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June 5, 2008
Looking for a leading indicator of whether the U.S. dollar is rebounding in value against other international currencies? Top U.S. economic officials have in recent weeks been signaling that the "greenback" has depreciated enough. They long...
June 3, 2008
Nominations are open for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award. For more than 40 years, the award has honored crews who tested the limits of their skill and courage and the performance of their...
June 3, 2008
Aviation Specialties Unlimited has regained its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate. The FAA issued the certificate May 30, according to the...
June 3, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Aviation Specialties Unlimited says that no more than 10 helicopters had use of their night-vision systems suspended as a result of discrepancies between installations and the paperwork submitted to the FAA, and that those were limited to two operators. It notes that the FAA official with which it has worked to develop a plan to correct the discrepancies is a project manager in the Northwest...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE Massive disasters last month in Asia have once again thrown the spotlight on the unique capabilities of the helicopter in emergency relief operations. Unfortunately, in one case, rescue workers were forced to only imagine the aid helicopters could bring to their efforts. At press time, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was still blocking most international efforts to bring in aid...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Partisan bickering seems to have put the kibosh on FAA funding for the near future. The Senate failed to force a vote on the bill that would reauthorize multibillion-dollar funding for the FAA, which is key to overhauling the aging and overburdened U.S. air traffic control system. President Bush put a funding overhaul for FAA on the table in 2007...
June 1, 2008
Erickson is the manufacturer and worldwide operator of the S-64 Aircrane and values the contract at more than $300 million (€194 million), saying it is the largest aircraft lease in the history of the company. European Air-Crane CEO Gian Franco Blower and his team signed the contract with officials of the department. The pact ensures the continued availability of the four S-64Fs already in Italy for...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE New York City’s East 34 Street Metroport hosted an Apr. 26 drill to exchange information on how rescue professionals can work safely around EMS helicopters. Roughly 150 heliport and rescue workers joined in the drill. An Atlantic Ambulance Services Eurocopter EC135 and a New Jersey State Police Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 — both configured for EMS operations — were...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
June 1, 2008
Subject:  Response to Article “FAA, Vendor, Operators Sort Through NVG Turmoil,” June 2008, page 10   Too many times information goes out without having the facts right.  Your latest article in your “Rotorcraft Report” is a prime example of this situation. It is true that Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) has been sorting through and correcting...
May 22, 2008
The country’s military rulers have decided to allow 10 helicopters access to Yangon, Myanmar’s main city, according to The Wall Street Journal. Each helicopter can carry three tons of relief supplies. The...
May 9, 2008
Silver State Helicopters’ fleet of more than 200 aircraft has been collected and assembled in Texas, where new owners are picking through the lot. Sky Helicopters in Garland, Texas...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
May 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | GOVERNMENT AGENCIES The Japan Coast Guard has taken delivery of three AW139s from AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace...
April 16, 2008
Keystone Helicopter has won approval to certify modifications to specific rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft for the FAA. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary...
April 9, 2008
Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency will buy three AgustaWestland AW139s for surveillance and search and rescue operations, according to...
April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
LEE BENSON is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press. REBECCA CHRISTIE this month contributes the Program Insider page of Rotorcraft Report. Based in Washington, she specializes in...
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