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September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Gladstone Aerospace (GAC) of Ottawa, Ontario has established a strategic business alliance with Night Flight Concepts (NFC). The goal of the partnership is to "leverage each...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and...
August 1, 2009
TRAINING Seven well-qualified students have won apprenticeship positions with Bristow Helicopters, from a field of nearly 120 competitors. Varying in age between 17 and 21, the seven young men are currently studying at Air Service Training, Perth. They are all beginning the second stage of their apprenticeship programs, and are working toward their Category A3 Licenses. If...
August 1, 2009
The next time you’re doing your preflight and marvel at the complexity of your craft, think about all of the parts that go unseen, which must work harmoniously for hours on end without fail. Lucky for you, your maintenance staff is intimately acquainted with all those parts. They have to be, if we are to provide airborne law enforcement day-in and day-out, and return safely to earth without an...
July 1, 2009
The FAA allows pilots to accomplish some maintenance on aircraft, the maintenance allowed is considered preventative maintenance and outlined in CFR Title 14, Part 43, Appendix A(c). Preventive maintenance can be best described as simple or minor operations and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations. These operations can be performed by the holder of a private...
June 1, 2009
TRAINING | SAFETY Denver, Colo., known as the Mile High City, was an appropriate setting for Rotor & Wing’s first annual Safety & Training Summit. The interactive seminar, which was held April 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Tech Center hotel, drew a wide variety of aviators, operations managers and administrators from every aspect of the helicopter community. Attendees had an opportunity to hear and...
May 1, 2009
BDUs vs. Blue Jeans I said I was going to stay away from this subject, but darned if it doesn’t keep coming up. So, since this issue of Rotor & Wing will be handed out the annual Army Aviation Association of America conference (aka Quad-A), I’m going to address the age-old contention that military-trained pilots are usually, if not always, better then civilian-trained pilots. This way, our...
May 1, 2009
MILITARY | TRAINING Defense spending proposals announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates include an increase of $500 million to the Army’s budget for helicopter crews and maintenance personnel, an acknowledgement of the key role rotorcraft are...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 1, 2009
CHARLOTTE ADMAS covers aviation and defense technology. She writes for our sister publication 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...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY In an effort to improve safety and reduce tool loss, Bristow Helicopter has begun bar coding its Snap-on maintenance tools. Developed on a trial basis in Aberdeen and now due to be promoted throughout Europe, the bar code system starts with all mechanics drawing their tools from a company supply, rather than using their own. Every time a tool is removed, its unique bar code is scanned...
March 1, 2009
What happens during an engine overhaul? Let’s walk through the engine shop and see for ourselves! You’ve just walked into the hangar and noticed something unusual. There’s an empty space where your helicopter’s turbine engine used to be. But it’s okay. It was pulled out by the mechanic and sent to an authorized service center for a scheduled overhaul. In 20-30 days, however...
March 1, 2009
Reflecting on the helicopter industry for the past 50 years or so, we’ve often seen events and developments that have taken place in spite of our lack of enthusiasm. Our industry is somewhat slow to notice what’s good for it but quick to isolate and eliminate the bad stuff. That’s certainly good, but why so slow to adapt to new methods and ideas? A case in point could be our present...
December 29, 2008
Heligo Charters, a self-proclaimed “upcoming” helicopter company based in Mumbai, India, began deepwater offshore service with the...
December 1, 2008
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December 1, 2008
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October 1, 2008
SERVICES In addition to the Aug. 31 Air Evac Lifeteam crash in the U.S., accidents in Sweden and Israel have raised questions about the adequacy of helicopter maintenance. The Swedish Accident Investigation Board reportedly has criticized that Scandinavian nation’s armed forces for their maintenance of helicopters. Press reports in Sweden said the board has found that gaps in the organization...
October 1, 2008
TRAINING The Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has completed certification of its own training center, the company reports. It said the Federal Agency for...
August 1, 2008
CSAR With a CH-47? As a former Vietnam War pilot who flew Hughes OH-6 Cayuses with C Troop, 2nd Sqdn, 17th Cavalry of the 101st Airborne Div and got shot down nine times, I can speak from the downed pilot’s point of view on being rescued in a combat environment ("VH-71 Delays" April 2008, page 7). Boeing’s CH-47 is not the answer at all to the U.S. Air Force’s requirement for a...
July 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | TOURISM Operators and the FAA should crack down on faulty maintenance practices involved in two recent accidents that are common in air tours, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. That is based on probes into the March 8, 2007 crash of a Heli-USA...
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