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June 1, 2010
Mindful of the Safety & Training Summit at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver June 8–9, Rotor & Wing talked to operators about the challenges for helicopter pilots flying in Colorado and the training facilities available in the state. Commercial operators discussed special training for pilots to handle mountain conditions, and local flight schools reflected on the best training methods...
May 1, 2010
The Wichita Police Department’s Air Section has named Mid-Continent Instruments a recipient of its Certificate of...
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
Talk to people who have upgraded their rotorcraft from analog ‘steam gauges’ to all-digital ‘glass cockpits’, and their enthusiasm brings the J-word to mind time and again. The improvements in performance, ease of use, and maintenance are stunning; as the following stories clearly attest. Glass Cockpit Just Part of Transformed Bell 212 Located in Sudbury, Canada, Day Aviation flies...
March 1, 2010
Imagine for a moment that a single-piloted, passenger-carrying helicopter leaves on a VFR flight plan from its airport-based helipad, enroute to a remote island 20 miles offshore. The flight was intended to take off in the late afternoon, however the VIPs were delayed until after sunset. Weather is reported as overcast at 6K, 6 miles in haze, 28C, calm winds, and no significant weather is forecasted along...
February 1, 2010
To the uninitiated, the small sprag clutch rotating along in the drive-train of a helicopter seems somewhat insignificant. Amidst the myriad of components that comprise a helicopter, it’s a relative unknown. But when the engine or drive-train fails on a rotary wing aircraft, the little clutch buried inside permits the autorotation that can keep the helicopter aloft and allow the pilot to guide the...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore VIH Cougar Helicopters will use the AW139 for offshore transport in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy AgustaWestland During a recent...
February 1, 2010
Wes Lematta In Memoriam Wes Lematta, founder and chairman of the board of Aurora, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters, died on Dec. 24 in Vancouver, Wash. He was 82. According to company spokesman Dan Sweet, Lematta died of complications from bladder cancer, which was first diagnosed 25 years ago. Around 300 people were present at a private family service on Jan. 9 in Vancouver, with more than 800 showing up...
December 1, 2009
A A&P Hydraulics, 9283 Industrial Blvd., Leland, NC 28451; Email: ap-hydraulics@mindspring.com; Web: www.ap-hydraulics.com; Phone: 910-371-1151 AAR Corp, 1100 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191; Email: paul.oppenheim@ aarcorp.com; Web: www.aarcorp.com; Phone: 630-227-2000; Fax: 630-227-2039 Acadian Composites, div. of Aeronautical Accessories, 301 W. Pont Des Mouton Road...
December 1, 2009
BLR Aerospace Dual Tail Boom Strakes and FastFin This kit, which includes fin and the strakes, is currently certified for the Bell 204, 205, 212, and UH-1 series of helicopters. Certification on the Bell 412 is expected in the second quarter of 2010, and improves tail rotor authority by improving the aerodynamics around the tail boom and tail fin surfaces. The patented FastFin System modifies the tailboom...
December 1, 2009
Products | Marketplace Rotor & Wing is at the top of the list of “must-read” helicopter-related magazines in a recent white paper from BDN Aerospace Marketing. The firm asked more than...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Air Traffic Control New FAA rules governing the airspace over the Hudson and East rivers around New York City went into effect on Nov. 19. The agency created an exclusionary zone to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the rivers. The airspace changes come two months after an Aug. 8 midair collision involving a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson. Nine...
December 1, 2009
Corporate | VIP Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over a VIP-configured S-76C++ to the Royal Travel Office...
November 1, 2009
In front of a Model 107-II are (left to right) Chris Hankland, Columbia’s director of quality, FAA Inspector Aaron Kathman and Tim Vranna, manager of FAA’s Seattle Manufacturing and Inspection District Office with Columbia director of materials Chris Hansel, director of engineering Paul Trese, executive vice...
November 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL/OFFSHORE Sikorsky will be making life easier for S-92A pilots by giving them the capability to make hands-free IFR approaches towards offshore oil platforms. Scheduled for FAA/Transport Canada certification by year-end, the flight control computer enhancement will replace the reportedly 14 pilot actions required to initiate approach, with no more than seven—and those carried out either...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES FAA has published an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) related to the tail boom of the AgustaWestland AW139 and AB139. According to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) alert, the tail boom of a Gulf Helicopters-operated AW139 bent and collapsed while taxiing on August 25 in Doha, Qatar. In addition, EASA discovered...
November 1, 2009
Sky Service Eurocopter EC135 operating in Kazakhstan. COMMERCIAL/OFFSHORE EADS and Eurocopter have partnered with Samruk-Kazyna to launch a public-private joint venture that will focus on...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Medical Center has ordered three EC135s from American Eurocopter. The helicopters, which...
November 1, 2009
Officer/pilot David Weirick (left) accepts the helicopter from MD director Don Bridgers with officer/pilot David Eubanks at right. PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE MD...
November 1, 2009
Sikorsky Aircraft has promoted Carey Bond to president of its Global Helicopters subsidiary. He was formerly vice president and chief marketing officer. Bond will keep the CMO title and report to Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. Philippe Beny is the new vice president of supply chain-purchases and information systems for Safran Group company Turbomeca...
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