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July 10, 2012
Well it’s that time of year again when Reserve and National Guard aviators plan and execute their annual training plans. Many commercial pilots are members of the Reserve components and take time off of their flying jobs to “switch hats” and put on the green flight suit to serve their country. The difficulty with keeping current and proficient within the active duty flight regulations...
May 29, 2012
RAF Shawbury, the home of the United Kingdom’s tri-service Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS), is the first customer to receive a part task gunnery training system from virtual reality company Virtalis. The gunnery element is an additional upgrade to the existing Helicopter Crew Reality (HCR) system that ab-initio—which means “from the beginning”—crewmen use during their...
March 13, 2012
Night Flight Concepts has received a contract extension from the Broward County Sheriff’s...
March 6, 2012
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has agreed to sponsor the CHC Safety & Quality Summit, which is scheduled for March 26-28 in...
March 1, 2012
Back in 1971, Harry Reasoner eloquently discussed why helicopter and airplane pilots can display such differences in outlook. There is one thing that pilots, regardless of category aircraft flown, will always have a keen interest in. That one thing is “numbers.” From the moment a person decides to pursue flying, the numbers are always at play. As a student pilot the number of flight hours...
February 29, 2012
American Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Metro Aviation to supply AS350 flight simulator training for Metro pilots. The U.S. arm of the helicopter maker has an AS350 Level B-approved simulator at its facility in Grand...
February 12, 2012
HAI is hosting an inspection authorization renewal course on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. “Why SMS in Maintenance” will feature...
February 11, 2012
FlightSafety International continues to expand its support for the helicopter industry with investments in new simulators, training programs and visual systems. The number of training events FlightSafety provides to helicopter operators has increased steadily in the past five years as a result of the company’s ongoing investment in new training programs, simulators and facilities. During this period...
December 3, 2011
Helicopter flight training at Kansas State University is getting a boost through a partnership with Universal Helicopters. “The partnership initially will bring in three helicopters...
December 3, 2011
Big Bend Community College and Inland Helicopters of Spokane have partnered to train a new generation of helicopter pilots. The new pilot...
April 4, 2011
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has received a contract to continue providing night vision goggle...
April 4, 2011
This month I decided to take a different direction in discussing aviation safety by writing about HAI’s Heli-Expo in March. I was part of the Rotor & Wing editorial team covering the event and spent much of my time at the magazine’s booth talking to pilots, manufacturers, safety officers and other aviation safety enthusiasts. All one has to do is walk around the display areas to see how...
April 1, 2011
Mike Franz with students attending his “Clarification and Enhancement of Aeronautical Knowledge” course at Colorado HeliOps. Over the past 43 years, Mike Franz has had a good look at the efficiency of maneuvers-based training (MBT) methods. Flying for the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and as chief pilot, pilot instructor and director of operations for Florida-based civilian operators, he’s...
April 1, 2011
CAE to Provide S-76 Sim Training Under a partnership with Brazil’s Líder Aviação, CAE is planning to form a joint venture dedicated to providing simulation-based pilot training in South America. The venture will employ a Level D CAE 3000 Series full flight simulator to train on the Sikorsky S-76C++ starting in early 2012. The FFS, which will also supply S-76A, B and C+ training...
March 28, 2011
CAE and AgustaWestland consortium Rotorsim is planning to incorporate a new CAE 3000 Series AW139 fill flight simulator into...
March 1, 2011
Eurocopter officially opened its North Sea support and service center on February 1 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The complex represents a £10 million investment by Eurocopter and took two-and-a-half years to complete. It covers 53,820 square feet (5,000 square meters). The manufacturer designed the center with expansion in mind, and there is space for a second simulator (possibly an EC175 sim) alongside...
March 1, 2011
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Sterling Flight Training has taken delivery of a Robinson R44 that will be used for primary and advanced training. The company received the Raven II...
February 1, 2011
Robinson Helicopter’s R66 Turbine was awarded an FAA type certificate on Oct. 25, 2010, and, based upon the 100 units already on order, is expected to be as popular as its top-selling piston stablemate, the R44. Base price for the five-seat, single-engine helicopter is $790,000. Okay, I’ll tell you up front that I’ve never avoided a chance to check out a helicopter, even a bad one...
January 26, 2011
Mauna Loa Helicopters has obtained U.S. Department of Homeland Security approval to issue I-20 applications for F-1 visas to international...
December 20, 2010
Canada’s CHC Helicopter has reached an agreement transfer all of its helicopter flight training...
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