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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...
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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