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October 1, 2009
October 19 – 20: 2nd International Forum on Rotorcraft Multidisciplinary Technology, Seoul, Korea. Contact AHS Intl, phone 1-703-684-6877 or visit www.vtol.org October 20 – 22: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 62nd Annual Meeting & Convention, Orlando, Fla. Contact NBAA, phone 1-202-783-9000 or visit www.nbaa.org October 25: Wings, Wheels & Rotors Expo, Los Alamitos, Calif...
October 1, 2009
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) operates a fleet of 586 helicopters, comprising eight different models broken down into 19 marks or variants. Quite a number of these helicopters have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but since the end of July, all have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to the UK. MoD has launched a series of initiatives to modify several helicopter types for operations in...
October 1, 2009
Recently, we’ve talked about the FAA’s NextGen Roadmap and many of the new tools that are being made available to us. Due to accuracy errors inherent to GPS, two methods have been created to augment the GPS signal to improve position accuracy from approximately 10 meters to two meters. One of the most promising NextGen technologies to accomplish this and support IFR domestic helicopter...
September 1, 2009
CHARLOTTE ADAMS covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast...
September 1, 2009
September 22 – 24: Helitech 2009, Cambridge, U.K. Contact Reed Exhibitions, phone +44 (0) 208-271-2155 or visit www.helitech.co.uk September 22 – 24: Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) & Standardization Conference, Orlando, Fla. Contact DMSMS, phone 1-937-426-2808 or visit www.dmsms.org September 22 – 25: 35th European Rotorcraft Forum, Hamburg, Germany...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OBSERVATION After sitting in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the EC135 has a new owner — Dam Helicopters of British Columbia, which purchased the helicopter for about $2.23 million. Dam Helicopters’ BO105 LS will be inspecting power lines, surveying for natural resources, conducting EMS missions and...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
August 1, 2009
PAS Technologies has promoted Donald Spriggs to serve as the company’s chief technology officer. Spriggs will oversee long-term technology initiatives for PAS. Spriggs, who joined Kansas City, Mo.-based PAS Technologies in 2006, most recently served as vice president of product development. Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewic, Wash. has been appointed to the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Sikorsky Aircraft has announced plans to make S-92 cabins in India. In June, Sikorksy made public an agreement with India’s Tata Group. Under the arrangement, Tata Advanced Systems will manufacture S-92 cabins at a new facility to be built in Hyderabad. The first S-92 cabin delivery is due in 2010. Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino notes that "India’s...
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
COMMERCIAL Bell Helicopter has filed its own lawsuit against Eurocopter. The suit comes after a June 16 incident at this year’s Paris Air Show. According to Reuters, a French bailiff turned up at Bell’s booth armed with legal...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE An EMS helicopter operated by Air Evac EMS unintentionally shut down traffic on Route 50 in Greenwood, W.V. on June 17, 2009, after clipping some power lines. The Bell 206B helicopter, transporting a six year-old...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Simplex Manufacturing, which makes aerial applications systems for helicopters, has acquired Helipod International. The purchase gives Simplex access to Helipod’s certified accessory products for Robinson helicopters, including cargo pods, spray systems and...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY Attempts to revive the VH-71 by Congress will not change how many jobs are being lost at Lockheed Martin. "A week after the program was terminated, we announced that we would end up laying off up to 750...
August 1, 2009
MTrax Maintenance Tracking Version 2.0 Keeping close tabs on your aircraft’s maintenance is a top priority. Tdata computerized the solution to this problem by developing MTrax, a maintenance tracking program. Now the company has released version 2.0 of MTrax. With just one license, owners and operators can track an unlimited number of aircraft. Functionally, MTrax keeps an eye on ADs, service...
August 1, 2009
Unmanned aerial vehicles of the fixed-wing variety have proven their worth to the military beyond doubt during the past 15 years or so, especially since U.S. troops went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, with a lag time less dramatic but still reminiscent of the four-decade gap between the dawn of powered flight and the debut of the first useful helicopters, interest in rotorcraft UAVs is clearly taking...
August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
August 1, 2009
Ground Based Augmentation Systems What good is a technology if it only has one name? Ground based augmentation systems (GBAS) is one such technology that is part of the FAA’s NextGen roadmap. It resides within a category known as LAAS (local area augmentation system). Its purpose is to supply a differential correction or augmentation to the basic GPS or GNSS, while providing a significant improvement...
August 1, 2009
Computing available fuel for contingency mission execution is an art lost to the technology of mission computers. Sometimes having a simple tool to pull from your mental toolkit or from a page in your kneeboard can be a godsend during time-critical mission tasking. When tasked for a mission that includes a search, it’s paramount to properly calculate all the segments of the search and rescue which...
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