Extensive changes are in store for the regulations that guide helicopter EMS operations, under an FAA Notice for Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released Thursday. The agency is moving to tighten flight rules and...
October 1, 2010
Animation shows cockpit view from the Piper PA-32R-300 one second before it struck the Eurocopter AS350BA on Aug. 8, 2009 over the Hudson River. NTSB Image The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its findings in the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision involving a helicopter and a small aircraft over the Hudson River near New York City. Nine people died in the crash, which involved a Liberty...
October 1, 2010
A group of government and industry organizations has completed certification of the first Bell 429 to conduct steep approaches using wide area augmentation system (WAAS) capability. Involved in the collaborative effort are Bell Helicopter, Air Methods, FAA (including its Global Navigation Satellite System Program Office and Flight Standards Organization), Hickock & Associates, and Des Moines...
September 15, 2010
Following a five-hour public meeting yesterday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a multi-pronged probable cause in the Aug. 8, 2009 midair collision of a tour helicopter and small aircraft over the Hudson River near New York City. Nine people died in the accident, which involved a Liberty Helicopters-operated Eurocopter AS350BA...
September 14, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board is meeting at 9:30 a.m. EST this morning to issue a report...
September 7, 2010
FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Bell 222, including the B and U models, and the Bell 230 and 430. The AD is related to a...
September 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) has equipped two Namibia-based Government Air Transport Services AgustaWestland AW139s...
September 1, 2010
"Back to the Future" would have been an apt theme when Pentagon and U.S. rotorcraft industry and academic representatives convened in Huntsville, Ala., May 5-6 for a workshop on a nascent organization called the Vertical Lift Consortium. The meeting at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal was part of a Defense Department quest to ensure the future of the U.S. vertical lift industry by trying to get...
August 25, 2010
Appareo Systems has been included on the Inc. Magazine 500 – a compilation of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Appareo comes in at number 159 on the list with a growth percentage of 1751.9...
August 11, 2010
AgustaWestland has inked a deal to supply six AW139s to the Government of Panama. Four of the helicopters will...
August 5, 2010
More than 5,000 words of direct quotations from the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit are now available through a web-only...
August 4, 2010
Two helicopters—a Kamov Ka-32A and a Mil Mi-17-1B—left Azerbaijan on Wednesday headed to Russia to join efforts to bring widespread...
August 1, 2010
AgustaWestland parent Finmeccanica agreed in June to sell the intellectual property, data and production rights for the AW101 to Boeing. The Seattle-based manufacturer plans to incorporate AW101 design elements into a new offering for the VXX Presidential Helicopter...
August 1, 2010
Virginia Tech students Ryan Berg, Joseph Diner, Alexander Carra, Michael Creaven, Meagan Hom, Ryan Paetzell, Jason Smith, Alan Steinert, James Tenney and Bryant Tomlin took the top prize in the NASA contest for their RAFT concept. NASA Taking second place was a team of 10 graduate students from Georgia Tech and the University of Liverpool. Georgia Tech’s Etienne Baer, Adam Cortese, Ersel Olcer...
August 1, 2010
Tom Salat, with FAA’s WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, spoke on performance-based navigation (PBN) for helicopter operators at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Thomas Salat, a helicopter and ATP-rated pilot who worked in FAA’s Satellite Navigation Program Office as part of the WAAS National Airspace Implementation Team, died on June...
August 1, 2010
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a global revision to MMEL (master minimum equipment list) Policy Letter 127, which focuses on night vision imaging systems (NVIS), including night vision goggles (NVGs). According to FAA, around 40 percent of HEMS...
August 1, 2010
The 0/3481 Deepwater Horizon NOTAM encompasses a huge chunk of airspace that covers the coast lines of four states and has been put in place to protect fliers of all kinds of aerial vehicles and their passengers. There have been NOTAMs and even temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) in the gulf in past years, but nothing to compare with this one. The mother of all TFRs, if you will. NOTAMs aside, during a...
August 1, 2010
Quotes from Tuesday, June 8 Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large: “Rule number one: If you leave with a helicopter, bring a helicopter back.” “Until about a year ago, I was absolutely 100 percent against night vision goggles for single-pilot operation. I thought it was crazy, I thought it was suicidal and I would never do it. It was based on my experience back when I was a...
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