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January 1, 2010
Several recent events involving air traffic control surveillance come to mind. They involved aircraft not in radio contact with ATC. During the episode involving Northwest Airlines 188 (NW188), air traffic controllers surveilled an aircraft they could not communicate with for 90 minutes. Aside from the lack of communication and its unpredictable flight path when it overflew its destination by 150 miles...
December 1, 2009
While wire strike hazards to civilian helicopter operations are usually not found at the absolute top of most commonly recognized threat lists, this category of danger to flight is a consistent runner-up wherever mishap causes are identified in the rotary wing world. And nothing, pure statistics notwithstanding, can ever beat a wire strike threat for causing the helicopter operator’s blood to run...
December 1, 2009
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December 1, 2009
ICDS Centralizes Display Controls Sagem Avionics’ integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) is a multi-role unit that can serve as a multifunction display (MFD), primary flight display (PFD), engine monitoring system (EMS), navigation display (ND), or a combination of those displays, depending on configuration. Available in 10.4, 8.4 and 6.4-inch versions, the ICDS series shows alphanumeric text and...
December 1, 2009
Helisim Introduces NH90 Trainer During a rollout ceremony in late September, Helisim Eurocopter Training Services unveiled its NH-90 full flight mission simulator. The company has already received orders for training contracts using the simulator from various parties, including the Australian Army and French Ministry of Defense. The NH90 simulator allows training in the use of night vision goggles...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | EMS/SAR Two SEACOR Holdings subsidiaries, Era Helicopters and SEACOR Environmental Services, conducted a joint search and rescue (SAR) and EMS demonstration with Priority 1 Air Rescue on Oct. 28 in Sabine Pass, Texas. The presentation was part of a teaming agreement between Era and Priority 1, which is based in Mesa, Ariz. The two companies are offering FAA-approved SAR and EMS training to...
December 1, 2009
Services | Maintenance Textron subsidiary SkyBOOKS has obtained a contract to supply maintenance tracking services for Heliservicio and Servicio Tecnico Aereo de Mexico (STAM)’s fleet of helicopters. The...
December 1, 2009
Training | Simulators Simulation on display on the floor at I/ITSEC. The cutting-edge of simulation technology will be showcased from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2009 during the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Booked for the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., I/ITSEC is a showcase for military simulation technology, bringing together the U.S. Air...
December 1, 2009
Military | Simulators Marignane, France-based training services provider Helisim inaugurated a full flight mission simulator for the NH90 military transport helicopter on September 23. The new Level-C device features a highly realistic visual database. It represents a tactical transport (TTH) version, although trainees could be instructed for flights in other NH90 versions, such as the naval NATO Frigate...
November 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL/OFFSHORE Sikorsky will be making life easier for S-92A pilots by giving them the capability to make hands-free IFR approaches towards offshore oil platforms. Scheduled for FAA/Transport Canada certification by year-end, the flight control computer enhancement will replace the reportedly 14 pilot actions required to initiate approach, with no more than seven—and those carried out either...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/CERTIFICATION Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter has received European Aviation Safety Agency...
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/EMS U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are saying that an air medical helicopter that crashed in South Carolina on Sept. 25 did not have safety features recommended by experts. Three people—pilot Patrick Walters, 45, flight nurse...
November 1, 2009
Officer/pilot David Weirick (left) accepts the helicopter from MD director Don Bridgers with officer/pilot David Eubanks at right. PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE MD...
November 1, 2009
TRAINING/EMS A MedEvac Foundation International study has found that five percent of urgent care patients experience a life-threatening event or, in rare cases, death while on air medical transport flights. Dr. Jeff Singh and co-author Dr. Russell MacDonald of...
November 1, 2009
Priority 1 considers cross training, crew interoperability and teamwork as fundamental to its Class D basic hoist rescue course. TRAINING/SEARCH & RESCUE Search and rescue (SAR) is a crowded arena with many players—from the U.S. military and Coast Guard (USCG) to local police and fire departments. These organizations vary widely, and their training reflects that, though there is a...
November 1, 2009
MILITARY/TRAINING One of the most admirable aspects of military flying is the crew discipline and inter/intra-flight coordination employed day-to-day. Very early in a crew member’s training, certain fundamentals are drilled in. Among the most important are positive communication, directed assistance, sterile cockpit, effective decision-making techniques, advocacy and mutual support. The benefit of...
October 1, 2009
TRAINING Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters has achieved approval under the M-1 Visa student and exchange visitor program. SRT becomes the first non-Part 141 flight training school in the U.S. to...
October 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Level 7 qualification for Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International’s AS350B2 flight training device (FTD). The simulator, which features a 200 x 70 field of view, graphical...
September 1, 2009
TRAINING Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky’s Global Helicopters unit in Horseheads, N.Y. has handed over an S-300C to the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). The university, which has been using Sikorsky helicopters to train students since 1983, will incorporate the S-300 into its training...
September 1, 2009
If you ask pilots about Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), you will normally get one of two responses: I wouldn’t fly at night without them or I have no interest in flying with them, period! Perhaps you are undecided about whether NVGs fit into your program. Night vision goggles, NVGs or simply "goggles," certainly have their share of controversy, but not if you speak to the pilots that routinely...
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