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May 1, 2006
Manufacturers of enhanced vision systems take on night-vision goggles, and each other. Flight safety issues in the emergency medical services (EMS) community are spawning a heated battle between two complementary technologies, enhanced vision systems (EVS) and night-vision goggles (NVGs), as many operators move to equip their fleets with one or the other. The targets of the competition are the operators of...
April 1, 2006
Flight instructors offer insight on the most common mistakes that hold back flying careers. We each have our own way of learning skills and techniques like those required to fly. It's fairly certain that learning to fly a helicopter will expose the best and the worst of these idiosyncrasies. Aside from each of our individual flaws, pilots share common shortcomings that may be most apparent when an...
April 1, 2006
In their new seminar for helicopter pilots, "Back to Basics, the Human Factors," Roger Sharkey and Bayard duPont start off recounting the old saw of safety: Nobody wakes up in the morning saying, "I think I'll have an accident today." And, yet, that is just what the unfortunate, the undisciplined and the careless among us do consistently. So consistently, in fact, that the helicopter...
April 1, 2006
On March 3, 2000, a McDonnell Douglas HU-600N (operating as Sky 6) crashed in a residential area while maneuvering near Miami. A post-crash fire destroyed the helicopter. The airline transport pilot and news cameraman were fatally injured. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, friends of the pilot who were flying in another helicopter talked to him on an air-to-air frequency. They got...
February 1, 2006
Armed with a slew of accident analyses, the oil and gas industry is prodding operators and manufacturers to make helicopter operations as safe as airline travel. Here's why. The International Helicopter Safety Symposium last September in Montreal launched a collaborative effort to reduce the helicopter accident rate. More than 260 international representatives of helicopter manufacturers, military and...
November 1, 2005
In corporate helicopter training, operators want quality courses that focus on their specific mission and airspace requirements. KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED: IT'S A BUSINESS MANtra, and one that the corporate helicopter training sector seems to be taking to heart. In a bid to woo students and operators alike, manufacturers like AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron and Eurocopter and training vendors...
November 1, 2005
As operators seek better, more detailed training, manufacturers are aiming to field cost-effective tools to help them do that. IF MONEY WERE NO ISSUE IN HELICOPTER TRAINING, student pilots would be thoroughly trained in full-motion simulators. They would be run through every possible flight scenario before being sent off to a real aircraft. But money is an issue, a big one. With top-end full-motion...
November 1, 2005
Accidents (and a persistent accident rate) are prodding device makers and flight trainings to develop tools and courses to boost decision-making, mission skills. TALK ABOUT BEING PREPARED. THE STORY GOES THAT when a shoulder-launched missile scored a direct hit on the engine of a C-17 Globemaster taking off out of Baghdad on Dec. 10, 2003, the pilot handled the situation just as he'd done in training...
November 1, 2005
New visual and actuator systems are blurring the line between up there and down here while keeping costs down to earth. AL PALMER, DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT operations for the University of North Dakota, is so impressed with his new Frasca 342 flight training device (FTD) that he's requesting a big concession from the FAA--a quantum increase in the amount of time that the device can be used toward a helicopter...
September 1, 2005
Eurocopter Offers Training On Night Urban Flying The American Eurocopter Training Center is offering a course on Night Urban Flying and Emergencies. The new course is part of the center's night-vision goggle (NVG) initial and recurrent training package, for which it received FAA Part 141 certification on June 3. Del Livingston, American Eurocopter's vice president of flight operations and trainingto...
September 1, 2005
FLYIT Gains FNPT2 Certification FLYIT Simulators and its European partner, Aerosimulators BVBA, plan to unveil their newly certificated Flight Navigation and Procedures Training at this month's Helitech 2005. They say the device is the first certificated to FNPT2 standards. The partners worked for more than two years with Staverton, England-based Police Aviation Services, which will operate the device, and...
September 1, 2005
Handling Autorotations One of Rotor & Wing's recent Tech Talk columns by Shawn Coyle ("The Reality of Turbine Autorotations," April 2005, page 62) was on the mark with its opening sentence: "We all should be practiced enough to know how to recognize and deal with" an actual engine failure. However, we take exception to the article's statement that practice autorotations are...
August 1, 2005
By Stephen Degraef Photos by Edwin Borremans MANITOBA, CANADA'S CENTRAL PROVINCE, HAS OFFERED since the early 1940s almost unrivaled training facilities (and memories) to countless generations of young pilots and seasoned instructors. Although present Manitoban flying training centers are a far cry from the World War Two-era "pilot factories," the province's vast flight training areas are still...
July 1, 2005
Carrying Rain Dumping large amounts of water onto a raging fire is not rocket science, but it does take good judgment, a steady hand and special training. In the 1989 movie "Always," Richard Dreyfus plays a firefighting pilot who flies right through the smoke and fire, his aircraft falls apart and he's killed. While he does come back as a fairly benevolent ghost, there is the nagging feeling that...
July 1, 2005
New Rolls-Royce Engine Aimed At Light Trainers Rolls-Royce is developing a 300-shp. engine for the light civil helicopter trainer market. Scott Crislip, president of Rolls-Royce Helicopter and Small Gas Turbine Engines, said the RR300 would be a derivative of the Model 250, an engine that started out at 250 shp. but now covers the 420-715-shp. range. "There is a lot of interest, specifically in the...
July 1, 2005
New Center Offers Firefighting Training The U.S. Forest Service, NASA and the University of California at Davis are teaming up to bring a new level of sophistication and effectiveness to training air crews and mission managers for aerial firefighting. Along with representatives from private industry, those partners have opened an Aviation Center of Excellence at the former McClellan AFB north of...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
June 1, 2005
Help With Brownouts With all due respect to Lt. Col. Steven F. Colby and his fellow military aviators, after reading his article on better ways to deal with brownouts, I couldn't help but make some comments ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). I have more than 30 years of commercial helicopter flying in a utility role in some of the harshest environments Mother Nature has to offer. I...
June 1, 2005
Manufacturers Await USAF's PRV Solicitation The major manufacturers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the U.S. Air Force's pending competition for a Personnel Recovery Vehicle (PRV) helicopter to replace its existing combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter fleet. One candidate has bowed out, while another possible candidate is sitting on the fence waiting for the request for proposals to be...
June 1, 2005
Understanding how the speed and direction of the wind can change with the shape of the land is a critical first step to flying safely in the mountains. Turbulence, backlash, mountain illusions, high-density altitude, down-flow--all terms that lead to anxiety and fear. Fear leads to tension, which diminishes both rational decision-making and smooth, accurate pilot control. Not the ideal image of a mountain...
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