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November 1, 2007
TRAINING The oil and gas industry has decided to abandon flight hours as the prime benchmark for hiring pilots to support its operations. It now wants competency-based flight training that would allow qualified individuals to move into jobs flying multi-pilot helicopters without having to accumulate 1,000 hr or more of flying experience. Such training is routinely used for pilot advancement. "What we...
November 1, 2007
Air Methods’ EC135 SPIFR STC Air Methods has received an FAA STC for its Eurocopter EC135 single-pilot IFR avionics package. Mexico Eyes EMS Unit Mexico will soon have its first air ambulance service...
November 1, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to open a flight school in China this year. The demand for helicopters in China is increasing; Eurocopter expects the number of rotorcraft there to exceed 1,000 within 20 years, with demand spurred by the 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing. Shanghai is hosting...
November 1, 2007
Despite CAE’s initial reticence on the matter, the global training and simulation company has agreed with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. to open a helicopter training center in Bangalore, India. The center is to be equally owned by Hindustan and Montreal-based CAE. It is expected to open in late 2008 and will provide training to civil and military pilots and also provide maintenance...
November 1, 2007
FlightSafety International is adding a new center dedicated to offshore helicopter training. Training at the new, 70,000-sq-ft Learning Center in Lafayette, La. is to begin in 2008. The facility is designed to accommodate up to eight full flight simulators and will feature advanced-technology training devices and classrooms equipped with...
November 1, 2007
Aspiring helicopter pilots now have an option to train in east-central Africa. Akagera Aviation has opened a helicopter flight school aimed at civilians, which it says is the first of its kind in the region, at...
October 9, 2007
East Africa now has its first helicopter flight school targeted at civilian pilots, according to East Africa Business Week. It said Akagera...
October 1, 2007
IN THE LAST COLUMN, I REVIEWED the lessons I learned from my accident in an emergency medical service helicopter and shared how I regained my confidence and returned to the cockpit in a paying job ("The Hidden Cost of an Accident," August 2007, page 62). This month, I will revisit the cause of my accident, along with the sequence of events, and choices, that led to my inadvertent encounter with...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. is looking to deliver its first newly made FH1100 turbine helicopter to a customer in 2008. Georges Van Nevel, president and CEO of the Century, Fla.-based company that bought the FH1100 type...
September 1, 2007
Med-Trans has appointed Larry Bugg as safety director. Northstar Aerospace has appointed Craig Yuen as its company’s new chief financial officer. Silver State Helicopters has appointed Tim Barrett vice president of its Advanced Flight Training Academy, to be located in central Texas and Provo, Utah. Sean Moretz has been named vice president of commercial operations. Patrick Dennis has been named vice...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
September 1, 2007
AUTOROTATIONS, DRIVEN REGIONS and driving regions, stall regions and total aerodynamic force... Wait a minute! What does all this mean to our pilot who has lost power and hears a low rpm horn? In general, very little. What is important are rotor rpm, airspeed, and altitude — all highly tradable goods in the marketplace of physics and essential ingredients for a successful autorotation. All too often...
September 1, 2007
Atlantis Demonstrates Virtual Task Trainer Atlantis Systems International of Brampton, Ontario, gave attendees at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.’s 37th Annual Convention a sample of virtual reality with their Helicopter Virtual Task Trainer. Looking like a cross between an amusement park ride and a full-motion flight simulator, the trainer puts the pilot and a set of flight controls atop a...
August 28, 2007
Schweizer Aircraft’s newest helicopter will be the turbine-powered Model 434, sources familiar with the program tell      Rotor & Wing. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary is pursuing accelerated development of the...
August 8, 2007
In an effort to continue to improve helicopter education nationwide, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a Helicopter Association International (HAI) affiliated organization, is bringing its Professional Education Series to the West...
August 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL In Australia, the economies of both Queensland and the Northern Territories are booming amid the lowest rate of unemployment across the country for 33 years. With the unemployment figure hovering at 4.2 percent recently, economic growth is being stoked amid expectations of increased consumer spending. This, in turn, is causing wranglers to leave the cattle stations of these two states, in favor...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
June 1, 2007
WIND IS DEFINED BY WEBSTER’S dictionary as a strong current of air. Although simple in definition, the effects of wind on an aircraft can be profound. To a pilot wind can be a friend or a foe, depending on its direction. Yet pilots seem to underestimate the consequences of this natural force fairly often. According to the NTSB, during the last 10 years there were 48 helicopter accidents where the...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
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