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March 1, 2013
Inspector Phil Whitelaw has been a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom since 1972. At the end of 2012 he retired from the position of Unit Executive Officer (UEO) and Accountable Manager (AM) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Air Support Unit (ASU), a unit he has been associated with since February 1994. The ASU base at Lippitts Hill, Essex, is located to the north of London...
March 1, 2013
If you ask me what opportunities I consider to be my greatest blessings, meeting my wife would be on the top of that list. I would go on to say that serving as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army in Vietnam and working as a pilot for Los Angeles County fire would come in second and third. I mention this because this is my second article in which I presume to tell the Army how to do its business. I do this...
March 1, 2013
If you flipped though the previous pages of this issue without reading the Rotorcraft Report entitled “Laser Attack Injures Helo Crewmember,” I’m flattered that you landed here first. But what I’m about to tell you is a continuation of that piece written just for the law enforcement community. So, if you haven’t seen that short item, please check it out now, then return here...
February 28, 2013
Bell Helicopter delivered its first two 429s to Nigeria last week, after receiving certification for the helicopter’s gross weight increase for operation in the country from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).     The first two 429s were...
February 25, 2013
A tour of Eurocopter’s EC175 started Monday, with planned stops throughout the U.S. until March 15 before the first production aircraft heads to other locations around the globe later this year.   EC175. Photos courtesy of Eurocopter   The EC175 arrived at...
February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 13, 2013
The Night Vision Awards selection committee is accepting nominations through Friday, Feb. 15 for the 2013 candidates that will be honored at an “award show” during Heli-Expo, a change in format for this year’s event. Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU)’s Hannah Gordon, director of sales and marketing, explains that...
February 1, 2013
American Eurocopter displayed a Lewis Energy-operated EC145 in Orlando to showcase the corporate/VIP market during the NBAA Convention from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with the top executives of the major helicopter manufacturers, Rotor & Wing conducted an exclusive interview with American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini that covered a wide range of...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
February 1, 2013
We live in amazing times. As I compose this month’s column on my laptop, I’ve got my tablet to the left of me, and my smartphone to my right. Poised and ready to provide the answers to all my questions, they are the ultimate reference. Well, almost. I’ve been “googling” around for a while now, looking for a human factors term I learned in graduate school, yet I simply cannot...
February 1, 2013
As you may have heard, we recently lost a crew of fellow police aviators. Officers Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley of the Atlanta Police Department went down in their OH-6 on Nov. 3 at approximately 2230 hours while searching for a missing nine-year-old. Wires were involved, but as of this writing it’s unclear if those lines caused the accident, or if they were struck because their...
February 1, 2013
Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Japan delivered two EC135s in late January. The National Police Agency (NPA) has received an EC135T2 that will enter service with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for missions around the Tokyo prefecture. NPA’s...
January 31, 2013
Becker Avionics will equip the Utah Highway Patrol Aero Bureau's newly ordered Eurocopter AS350B3e with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The AS350B3e will be...
January 28, 2013
Germany’s ESG has received an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) to integrate the Trakkabeam A800 searchlight into the Eurocopter...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 9, 2013
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is planning to install Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital audio control system in four...
November 20, 2012
El Dorado, Calif.-based Sequoia Helicopters has chosen the Becker Avionics airborne BD406 beacon decoder for its MD530F. The decoder will be used to improve search and rescue (SAR) operations for the El Dorado County Sherriff’s Department Aero Squadron, which uses the MD530F from Sequoia on a voluntary basis. The BD406 has the capability to track and...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
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