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September 1, 2008
Thrust Instability In Forward Flight My last column discussed the phenomena involving the vortex ring state in vertical descent in what is commonly known as "power settling" ("Settling With Power, Redefined" June 2008, page 48). In it, I suggested eliminating that term and instead referring to the phenomena as "thrust instability." Pilots are taught that they can escape the...
September 1, 2008
Pilot Responsibility — Where Has it Gone? Where is the FAA? That’s the question we all ask following an aircraft mishap. But the question that really should be asked is, where is pilot responsibility in general aviation these days? We all rely on the FAA to answer all of our safety and policy questions and to solve the problems that plague the general aviation industry. What do we want FAA...
August 1, 2008
TRAINING Eurocopter is expanding training services for North Sea oil and gas operators, with plans to open a training center in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2010. The facility is to feature an EC225 flight training device (FTD), the first based in the United...
July 30, 2008
Gulf Helicopters is purchasing an AW139 simulator from the U.K. vendor cueSim, according to The Gulf Times. The Doha, Qatar newspaper quoted Gulf Helicopters as saying...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING Rotor & Wing’s 2008 Search and Rescue Summit, slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., will capture lessons of multi-agency SAR operations.. The one-day event will include a morning session on the lessons of such operations...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING The industry group Woman in Aviation International is preparing to give away thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving applicants, who can start putting in their bids for the funding this month. The group opened its applications process for the scholarships July 1. "We wanted to give our members more time in the application process," said WAI President Peggy...
July 1, 2008
Severe Weather: Always Respect It Summer is upon those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and that means severe weather is imminent. It is critical that crewmembers are familiar with the inherent dangers it poses. Often called nature’s heat engine, thunderstorms are born of cumulus clouds that grow into towering cumulus and ultimately reach adulthood as cumulonimbus. While they can arise any time...
June 12, 2008
FB Heliservices has won a contract from AgustaWestland to provide training services for pilots outside the United Kingdom. The contract in support of AW...
June 3, 2008
Aviation Specialties Unlimited has regained its FAA Part 145 repair station certificate. The FAA issued the certificate May 30, according to the...
June 3, 2008
CLARIFICATION: Aviation Specialties Unlimited says that no more than 10 helicopters had use of their night-vision systems suspended as a result of discrepancies between installations and the paperwork submitted to the FAA, and that those were limited to two operators. It notes that the FAA official with which it has worked to develop a plan to correct the discrepancies is a project manager in the Northwest...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
June 1, 2008
Frasca International has delivered two flight training devices (FTDs) for the Bell Helicopter Model 206B for the U.S. Air Force to use in training Iraqi air force pilots. These FTDs delivered to Kirkuk Air Base, about 145 nm (270 km) north of Baghdad, are part of an August 2007 order for nine to be used for training pilots for both rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. The order includes...
June 1, 2008
Where lies the next big opportunity for helicopter jobs? Perhaps it lies at sea — and we don’t mean on offshore oil and gas rigs. Owners of yachts, and a new category of them called megayachts, are adding helipads to their vessels. Some megayachts have two helipads. But the schools that train crewmembers and captains of such vessels don’t offer flight training (though some do offer...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 23, 2008
AgustaWestland is setting up an international helicopter rescue school in partnership with Italy’s Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, according to the World Aeronautical Press Assn. The smallest of Italy’s...
April 15, 2008
FlightSafety International has broken ground for its new, 70,000-sq-ft. training center in Lafayette, La. Dubbed the company's Center of Excellence for rotorcraft training, the Lafayette Learning Center is scheduled to...
April 1, 2008
TRAINING Frasca International marked the 50th anniversary of its incorporation at Heli-Expo by delivering a flight training device (FTD) for the Eurocopter EC135 to Era Helicopters and booking an order for a similar device from Bristow Group. The Urbana, Ill. training products and services company is benefitting from rising demand from oil and gas companies for better-trained crews to fly their workers to...
April 1, 2008
Eurocopter is adding training capabilities in the United States to respond to long-term market needs and shorter-term opportunities. In the latter category, the manufacturer’s American Eurocopter unit in Grand Prairie, Texas is developing a turbine-transition course targeted at the hundreds of flight instructors thrown out of work by the February shutdown of Silver State Helicopters and its network...
March 1, 2008
SRT HELICOPTERS AIMS TO PROVIDE cost-effective, high-risk operational training and services. Its staff are working professionals in the helicopter industry, and the company offers training...
January 1, 2008
FlightSafety, the world’s foremost aviation training company, delivers another first this year with the projected opening in late 2008 of a new Learning Center devoted principally to training for offshore operations. The center, positioned in Lafayette, Louisiana, to serve the Gulf of Mexico offshore helicopter industry, will customize its training to address the specific challenges offshore...
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