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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...
May 1, 2005
Promising Times A promising year lies ahead for the helicopter training community. In both the offshore and aeromedical services sectors in the United States, operators and customers are lining up behind efforts to redress operational problems in part with improved training. In this month's Rotor & Wing Helicopter Training Special Report, we learn that Bell Helicopter is pushing Frasca International to...
May 1, 2005
Kaman Getting K-MAX Pilots Ready For Fire Season With a relatively dry winter in the northwestern United States, firefighting companies are gearing up for a bad fire season. Kaman Aerospace Corp. doesn't specifically train pilots for fighting fires, but it does train them to transition to the unique, long-line capabilities for water bucket operations used to fight fires with the K-MAX . All of Kaman's...
May 1, 2005
News Briefs Company Developing Robinson Simulator Merlin Simulation, Inc. is refining a flight-training device designed for instruction of Robinson R22 and R44 pilots. The Falls Church, Va.-based company is enhancing the device to include an enhanced, 180-deg. field-of-view visual system. At present, the device is configured for the Robinson R22. The device's instrument panel is convertible to an IFR...
May 1, 2005
Settling With Power By Johan Nurmi At an air show, a huge military helicopter hovered at 100 ft., demonstrating its superb qualities. The crowd of thousands was astounded. Suddenly the aircraft seemed to lose lift and fell from the sky. It was totaled. The pilots walked away but didn't look happy. They knew what had happened, but were not able to correct for it in time. Settling with power is a dangerous...
May 1, 2005
Bringing Visuals Down to Earth In place in its new home, Bell's training academy is focused on enhancing customer learning in part by improving the tools they use to prep for specific mission activities. Flight training devices are impressive things. Built to match the aircraft they represent, to a high degree of fidelity, the more advanced of these devices permit a great deal of systems, procedures and...
April 1, 2005
More Good News, Some Sad News I happily reported last month that Ray Prouty, the legendary purveyor of aerodynamics insight and wisdom, is again writing for Rotor & Wing, fielding questions from readers on how aircraft, their pilots and the forces around them interact. As I expected, you, our readers, have seized that opportunity, and questions and suggestions of topics for Ray to address have been...
April 1, 2005
The Reality of Turbine Autorotations Fortunately, not many of us have real engine failures. We all should be practiced enough to know how to recognize and deal with one, so it should be no big surprise. Instinct takes over and we do what should come naturally. The problem is that, in a lot of turbine helicopters, what we've practiced and learned to judge things by is not always what happens. Unless the...
March 1, 2005
The emergency medical services industry is preparing to answer a lot of questions regarding its accident record, with one of the biggest being "Just how bad is it?" On the night of Jan. 10, a Lifenet EC135 crashed into the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., killing the pilot and paramedic. It was the third crash of an emergency medical services (EMS) helicopter, and the second fatal crash...
March 1, 2005
Brownouts have claimed more helicopters in recent military operations than all other threats combined. There are material and procedural solutions and combinations of both to cope with the crippling loss of visual references during this critical phase of flight. This month we'll examine available technologies that assist the pilot in brownouts. Brownout occurs in varying degrees, dependent on several...
February 1, 2005
The 57th annual gathering of the Helicopter Assn. International this month promises a fast-paced, productive week of workshops, receptions, symposiums, technical briefings, and formal and informal trade meetings. The association returns to its birthplace of California, with more than 15,000 members, exhibitors and attendees coming together at the convention center in Anaheim, the Southern California city...
February 1, 2005
For the first time, those training at NAS Patuxent River to be flight test pilots are doing so under the command of a U.S. Army aviator. Lt. Col. Steven W. Kihara succeeded Navy Cmdr. Paul A. Sohl as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Jan. 13 in Hangar 110 at Pax River. The school has long provided...
February 1, 2005
Bell Helicopter's Customer Training Academy began classes Jan. 10 at its new facilities at Alliance Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. The academy has been training pilots for 57 years, since Bell began training in its Model 47 aircraft in 1947. In that time, according to Bell, the academy has trained more than 90,000 students, both pilots and mechanics, from more than 100 nations. The company said it also has...
January 1, 2005
Totally Avoidable Mishaps It was late afternoon in the middle of August. The sun had started to descend behind the mountains to the west. The instructor pilot made the final preparations to solo a student at the non-tower-controlled airport in Southern California. The student had had 27 hr. of flight instruction, and the CFI felt that the student was ready for solo flight. He had trained him thoroughly and...
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