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March 1, 2012
In my last Public Service column (“Orphan Treatment,” January 2012, page 64), I wrote about the NTSB Public Aircraft Safety meeting on December 1 in Washington, D.C. To recap, this meeting was held to discuss the proposed efforts by some that may lead to the elimination of public aircraft operations. Some may think that statement a little beyond politically correct. After all, it’s all...
March 1, 2012
When I was 19 years old I knew everything. After all, I had a private pilot license. Looking at life from the perspective of unchastened youth, I can recall an unflinching belief that all things were imminently achievable. The possibility of penalties for failure did not show up for me at the time on any imaginable radar screen. Having risen above all apparent peers with a flying hobby beginning in high...
March 1, 2012
Back in 1971, Harry Reasoner eloquently discussed why helicopter and airplane pilots can display such differences in outlook. There is one thing that pilots, regardless of category aircraft flown, will always have a keen interest in. That one thing is “numbers.” From the moment a person decides to pursue flying, the numbers are always at play. As a student pilot the number of flight hours...
February 23, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is partnering with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to create IHST-CIS. The CIS is comprised of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. After studying...
February 14, 2012
Sikorsky (Booth 6150) has signed with Brazilian operator Lider Aviacao to provide three S-92s. Lider will use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transport for Petrobras. The purchase adds to Lider’s fleet of four S-92s and 42 S-76s. Sikorsky expects deliveries to begin later this year. Mexican operator Aeroservicios Especializados (ASESA) has reached...
February 12, 2012
HAI is hosting an inspection authorization renewal course on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. “Why SMS in Maintenance” will feature...
February 11, 2012
Attendees await the opening of Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando. This year’s convention and exhibition in Dallas is projected to top last year’s estimated 20,000 visitors.  Photos by Ernie Stephens This year’s version of Heli-Expo, the annual convention and exposition hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI), kicks off on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas, running through...
February 1, 2012
Cobham Beacon Solutions today announced they have received 24 Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Artex Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) product line. The FAA has allowed transition of the previous approval from Cobham Avionics in Prescott, AZ...
February 1, 2012
Bristow Group’s Eurocopter EC225s fly over water on a regular basis, making ditching a necessary part of pilot and crew training. Bristow Most ditching events and water impacts would be survived if on the ground. Civil aviation authorities, helicopter makers and equipment manufacturers are struggling to improve the survivability of these accidents, as the number of fatalities due to drowning of...
January 26, 2012
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah Hersman will give the keynote address at Heli-Expo 2012  Hersman will...
January 1, 2012
Finmeccanica’s Board of Directors has named former AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi (left) as chairman and CEO. He replaces Pier Francesco Guarguaglini, who has served as chairman and CEO for the company since 2002. COO Alessandro Pansa was also elected as a board member for Finmeccanica. The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has appointed EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe as its...
January 1, 2012
Question 1: What are the most interesting projects that your company is working on during 2012?   Becker Avionics Becker Avonics has exciting product news and milestones coming up and we believe that 2012 will be another great year. We are continuing to strive to provide innovative solutions for new fit, as well as retrofit, modification and upgrade programs. Some of our new products will be...
October 5, 2011
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) planning to hold its fifth annual International Safety Symposium Nov. 8-9 in Fort Worth...
October 1, 2011
Bringing legitimate safety issues to the boss who cares, but may be untrained in the ways of safety management systems (SMS). This Bell 212 was used for Salt River Project power line construction in Arizona.   Photo by Dave Scott We all know that bringing problems to management without offering potential solutions is usually viewed as mere complaining. As safety professionals, we also have to...
October 1, 2011
Loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE) has been around for a long time and the majority of helicopter pilots are familiar with this aerodynamic phenomenon. They will have been briefed on it during basic training and have probably discussed it when fraternizing with their rotary wing colleagues. Very few will actually have had it demonstrated to them during training and Heaven forbid, experienced it...
September 16, 2011
Australian software company Avinet (Stand 1406) is building a customer base for its Air Maestro online safety application. Launched six years ago, Air Maestro, which is based in the cloud, helps operators to effectively run a safety management system...
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