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November 1, 2010
Helicopter vibration adversely affects rotor blade structural integrity, component life, firewalls, instrumentation, structural members, and operator comfort and control. Despite large reductions in vibration due to improved helicopter design, the current overall levels (approximately 0.05 to 0.1g) remain significantly higher than that of jet-engine aircraft, which are below 0.01g. Minimizing these...
November 1, 2010
One of the true pleasures of walking the floor at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo in Houston was ogling the helicopters on display. Sitting there with their spotless paint sparkling under the show lights, each one was more beautiful than the last. It makes one wonder just how those same helicopters will look a year from now—after a couple hundred hours of plying whatever trades their owners use them...
October 29, 2010
Boeing’s industry/government team that supports the AH-64D Apache performance-based logistics (PBL) program has...
October 7, 2010
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight has hired Debbie Ginn-Frost as director of customer relationship management. A former spares...
October 6, 2010
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters has hired Gregory Gauer as vice president of supply chain. He was formerly interim...
October 1, 2010
From advanced all-digital cockpits, to more powerful engines, to the use of advanced composite materials, no matter how you look at them, today’s helicopters are marvels of technological advancement. As good as those advancements are, each one places an increasing degree of pressure on those charged with inspecting, troubleshooting and maintaining these amazing machines. Animation or instructional...
October 1, 2010
Describing FAA’s move to revoke its Part 145 repair station certificate as unexpected, 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, alleging that the Mesa, Ariz.-based company carried out “improper repairs” with incorrect parts and for “falsifying maintenance...
October 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney Canada has approved two Machida borescope and videoscope inspection kits. PWC34910-106...
September 28, 2010
Greenwich AeroGroup subsidiary Summit Aviation has achieved AS9100 aerospace quality standard system certification...
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...
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