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August 8, 2007
In an effort to continue to improve helicopter education nationwide, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a Helicopter Association International (HAI) affiliated organization, is bringing its Professional Education Series to the West...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
July 1, 2007
A precise, active scan of what’s going on inside and outside the cockpit is key to safe, smooth flight. VERTICAL FLIGHT IS AN EXCLUSIVE ENGINEERING FEAT that only rotorcraft deliver. But this privilege has its drawbacks. Being both statically and dynamically unstable, helicopters only stay airborne by using opposing forces. Therefore, if something goes wrong, things unravel quickly. Not surprisingly...
July 1, 2007
MANY ACCIDENTS THAT HAPPEN WHEN OPERATING helicopters occur during emergency-procedures training — specifically practice autorotations. No matter what type of pilot you are, this fact should get your attention. If you are working as a helicopter pilot, you are likely doing recurrent training on emergency procedures once or twice each year. That means this type of accident could happen to you. If you...
July 1, 2007
READER JEFF FOZARD RECOUNTS uncommanded right turns at low speed ("Loss of Tail-Rotor Effectiveness," May 2007, page 9). The cause was probably a tail rotor in vortex ring state, a condition we normally associate with the main rotor. When a smoker blows a smoke ring, it propels itself with a constant velocity proportional to the strength of its "circulation." A hovering rotor makes its...
June 1, 2007
WIND IS DEFINED BY WEBSTER’S dictionary as a strong current of air. Although simple in definition, the effects of wind on an aircraft can be profound. To a pilot wind can be a friend or a foe, depending on its direction. Yet pilots seem to underestimate the consequences of this natural force fairly often. According to the NTSB, during the last 10 years there were 48 helicopter accidents where the...
May 8, 2007
The Norwegian Polar Institute has issued a request for one helicopter for one month. The Institute intends to use the helicopter for 150 hr to support a project to tag and test polar bears on...
May 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE Helicopter activity has picked up over the city of Corvallis, Ore. and at its municipal airport in recent weeks, and that has drawn questions and some complaints from residents, the news service Salem-News.com reports. Fourteen helicopters flocked to the airport, where Helicopter Transport Services, Inc. conducts spring training and...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 In what may have been the most intriguing development of this year’s Heli-Expo, Bristow Group struck a deal to buy one flight school and said it is looking at taking over another to get back into the training business. Bristow President and CEO Bill Chiles, said the offshore-services company was to buy Helicopter Adventures by the start of this month for $15 million and the assumption...
April 1, 2007
FlightSafety International has appointed Benjamin Burton staff vice president, compliance and regulatory affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Burton joined FlightSafety last year to lead the team responsible for FlightSafety’s FAA and JAA government compliance activities. Metro Aviation, Inc. has named Jim Kettles as director of sales and customer support. The newly-created position at Metro...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
TIMES ARE GOOD IN THE HELICOPTER INDUSTRY. IN some ways, they’re too good. Take Schweizer Aircraft, for example. The Horseheads, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s core businesses — commercial and military helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft, unmanned helicopters, and aerospace subcontracting — are all booming. The same is true for the "new" lines of work added in the...
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...
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