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May 1, 2010
Launched on a telephone tip early one Sunday morning last June, an Eurocopter EC120B of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Yuma Air Branch intercepted an ultralight aircraft about 6,800 feet over Arizona. The target had apparently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border around the Pinacate Lava Flow and flown north through the Air Force Goldwater bombing range in the CBP Yuma Sector. The helicopter pilot...
May 1, 2010
I was in a ready room in South Vietnam in 1969, when a fellow pilot read aloud an article printed in the Stars and Stripes. The article reported that the United States Congress had just passed a bill providing federal grant funds to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of instructing officers in the fine art of flying helicopters. To say that my fellow pilots and I were not overly thrilled with the...
April 1, 2010
Coverage from HAI’s Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston is spread throughout the April issue. This page feautres wrap-ups from the many AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky announcements. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi. Photos by Ernie Stephens Possibly the biggest announcement from AgustaWestland during Heli-Expo was the unveiling of the Grand New, a version of the Grand with an...
April 1, 2010
Ernie Stephens Photo Rotor & Wing boiled down 4,000-plus words from our collaborate Aviation Today Heli-Expo Blog, which ran from Feb. 20-23 during the show in Houston. Aviation Today Publisher & Editorial Director John Persinos teamed with Rotor & Wing Editor-in-Chief Joy Finnegan and Managing Editor Andrew D. Parker to provide in-depth reporting from the show floor, as well as video updates...
April 1, 2010
Earlier this year I attended a FAASTeam seminar regarding the new airspace requirements in the New York exclusion areas. It was held at Flying W Airport (N14) in Lumberton, N.J. There were approximately 200 pilots in attendance, mostly fixed-wing, with a hand full of helicopter pilots who fly in the New York area. The presenter reviewed the changes but when faced with questions about the new rules and some...
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman’s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman’s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway. We began by discussing Chairman Hersman’s stated mission to “raise the bar” for what I called the...
March 1, 2010
Made up of CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Soteria Consortium has chosen the S-92A to replace UK-operated Sea Kings. Sikorsky The Soteria Consortium (comprising CHC, Thales, Sikorsky and the Royal Bank of Scotland) has won a bid to replace the UK’s predominantly military-run Search and Rescue helicopter force in 2012. The current SAR force is mainly comprised of Royal Air...
March 1, 2010
Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has designated Erickson Air-Crane a SHARP...
March 1, 2010
It requires no great leap of faith to accept that the business of flying offshore oil & gas operations can be safer in some parts of the world than in others. Developing new energy resources is an ever-more challenging task and, to get the stuff out of the ground, partnerships often have to be struck with governments, national oil companies and helicopter operators who might not be as familiar with...
March 1, 2010
Initiatives from various parts of the world were discussed at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s third rotorcraft symposium in Cologne, Germany in December. Offshore operations are still a major focus, but some speakers warned that real problems may be somewhat below the radar—at small operators and/or in remote areas. Vittorio Morassi, chairman of newEHA, gave an updated picture of...
March 1, 2010
There were at least two factors behind last year’s decision to terminate the funding for the U.S. Air Force’s Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR-X) aircraft. The first was the obvious one that it saved money by an incoming president eager for quick wins. It meant not beginning another procurement chain and not re-starting a program that still had a lingering bitter aftertaste following the win by...
March 1, 2010
I recently attended an aerial firefighting conference in Rome, Italy. The food was great, the people are wonderful, but I managed somehow. Conference attendees came from all aspects of aerial firefighting. Great discussions were held in the conference itself and more importantly in the bar. One bar comment comes from an observation over the last 40 years. I don’t drink, not a big deal, I never did...
February 1, 2010
Services | Financing Although helicopter financing is in the doldrums compared to the boom years, some experts predict a recovery beginning in the second half of this year. The current chill followed a prolonged period of hot and heady days from 2004 through much of 2008, when user demand and helicopter shortages fueled a pricing bubble and financing terms hit historic lows. The bubble burst in late 2008...
February 1, 2010
Military | Government Agencies It’s nice to have friends in high places, and helicopters have one in the Pentagon, the chief of the Army Department’s aviation division assured the annual Association of the United States Army aviation symposium. Buying more helicopters and unmanned aerial...
February 1, 2010
Training | Icing The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-08-03R1 on Jan. 11. The alert describes practices intended to help reduce the chances of an in-flight engine shutdown related to a helicopter taking on ice and snow. Among the guidelines in the report are for...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | ATC Air traffic controllers in Houston have started using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) to monitor, manage and separate aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood notes the...
February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted a Jan. 14 workshop in Arlington, Va. related to a broad agency announcement (BAA) for the Transformer (TX) program. Government representatives explained the vision and objectives of the program—to develop a ground-based vehicle that...
January 1, 2010
Since 1976 the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), a voluntary program that encourages reports from aviation personnel including helicopter pilots and mechanics, has received hundreds of thousands of submissions. The ASRS receives the reports, processes and analyzes them, and in particular addresses human factors aspects of performance in the aviation system. The ASRS states its objective is to...
January 1, 2010
Military | Airframes The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)’s Tactical Airlift, Adversary and Support Programs (PMA-207) handed over four new Mi-17 helicopters to the...
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