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November 1, 2006
Nov. 13-14-Third Annual Rotary-Wing Technology Course: Flight Simulation and Avionics The Days Inn Penn State, State College, Pa. Contact: Nancy Eckard, 814-863-5100 E-mail: ConferenceInfo1@outreach.psu.edu; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/FlightSimulation/default-Contact.htm. Nov. 15-17-Heli-Japan 2006 American Helicopter Society International Meeting on Advanced Rotorcraft Technology and Life-Saving...
November 1, 2006
"RAZOR TWO-TWO, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU caught a few rounds on your last bomb run. You have some holes in your wing and tail." "Roger Two-One, it's starting to feel mushy." "Great," you think to yourself, "I am still 20 mi inside bad-guy country and my airplane is falling apart." Lights. Lots of lights…and warning horns. Not good. "RAZOR TWO-TWO, YOU ARE ON...
November 1, 2006
Boeing uses the V-22 Flight Simulation Lab for rapid prototyping of control laws and crew systems, as well as evaluation of handling qualities. The Flight-Control System Rig is a room that contains V-22 control surface actuators, hydraulic and electrical systems and flight-control computers laid out in the configuration of the actual aircraft. FOR 12 HR A DAY, THREE DAYS A WEEK, ENGINEERS, test pilots and...
November 1, 2006
SEARCH-AND-RESCUE PILOTS HAVE BEEN BUSY AND in the spotlight in the last two years. These are folks who thrive on racing to the aid of those in distress, often in conditions that most rationale people are fleeing. Rescues like the December 2000 flights to the foundering passenger ship Sea Breeze 220 mi east of Cape Henry, Va. test the decision-making skill and initiative of Coast Guard aviators. One flight...
October 1, 2006
Oct. 19-21—Aviation North Expo Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Contact: 907-455-9000; Web: www.AviationNorth.org Oct. 24-26—Helicopter Military Operations Technology (HELMOT) XII Specialists’ Meeting, “Global Operations: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Military Aviation/Industry Team,” Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder, Williamsburg, Va...
October 1, 2006
Health and usage monitoring system, or HUMS . It is one of those operational and safety technological developments that has become a four-letter word for many helicopter operators and aircraft manufacturers. In polite conversation, they use words like “toys” and “smoke and mirrors” to describe the systems that have been billed as cure-alls for reducing maintenance problems and...
October 1, 2006
Lockheed Martin’s facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York, just about where that state’s border cuts due west toward Lake Erie, is crammed with military colors— the flight suits of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps test and evaluation pilots, the hulls of transformed Navy Seahawks, an EH 101 and even a fixed-wing U.S. Air Force A-10. Home to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, the Owego...
September 1, 2006
Change is the watchword. For decades, perhaps since it was incorporated in 1939, Schweizer Aircraft has been about change. It started out building gliders. Then it worked on some of the earliest versions of unmanned aircraft, then reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, agricultural aircraft, light commercial helicopters, a new generation of recon and surveillance aircraft and a new generation of...
August 1, 2006
R&W's Question of the Month: Was the U.S. Army right or wrong in awarding the Light Utility Helicopter contract to the EADS team? Let us know, and look for your and others' responses in a future issue. Send your comments to rotorandwing@accessintel.com. "Watch This" Tim McAdams' column rang of so much truth. It amazes me that this remains an issue ("Watch This," April 2006, page...
August 1, 2006
U.S. Army Choice of EADS LUH Bid Boosts Globalization The U.S. Army's choice of a European-led team to provide its next-generation light utility helicopter is widely seen as a crucial validation of globalization in the rotorcraft industry. Two critical questions arise. First, can the Army afford the purchase of up to 352 aircraft envisioned when it named Eurocopter's EC145 the winner of a four-helicopter...
July 1, 2006
Bell Weighs Creating Training School In India Bell Helicopter is looking at the feasibility of setting up a training school in India, bringing in an Indian partner under a joint venture . The training school is part of its strategy to boost sales and forge links with companies in the country. "We expect the Indian market for helicopters to grow to $4.3 billion over the next 20 years, with 40 percent...
June 1, 2006
Sikorsky, FlightSafety Expand Training Programs, Planning Three New Sims FlightSafety International and Sikorsky Aircraft are undertaking what the companies said is a significant expansion of their comprehensive customer training program with the addition of one S-92 simulator and two S-76C+/C++ convertible simulators. "We are making this additional investment to support the large number of Sikorsky...
June 1, 2006
Finnish Academy Orders Frasca EC135 FTD The Finnish Aviation Academy in Pori, Finland, has ordered a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter flight training device (FTD) from Frasca International. The FTD will be built to meet dual qualifications as a European Joint Aviation Authorities FTD 3 and a JAA flight navigation procedures trainer (FNPT) 3 multi-crew cooperation (MCC) device, the highest levels of JAA...
June 1, 2006
For a new pilot or veteran, the best takeoff relies on managing initial airspeed and altitude--and a judicious first hover. Good habits and techniques are essential elements of safe and competent performance in flight. Experienced flight instructors cite lapses in sound takeoff practices and techniques among the most common and troublesome mistakes they observe in pilots, whether they are new to the...
May 1, 2006
Macedonia, like other parts of the former Soviet Bloc, is transforming its military to better mesh with its new defense partner--NATO. On Oct. 6, 2005, headquarters Macedonian Air Force ceased to exist. The organization wasn't wiped out by an enemy, at least not a current one. Rather, it was reorganized as part of a transformation intended to allow Macedonian military forces to better operate jointly with...
April 1, 2006
Low density and high demand require the Air Force to replace its vertical-lift fleet with new platforms. Like the other U.S. Armed Services, the Air Force is wearing out helicopters in the Global War On Terror and non-combat emergencies. The Air Force Special Operations Command has written off a half-dozen MH-53M Pave Low helicopters since September 11th. Mission capable rates for the aging HH-60G Pave...
March 1, 2006
I'm often asked if it's hard for our gunners and flight engineers to hit targets during helicopter aerial gunnery. My answer is unequivocally, "Yes." Crew-served weapons introduce exterior ballistic effects that seriously complicate Kentucky windage* and aim-point solutions. These effects are unusual and not intuitive for weapons fired perpendicular to the helicopter flight path. They include...
March 1, 2006
Within 12 hr. of Katrina passing the Gulf Coast, U.S. Coast Guard aircraft began to converge on the devastated region from all over the country, with units from Cape Cod, Mass.; Atlantic City, N.J., Elizabeth City, N.C. and Clearwater, Fla. among the first to arrive. They supplemented HH-60s and HH-65s and fixed-wing HU-25s from the Mississippi coastal areas and New Orleans. For two weeks, the Coast Guard...
March 1, 2006
Why Use the Autopilot? I'm surprised to have to write this article at all. My flight instructors used to tell me I was definitely a minimum-skill- level kind of guy, and it took me a long time to get the hang of instrument flying. So when the opportunity to use an autopilot to make life easier came along, I was delighted and used it even when VFR. It just made things easier, and the more I used it, the...
February 1, 2006
Student View--Me, Too! I have just read the first installment of Simon Roper's "Student View" chronicles. I was particularly interested because it is almost exactly the same thing that I have done. I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and electronics and started working immediately for IBM in the United Kingdom. Around 13 years later, in April 2003, I found myself out...
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