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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...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING FB Heliservices has won a contract from AgustaWestland to provide training services for pilots outside the United Kingdom. The contract in...
April 18, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International (HAI) has modified its by-laws to bring more pilots and maintenance technicians into the fold. The new by-laws allow any pilot or technician to join the group provided the individual is “not an officer, director or majority owner of an organization...
January 1, 2008
FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, delivers another first this year with the projected opening in late 2008 of a new Learning Center devoted principally to training for offshore operations. The center, positioned in Lafayette, Louisiana, to serve the Gulf of Mexico offshore helicopter industry, will customize its training to address the specific challenges offshore...
November 1, 2007
BRISTOW GROUP SEES A LOT OF fertile ground to be plowed in finding new helicopter mechanics. Folks in this industry spend a lot of time talking about the shortage of pilots. In fact, a look back over the 40 years of Rotor & Wing will reveal that the earliest issues of the magazine cite concerns about that shortage. Perhaps its visibility reflects a skewed view; most of our readers are or have been...
October 2, 2007
The annual Helicopter Specific Inspection Authorization renewal seminar will take place October 25 at the AirTel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, Calif. The seminar is sponsored by Rotorcraft...
September 7, 2007
Era Helicopters, Lake Charles, La. has received a $2.1 million Rapid Response Fund grant from Louisiana to provide a state-of-the-art training facility near Era’s base on the Lake...
August 16, 2007
The FAA has approved Era Helicopters’ flight quality assurance program. The program is the first approved for FAR Part 135 operations. Era has decided to equip its helicopter...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
June 1, 2007
TRAINING/MAINTENANCE CAE will develop virtual training systems for the instruction of German military maintenance crews on the NH Industries NH90. The Montreal-based company won the contract from Helicopter Training Media International GmBH, a 50/50 joint venture it set up with Thales to serve as prime contractor on the NH90...
June 1, 2007
Any effort to boost rotorcraft safety will have to include a close look at the role helicopter mechanics play. OF THE VARIETY OF CAUSES OF HELICOPTER accidents, perhaps one of the most troubling is that of maintenance error. Two recent accidents illustrate the vulnerability of rotorcraft to lapses in diligence by mechanics. A third in the not so distant past may be a frightening case of what can result...
April 1, 2007
HUMAN ERROR. THAT’S THE COMMON EXPLANATION for helicopter accidents. We’ve all heard the statistics. Human error is the cause of 80 percent or more of all accidents. In a way, though, the problem is in the statistic itself. It’s been held as conventional wisdom so long — perhaps as long as man has found heavier-than-air vehicles to fly, and crash — that "human error"...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
March 1, 2007
Indian Aviation Academy Orders EC120s, Enstroms The new Apoorva Aviation Academy in Bangalore, India is building its rotorcraft fleet. The flight school, which opened last year offering ground courses to students, on Feb. 11 signed contracts for the acquisition of two EC120 training helicopters. The academy also ordered an Enstrom 480B turbine and Enstrom 280FX piston aircraft, which the Menominee...
March 1, 2007
Bell Parent Plans Academy in India Bell Helicopter is looking to set up a training academy in India. The move is part of Bell parent Textron’s effort to strengthen its position in one of the world’s most promising aviation markets. In addition to training for helicopter pilots, the academy would provide instruction on the products of another Textron unit, Cessna ‘We are looking forward to...
March 1, 2007
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF training time is a difficult task unless you’ve prepared with flight planning, conducted an instructional flight briefing, performed deliberate flight execution, and accomplished a thorough debriefing. A great training flight starts with lesson planning. Effective training flights must have these elements: a mission objective stated (or written on a white board) that can be as...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
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