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March 1, 2014
During the period when English sailors began to rule the seas from wooden ships, navigation was not considered a particularly desirable duty, since it often resulted in the hanging of the aspiring pilot from the yardarm, with the outgoing candidate left to dangle for days as a reminder to the next volunteer that being inaccurate would not be warmly received. Latitude was a fairly well understood concept...
February 27, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
February 25, 2014
Among one of first workshops to open at Heli-Expo 2014 on Monday, Feb. 24, was a military-to-civilian transition seminar. Stacy Sheard, Sikorsky production test pilot and former Army aviator, filled a room to maximum capacity as she ran a...
February 1, 2014
FAA has granted advanced aviation training device (AATD) certification for Elite Simulation Solutions’ Model S623T helicopter trainer...
December 1, 2013
My mind seems to wander more at this time of year than when I plunder about the routine happenings here along the U.S. Gulf Coast during the spring and summer months. Having just attended our year-ending premier safety event, I think a summary of the discussions and actions brought forth by the Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) would be useful. After all, a meeting of the most prominent players...
November 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters has delivered four Mi-171E transport helicopters to Chinese defense manufacturing company Poly Technologies. Under an...
October 8, 2013
Metro Aviation has added a dedicated maintenance and overhaul classroom to its new training center located in Shreveport, La. The 12,000 square-foot training center was finished in...
September 25, 2013
A range of international operators agreed on the second day of Helitech International 2013 in London that the certification process stipulated by authorities to allow helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators to use night vision goggles (NVGs) in Europe needs to be quicker and more streamlined. While all confirmed that safety had to be the main consideration whether operators were conducting...
September 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC). The...
September 1, 2013
On July 13th Matt Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association International (HAI), wrote an article entitled “Land the Damn Helicopter” for Rotor News, which the association publishes. Matt’s point in summary is many helicopter accidents could be avoided by using one of the helicopter’s true advantages – it can land almost anywhere. Sorry offshore guys, as the British say...
August 26, 2013
The European Commission is overseeing a joint government-industry program aimed at developing new curved Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) procedures for helicopters using satellite-based augmentation systems (GNSS-SBAS). French consulting...
August 8, 2013
Details are coming together for the 2014 version of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium, scheduled to take place Feb. 27-28 after Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson and NTSB...
August 1, 2013
Hubi-Fly Robinson R44 landing during  Helidays 2011 in Gmunden, Austria. In following up last year’s effort with Part Two of the Rotorcraft Training Guide (see 2012 Guide for Part 1), we look outside the U.S. to the rest of the world, including other countries located in Europe, Middle East, sub Saharan continent and bordering the Pacific region. They include the satellite facilities of the...
July 1, 2013
As I stated in my last article (“Heliport Standards: Where the Bears Live,” May 2013, page, 48), I think the issue of the new heliport design guidelines given in FAA Advisory Circular 150/5390-2C need a bit more sunshine. Without restating the whole article, I think it’s worthwhile to reiterate the point, that while it is true that an AC is not a regulation, many of the states, which do...
June 24, 2013
Atlantic Aero of Greensboro, N.C. and Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft have obtained AS9110 quality system certifications, making all three of...
May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 17, 2013
Air Methods subsidiary United Rotorcraft has obtained AS9100 Rev. C certification, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG)'s aviation industry standard for...
May 7, 2013
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has published a total of nine new recommendations following the investigation of an August 2011 Eurocopter AS350 B2 crash in Mosby, Mo. Four people died in the accident. NTSB determined that four factors contributed to the crash—training, fatigue, the pilot being distracted from multitasking including sending personal text messages, and taking off...
May 1, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and...
May 1, 2013
In 1998 at the Heli Japan Conference held in Gifu, Japan, I attended a presentation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on what they thought future heliport design criteria should include. For instance, at that time the FAA was pushing a 4,800-foot straight line approach at a 3-degree slope. That means you would start the approach 4,800 feet from the pad 250 feet above the heliport. Until...
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