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September 5, 2014
Last time in this column, a description of an oddball surprise which could conceivably befall any unsuspecting helicopter pilot was presented, and it implied that experiences which crop up in the environment inhabited by Coast Guard operators represent only a single category in an almost infinite variety of obstacles to safety unavoidable across the composite spectrum of rotary wing aviation. Being...
September 5, 2014
German Bell UH-1D Hueys leaving the Ovar Portuguese airbase in northern Portugal. Photo by Andrew Drwiega “We train up to 700 students a year and we have somewhere around 27 training schools - and that doesn’t make sense,” said Andrew Gray, the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Hot Blade Helicopter Exercise Program (HEP) manager. “There is no harmonization of flying...
September 4, 2014
Nibbio aircraft by Politecnico di Milano The winners of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International 31st Student Design Competition were St. Louis University (SLU) in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology in the graduate category. The challenge set by AHS for the 2014 Student Design Competition was to design an experimental Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft...
September 4, 2014
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (MD) is one step closer to its planned production of the MD530G scout attack helicopter. The light, single-engine aircraft built on the same general airframe as the OH-6 and AH/MH-6 Little Bird completed live fire testing of its missile, rocket and gun systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground last month...
September 3, 2014
The information found in a pilot’s logbook and FAA records may not be an accurate reflection their proficiency and work history. Does PRIA see through the smoke and mirrors? Photo by Ernie Stephens In August 2010, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act changed the way the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA) works and how the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) handles an airman’s...
August 27, 2014
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA)part 147 facility organizational approval. This will permit the BTA to conduct theory and practical...
August 26, 2014
The New Zealand Helicopter Association (NZHA) has launched a new initiative designed to further improve flight safety after the country’s helicopter accident rate has plateaued. NZHA chief executive officer John Sinclair notes that the country’s helicopter accident is very good – at around 20 accidents each year – but that figure has plateaued over the last 14 years. The latest...
August 26, 2014
The August edition of the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) bulletin included a correction to its report on EC155 B1 (OY-HJJ) which had a loss of control in the North Sea, November 6, 2013. The summary of the incident from the AAIB is as follows: “Shortly after takeoff from an off-shore platform at night, the...
August 26, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program.  PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the...
August 26, 2014
Nineteen of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) field inspectors were trained by Mornington Sanford Aviation on theoretical...
August 13, 2014
On Monday, August 11, Bell Helicopter conducted a safety symposium for helicopter pilots and technicians in Brazil at the Sao Paulo World Trade Center. The symposium began in 2013 and...
August 11, 2014
Revolution’s R44 with the Hummingbird UAV. Photo courtesy Revolution Aviation Revolution Aviation, a flight training school based at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif., claims to be the first flight school in the United States to offer instruction on helicopters, fixed-wing platforms, and remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), more commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones...
August 1, 2014
View inside the Tiger Helicopters hangar. Photos by Andrew Drwiega You could not describe the airfield at Shobdon in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside as on the road to anywhere in particular. Located down an unassuming road that bears left at the bottom of a small hill towards the control tower, with two grass and one paved runways, it has the appearance of a small country flying club with a few...
July 31, 2014
Bell and TRU Simulation + Training jointly announced at Farnborough that they have signed an agreement for the relatively unknown simulator manufacturer to develop and manufacture the new Bell 525 Full Flight Simulator (FFS), designed for Level D certification from both FAA and EASA/JAA. If you have never heard of TRU Simulation + Training before now, you are not alone. The company was formed in April this...
July 22, 2014
Western Helicopters, helicopter service and specialty training provider, has recently moved its facility from Rialto, Calif. to the Riverside, Calif., Municipal Airport. The company has also added two more instructors and eight additional aircraft, along with...
July 22, 2014
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has added three new dealers in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. The dealers include: DSA in the Czech Republic, Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc. in Elkin, N.C....
July 16, 2014
The New York Police Department is using Priority 1 Air Rescue (P1AR) for Bell 412 advanced search and rescue hoist rescue training and Bell 429 hoist rescue transition training. The training covers 36 SAR pilots, hoist operators and rescue specialists and divers. Patrick Dennis, senior vice president of training solutions at P1AR, noted that during the selection process, NYPD asked the company “to...
July 16, 2014
FlightSafety International and Sikorsky plan to offer training for the Sikorsky S-76D, Sikorsky S-92A, and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ helicopters in Asia.  Training for the Sikorsky S-92A and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ helicopters will be offered in Singapore. It is expected to begin in 2015 following...
July 16, 2014
The U.S. Army’s Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation has awarded L-3 Link Simulation & Training a contract to build three Sikorsky UH-60L Operational Flight Trainers (OFTs) and associated training systems for the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation...
July 16, 2014
Eastern Europe is the focus of Bell Helicopter’s increasing presence in Europe, particularly the eastern half, with that announcement that its Prague facility (ex-Aviation Services) in the Czech Republic will serve as Europe’s customization, delivery and aftermarket service center. Speaking at Farnborough Airshow, Bell President and CEO John Garrison said that the company was strategically...
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