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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...
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...
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