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August 1, 2010
Quotes from Wednesday, June 9 Keynote speech from Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator: On Safety: “Finding ways to improve pilot decision-making, better training, better access to helicopter simulators, adopting safety management practices and improving maintenance practice—all of these things put together add up to a safer operating environment.” “The safety record of this industry is...
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...
July 1, 2010
A trio of magazine contributors led a panel discussion, “Adding to Your Fleet,” during the 2010 Safety & Training Summit in Denver. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens and columnist Lee Benson spoke along with HeliValue$ President Sharon Desfor. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp—also a contributor—moderated the panel. “As it’s time to acquire new aircraft, you have to...
July 1, 2010
Fishtail Air’s Eurocopter AS350B3 pulled three climbers stuck on Nepal’s Mount Annapurna to safety in late April. Using its new Eurocopter...
July 1, 2010
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
June 1, 2010
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This column usually runs just shy of that mark. I tend to agree with that sentiment and am occasionally chided for my quiet nature, although there are some out there that won’t believe that. But there are some things that just beg for discussion, although this will not be a thousand words. Last month in this spot I wrote about the EMS crash in March in...
June 1, 2010
Icing trials for the AgustaWestland AW139 full ice protection system (FIPS), which has achieved FAA certification. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has obtained full ice protection system (FIPS) certification and introduced a new web-based health and usage monitoring...
June 1, 2010
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations recently took delivery of two Kamav Ka-32As from Russian Helicopters. Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has handed over two Kamov Ka-32A...
June 1, 2010
As part of a recent night vision imaging system (NVIS) upgrade on a Bell 407, Aero Dynamix installed a new Garmin 530W helicopter terrain awareness and...
June 1, 2010
TImage at top shows interior view of the Air Methods EMS cabin on Mercy One’s Bell 429, with exterior view below. Air Methods The Products division of Air Methods Corp. has handed over a Bell 429 with an EMS cabin to Des...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
June 1, 2010
Interior view of the new EMS-configured S-76 cabin from Sikorsky Global Helicopters. Sikorsky Under a collaborative effort with Air Methods, Sikorsky Global Helicopters has unveiled an S-76 interior designed for emergency medical services...
June 1, 2010
American Eurocopter has finalized the Blue Ribbon Committee that will select this year’s winner of the Vision Zero Aviation Safety award. Sierra Health Group President Bill Bryant and Denise Landis, program director for University...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
June 1, 2010
Simulation and training have come a long way in the helicopter world. As the virtual experience becomes more lifelike, operators are recognizing the value of sim time as a complement to in-aircraft training. That wasn’t always so. Historically, the fixed-wing segment has driven the simulator market, and these aircraft don’t require the same level of visual resolution as their rotary-wing...
May 1, 2010
Would it be the end of the world if you left a helicopter on top of a hospital at the helipad during a frontal passage and during that frontal passage the helicopter was damaged or destroyed? While not an ideal situation, it might beat the alternative—risking your life, the lives of your crew and possibly your patient, by trying to make it home ahead of the storms. That is what happened just weeks...
May 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney hosted a recent event at its Customer Training Center in Hartford, Conn. with President Dave Hess and other top executives from various sections of the company. Rotor & Wing had a chance to sit down with Richard Dussault, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada, to get an update on the commercial rotorcraft engine market. Among recent...
May 1, 2010
In a preliminary report released April 12, U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators describe the pilot of a Eurocopter AS350B3 that crashed March 25 in Tennessee as trying...
May 1, 2010
It’s not good when a pilot loses situational awareness in a dust cloud near the ground. Brownout is a major threat to helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that 37 percent of helicopter losses there between 2001 and 2008 involved brownout and obstacle strikes. This article looks at pilot brownout aids and other emerging technologies. Combat unit training...
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