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August 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE The World Food Program needs more qualified helicopter-support vendors around the globe, the head of that U.N. agency’s aviation unit told Rotor & Wing. Pierre Carrasse said the agency at any one time has 60 aircraft in the field, operating in 15 or so countries around the world. Most of those are fixed-wing, he said, but the contracted helicopters the agency fields play key roles...
August 1, 2008
NTSB: Boost Tour Operator Training, Oversight U.S. accident investigators say they have evidence of air tour maintenance problems and want industry leaders and the FAA to act quickly to put an end to them. The National Transportation Safety Board’s call is based on investigations into the March 8, 2007, Princeville, Hawaii crash of a Heli-USA Airways Aérospatiale AS350BA1 and a Sept. 11, 2002...
August 1, 2008
The Australian Defence Force has decided not to purchase a dedicated medical evacuation helicopter that was to be used in...
July 9, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar...
July 3, 2008
Welcome to R&W’s updated homepage. You’ll still find all the rotorcraft information you require here, with our daily news briefs, powerful search engine and current...
July 2, 2008
The 10 helicopters that have delivered food and supplies to thousands of stranded survivors in the Irrawaddy delta may be grounded unless the international community provides $50 million in funding for the continued efforts...
June 24, 2008
The United Nations World Food Program is running out of money to run helicopter emergency-relief operations. The Rome-based agency's efforts to fly relief supplies to...
June 23, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar year 2007...
June 20, 2008
The market analysis firm Forecast International sees piston-powered helicopter production to taper off in coming years. Production in that category has been booming since 2002, when only about 290 units were...
June 17, 2008
According to China’s Xinhua News, Chinese military forces have helped evacuate more than 1.33 million people from regions hit by the May 12 earthquake. Since the quake devastated China's southwest Sichuan Province...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
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...
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