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April 1, 2006
Calling MD Supply Chain a Shambles, New Owner Vows to Rebuild Whatever Lynn Tilton invested to get control of MD Helicopters--and the sum could be growing by the month--she certainly got more than she bargained for. After she bought MD in July 2005, the head of the New York distressed-debt investment firm Patriarch Partners said she figured the Mesa, Ariz. helicopter maker would start showing signs of a...
March 1, 2006
Pilots of news helicopters have seen more than their share of death and destruction, but Katrina's aftermath even took members of that hard-bitten corps by surprise. Not the least surprising was the sheer number of helicopters in the skies over New Orleans. Ken Pyatt is president of SKY Helicopters, based at the Garland, Texas Heliport. His company is a Part 135 operator and helicopter flight school and...
March 1, 2006
The question remains: When will we learn? Two weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of terrorist attacks that had U.S. politicians of every ilk clamoring for greater domestic defense against threats manmade and natural, little more than a year after an emergency-management simulation essentially predicted massive flooding of New Orleans in the wake of a Category 4 hurricane, just eight months after an Indian...
March 1, 2006
Holland is aviation director for the southeast region for LifeNet Air Medical Services, a division of Air Methods Corp. With other LifeNet crews, he flew three aircraft from Alabama, Florida and Georgia to New Orleans to aid in rescue and recovery operations. A retired U.S. Army aviator who flew OH-13s and Apaches, he is a religious man. When he arrived in New Orleans, it was apparent to him that he had...
March 1, 2006
In an attempt to apply the lessons of disasters like September 11th, the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistan earthquake late last year, HAI is compiling a comprehensive database of helicopter resources available to emergency response managers around the world. This is an issue that has been discussed since 9/11, since post-Katrina. What do we have as resource database information?" said...
March 1, 2006
After he'd checked that his Jackson, Miss. Mercury Aviation had survived Katrina, Coyt Bailey grabbed a cameraman and set off Aug. 30 in the R44 WLBT-TV charters from him to survey the storm damage. He'd covered six or eight hurricanes. The cameraman had covered more, including Hurricane Camille in 1969--the Big Storm before Katrina. "We'd never seen anything like this, either of us," Bailey...
March 1, 2006
'Revitalization Project' Aims to Boost Military Helo Safety, Survivability A new U.S. rotorcraft industry task force is seeking measures to improve the survivability of helicopters in combat in the near term and increase the safety and reliability of all helicopters in the long term. Dubbed the Rotary-Wing Revitalization Project, the effort aims to overcome the main impediments to broader use--and...
February 1, 2006
Compiled by the R&W Staff Emirates-CAE Ready For Mideast Bell Training Gulf Helicopters plans to begin sending pilots to the Emirates-CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during first quarter of this year. The two-year-old Emirates-CAE center near Dubai International Airport installed a new, CAE-built, Bell 412 full-motion simulator late last year, and expected to gain European JAA...
February 1, 2006
With activity up in major sectors like offshore energy, EMS and law enforcement, manufacturers and operators are enjoying good times and ready to tackle safety and security challenges facing the industry. Matthew Zuccaro, the newly minted president of the Helicopter Assn. International, can't think of anything negative to say about the state of the industry going into this year's Heli-Expo. "There's a...
February 1, 2006
Lessons learned from the rise and fall of heliports in the United States. In the movie "Field Of Dreams," a mysterious voice tells an Iowa corn farmer, "If you build it, he will come." The farmer plows under part of his crop, builds a baseball field in its place, lights and all, and is considered a lunatic. But one of the strangers this voice brings into his life assures the farmer that...
January 1, 2006
A Quarter Century of Engineering Excellence Over 25 years ago, Heli-Dyne Systems was founded to provide helicopter owners/operators with the same high quality of modification and completion services offered for fixed-wing aircraft. Since then, HDS has performed more than 700 major helicopter modifications and completions for functions as diverse as air medical, law enforcement, electronic news-gathering...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY HAL Defends Dhruv After Crash Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. is defending its Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv after an apparent tail-rotor failure Nov. 29. All variants of the aircraft were grounded afterwards. The...
January 1, 2006
PEOPLE The Helicopter Assn. International has named the recipients of its 2005 "Salute to Excellence" awards. Dr. Walter B. Comeaux, Lafayette, La., is the recipient of the Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award. David S. Whyte, vice president (ret'd), Alpine Helicopters Ltd., Kelowna, British Columbia, is the latest winner of the Joe Mashman Safety Award. John Holland, regional aviation director, Air...
December 1, 2005
In March to Efficiency, Sikorsky Buys Keystone and CTI Sikorsky Aircraft is looking for buyout candidate that can help it streamline military aircraft production in the same way it hopes to boost the efficiency of its commercial aircraft lines with the acquisition of Keystone Ranger Holdings. Sikorsky on Nov. 1 said it would buy the $225-million-revenue Keystone Ranger, which controls Keystone Helicopter...
August 1, 2005
IT MAY BE THAT FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S EPIC DRAMA "Apocalypse Now" is to Vietnam what today's "Reality TV" shows are to...well, reality--but who can forget the opening scene of Army Huey's passing across the screen, their blades dramatically cutting in slow motion through the air? Equally memorable is the image of the Korean War OH-13 landing on the hillside helipad as Hawkeye Pierce...
May 1, 2005
Bell/Agusta got it right with the design of the AB139. It is another strong performer from Italy aimed at a well-thought-out market niche. The decades of cumulative Agusta technology development shows well in the solid design and manufacture of the AB139. It is a winner. Recently, I had the opportunity to fly Serial No. 006 of the newly FAA-certificated Bell/Agusta AB139 medium twin helicopter. It was in...
February 1, 2005
The 57th annual gathering of the Helicopter Assn. International this month promises a fast-paced, productive week of workshops, receptions, symposiums, technical briefings, and formal and informal trade meetings. The association returns to its birthplace of California, with more than 15,000 members, exhibitors and attendees coming together at the convention center in Anaheim, the Southern California city...
February 1, 2005
HAI has named the recipients of its annual Awards of Excellence, to be presented at Heli-Expo 2005 in Anaheim, Calif. Winners of the Life Time Achievement awards are Jack Real, chairman emeritus of Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., and Wesley G. Lematta, founder and chairman of Columbia Helicopters, Inc. in Portland, Ore. During his career, Real worked for aviation industry giants such as...
January 1, 2005
CIVIL With Eye on Customers, Turbomeca Alters Organization, Overhauls African Facility As part of an ongoing efforts to improve its service to (and standing with) customers, Turbomeca has created a new division to reinforce and coordinate a campaign to optimize its production process. The company created a new Production Div., attached to its Operations Div., to improve production processes as well as...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
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