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January 1, 2007
In 1958, after years of training U.S. Navy pilots and then studying aviation psychology and flight simulation at the University of Illinois, Rudy Frasca built his first simulator. That was the beginning of what is now Frasca International, which makes a comprehensive line of flight-training equipment for commercial, military aircraft, law enforcement and EMS helicopter pilots. Today, Frasca is well known...
January 1, 2007
FlightSafety delivers an unparalleled training experience that offers exceptional value over in-aircraft training. As one of the world’s foremost aviation training companies and developer of the first Level-D certificated full-flight simulator for rotorcraft, no one understands better than FlightSafety the real-world challenges helicopter pilots regularly encounter. And no one has more experience...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
Lockheed Martin has named three engineers on rotorcraft programs at its Systems Integration site in Owego, N.Y. as 2006 Lockheed Martin Fellows. The honor is reserved for the top one percent of technical talent across the corporation and recognizes and encourages the highest levels of accomplishment by individual contributors in technical fields. Rich Berbaum is the lead architect for system diagnostics...
January 1, 2007
PROGRAM UPDATES Attack — Lockheed Martin reports France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has successfully fired the Hellfire 2 air-to-ground missile from Australia’s Tiger helicopter. The firing took place at the Woomera Testing Range in South Australia, employing a lock-on-before-launch technique for a direct hit on a target 3.7 mi (6 km)...
January 1, 2007
Tilton Names New President at MD Helicopters MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has named industry veteran Charles Vehlow to be president of the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer. Tilton directly ran MD for most of 2006 after having replaced the previous top management team of Robert Rene and Randy Kesterson. "I have been working quite closely with Chuck and the high-quality MD executive team over the last year...
January 1, 2007
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of the Chinook as its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information at the bottom of the page. Is the West at War? Thank you for the essay on the public attitude toward combat operations in...
January 1, 2007
FH1100 Academy Plans 20-25 More Students Nearly every student helicopter pilot longs for the day when he or she hits the start switch and produces the sweet, roaring whine of a turbine engine spooling up. Students at Van Nevel Helicopters Academy in Century, Fla. don’t have to wait for that. From the beginning, the academy trains its students in an all-turbine fleet made up of Rolls-Royce 250-powered...
January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
He Begs to Differ I must respectfully disagree with Lt. Col. John Powell that graduates of today’s military flight schools are not as proficient as those from 15-30 years ago, and that "the idea of an autorotation to the ground is a foreign concept" ("The LUH Award," October 2006, page 7). As a recent graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Naval Flight Training via Helicopter Training...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
FlightSafety International has promoted Ralph Hicks (right) center manager of its Daleville and Dothan, Ala. Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins, who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service. A 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Hicks has served at the Daleville and Dothan centers since joining the company in 1985. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with single and multi-engine...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
December 1, 2006
SEARCH AND RESCUE IS A DIFFICULT mission that is complicated by the fact that we generally operate in reactive mode to emergencies and disasters. You’re probably wondering what an unmanned aerial system has to do with SAR. Unmanned systems are a force multiplier for SAR, period, and here’s how. Historically a survivor’s probability of survival (Ps) diminishes over time, and quickly...
November 1, 2006
OCTOBER BROUGHT TWO IMPORTANT gatherings in America-the Assn. of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington and the National Business Aviation Assn.'s yearly convention, in Orlando. Neither is a helicopter industry event per se, yet rotorcraft play crucial roles in the activities at the heart of each-warfighting for the former and business flying for the latter. The timing of the shows, just a week...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
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