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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...
February 1, 2006
Compiled by the R&W Staff Emirates-CAE Ready For Mideast Bell Training Gulf Helicopters plans to begin sending pilots to the Emirates-CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during first quarter of this year. The two-year-old Emirates-CAE center near Dubai International Airport installed a new, CAE-built, Bell 412 full-motion simulator late last year, and expected to gain European JAA...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY Elbit To Upgrade Bulgarian Helicopters Elbit Systems Ltd. will upgrade 12 Mi-24 combat helicopters and six Mi-17 transport helicopters for the Bulgarian Ministry of Defense under a 57.3 million ($67.2 million) contract. The upgrade is to take the Bulgarian helicopters up to NATO standards and expected to be completed within three years. Elbit said that it will be upgrading the helicopters in...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY U.S. Army Aviation Post Celebrates 50th Anniversary Fort Rucker, Ala., home to both the U.S. Army Aviation Center and its newly designated Flight School XXI, celebrated its 50th Anniversary last October. The military base started out as Camp Rucker in 1942 as a training camp for soldiers on their way to World War II. Following that war, the camp was simply evacuated, leaving behind the temporary...
November 1, 2005
Wishing Well IF IT IS TRUE THAT ONE SHOULD wish well for friends and family, then our wishes at Rotor & Wing have been coming true in spades. But before I explain, let me make good on an outstanding debt. I am long overdue in welcoming back to R&W's pages a talented and distinguished contributor. T.B. "Barney" O'Shea rejoined the ranks of our correspondents back in May at the American...
November 1, 2005
As operators seek better, more detailed training, manufacturers are aiming to field cost-effective tools to help them do that. IF MONEY WERE NO ISSUE IN HELICOPTER TRAINING, student pilots would be thoroughly trained in full-motion simulators. They would be run through every possible flight scenario before being sent off to a real aircraft. But money is an issue, a big one. With top-end full-motion...
November 1, 2005
At Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army is introducing the networked simulators that lie at the heart of Flight School XXI. THE FIRST STUDENT AVIATORS FULLY immersed in the U.S. Army's Flight School XXI began training last month and this month start flying their new, high-fidelity simulators. With more time in advanced training devices and go-to-war aircraft, Flight School XXI graduates promise operational...
November 1, 2005
Accidents (and a persistent accident rate) are prodding device makers and flight trainings to develop tools and courses to boost decision-making, mission skills. TALK ABOUT BEING PREPARED. THE STORY GOES THAT when a shoulder-launched missile scored a direct hit on the engine of a C-17 Globemaster taking off out of Baghdad on Dec. 10, 2003, the pilot handled the situation just as he'd done in training...
November 1, 2005
New visual and actuator systems are blurring the line between up there and down here while keeping costs down to earth. AL PALMER, DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT operations for the University of North Dakota, is so impressed with his new Frasca 342 flight training device (FTD) that he's requesting a big concession from the FAA--a quantum increase in the amount of time that the device can be used toward a helicopter...
August 1, 2005
By Stephen Degraef Photos by Edwin Borremans MANITOBA, CANADA'S CENTRAL PROVINCE, HAS OFFERED since the early 1940s almost unrivaled training facilities (and memories) to countless generations of young pilots and seasoned instructors. Although present Manitoban flying training centers are a far cry from the World War Two-era "pilot factories," the province's vast flight training areas are still...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
June 1, 2005
Manufacturers Await USAF's PRV Solicitation The major manufacturers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the U.S. Air Force's pending competition for a Personnel Recovery Vehicle (PRV) helicopter to replace its existing combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter fleet. One candidate has bowed out, while another possible candidate is sitting on the fence waiting for the request for proposals to be...
May 1, 2005
News Briefs Company Developing Robinson Simulator Merlin Simulation, Inc. is refining a flight-training device designed for instruction of Robinson R22 and R44 pilots. The Falls Church, Va.-based company is enhancing the device to include an enhanced, 180-deg. field-of-view visual system. At present, the device is configured for the Robinson R22. The device's instrument panel is convertible to an IFR...
February 1, 2005
For the first time, those training at NAS Patuxent River to be flight test pilots are doing so under the command of a U.S. Army aviator. Lt. Col. Steven W. Kihara succeeded Navy Cmdr. Paul A. Sohl as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Jan. 13 in Hangar 110 at Pax River. The school has long provided...
January 1, 2005
Ground School Tailored to Helo License Dragon Helicopters has won approval from the United Kingdom's CAA for a ground school that is tailored for a commercial pilot (helicopter) license and uses distance-learning techniques to slash the time that a student must spend in a classroom. Students have previously had to take the full U.K. Air Transport Pilot license program, which includes courses with no...
January 1, 2005
The 160th Night Stalkers are improving the odds of success through new mission training simulators. The famed U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Avation Regiment-Airborne, aka the Night Stalkers, are about to complete a hat trick in combat simulation, adding the third helicopter-type simulator to their training and mission rehearsal program. CAE is scheduled to deliver an A/MH-6 "Little Bird"...
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