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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...
April 1, 2010
Enstrom Sells Trainers to Japan, Thailand Maj. Gen. Pittaya Krachangwong and a group of Thai Army pilots evaluated the Enstrom 480B during an October 2009 visit to the manufacturer’s plant in Menominee, Mich. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. Two national defense forces have chosen the Enstrom Helicopter 480B to train pilots. The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force has ordered a total of 30 Enstrom 480Bs, with...
March 1, 2010
Our focus in this issue is safety. Five of our features this month are related to this theme. Before telling you about the safety features in this issue, I want to let you know that we will be conducting our Rotor & Wing Safety & Training Summit again this year in Denver, Colo. on June 8 and 9. Please make note of the dates. We’d love to have you attend. I can announce for the first time here...
March 1, 2010
Capitalism at its Worst I have just read your Rotor & Wing article, “Stay Proficient” in the Editor’s Notebook section of the February 2010 issue, page 4. Thank you for writing it. I have been flying helicopters, both military and commercial, for the better part of 35 years and I’m astonished at how little IFR proficiency exists in the helicopter industry. The reasons for this...
March 1, 2010
Flight nurse Jackie Turcotte (left) and flight paramedic Bob Johnson move a patient from LifeFlight of Maine’s AgustaWestland AW109 to the emergency department at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. After a horrible year in 2008, when HEMS fatalities ballooned to 29, the industry experienced six fatalities in 2009, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). While this may be...
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman’s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman’s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway. We began by discussing Chairman Hersman’s stated mission to “raise the bar” for what I called the...
March 1, 2010
San Antonio Fire Department’s Medical Special Operations Unit (MSOU) recently completed two training courses with SRT Helicopters of Bakersfield, Calif. The...
March 1, 2010
Port St. Lucie, Fla.-based Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has conducted night vision goggle training for the Atlanta Police Department under its Turn Green...
March 1, 2010
The CAE 3000 Series helicopter mission trainer features a direct-projection dome with 210 x 75-degree field of view, Tropos-6000 visual system and cockpit vibration platform. Photo courtesy CAE. Qualifying a helicopter simulator internationally can be a bit of a headache. National regulators have different standards and it can be difficult to map between them. The task extends the time and cost of fielding...
March 1, 2010
Imagine for a moment that a single-piloted, passenger-carrying helicopter leaves on a VFR flight plan from its airport-based helipad, enroute to a remote island 20 miles offshore. The flight was intended to take off in the late afternoon, however the VIPs were delayed until after sunset. Weather is reported as overcast at 6K, 6 miles in haze, 28C, calm winds, and no significant weather is forecasted along...
March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
March 1, 2010
Initiatives from various parts of the world were discussed at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s third rotorcraft symposium in Cologne, Germany in December. Offshore operations are still a major focus, but some speakers warned that real problems may be somewhat below the radar—at small operators and/or in remote areas. Vittorio Morassi, chairman of newEHA, gave an updated picture of...
March 1, 2010
The business of developing strategies for actions following aviation mishaps is not usually a favorite topic for helicopter operators, but it does represent an area of flight planning, and mission execution, that can prove to be absolutely pivotal where bottom-line safety concerns are considered. Optimum strategies dealing with post-crash actions are usually thought of as so unlikely to be needed that they...
February 1, 2010
Sherwin-Williams AfterGlo Now Available for Commercial Aircraft A specialized paint from Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings and Defense Holdings Inc. allows commercial helicopter rotors and aircraft propellers to glow in the dark. AfterGlo photo-luminescent paint kit AD110 is applied to the tips of main and tail rotors on helicopters, and along the edge of propeller blades on fixed-wing aircraft, making...
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