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July 1, 2010
During his keynote speech June 8 at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for helicopter operators to continue striving for perfection while praising the efforts of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). He also advocated enhanced training and safety management practices, improved pilot decision-making, more access to helicopter...
July 1, 2010
The first portion of this month’s Rotorcraft Report is dedicated to articles, photos and links to website-hosted videos from the 2010 Rotor & Wing Safety and...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Jerry Allen of Baines SImmons, Bristow’s Tim Rolfe, Immanuel Barshi from NASA and Chris Baur, Rotor & Wing columnist. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A panel of speakers at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety & Training Summit on June 8 reiterated the importance of an “active safety culture” within an organization and argued that everything in aviation boils down to...
July 1, 2010
On June 8 and 9 we held our second Rotor & Wing Safety & Training Summit in Denver, Colo. I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of our speakers, moderators, panelists, sponsors and attendees. Sponsors included Eurocopter, CAE, Televent, Aero Dynamix, Winslow LifeRaft, AeroSimulators, ITT, HotSeat Chassis, Sikorsky and Frasca. The event want very well and we look forward to doing it again...
July 1, 2010
IHST’s Positive Efforts The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster. Operators should not shy away from...
June 1, 2010
Get Paid Faster with Appareo’s Fleet Management Device The Appareo FMD gives operators a mobile device to automate data collection, speed billing and reduce accounts receivable days. Designed to fit any type of operation, it captures accurate flight information to cut down on paperwork, minimize customer disputes and simplify data collection. The FMD reduces flight crew workloads with tools such as...
June 1, 2010
Ernie Stephens in the HotSeat R&W Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens approaches downtown Manhattan in a simulated Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin using the HotSeat Heli Sim. HotSeat Chassis recently sent a demo unit for its new low-cost helicopter trainer—Heli Sim—to Rotor & Wing’s offices in Rockville, Md. Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens, who formerly served as a police sergeant and chief...
June 1, 2010
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
June 1, 2010
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has handed over an emergency medical services (EMS)-configured Eurocopter EC145 to Cleveland Metro Life Flight. The helicopter...
June 1, 2010
In the course of conducting safe and efficient operations with helicopters, probably even more critically than with fixed wing aircraft, there is a time and season for all things. There’s a time for VFR flying and a time for IFR operations, and there very definitely is a time for keeping the aircraft in the hangar. There’s a time for being aggressive, and a time for proceeding slowly, with...
June 1, 2010
Commercial airplane pilots have it easy. They take off from a paved runway. They fly along prescribed airways (under the watchful eye of ATC). They land on a paved runway. Those airplane pilots who never land off-airport are in the vast minority. It’s just the opposite for a commercial helicopter pilot—especially those who fly EMS, ENG, heli-logging, heli-skiing, SAR—pretty much...
June 1, 2010
Simulation and training have come a long way in the helicopter world. As the virtual experience becomes more lifelike, operators are recognizing the value of sim time as a complement to in-aircraft training. That wasn’t always so. Historically, the fixed-wing segment has driven the simulator market, and these aircraft don’t require the same level of visual resolution as their rotary-wing...
May 1, 2010
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is about to begin assessing submissions made by organizations wishing to manage a two-year Interim Synthetic helicopter Tactics course. The overall contract will be worth €3-4 million (approximately $4.1 to 5.4 million) with the location to be determined at single fixed venue within a contributing member state. Proposals were to have been received by March 31, 2010...
May 1, 2010
FAA has granted Level 7 qualification for Frasca International’s Bell 206B flight training device (FTD)...
May 1, 2010
Rotor & Wing’s Safety and Training Summit—set for June 8-9 in Denver, Colo.—will include a “lessons learned” from a recent Squadron Inc. Air Department Safety Officer course held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla...
May 1, 2010
Performance-based navigation (PBN) is a new form of aerial navigation currently being deployed by the FAA, ICAO and other aviation regulators worldwide. The reason is PBN supports smaller separation intervals, more direct flight paths and more flexible landing/takeoff routing for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft alike. It does this using GPS and WAAS (wide area augmentation system) satellite signals...
May 1, 2010
A helicopter rotor is the rotating component that generates an aerodynamic force. Also called the rotor system, it usually refers to the helicopter’s main rotor mounted on a vertical mast over the top of the helicopter, but it also can refer to the tail rotor. A rotor is generally made up of two or more rotor blades, although several earlier helicopters featured designs with a single main rotor...
May 1, 2010
Often when we think about technology, images of gadgets and gizmos developed in virtual reality by far out people in far off places might come to mind. But there are other forms of cutting-edge technology we take for granted day after day, year after year. This usually happens when something keeps working and doesn’t require much attention. In fact, sometimes we better remember things that constantly...
April 1, 2010
Inadvertent IMC I feel I have to respond to your editorial in the February 2010 issue of Rotor & Wing magazine. You admit to having difficulty understanding how inadvertent IMC is such an issue in helicopters, so perhaps you’re not the only one. Let’s examine what we really mean by IIMC. You’re probably used to operating from prepared airfields. You’re probably used to operating...
April 1, 2010
Artist’s rendering of one of 12 AgustaWestland AW101s on order with the Indian Air Force. AgustaWestland has sold 12 AW101s to...
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