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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...
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...
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