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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...
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...
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