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October 1, 2009
The weather outside is frightful... It’s high noon on November 24th: The wind is 30-plus knots with blowing snow; the temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; there are polar bears lurking outside your hangar; and the sun won’t come up until late February. Just the thought of that kind of environment is enough to make practically every pilot in the lower 48 thankful they don’t have to...
September 1, 2009
If you are a regular reader, you will have seen Ernie Stephens’ last column about having fun, which is what Ernie is off to do. But everyone has their own definition of fun. So let me tell you a little bit about myself and that might explain what I think is fun. My background is more about aviation than journalism, even though I find myself at the helm of this amazing publication. I have been...
September 1, 2009
MILITARY Boeing has obtained a $1.15-billion contract for 15 new CH-47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters from the Canadian government. As part of the agreement, Boeing will partner with Canadian companies and issue supplier contracts. Initial support tied to the contract is estimated at more than $500 million, with future investments reaching a potential of $2 billion to the Canadian industry in support of...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Gladstone Aerospace (GAC) of Ottawa, Ontario has established a strategic business alliance with Night Flight Concepts (NFC). The goal of the partnership is to "leverage each...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Jacksonville, Fla.-based SkyBOOKS has introduced Lite, a user-managed version of its aviation maintenance management program. The launch customer for SkyBOOKS Lite is the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), which will employ the program for its fleet of two Bell 412 and two UH-1 helicopters. SkyBOOKS COO John Willis explains that while the Lite version reduces operator costs, "it will...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and...
September 1, 2009
Headsets Designed for Helicopter Use Germany’s beyerdynamic has unveiled two new headsets developed for use in helicopters — the HS 600 digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) Rotor and HS 200 Rotor, which features passive noise attenuation. The HS 600 DANR uses a microprocessor with a software algorithm to eliminate background noise, as well as the accompanying feeling of pressure on the ears...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hawaii County is getting a new MD500E to replace its aging Chopper One. The new helicopter, which the Hawaii County Fire Department will operate, will handle...
August 1, 2009
TRAINING Seven well-qualified students have won apprenticeship positions with Bristow Helicopters, from a field of nearly 120 competitors. Varying in age between 17 and 21, the seven young men are currently studying at Air Service Training, Perth. They are all beginning the second stage of their apprenticeship programs, and are working toward their Category A3 Licenses. If...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The recession hasn’t hurt Aeronautical Systems Inc. In fact, the Sterling, Va.-based supplier of military replacement parts and...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | HEAVY LIFT Boeing and AgustaWestland will be jointly supplying and supporting 16 new Chinook helicopters for the Italian military. The contract is worth $1.23 billion and will run until 2017. The amount includes five years of support. "At an...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | ATTACK Thirty new Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawks are being delivered to Fort Riley, Kansas. The new helicopters are assigned to the 1st Infantry Division and are replacing the division’s older UH-60L Black Hawks. "The UH-60M comes equipped with a fully digital cockpit...
July 1, 2009
The FAA allows pilots to accomplish some maintenance on aircraft, the maintenance allowed is considered preventative maintenance and outlined in CFR Title 14, Part 43, Appendix A(c). Preventive maintenance can be best described as simple or minor operations and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations. These operations can be performed by the holder of a private...
June 25, 2009
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) of Bangalore, India, has consolidated all of its helicopter-related activities under one roof called the Helicopter...
May 8, 2009
Northwest Helicopters, based in Washington, is an FAA certified repair station that has developed an important niche in the refurbishment of former military helicopters. The company specializes in Bell's UH-1 series, but it has also restored two Cobras and...
April 27, 2009
Telit Wireless Solutions and Eurocopter signed a three-year agreement to develop a configuration management monitoring system for 11 of the manufacturer's helicopters. Under the terms of...
April 16, 2009
Telit Communications and Eurocopter have struck a deal to co-operate in the development and marketing of a “configuration management...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY Most helicopter company CEOs attending Heli-Expo 2009 in Anaheim, Calif. expressed concern about the outlook for their business in the face of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. Steve Townes, chairman of 24 Ranger Rotorcraft Group Inc., expressed defiance. "As it relates to the Ranger group’s companies: no bailout required," Townes told a...
March 30, 2009
U.S. airmen from the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based at Kedena Air Base on Okinawa are helping to train Afghan mechanics in the maintenance of Mil Mi-17 helicopters. The collaboration is part of...
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