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November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve Bonn - Lt. Robert DeBolt - AMT2 O’Brien Hollow - AST2 At 3:00 am on March 23, 2008, a fishing vessel...
November 1, 2009
United Technologies Corp. routinely flies its RIPS-equipped S-92A aircraft in known icing conditions in the U.S. CORPORATE/OPERATORS For the past 36 months, I’ve had an exciting and challenging opportunity to fly the Sikorsky S-92A in the northeastern U.S. at the corporate flight department of United Technologies Corp. As one of the few pilots type rated in the S-92A who routinely flies the aircraft...
October 1, 2009
NEWS In its latest response to the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) industry’s flight record, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has added a new arrow to its quiver. The agency has ventured into the public insurance reimbursement arena with the idea of using financial pressure to change industry culture. It has recommended tying operator reimbursement to an as-yet undefined...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
October 1, 2009
TRAINING Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters has achieved approval under the M-1 Visa student and exchange visitor program. SRT becomes the first non-Part 141 flight training school in the U.S. to...
October 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Level 7 qualification for Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International’s AS350B2 flight training device (FTD). The simulator, which features a 200 x 70 field of view, graphical...
October 1, 2009
October 19 – 20: 2nd International Forum on Rotorcraft Multidisciplinary Technology, Seoul, Korea. Contact AHS Intl, phone 1-703-684-6877 or visit www.vtol.org October 20 – 22: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando, Fla. Contact NBAA, phone 1-202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.org October 25: Wings, Wheels & Rotors Expo, Los Alamitos, Calif...
October 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Aviation Today is hosting a webinar — scheduled for 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 — that asks some of the world’s top helicopter air safety...
October 1, 2009
While the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cancelled the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program for significant cost overruns, all may not be lost for proponents of a replacement rotorcraft fleet for the President of the United States. DOD has held numerous meetings on how to replace the fleet of aging Sikorsky VH-3Ds since the VH-71 program was cancelled, Rotor & Wing has learned. The meetings did not...
October 1, 2009
Like many of you who have been in law enforcement for a while, I have watched most of my non-public service friends bounce from job to job over the years, usually in search of a thicker paycheck. But some changes were the result of being fired, laid off, or coming to work and finding the entrance chained-shut by the local sheriff’s office. When I heard of such forced job changes suffered by friends...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the I-70 helicopter crash in Maryland that resulted in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The Robinson R44 helicopter struck a guy wire that crossed I-70 near Boonsboro the night of July 23 and crashed just off the roadway. Advanced Helicopter Concepts (AHC), a nonprofit charity and helicopter pilot...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland (AW) has received orders for five AW139s — four from the government of Trinidad and Tobago and one from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). The LAFD helicopter will join two AW139s that conduct search and rescue (SAR), aerial firefighting and medevac operations in the city and surrounding areas. AW...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems has received an order for 20 enhanced vision system (EVS3) cameras from the Alaska Civil...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
September 1, 2009
Textron Inc. has appointed John L. Garrison, Jr. as president and CEO of its Bell Helicopter subsidiary. He takes over from Richard "Dick" Millman, who worked in various roles for Textron for 43 years, becoming Bell’s president and CEO in January 2007. Garrison comes from Textron’s Industrial segment. Textron has also hired Frank T. Connor as executive vice president and CFO of Bell...
September 1, 2009
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to collaborate on helicopters for Indonesian government agencies. Bell will manufacture model 412EPs in North America and PTDI will assemble them at its facilities in Bandung, Indonesia. Lockheed...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
September 1, 2009
Current EMS helicopter operational safety statistics, as we know all too well, continue to echo the early 1980s, when medical transport activities grimly persevered to survive a high-risk professional infancy. In those early days, it was relatively easy to identify that helicopter operators were creating many of their own safety problems by trying to sell their product in an unfamiliar market arena...
September 1, 2009
Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) introduced the Air Medical Safety Act, HR 1201, to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 25, 2009. The bill requires, in part, "a pilot of an aircraft providing emergency medical services, whenever there is a crew on board, regardless of whether there is a patient on board, to comply with federal safety operating requirements governing commuter and on demand operations." At a...
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