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January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
SEARCH AND RESCUE IS A DIFFICULT mission that is complicated by the fact that we generally operate in reactive mode to emergencies and disasters. You’re probably wondering what an unmanned aerial system has to do with SAR. Unmanned systems are a force multiplier for SAR, period, and here’s how. Historically a survivor’s probability of survival (Ps) diminishes over time, and quickly...
November 1, 2006
Nov. 13-14-Third Annual Rotary-Wing Technology Course: Flight Simulation and Avionics The Days Inn Penn State, State College, Pa. Contact: Nancy Eckard, 814-863-5100 E-mail: ConferenceInfo1@outreach.psu.edu; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/FlightSimulation/default-Contact.htm. Nov. 15-17-Heli-Japan 2006 American Helicopter Society International Meeting on Advanced Rotorcraft Technology and Life-Saving...
November 1, 2006
WIND CAN BE A CRITICAL CONSIDERATION IN THE safe operation of rotorcraft, and is one pilots can grow to disregard (particularly if most of their flying is done in their local area). That is among the common mistakes cited by flight instructors and flight-training veterans as being committed by experienced and new pilots alike. As one of those veterans, Roger Sharkey, observed, "I don't think many...
November 1, 2006
MD Plans to Acquire Training Fleet MD Helicopters is "committed to being the provider of training" to its customers and is undertaking an aircraft, training device and courseware acquisition program to achieve that, according to the company's new director of flight operations and training and chief pilot. "We are conducting a major review of every aspect of our training program," said...
November 1, 2006
SEARCH-AND-RESCUE PILOTS HAVE BEEN BUSY AND in the spotlight in the last two years. These are folks who thrive on racing to the aid of those in distress, often in conditions that most rationale people are fleeing. Rescues like the December 2000 flights to the foundering passenger ship Sea Breeze 220 mi east of Cape Henry, Va. test the decision-making skill and initiative of Coast Guard aviators. One flight...
October 1, 2006
Lockheed Martin’s facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York, just about where that state’s border cuts due west toward Lake Erie, is crammed with military colors— the flight suits of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps test and evaluation pilots, the hulls of transformed Navy Seahawks, an EH 101 and even a fixed-wing U.S. Air Force A-10. Home to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, the Owego...
September 1, 2006
Change is the watchword. For decades, perhaps since it was incorporated in 1939, Schweizer Aircraft has been about change. It started out building gliders. Then it worked on some of the earliest versions of unmanned aircraft, then reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, agricultural aircraft, light commercial helicopters, a new generation of recon and surveillance aircraft and a new generation of...
September 1, 2006
There’s much to banter about as emergency medical service operators, crews and vendors gather for this month’s Air Medical Transport Conference in Phoenix. New aircraft are entering the market or staking out market positions. Bell Helicopter’s 429 GlobalRanger, for instance, is being readied for its first flight. AgustaWestland is booking more orders for its latest iteration of the A109...
September 1, 2006
Among the common piloting mistakes discussed by top flight instructors back in April was a tendency of pilots new and old to fly too fast on approach. That error is but a part of a broader group of missteps and less than ideal techniques centered on the approach to landing. As we have in the last few issues, Rotor & Wing sought out an experienced flight instructor to discuss the issue in more detail...
September 1, 2006
Aerosimulators Pursues U.S. Chances The Belgium-based simulation and training device company Aerosimulators is confident enough that its line of flight and navigation procedures trainers (FNPTs) and flight training devices can garner business in the United States that it has set up a U.S. subsidiary. Aerosimulators US is headed by CEO Mike Coligny, the former CEO of FLYIT Simulators. FLYIT had been working...
September 1, 2006
Frasca Introduces Bell 206 FTD at ALEA Bell's Customer Training Academy at Texas' Alliance Airport will take delivery of the first of Frasca International's new Mentor-H flight training devices, which Frasca debuted at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s convention in New Orleans in July. The device, which is designed to be easily dismantled for transport to an operator's base, replicates the Jet...
September 1, 2006
Having overcome severe injuries from a non-flying accident, Simon Roper nears the end of his pursuit of a commercial pilot’s license (helicopter)–CPL(H). The previous installment of his story appears in April on page T9.—The Editor. In 2004, I moved to Australia to fulfilL a life-long ambition to fly helicopters. As I was going for a commercial license, the good news was...
August 1, 2006
Floating around this year's Airborne Law Enforcement Assn.'s Northeast Regional Safety Conference (and every ALEA conference, for that matter) were tales of aviation unit commanders and administrators who are, well, less than effective. Most of my fellow flyers say that their upper management consists of very nice people, but that they don't know anything about aviation management. Based on what I have...
July 1, 2006
In addition to keeping in close formation 10,000 parts that want to fly apart, law enforcement helicopter crews must be braced to deal with the antics of the bad guys, from gunshots and lasers to hand-flung rocks and fireworks. Here's how one agency meets that challenge. In the aviation unit of a major metropolitan police force such as that of New York City, the work can be nonstop. From regular patrols...
June 1, 2006
The Real Test With aviating, navigating and communicating going well, it was time to ensure that in the event of an emergency the student and his passengers all walked away from the helicopter. Having overcome severe injuries from a non-flying accident, Simon Roper nears the end of his pursuit of a commercial pilot's license (helicopter)--CPL (H). The previous installment of his story appears in April on...
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