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March 1, 2011
Erickson Air-Crane has reached an agreement with Wan Yu Industries Groups (Taicang) in China for five S-64Fs. The agreement...
February 1, 2011
A friend of mine recently asked me why helicopters were so expensive to buy and operate. The simple answer to both parts of the question is complexity. Helicopters have a large number of moving parts, designed for minimal weight and high stress (fatigue) conditions. Even the ‘simplest’ light helicopter is a true marvel of mechanical engineering. This, combined with a low tolerance for failure...
January 26, 2011
Erickson Air-Crane has sold five S-64Fs to Wan Yu Industries Groups (Taicang) in China. The agreement calls for...
January 10, 2011
FAA has granted Level 2 exit status for Air Methods’ safety management system (SMS) program. The designation...
December 20, 2010
Canada’s CHC Helicopter has reached an agreement transfer all of its helicopter flight training...
December 1, 2010
Russia’s Center for Scientific and Technical Services (CSTS) Dinamika is partnering with Russian Helicopters to develop and produce technical training units (TTUs) for helicopter pilots and maintenance...
October 1, 2010
From advanced all-digital cockpits, to more powerful engines, to the use of advanced composite materials, no matter how you look at them, today’s helicopters are marvels of technological advancement. As good as those advancements are, each one places an increasing degree of pressure on those charged with inspecting, troubleshooting and maintaining these amazing machines. Animation or instructional...
October 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney Canada has approved two Machida borescope and videoscope inspection kits. PWC34910-106...
September 1, 2010
A while back I was talking with an A&P mechanic about human factors, working environments and the pressure they often feel in pushing their personal limits. He said to me, “I can’t wait for the day that I report an error to my manager and am rewarded with a bonus or a trip to Hawaii because I have potentially saved lives.” It took me a while to digest what he had said, but he was way...
August 1, 2010
RotorWatch Provides Accurate Weather Data Telvent DTN has updated features for the RotorWatch weather service, which is part of its MxVision AviationSentry Online program. With coverage in the U.S. and Canada, RotorWatch gives helicopter operators the ability to track in-flight aircraft and approaching weather conditions on the same screen. Telvent DTN senior sales consultants Dale Raymakers and James...
August 1, 2010
Left to right, Steve “Elroy” Colby, Matt Murphey, BJ Raysor and Dennis Small. Photo by Andrew D. Parker With the latest innovations in technology reaching the cockpits of various military and public service helicopters, new challenges have surfaced for operators regarding pilot training and accident prevention. Rotor & Wing Columnist Steve Colby, defense contractor and retired U.S. Air...
July 1, 2010
There just has to be a better way! This statement can probably be attributed to nearly every defense acquisition official who has ever endured the lengthy procurement process for military systems. In contrast, the U.S. Army and Navy light utility helicopter (LUH) program has proven itself to be a successful commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for the U.S. military. With its combination of high product...
July 1, 2010
Virtually every rotary wing aircraft currently operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps is based on airframes and technology dating back at least 30 years, with some such as the UH-1, OH-58, OH-6, CH-47, CH-46 and CH/MH-53 being Vietnam-era. Both the UH-60 and AH-64 Apache go back to the 1970s and even the newest addition to the Army’s helicopter inventory, the UH-72A, is a military version...
July 1, 2010
The first portion of this month’s Rotorcraft Report is dedicated to articles, photos and links to website-hosted videos from the 2010 Rotor & Wing Safety and...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
July 1, 2010
IHST’s Positive Efforts The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster. Operators should not shy away from...
June 1, 2010
In partnership with Aeronautical Accessories of Piney Flats, Tenn., Bell Helicopter has made a hot-and-high...
June 1, 2010
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
June 1, 2010
AgustaWestland joint venture LIATEC (Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Co.) has begun operating from a new facility at Abou...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
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