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August 1, 2010
American Eurocopter is celebrating the first EC120 to go over 10,000 flight hours. The helicopter is serving with...
August 1, 2010
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a global revision to MMEL (master minimum equipment list) Policy Letter 127, which focuses on night vision imaging systems (NVIS), including night vision goggles (NVGs). According to FAA, around 40 percent of HEMS...
July 1, 2010
There just has to be a better way! This statement can probably be attributed to nearly every defense acquisition official who has ever endured the lengthy procurement process for military systems. In contrast, the U.S. Army and Navy light utility helicopter (LUH) program has proven itself to be a successful commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for the U.S. military. With its combination of high product...
July 1, 2010
Virtually every rotary wing aircraft currently operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps is based on airframes and technology dating back at least 30 years, with some such as the UH-1, OH-58, OH-6, CH-47, CH-46 and CH/MH-53 being Vietnam-era. Both the UH-60 and AH-64 Apache go back to the 1970s and even the newest addition to the Army’s helicopter inventory, the UH-72A, is a military version...
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
Two Types of Helo Pilots I wanted to comment regarding Ed Van Winkle’s article, “Use of the Instrument Rating for Helicopter Pilots,” on page 58 of the February 2010 issue. I no longer hover and never have used my commercial license, but after 300-plus IA hours and working with hundreds of military rotary-wing aviators, I have reached the conclusion that there are two types of instrument...
June 1, 2010
Transport Canada has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Maxcraft Avionics to equip various Bell and Sikorsky...
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
Rolls-Royce has given its 2009 Model 250 Award to Winnipeg, Canada-based Cadorath Aerospace. The...
June 1, 2010
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
June 1, 2010
El Dorado Hills, Calif.-based FDC/aerofilter has secured an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its engine inlet...
June 1, 2010
Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has deployed two additional Model 234 Chinooks to Papua New Guinea for petroleum exploration missions. One of the...
June 1, 2010
The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement (NACRA) at NAS Patuxent River took delivery of its new flying test bed in April, allowing flight testing on new technology projects to start in June. The Test Bed for Rapid Experimentation and Warfighter Support, or “T-Rex”, is a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1N that was being replaced by the UH-1Y Venom at USMC Base Camp Pendleton. The new test...
June 1, 2010
AgustaWestland joint venture LIATEC (Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Co.) has begun operating from a new facility at Abou...
May 1, 2010
President’s Offshore Plans During a speech on March 31 at Andrews AFB, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled plans for “the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy sources and the need to protect America’s natural resources.” His administration is considering areas for drilling “in the mid and south Atlantic...
May 1, 2010
AgustaWestland announced in April that the Apache Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract...
May 1, 2010
The Wichita Police Department’s Air Section has named Mid-Continent Instruments a recipient of its Certificate of...
May 1, 2010
A helicopter rotor is the rotating component that generates an aerodynamic force. Also called the rotor system, it usually refers to the helicopter’s main rotor mounted on a vertical mast over the top of the helicopter, but it also can refer to the tail rotor. A rotor is generally made up of two or more rotor blades, although several earlier helicopters featured designs with a single main rotor...
May 1, 2010
An airfield in Wiltshire in the southern English countryside is home to one of the most significant groups of military helicopter specialists in the UK. They are the driving force behind the upgrading of British military helicopters as well as the rapid fielding of Urgent Operational Requirement (UORs) for rotary use in Afghanistan. Boscombe Down, a pre-World War II Royal Air Force (RAF) station still...
April 1, 2010
You may have seen a new contributor over the past couple of months. I wanted to take a moment to officially introduce Andrew Drwiega, and let you know he has joined Rotor & Wing as military editor. Andrew comes to us with a wealth of experience and background covering the military market, an area in which we’ve needed to have more focus. Andrew will be writing military features, a monthly column...
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