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November 1, 2009
MILITARY/MISSION EQUIPMENT In recent years, faced with the realization that enemies on the ground were actually disposed to shoot any helicopter that came within range, Western militaries have discovered anew the advisability of fitting automatic weapons as a way of defending their transport helicopters. While operational procedures might have preferred giving this role to dedicated escort...
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
Bell Helicopter of Hurst, Texas, has awarded a $53-milion contract to Kaman Aerospace’s Helicopters division to manufacture composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies. The agreement involves 18 different assemblies for the following helicopters: Bell 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430, H1 and BA609. Kaman’s HeliworX facility in Bloomfield, Conn. will carry out the production work...
September 1, 2009
Options abound for training in the use of night vision goggles. Similarities and stark differences exist between the civilian and military approaches. Rotor & Wing takes a comprehensive look at those options, similarities and differences. Night vision goggles (NVG) have been used by the military for decades and by civilians for about 10 years. As the number of users-turned-instructors has grown and the...
August 1, 2009
To say that it is an ambitious product would be an understatement, but to say that it is impossible would be exaggeration. However, France and Germany have certainly set themselves a difficult task. Both countries want to procure a common heavy lift helicopter. Germany needs to replace its Sikorsky CH-53G aircraft by around 2020, while the French armed forces, which have not previously operated a heavy...
August 1, 2009
The V-22 Osprey has had a long, expensive and very chequered history, and in addition to highly publicized — and very deadly — crashes it has suffered more than its share of criticism. So, initial reports from the Marine Corps about its glowing performance in Iraq were received as a sign that one of modern aviation’s most intriguing concepts had finally matured. Of course, we should have...
July 1, 2009
Civilian Versus Military In aviation there are no absolutes except that you will have a landing for every takeoff ("Question of the Month" April 2009, page 7 and "Editor’s Notebook" May 2009, page 4). Every pilot is different. As a military-trained pilot you are given a better tool box from which to hone your skills, but it’s up to the individual to use the tools. You can...
July 1, 2009
PRODUCTS | MILITARY The evaluation is over and the results are good: Harris has successfully completed the flight and ground testing of its Ku-band Common Data Link (CDL) Hawklink system. Scheduled for installation in the U.S. Navy’s MH-60R Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System helicopter, CDL Hawklink is a high-speed, digital data link...
June 1, 2009
Now, About Silver State Why isn’t anyone going after EOS ("Silver State Helicopters: What Really Happened?," March 2009, page 50)? They owned the company when Airola ran it into the ground. They should be held accountable. The lenders were corrupt as well. They never checked SSH’s books, never followed up on their duties to ensure the money was used for the purposes it was being...
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 30, 2009
U.S. airmen from the 718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based at Kedena Air Base on Okinawa are helping to train Afghan mechanics in the maintenance of Mil Mi-17 helicopters. The collaboration is part of...
March 2, 2009
Euroheli, Eurocopter’s distributor in Japan, has signed a deal with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Forces to build and deliver two EC135 helicopters for the...
March 1, 2009
Civilian Training vs. Military Training I’m frequently asked what the best way is to earn a helicopter pilot’s license, considering how much it costs to go to a flight school. They don’t have to go into much more detail than that, because I’ve been watching the cost of helicopter rentals rise ever since the mid-1980s when I thought $89 per hour for an R22 was outrageous. Guess what...
March 1, 2009
Human factors is the science of understanding the relationships of people, machines and technology. It recognizes the possibility of human error, and allows us the opportunity to identify this threat and resolve it before it becomes an incident or an accident. I recall my first cockpit resource management (CRM) course as a HH65A U.S. Coast Guard Dolphin pilot during the 1980s. The airlines had discovered...
March 1, 2009
It’s in the Cards The wheels no more than hit the pavement and the usual frenzy breaks loose as 80% of the passengers on the plane scramble to get their cell phones out and turned on. As I look around I can’t help but wonder what in the world we ever did before cell phones. Eventually I follow suit, break mine out, turn it on and call my point of contact for an update. Two hours and a short cab...
February 5, 2009
The European Defence Agency (EDA) awarded AgustaWestland a contract to conduct a six-month Helicopter Tactics Program (HTP) implementation study. As part of the U.K.-France helicopter initiative, the EDA took the lead in coordinating training...
February 1, 2009
PTSD, Aviators and Command Combat aviators tend to be fiercely independent, self-reliant, type-A personalities; the personality type also most likely to ignore or pigeon-hole physical or psychological symptoms that may reflect a deeper medical condition. Denial is a powerful mental weapon and aircrews are among the best at wielding it. This month I want to offer some suggestions for military commanders and...
January 26, 2009
Although Eurocopter’s products are in service with commercial operations throughout country, an expected order for as many as 15...
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