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April 1, 2007
THE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS BOOMING, and with this boom has come a substantial increase in overwater helicopter traffic. As the volume of flights has gone up, so too has the exposure of those being transported to the risks of accidents and crash-related drownings. Many deaths in offshore accidents could have been prevented if the helicopter occupants had been properly trained for underwater...
April 1, 2007
HUMAN ERROR. THAT’S THE COMMON EXPLANATION for helicopter accidents. We’ve all heard the statistics. Human error is the cause of 80 percent or more of all accidents. In a way, though, the problem is in the statistic itself. It’s been held as conventional wisdom so long — perhaps as long as man has found heavier-than-air vehicles to fly, and crash — that "human error"...
April 1, 2007
ACCORDING TO THE U.S. NATIONAL Transportation Safety Board, on May 28, 2005, about 1150 Pacific Daylight Time, a Robinson R44 impacted terrain while maneuvering during low-level flight near Lucerne Valley, Calif. The owner, a private pilot, was seriously injured, as was a safety pilot (who was also a CFI) and one passenger. The helicopter was destroyed following a post-impact fire. A witness reported that...
March 1, 2007
Correction We incorrectly reported that Aerolite was doing the completion of an EC145 for MedLink Air in La Crosse, Wisc. ("More Safety and Power, Less Fuel and Noise," September 2006, page 40). In fact, Helicopter Specialities, Inc., a completion and maintenance facility in Janesville, Wisc., near Chicago, is completing that aircraft, which is to fly for Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La...
March 1, 2007
Schweizer Aircraft plans to ceremonially deliver its 6,000th aircraft at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2007 in Orlando, Fla. this month. The helicopter will actually be delivered to the Titusville, Fla.-based flight school...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
March 1, 2007
EACH DAY, AN ELITE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN crisscross the skies in helicopters with tons of cargo dangling far beneath their helicopters on long cables. Some are taking massive buckets of water to a fire, while others are carrying a clutch of logs to the mill. They fly in almost everything that a hook can be attached to. The specialty is long-line flying. Some estimates put the number of long-line pilots at...
March 1, 2007
Indian Aviation Academy Orders EC120s, Enstroms The new Apoorva Aviation Academy in Bangalore, India is building its rotorcraft fleet. The flight school, which opened last year offering ground courses to students, on Feb. 11 signed contracts for the acquisition of two EC120 training helicopters. The academy also ordered an Enstrom 480B turbine and Enstrom 280FX piston aircraft, which the Menominee...
March 1, 2007
Bell Parent Plans Academy in India Bell Helicopter is looking to set up a training academy in India. The move is part of Bell parent Textron’s effort to strengthen its position in one of the world’s most promising aviation markets. In addition to training for helicopter pilots, the academy would provide instruction on the products of another Textron unit, Cessna ‘We are looking forward to...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF training time is a difficult task unless you’ve prepared with flight planning, conducted an instructional flight briefing, performed deliberate flight execution, and accomplished a thorough debriefing. A great training flight starts with lesson planning. Effective training flights must have these elements: a mission objective stated (or written on a white board) that can be as...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
February 1, 2007
ACCORDING TO THE NTSB, ON July 11, 2000, the pilot of a Robinson Helicopter R22B said he was flying northeast about 10-20 mph at about 230 ft agl when the helicopter began to rotate to the right and seemed as if it was inverted. He applied full left pedal and lowered the collective. After about three rotations, he heard a horn, which he believed was a low rotor-rpm warning. Initial inputs did not correct...
January 1, 2007
With the newest technology and the widest array of aircraft to choose from, it is no wonder Eurocopter sells more helicopters than any company in the world. From the state-of-the-art EC120 through the EC145, the grand-sized workhorse EC225 to the awesome Tiger combat support helicopter and the new multi-role, full-composite, fly-by-wire transport and naval helicopter NH90, Eurocopter delivers a product to...
January 1, 2007
In 1958, after years of training U.S. Navy pilots and then studying aviation psychology and flight simulation at the University of Illinois, Rudy Frasca built his first simulator. That was the beginning of what is now Frasca International, which makes a comprehensive line of flight-training equipment for commercial, military aircraft, law enforcement and EMS helicopter pilots. Today, Frasca is well known...
January 1, 2007
FlightSafety delivers an unparalleled training experience that offers exceptional value over in-aircraft training. As one of the world’s foremost aviation training companies and developer of the first Level-D certificated full-flight simulator for rotorcraft, no one understands better than FlightSafety the real-world challenges helicopter pilots regularly encounter. And no one has more experience...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of the Chinook as its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information at the bottom of the page. Is the West at War? Thank you for the essay on the public attitude toward combat operations in...
January 1, 2007
FH1100 Academy Plans 20-25 More Students Nearly every student helicopter pilot longs for the day when he or she hits the start switch and produces the sweet, roaring whine of a turbine engine spooling up. Students at Van Nevel Helicopters Academy in Century, Fla. don’t have to wait for that. From the beginning, the academy trains its students in an all-turbine fleet made up of Rolls-Royce 250-powered...
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