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February 1, 2010
The following was adapted from an NTSB preliminary accident report: “On Sept. 25, 2009, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Eurocopter AS350B2 was substantially damaged when it crashed near Georgetown County Airport (GGE), Georgetown, S.C. The certificated commercial pilot and two others on board were killed in the crash. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company visual flight rules...
February 1, 2010
Training| Instruments For helicopter pilots and CFIIs, the use and maintenance of our instrument ratings in the helicopter world is very different than for fixed-wing pilots. It is common for helicopter pilots to obtain their commercial rating without obtaining an instrument rating first, and those of use who have an instrument, ATP or CFII rating do not always have the same opportunities to fly in actual...
February 1, 2010
Training | Icing The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) SW-08-03R1 on Jan. 11. The alert describes practices intended to help reduce the chances of an in-flight engine shutdown related to a helicopter taking on ice and snow. Among the guidelines in the report are for...
February 1, 2010
Products | Technology Researchers at NASA Langley have tested a “deployable energy absorber,” by dropping a helicopter from 35 feet above the ground. The device, which features an expandable honeycomb-design cushion, was tested with the help of a U.S. Army Applied Physics Laboratory-donated MD500, four crash test dummies and a 240-foot structure that was previously used to teach astronauts how...
January 1, 2010
Military | Personnel Recovery The military business of Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR) is low down the priority list of many a General and politician. Low down that is, until a hostage appears on an Arabic media channel such as al Jazeera or a pilot is shot down and needs rescuing, or civilians need extracting from a rapidly deteriorating situation (usually in the glare of the world’s media). It is...
January 1, 2010
FlightSafety International (FSI), one of the world’s foremost aviation training companies—training professionals from 154 countries—continues to set the standard with its growing commitment to simulation-based rotorcraft training featuring groundbreaking Level 7 flight training devices. During 2009, FlightSafety fielded the world’s first Level 7 rotorcraft FTD. The Eurocopter AS350...
January 1, 2010
I recently bumped into a few officers that I knew from my days of driving a police car, who asked about life in the aviation section. I was disheartened to hear that they were unaware of the size and location of our helicopter fleet, and even more disturbed to hear that they did not know we operated on a full 24-hour schedule, especially since that has been standard since 1994! How could these people work...
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
A A&P Hydraulics, 9283 Industrial Blvd., Leland, NC 28451; Email: ap-hydraulics@mindspring.com; Web: www.ap-hydraulics.com; Phone: 910-371-1151 AAR Corp, 1100 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191; Email: paul.oppenheim@ aarcorp.com; Web: www.aarcorp.com; Phone: 630-227-2000; Fax: 630-227-2039 Acadian Composites, div. of Aeronautical Accessories, 301 W. Pont Des Mouton Road...
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...
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