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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...
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
Larry Alexandre took over as CEO of Sagem Avionics, the Dallas-based subsidiary of Safran Group, on March 1. He formerly worked as chief operating officer for Turbomeca. Sagem showcased its integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) and various displays for Part 27 and Part 29 aircraft during Heli-Expo, as well as new global data management services. Alexandre says that in addition to developing new markets...
April 1, 2010
On Feb. 22, HAI hosted a public service technology workshop at Heli-Expo. Capt. Don Roby of Baltimore County PD led a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of the growing number of safety-related equipment turning up on police, fire and EMS helicopters. Joining him was a panel with Cmdr. Sam Creech from USCG Air Station, San Francisco; David Cruz, homeland security sales manager for...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
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
This Eurocopter EC135 has joined the fleet of the EastCare air medical program, which Pitt County Memorial Hospital runs. Pitt County Memorial Hospital has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter...
March 1, 2010
San Antonio Fire Department’s Medical Special Operations Unit (MSOU) recently completed two training courses with SRT Helicopters of Bakersfield, Calif. The...
March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
March 1, 2010
Vacations are great. They give you a chance to put the stresses of work and daily chores aside for awhile and decompress. Occupying your mind with something other than flying can sometimes be a good thing, but once you get back in the cockpit, you may find that the rust sets in rather quickly. Picture this: you walk back into the hangar after a nice vacation, greet your evening partner as you relieve the...
March 1, 2010
The business of developing strategies for actions following aviation mishaps is not usually a favorite topic for helicopter operators, but it does represent an area of flight planning, and mission execution, that can prove to be absolutely pivotal where bottom-line safety concerns are considered. Optimum strategies dealing with post-crash actions are usually thought of as so unlikely to be needed that they...
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
Public Service | EMS Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) has selected EMS Sky Connect’s Fleet satcom system...
February 1, 2010
February 20–23: Heli-Expo 2010, Houston, Texas. Contact Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 1-703-683-4646 or visit www.heli-expo.com March 17–19: Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Spring Conference, Washington, DC. Contact AAMS, phone 1-703-836-8732 or visit www.aams.org March 23–28: FIDAE 2010, Santiago, Chile. Contact FIDAE, phone 56 2 873 9752 or visit...
January 1, 2010
Products | Night Vision Goggles Want to improve air ambulance safety? Then adopt two-pilot crews, and make sure that they are equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs). That was the message from Night Vision and Electro Optical Conference 2009 (NVEO 2009), a two-day event held Nov. 16–17 in Ottawa, Canada. It featured presentations from military and civil agencies that use NVGs, plus government...
January 1, 2010
The world recession affected the helicopter industry. However, Eurocopter’s strong product line, solid after-sales service and loyal customer base helped the company retain its position as a world-leading helicopter manufacturer. Eurocopter reinforced its worldwide commitment to training by deploying simulators and training devices for the EC225, AS365 Dauphin, AS350 AStar, EC135/145 and the NH90 in...
January 1, 2010
During the past 15 years, Aero Dynamix (ADI) has become a leader in the night vision modification industry. Currently the company employs more than 60 night vision professionals and is growing rapidly. As an FAA-certified Repair Station (C73R723N), Aero Dynamix offers a full line of services in the instrument/avionics repair field. They have 15 FAA-certified repair technicians on staff to meet customer...
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