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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...
April 1, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has obtained a U.S. Army contract to modify the last 30 OH-58D helicopters that are involved in the Kiowa Warrior safety enhancement program...
April 1, 2010
Columbia Helicopters has a new chairman who understands the goals and aspirations its late founder, Wes Lematta—his wife Nancy. He passed away in December at age 82, but Lematta’s succession plan was in place long before that. “The leadership won’t change because I’ve taken cues from Wes, and having been married for 47 years, I pretty much know how he wants it,” Nancy...
April 1, 2010
IESI Picked for Eurocopters Thales has secured an agreement to provide Eurocopter with its integrated electronic standby instrument (IESI) for the Ecureuil family and the EC175. The program includes the EC135, EC145, EC155 and the military versions of those helicopters. In other news, Thales will equip its 160-amp starter generators on the Blue Hawaiian Helicopters fleet of Eurocopter AS350B2s and...
April 1, 2010
The Rolls-Royce Model 250 on a Bell 430. Rolls-Royce StandardAero recently joined forces with three equally long-established companies—Landmark Aviation’s MRO services (formerly Garrett Aviation), Associated Air Center and TSS Aviation. To solidify the corporate culture under one quality banner, the leadership team then set its focus on enhancing the company’s reputation for technical...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
Initiatives from various parts of the world were discussed at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s third rotorcraft symposium in Cologne, Germany in December. Offshore operations are still a major focus, but some speakers warned that real problems may be somewhat below the radar—at small operators and/or in remote areas. Vittorio Morassi, chairman of newEHA, gave an updated picture of...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
Training| Instruments For helicopter pilots and CFIIs, the use and maintenance of our instrument ratings in the helicopter world is very different than for fixed-wing pilots. It is common for helicopter pilots to obtain their commercial rating without obtaining an instrument rating first, and those of use who have an instrument, ATP or CFII rating do not always have the same opportunities to fly in actual...
February 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance  Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems has inked a memorandum of understanding with Helicopter Support Inc., the support and distribution company of Sikorsky, to jointly promote a health and usage management system (HUMS) for the rotorcraft market, including for Black Hawk operators. Integrating HUMS data with Sikorsky’s OEM installation and support capabilities...
February 1, 2010
Services | Product Support Bell is transferring the Model 47 type certificate to one of its customer service facilities—Scott’s Helicopter Services of Le Sueur, Minn. The transition means that...
February 1, 2010
Public Service | Heli-Expo Awards Bob Peterson Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced a slate of award winners for its annual Salute to Excellence program, which will recognize key contributors to the rotorcraft industry at a Feb. 22 banquet during Heli-Expo in Houston. Among the winners are Evergreen Helicopters Chairman Tim Wahlberg and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) President John...
February 1, 2010
The U.S. Army may put new engines and a new drive train on its workhorse OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters to give them “increased power margins to meet the high and hot demands of 6,000 feet and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which are some of the conditions we’re flying in Afghanistan today,” the service’s top operations officer told the Association of the United States...
January 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance Under a partnership with One Sky Aviation, Russell, Pa.-based Forward Vision Systems has received a supplemental type...
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