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September 27, 2010
Vector Aerospace is making final preparations to host this week’s 2010 International Sea King Maintenance Forum...
September 20, 2010
Describing the FAA’s move to revoke its Part 145 repair station certificate as a “complete surprise,” Phoenix Heliparts filed a formal appeal with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week to overturn the action. FAA stripped the certificate on Sept...
September 17, 2010
Describing FAA’s move to revoke its Part 145 repair station certificate as a “complete surprise”, Phoenix Heliparts has filed a formal appeal with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to overturn the action. FAA stripped the certificate on Sept. 9...
September 16, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has taken 14 life-limited parts out of the 407’s maintenance...
September 10, 2010
Alleging “improper repairs” using incorrect parts and “falsifying maintenance records,” the Federal Aviation Administration has stripped Mesa, Ariz.-based Phoenix...
September 7, 2010
FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Bell 222, including the B and U models, and the Bell 230 and 430. The AD is related to a...
September 1, 2010
A while back I was talking with an A&P mechanic about human factors, working environments and the pressure they often feel in pushing their personal limits. He said to me, “I can’t wait for the day that I report an error to my manager and am rewarded with a bonus or a trip to Hawaii because I have potentially saved lives.” It took me a while to digest what he had said, but he was way...
September 1, 2010
During the Farnborough Airshow in late July, Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino presented...
September 1, 2010
Getting Your Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin Back in the Air “Great helicopter, rather slow OEM support” is the often-heard operator’s complaint about the Eurocopter AS365 and EC155 series of Dauphin helicopters. Fortunately, there’s a third-party solution to the problem: Alpine Air Support. Based in Zürich, Switzerland, Alpine Air Support is the fast-turnaround solution for Dauphin...
August 30, 2010
Derco Aerospace has agreed to become a distributor of intermittent fault detection (IFD) systems...
August 25, 2010
United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) moved to their new, larger facility August 7, 2010. The new facility, located within a mile of the current hangar...
August 19, 2010
FAA has proposed $580,000 in fines against Hillsboro Aviation for a series of three alleged maintenance violations involving helicopter operations. According to the agency, an improperly...
August 11, 2010
Portland, Ore.-based Erickson Air-Crane has hired David Ford as vice president of aircraft...
August 6, 2010
Oceanside, Calif.-based DART Helicopter Services has inked an agreement with Hawker Pacific on the...
August 1, 2010
Brisbane, Australia-based Sikorsky Helitech, a division of Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS), has inked a distribution agreement with the Timken...
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...
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