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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...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 In what may have been the most intriguing development of this year’s Heli-Expo, Bristow Group struck a deal to buy one flight school and said it is looking at taking over another to get back into the training business. Bristow President and CEO Bill Chiles, said the offshore-services company was to buy Helicopter Adventures by the start of this month for $15 million and the assumption...
April 1, 2007
FlightSafety International has appointed Benjamin Burton staff vice president, compliance and regulatory affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Burton joined FlightSafety last year to lead the team responsible for FlightSafety’s FAA and JAA government compliance activities. Metro Aviation, Inc. has named Jim Kettles as director of sales and customer support. The newly-created position at Metro...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
TIMES ARE GOOD IN THE HELICOPTER INDUSTRY. IN some ways, they’re too good. Take Schweizer Aircraft, for example. The Horseheads, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s core businesses — commercial and military helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft, unmanned helicopters, and aerospace subcontracting — are all booming. The same is true for the "new" lines of work added in the...
April 1, 2007
HUMAN ERROR. THAT’S THE COMMON EXPLANATION for helicopter accidents. We’ve all heard the statistics. Human error is the cause of 80 percent or more of all accidents. In a way, though, the problem is in the statistic itself. It’s been held as conventional wisdom so long — perhaps as long as man has found heavier-than-air vehicles to fly, and crash — that "human error"...
April 1, 2007
ACCORDING TO THE U.S. NATIONAL Transportation Safety Board, on May 28, 2005, about 1150 Pacific Daylight Time, a Robinson R44 impacted terrain while maneuvering during low-level flight near Lucerne Valley, Calif. The owner, a private pilot, was seriously injured, as was a safety pilot (who was also a CFI) and one passenger. The helicopter was destroyed following a post-impact fire. A witness reported that...
March 1, 2007
Correction We incorrectly reported that Aerolite was doing the completion of an EC145 for MedLink Air in La Crosse, Wisc. ("More Safety and Power, Less Fuel and Noise," September 2006, page 40). In fact, Helicopter Specialities, Inc., a completion and maintenance facility in Janesville, Wisc., near Chicago, is completing that aircraft, which is to fly for Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La...
March 1, 2007
Schweizer Aircraft plans to ceremonially deliver its 6,000th aircraft at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, Fla. this month. The helicopter will actually be delivered to the Titusville, Fla.-based flight school...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
March 1, 2007
Indian Aviation Academy Orders EC120s, Enstroms The new Apoorva Aviation Academy in Bangalore, India is building its rotorcraft fleet. The flight school, which opened last year offering ground courses to students, on Feb. 11 signed contracts for the acquisition of two EC120 training helicopters. The academy also ordered an Enstrom 480B turbine and Enstrom 280FX piston aircraft, which the Menominee...
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