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January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
November 1, 2006
Nov. 13-14-Third Annual Rotary-Wing Technology Course: Flight Simulation and Avionics The Days Inn Penn State, State College, Pa. Contact: Nancy Eckard, 814-863-5100 E-mail: ConferenceInfo1@outreach.psu.edu; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/FlightSimulation/default-Contact.htm. Nov. 15-17-Heli-Japan 2006 American Helicopter Society International Meeting on Advanced Rotorcraft Technology and Life-Saving...
November 1, 2006
WIND CAN BE A CRITICAL CONSIDERATION IN THE safe operation of rotorcraft, and is one pilots can grow to disregard (particularly if most of their flying is done in their local area). That is among the common mistakes cited by flight instructors and flight-training veterans as being committed by experienced and new pilots alike. As one of those veterans, Roger Sharkey, observed, "I don't think many...
November 1, 2006
Firm Offers Evaluation Tool for Flight Schools A Fargo, N.D. company that specializes in "augmented reality" is offering a low-cost flight recording and evaluation tool to flight schools. Appareo Systems develops portable consumer electronics combined with 3D graphics software for capturing, rendering, and even replaying "the human experience." The company has worked on augmenting...
November 1, 2006
MD Plans to Acquire Training Fleet MD Helicopters is "committed to being the provider of training" to its customers and is undertaking an aircraft, training device and courseware acquisition program to achieve that, according to the company's new director of flight operations and training and chief pilot. "We are conducting a major review of every aspect of our training program," said...
November 1, 2006
Boeing uses the V-22 Flight Simulation Lab for rapid prototyping of control laws and crew systems, as well as evaluation of handling qualities. The Flight-Control System Rig is a room that contains V-22 control surface actuators, hydraulic and electrical systems and flight-control computers laid out in the configuration of the actual aircraft. FOR 12 HR A DAY, THREE DAYS A WEEK, ENGINEERS, test pilots and...
October 1, 2006
Oct. 19-21—Aviation North Expo Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Contact: 907-455-9000; Web: www.AviationNorth.org Oct. 24-26—Helicopter Military Operations Technology (HELMOT) XII Specialists’ Meeting, “Global Operations: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Military Aviation/Industry Team,” Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder, Williamsburg, Va...
September 1, 2006
Frasca Introduces Bell 206 FTD at ALEA Bell's Customer Training Academy at Texas' Alliance Airport will take delivery of the first of Frasca International's new Mentor-H flight training devices, which Frasca debuted at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s convention in New Orleans in July. The device, which is designed to be easily dismantled for transport to an operator's base, replicates the Jet...
July 1, 2006
U.S. Office Faults Proposed Visa Changes Foes of proposed changes to U.S. visa rules for foreign students seeking flight training won support from a notable source--an office of the U.S. government itself. "Mindful that there are important security implications associated with this proposed rule," particularly with respect to foreign nationals training to be pilots, the Office of Advocacy of the...
July 1, 2006
In addition to keeping in close formation 10,000 parts that want to fly apart, law enforcement helicopter crews must be braced to deal with the antics of the bad guys, from gunshots and lasers to hand-flung rocks and fireworks. Here's how one agency meets that challenge. In the aviation unit of a major metropolitan police force such as that of New York City, the work can be nonstop. From regular patrols...
June 1, 2006
Sikorsky, FlightSafety Expand Training Programs, Planning Three New Sims FlightSafety International and Sikorsky Aircraft are undertaking what the companies said is a significant expansion of their comprehensive customer training program with the addition of one S-92 simulator and two S-76C+/C++ convertible simulators. "We are making this additional investment to support the large number of Sikorsky...
June 1, 2006
Finnish Academy Orders Frasca EC135 FTD The Finnish Aviation Academy in Pori, Finland, has ordered a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter flight training device (FTD) from Frasca International. The FTD will be built to meet dual qualifications as a European Joint Aviation Authorities FTD 3 and a JAA flight navigation procedures trainer (FNPT) 3 multi-crew cooperation (MCC) device, the highest levels of JAA...
April 1, 2006
Vortex Helicopters Recovers, Relocates Its battering by Hurricane Katrina last year helped convince Vortex Helicopters to relocate from Long Beach, Miss. to New Iberia, La. The flight school's decision was made easier by tax breaks and other incentives from New Iberia's economic development agency, which had been wooing owners Joe and Mary Sheeran, and by the new site's collocation with Air Logistics...
February 1, 2006
Simon Roper offers a cautionary tale this month in the second installment of his diary about pursuing a commercial helicopter pilot's license in Australia. Having traveled halfway around the world from his home in England to Becker Helicopters in Queensland, he overcame the challenges of learning the tools, techniques and jargon of helicopter flying to the point that he was on the brink of soloing. Until...
February 1, 2006
Compiled by the R&W Staff Enstrom, Sharkey's Offer "Back-to-Basics" Course Enstrom Helicopter Corp., with Sharkey's Helicopters, Inc., will hold a human-factors class at HAI's Heli-Expo in Dallas this month as a part of its continuing safety enhancement efforts. The "Back-to-Basics, the Human Factor" class is part of a developing program to explore physiological factors and their...
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...
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