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September 1, 2009
Options abound for training in the use of night vision goggles. Similarities and stark differences exist between the civilian and military approaches. Rotor & Wing takes a comprehensive look at those options, similarities and differences. Night vision goggles (NVG) have been used by the military for decades and by civilians for about 10 years. As the number of users-turned-instructors has grown and the...
August 1, 2009
CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot, who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force (ANG) and currently is a captain at a major U.S. airline. His helicopter background includes flying the longest oceanic rescue mission in history, flown in a USAF HH-60G Pavehawk. Chris is also...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | TRAINING The European Space Agency has selected AgustaWestland Senior Test Pilot Tim Peake to be an astronaut. Peake will be the first-ever British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps (EAC). He is one of four successful candidates chosen for the EAC, which currently has eight astronauts. In his new position, Peake will be trained to...
August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
August 1, 2009
Ground Based Augmentation Systems What good is a technology if it only has one name? Ground based augmentation systems (GBAS) is one such technology that is part of the FAA’s NextGen roadmap. It resides within a category known as LAAS (local area augmentation system). Its purpose is to supply a differential correction or augmentation to the basic GPS or GNSS, while providing a significant improvement...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The City of Atlanta Police Department is equipping its MD-500 police helicopter with night vision technology. The equipment and training will be supplied by Night Flight Concepts. NFC is providing the city with FAA-approved NIVISYS NVAG-6 night vision goggles (NVGs), plus equipping the MD-500 with...
July 1, 2009
Flying without using the natural horizon is...well...unnatural. It seems pretty simple to the average helicopter pilot. But hauling a load under a helicopter isn’t something that can be done the first time using basic flying skills. It takes knowledge of and proficiency in vertical reference flying. That skill must be mastered first. Andre Hutchings is the director of operations at Los Angles...
July 1, 2009
Water Survival Training Unfortunately, most inadvertent water landings do not result in the same successful ditching as Capt. Sullenberger’s US Airways jet in the East River. How many of those passengers had ever gone down in the water prior to that cold day? They were lucky to survive. I attended a water survival training course hosted by John McMillan, president of McMillan Offshore Survival...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 1, 2009
Performance Based Navigation and RNP As the national airspace system evolves, older navigation systems give way to safer, more reliable, and increasingly efficient technology. As students, we all studied the evolution of non-directional beacons and radio-ranges giving way to VORTAC’s and ILS’s. Today, these are now "legacy" navigation aids when you consider that the first ILS approach...
June 1, 2009
TRAINING The Scandinavian Safety Training Centre’s (SSTC) new MWH-6 HUET (Helicopter Underwater Emergency Trainer) capsule is capable of rotating 360 degrees around three axes. This is a substantial advance from older HUETs that had limited ranges of motion underwater, and thus were unable to provide a wide variety of submersions. The MWH-6 can achieve this level of rotational flexibility due to its...
June 1, 2009
TRAINING | SAFETY Denver, Colo., known as the Mile High City, was an appropriate setting for Rotor & Wing’s first annual Safety & Training Summit. The interactive seminar, which was held April 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Tech Center hotel, drew a wide variety of aviators, operations managers and administrators from every aspect of the helicopter community. Attendees had an opportunity to hear and...
May 18, 2009
The Whirly-Girls, a worldwide organization for women helicopter pilots, announced the award of more than $25,000 in training scholarships and $12,000 in cash to six lucky recipients. Tiffany Till of Houston, Tex...
May 1, 2009
BDUs vs. Blue Jeans I said I was going to stay away from this subject, but darned if it doesn’t keep coming up. So, since this issue of Rotor & Wing will be handed out the annual Army Aviation Association of America conference (aka Quad-A), I’m going to address the age-old contention that military-trained pilots are usually, if not always, better then civilian-trained pilots. This way, our...
May 1, 2009
Texas-based Longhorn Helicopters teamed with Texas-based Aero Dynamix to provide night vision goggle...
April 2, 2009
With the upcoming debut of their new GAT-II HELO flight training device at the Safety & Training Summit 2009 on April 27th and 28th in Denver, Colorado, the FAA officially extends its Airman...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 1, 2009
It’s in the Cards The wheels no more than hit the pavement and the usual frenzy breaks loose as 80% of the passengers on the plane scramble to get their cell phones out and turned on. As I look around I can’t help but wonder what in the world we ever did before cell phones. Eventually I follow suit, break mine out, turn it on and call my point of contact for an update. Two hours and a short cab...
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