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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...
April 1, 2010
Enstrom Sells Trainers to Japan, Thailand Maj. Gen. Pittaya Krachangwong and a group of Thai Army pilots evaluated the Enstrom 480B during an October 2009 visit to the manufacturer’s plant in Menominee, Mich. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. Two national defense forces have chosen the Enstrom Helicopter 480B to train pilots. The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has ordered a total of 30 Enstrom 480Bs, with...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman’s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman’s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway. We began by discussing Chairman Hersman’s stated mission to “raise the bar” for what I called the...
March 1, 2010
Fellow aviators (not shown) saluted Gerry Ventrella as he disembarked from his last mission flight at Camp Speicher in Iraq on Dec. 30, 2007. U.S. Army/SFC Jeff Troth Gerry Ventrella has piloted 41 different aircraft—fixed and rotary wing—in as many years. He’s flown combat missions across the globe. He’s been nominated for multiple aviation halls of fame. When asked to consider his...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
Training| Instruments For helicopter pilots and CFIIs, the use and maintenance of our instrument ratings in the helicopter world is very different than for fixed-wing pilots. It is common for helicopter pilots to obtain their commercial rating without obtaining an instrument rating first, and those of use who have an instrument, ATP or CFII rating do not always have the same opportunities to fly in actual...
February 1, 2010
Services | Maintenance  Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems has inked a memorandum of understanding with Helicopter Support Inc., the support and distribution company of Sikorsky, to jointly promote a health and usage management system (HUMS) for the rotorcraft market, including for Black Hawk operators. Integrating HUMS data with Sikorsky’s OEM installation and support capabilities...
January 1, 2010
Since 1976 the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), a voluntary program that encourages reports from aviation personnel including helicopter pilots and mechanics, has received hundreds of thousands of submissions. The ASRS receives the reports, processes and analyzes them, and in particular addresses human factors aspects of performance in the aviation system. The ASRS states its objective is to...
January 1, 2010
Turbomeca is part of the Propulsion branch of the Safran group, a high-technology group. Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. In the industry since 1938, Turbomeca is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines. It also designs and builds turbine engines for training aircraft. Turbomeca has one subsidiary...
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
AFS Certifies High Performance Filter for AW139 An inlet barrier filter (IBF) system has received Federal Aviation Administration approval for installation on AgustaWestland AW139 and Agusta/Bell AB139 helicopters. The IBF is a product of Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (AFS). These filters help safeguard helicopter engines from dirt, FOD, erosion, and other potentially costly damage and helping...
December 1, 2009
Helisim Introduces NH90 Trainer During a rollout ceremony in late September, Helisim Eurocopter Training Services unveiled its NH-90 full flight mission simulator. The company has already received orders for training contracts using the simulator from various parties, including the Australian Army and French Ministry of Defense. The NH90 simulator allows training in the use of night vision goggles...
December 1, 2009
Services | Maintenance Textron subsidiary SkyBOOKS has obtained a contract to supply maintenance tracking services for Heliservicio and Servicio Tecnico Aereo de Mexico (STAM)’s fleet of helicopters. The...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/CERTIFICATION Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter has received European Aviation Safety Agency...
November 1, 2009
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. James Careless is a long-time contributor to Rotor & Wing. He has written for other aviation magazines such as our sister publications, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics, as...
November 1, 2009
SERVICES/MAINTENANCE A visitor to Eurocopter Deutsch- land’s Helicopter Technology Park, with about 5,200 workers and engineers the chief employer in this picturesque Bavarian town, hardly senses there’s a world economic crisis underway. A German Army Tiger attack helicopter, one of Eurocopter Donauwörth’s major products, in flight. On the east side of the neatly organized factory...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/TRAINING One of the most admirable aspects of military flying is the crew discipline and inter/intra-flight coordination employed day-to-day. Very early in a crew member’s training, certain fundamentals are drilled in. Among the most important are positive communication, directed assistance, sterile cockpit, effective decision-making techniques, advocacy and mutual support. The benefit of...
October 1, 2009
Air Methods bills itself as the "World’s Largest Air Ambulance Operator" for a very good reason: It is. The numbers tell the tale. Air Methods flew 105,971 missions in 2008, serving 42 U.S. states from 249 hospital and community bases. This translates to 138,219 total flight hours for the company’s fleet of 300-plus rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. This fleet is primarily comprised of...
October 1, 2009
How cool would it be to walk up to the Sikorsky factory and hand them a multi-million dollar check for 10 S-76s? I have wondered if buying a helicopter is as big a chore as buying a car. Then I wondered about the prospects of purchasing a bunch of helicopters for a fleet operator. How do you buy 10 big expensive helicopters at one time? Is it difficult? Are there discounts for bulk purchases? Paul...
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