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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...
August 1, 2010
Longtime helicopter safety advocate Dave Downey is the recipient of the 2010 Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award. Given by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the award is considered the globe’s top individual recognition for flight test safety. Downey currently works for Bell Helicopter. In 2005, he helped establish the International Helicopter Safety Team, which is aiming to cut the fatal...
August 1, 2010
Left to right, Ernest Anderson, Dennis Pierce, Christian Gadbois, Cass Howell and Gordon Jiroux. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A group of five experts from various sectors of the training industry examined proven techniques and best practices to train new helicopter pilots and instructors during a panel at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Christian Gadbois, owner of Bakersfield...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
July 1, 2010
IHST’s Positive Efforts The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster. Operators should not shy away from...
June 1, 2010
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics magazine. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Andrew Drwiega, military editor, is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on military rotorcraft. He was the editor of Defence Helicopter for seven years...
June 1, 2010
June 8–9: Safety and Training Summit, presented by Rotor & Wing, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, Colo. Contact Rotor & Wing, phone 1-301-354-1813, e-mail jheinold@accessintel.com or visit www.aviationtoday.com/sats/ July 14–17: Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference, Tucson, Ariz. Contact ALEA, phone 1-301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org July 19–25...
June 1, 2010
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
May 1, 2010
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has placed an order with Eurocopter Canada for three EC130B4s. The helicopters will...
May 1, 2010
Forecast Intl’s new study, “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft,” projects a need for more...
May 1, 2010
May 11–13: American Helicopter Society International 66th Annual Forum and Technology Display, Phoenix, Ariz. Contact AHS Intl, phone 1-703-684-6777 or visit www.vtol.org May 11–13: 55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), Tucson, Ariz. Contact Flight Safety Foundation, phone 1-703-739-6700 or visit www.flightsafety.org May 20–22: Intl Helicopter Industry Exhibition, Moscow...
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...
April 1, 2010
Coverage from HAI’s Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston is spread throughout the April issue. This page feautres wrap-ups from the many AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky announcements. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi. Photos by Ernie Stephens Possibly the biggest announcement from AgustaWestland during Heli-Expo was the unveiling of the Grand New, a version of the Grand with an...
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...
February 1, 2010
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics magazine. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Andrew Drwiega is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on military rotorcraft. He was the editor of Defence Helicopter for seven years. Andrew has reported...
February 1, 2010
Services | Financing Although helicopter financing is in the doldrums compared to the boom years, some experts predict a recovery beginning in the second half of this year. The current chill followed a prolonged period of hot and heady days from 2004 through much of 2008, when user demand and helicopter shortages fueled a pricing bubble and financing terms hit historic lows. The bubble burst in late 2008...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore Houston-based Bristow Group has announced “fundamental structural changes” to its operating units, according to President & CEO William Chiles. The restructuring, designed to “increase...
February 1, 2010
Military | Technology Netherlands’ National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) is being asked to come up with solutions to the issue of helicopter brownouts, when clouds of sand and dust rise up during a desert landing. The...
January 1, 2010
Military | Personnel Recovery The military business of Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) is low down the priority list of many a General and politician. Low down that is, until a hostage appears on an Arabic media channel such as al Jazeera or a pilot is shot down and needs rescuing, or civilians need extracting from a rapidly deteriorating situation (usually in the glare of the world’s media). It is...
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