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September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems has received an order for 20 enhanced vision system (EVS3) cameras from the Alaska Civil...
September 1, 2009
September 22 – 24: Helitech 2009, Cambridge, U.K. Contact Reed Exhibitions, phone +44 (0) 208-271-2155 or visit www.helitech.co.uk September 22 – 24: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) & Standardization Conference, Orlando, Fla. Contact DMSMS, phone 1-937-426-2808 or visit www.dmsms.org September 22 – 25: 35th European Rotorcraft Forum, Hamburg, Germany...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY The Phoenix Police Department has selected Becker Avionics’ DVCS6100 digital intercom and audio selector panel for its...
September 1, 2009
It’s a big deal when a manufacturer introduces a new helicopter model. It’s the culmination of years of designing, engineering, testing and tweaking, interspersed with artist conception drawings, full-scale mock-ups, flying prototypes and then a number of fully-functioning machines that are available for aviation journalists and a few potential customers to fly. It’s during the early...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
August 1, 2009
This, my friends, is going to be a two-part editorial. This first part contains a recommendation directed at each and every individual who reads Rotor & Wing, from the CEOs of the industry’s leading producers, to the summer intern who found a copy of this magazine on the table in the break room. It has to do with something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I don’t fly as much as I...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s official — the Bell 429 light twin helicopter has received certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With the FAA having also granted its certification, the floodgates are open and Bell is scheduled to begin delivering 429s to its North American clients. According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based...
August 1, 2009
PAS Technologies has promoted Donald Spriggs to serve as the company’s chief technology officer. Spriggs will oversee long-term technology initiatives for PAS. Spriggs, who joined Kansas City, Mo.-based PAS Technologies in 2006, most recently served as vice president of product development. Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewic, Wash. has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE An EMS helicopter operated by Air Evac EMS unintentionally shut down traffic on Route 50 in Greenwood, W.V. on June 17, 2009, after clipping some power lines. The Bell 206B helicopter, transporting a six year-old...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE A disturbing trend is occurring in the U.K. Police helicopters are being vandalized. On June 8, just before about 2 a.m., a Eurocopter EC135 used by the West Midlands Police (WPD) was seen ablaze on its pad at Elmdon Airport in Birmingham. Air traffic controllers called in the local fire brigade, but not before the aircraft had "suffered extensive damage," said WPD...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The City of Atlanta Police Department is equipping its MD-500 police helicopter with night vision technology. The equipment and training will be supplied by Night Flight Concepts. NFC is providing the city with FAA-approved NIVISYS NVAG-6 night vision goggles (NVGs), plus equipping the MD-500 with...
July 1, 2009
Victor E. Boccelli, a helicopter designer, has died. He designed helicopters for the Piasecki company and Boeing Vertol Division. Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group announced that aerospace industry veteran Phillip Fienen has joined PAG as the company’s new regional sales manager. Fienen is a retired U.S. Marine Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion crew chief. The National Business Aviation Association...
July 1, 2009
July 12-14 — ALA 2009, The Latin American Aeronautical Association, Miami, Fla. Contact: Phone: 1-817-284-0431; Web: www.ala@aero. July 18-19 — Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. Contact: Web: www.airtattoo.com. July 22-25 — Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Savannah, Ga. Contact: Phone: 1-301-631-2406; Web...
July 1, 2009
Law enforcement officers are creatures of contradiction. They believe in routine, but got into the business of public safety because they don’t want a nine-to-five job doing the same old thing day after day. They like order, but you’d never know that if you were to see a group of them at a local bar once they are off duty. And even though they will pledge their undying loyalty to just one...
July 1, 2009
In the teeth of a worldwide recession, the word of the day for police forces — U.K. ones at least — is collaboration. In reality this has been the word for a year or more: traditional county constabularies have belatedly realized that buying in bulk, whether helicopters, searchlights, uniform sweaters or whistles, is only a matter of common sense. More rural police air support units (ASUs) have...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
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