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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...
September 1, 2009
On a bright and sunny day over the skies of the Hudson River adjacent to the Manhattan Skyline in New York City, two aircraft collided and fell into the river on August 8, killing nine people. The airplane was a Piper 32 and the helicopter was a Eurocopter AS350. Anyone who has flown in this area knows the Hudson River and East River Exclusion areas in and around New York City are probably the most...
August 1, 2009
Love it or Move Concerning a recent article on your website, "High Fliers in Hamptons Irk Ground-Bound," that states "East Hampton Airport’s complaint hotline registers about 100 calls each summer Friday and Sunday, about 95 of them complaining of helicopters," I say, "Let them eat cake." We should empathize with residents of the Hamptons? What we need is an...
August 1, 2009
CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot, who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force (ANG) and currently is a captain at a major U.S. airline. His helicopter background includes flying the longest oceanic rescue mission in history, flown in a USAF HH-60G Pavehawk. Chris is also...
August 1, 2009
TRAINING Seven well-qualified students have won apprenticeship positions with Bristow Helicopters, from a field of nearly 120 competitors. Varying in age between 17 and 21, the seven young men are currently studying at Air Service Training, Perth. They are all beginning the second stage of their apprenticeship programs, and are working toward their Category A3 Licenses. If...
August 1, 2009
MILITARY When Pakistan’s government asked for helicopters, the U.S. came through by providing four Russian-built MI-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani Army. "The additional helicopters are meant to enhance Pakistan’s capabilities in current...
August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
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
COMMERCIAL Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration on June 6. The company, which is based in Northamptonshire, U.K., marked its 40th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of its Sywell Aerodrome headquarters, and the completion of a new building extension. The extension houses a new flying school, a flight training...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
PERSONAL | RATINGS On July 21, 2008, 16-year old Errick Smith became the youngest pilot to solo a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft on the same day. In fact, Smith soloed in two helicopters — a Robinson R44 and a Schweizer 300 CBi — and a Cessna 172 in Ocean Springs, Miss. But even without the second helicopter, Smith beat the old world record by six months. With the anniversary of that...
July 1, 2009
Flying without using the natural horizon is...well...unnatural. It seems pretty simple to the average helicopter pilot. But hauling a load under a helicopter isn’t something that can be done the first time using basic flying skills. It takes knowledge of and proficiency in vertical reference flying. That skill must be mastered first. Andre Hutchings is the director of operations at Los Angles...
July 1, 2009
Water Survival Training Unfortunately, most inadvertent water landings do not result in the same successful ditching as Capt. Sullenberger’s US Airways jet in the East River. How many of those passengers had ever gone down in the water prior to that cold day? They were lucky to survive. I attended a water survival training course hosted by John McMillan, president of McMillan Offshore Survival...
June 19, 2009
Kent State University, in Ohio, will begin teaching a helicopter-training course using two S-300CBis. The university's College of Technology now offers private, commercial...
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 18, 2009
The Whirly-Girls, a worldwide organization for women helicopter pilots, announced the award of more than $25,000 in training scholarships and $12,000 in cash to six lucky recipients. Tiffany Till of Houston, Tex...
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...
April 1, 2009
Thanks Rotor & Wing Two things. When did you start a monthly feature on maintenance, and bravo for it ("Maintenance Notebook," August 2008, page 58)?! I must have missed a meeting. Very timely subject too. Factory training is the most cost effective thing I can think of and he makes a very compelling case as well. The article on Silver State was very informative ("Silver State What...
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