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June 1, 2005
Manufacturers Await USAF's PRV Solicitation The major manufacturers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the U.S. Air Force's pending competition for a Personnel Recovery Vehicle (PRV) helicopter to replace its existing combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter fleet. One candidate has bowed out, while another possible candidate is sitting on the fence waiting for the request for proposals to be...
May 1, 2005
Bell/Agusta got it right with the design of the AB139. It is another strong performer from Italy aimed at a well-thought-out market niche. The decades of cumulative Agusta technology development shows well in the solid design and manufacture of the AB139. It is a winner. Recently, I had the opportunity to fly Serial No. 006 of the newly FAA-certificated Bell/Agusta AB139 medium twin helicopter. It was in...
May 1, 2005
News Briefs Company Developing Robinson Simulator Merlin Simulation, Inc. is refining a flight-training device designed for instruction of Robinson R22 and R44 pilots. The Falls Church, Va.-based company is enhancing the device to include an enhanced, 180-deg. field-of-view visual system. At present, the device is configured for the Robinson R22. The device's instrument panel is convertible to an IFR...
May 1, 2005
Bringing Visuals Down to Earth In place in its new home, Bell's training academy is focused on enhancing customer learning in part by improving the tools they use to prep for specific mission activities. Flight training devices are impressive things. Built to match the aircraft they represent, to a high degree of fidelity, the more advanced of these devices permit a great deal of systems, procedures and...
March 1, 2005
The US101 offered by Lockheed Martin, AgustaWestland and Bell could fulfill requirements for a new U.S. presidential helicopter at lower costs and less risk than the VH-92 proposed by Sikorsky and its partners, top Navy officials decided. VXX Choice: Fielded Faster, With Less Risk It wasn't the flag, it wasn't the systems---it was the aircraft. And at a Jan. 28 Pentagon briefing on selection of the next...
February 1, 2005
High Interest, Weak Dollar Boost Trainers WHEN INDUSTRY ANALYST DAVE Lawrence first saw the third quarter U.S. commercial helicopter shipment statistics reported by the Aerospace Industries Assn. in early November 2004, he had to do a double take. "Something strange is happening with piston-powered helos," Lawrence told Rotor & Wing. His attention was drawn to the table entry for Robinson...
January 1, 2005
Ground School Tailored to Helo License Dragon Helicopters has won approval from the United Kingdom's CAA for a ground school that is tailored for a commercial pilot (helicopter) license and uses distance-learning techniques to slash the time that a student must spend in a classroom. Students have previously had to take the full U.K. Air Transport Pilot license program, which includes courses with no...
January 1, 2005
The 160th Night Stalkers are improving the odds of success through new mission training simulators. The famed U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Avation Regiment-Airborne, aka the Night Stalkers, are about to complete a hat trick in combat simulation, adding the third helicopter-type simulator to their training and mission rehearsal program. CAE is scheduled to deliver an A/MH-6 "Little Bird"...
December 1, 2004
January January is our second-annual, Annual Reports issue, featuring detailed company profiles. In this issue, we provide a writer and the space for our advertisers to communicate to our readers about what is new or interesting within their company. James Careless has been surveying these companies extensively over the past weeks to prepare this unique special report, which will be bound into the center...
November 1, 2004
V-22 Questions Recently, Managing Editor Douglas W. Nelms and I had the opportunity to fly V-22 simulators. Doug and I flew the engineering simulator at NAS Patuxent River with the V-22 integrated product team's chief test pilot, Tom Macdonald. I later had the chance to fly a line simulator at MCAS New River, home of the VMX-22 squadron, which will conduct another, critical operational evaluation of the...
November 1, 2004
Focus on EMS EMS: Confronting Safety Challenges Perfecting Autorotations News from the Field and the Factories NEWS BRIEFS CAE SimuFlite Eyes Northeast Site CAE SimuFlite plans to open a new training center in New Jersey to serve the large market of business-aviation operators in the Northeast United States. The company is negotiating with officials over three possible sites for the center-Newark...
June 1, 2004
Dangerous Training On April 10, 2003 at about 5:30 p.m. in Auburn, Calif., a Hughes 269B helicopter was destroyed when it collided with terrain while on an instructional flight. The cause is believed to have been from practicing autorotations. A witness, located about 3 mi. from the accident site, stated the helicopter was maneuvering over his farm. He stated the engine sounded normal as though it was...
June 1, 2004
The development and use of helicopter simulators and training aids is advancing despite regulatory chaos. At SKY Helicopters in Garland, Texas, owner Ken Pyatt charges $255 an hour dual to rent his Robinson R22 for instrument training. It's not an unreasonable price compared to what other flight schools charge for R22s or Schweizer 300CBs—the Cessna 152s of the rotarywing training world. One...
June 1, 2004
Another helicopter flight training school, High Desert Helicopters, opened in Utah last month. The company took delivery of its first Schweizer 300C in May, with a second 300C delivery slated for July. High Desert Helicopters currently has six students, but expects to increase its enrollment substantially in the coming months and years. "The market's good for helicopter training right now. There's a...
May 1, 2004
  I didn't encounter anyone at HAI's Heli-Expo 2004 who wasn't impressed with the gathering and just a little bit giddy about the action there. Everyone from manufacturers like Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky, and vendors like FLYIT Simulators to service suppliers like OuterLink seem pleased with both the numbers of folks visiting their exhibits and the quality of those visitors. Heli-Expo's attendance...
April 1, 2004
FlightSafety International is beginning to install the second generation of flight-visualization debriefing software in its fleet of more than 200 simulators worldwide. The training services company bought the debriefing program FlightViz from Boulder, Colorado-based SimAuthor in late 2001 for use with its simulators. The program, a display of which is shown here for the AH-64D Apache, presents data from a...
April 1, 2004
Retirements of Vietnam-era pilots and growing acceptance of civilian training among employers are creating new job opportunities for helicopter pilots. Things are looking up for flight training in the United States. Flight school operators from California and Colorado to Connecticut and Florida say they are booked with students who are finding it easier both to pay for their training and, if they choose...
April 1, 2004
  It is difficult to overestimate the importance of training to the rotorcraft industry. Aviation in general began to learn the critical value of training way back in the 1920s. Back then, poor judgment, inadequate skills and equipment failures were killing pilots so frequently that the fledgling industry's very survival was at stake. Simply put, there would be no aviation industry until people were...
March 1, 2004
    The European Commission wants Italy to stop awarding helicopter contracts without competition to Agusta. The administrative arm of the 15-nation European Union said on February 4 that it will send a “reasoned opinion” to Italy asking that nation to end the practice. Such opinions are the second step in procedures laid out by the European Community Treaty for enforcing “open...
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