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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...
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...
June 1, 2006
Sikorsky, FlightSafety Expand Training Programs, Planning Three New Sims FlightSafety International and Sikorsky Aircraft are undertaking what the companies said is a significant expansion of their comprehensive customer training program with the addition of one S-92 simulator and two S-76C+/C++ convertible simulators. "We are making this additional investment to support the large number of Sikorsky...
April 1, 2006
MD Adding Safety Features to Fleet, Training As part of her plans to revitalize MD Helicopters, Inc., the new owner plans to make the company "the poster child" for a new international effort to slash helicopter accident rates. That includes fully embracing FAA and other recommendations for improvements to safety-related equipment on its aircraft and flight training. "As part of the promise...
March 1, 2006
R&W's Question of the Month: Does your flight operation require a flight-risk evaluation or assessment before launching? Are such procedures effective and worthwhile? Let us know, and look for your and other responses in a future issue. You'll find our contact information in the box at the bottom of page 8. CORRECTION In the Table of Contents of our February issue, the description for the story...
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...
February 1, 2005
Nations Marshal Rotorcraft to Aid Tsunami Victims Helicopters from around the world rallied to the aid of the millions injured and displaced by tidal waves triggered by the Dec. 26, 2004 undersea earthquake off the northwestern coast of Sumatra. The waves killed more than 150,000 around the Indian Ocean. The impromptu aerial relief operations proved the critical value that helicopters can play after...
February 1, 2005
AS350 Hydraulic Failures On August 3, 1999, a pilot completing transition training in a Eurocopter AS350 helicopter with a flight instructor crashed while practicing a simulated hydraulics failure. According to the NTSB, after flying the helicopter to the ground without incident, with hydraulics still disabled, the pilot was instructed to hover taxi approximately 100 ft., perform a left pedal turn and taxi...
January 1, 2005
Ground School Tailored to Helo License Dragon Helicopters has won approval from the United Kingdom's CAA for a ground school that is tailored for a commercial pilot (helicopter) license and uses distance-learning techniques to slash the time that a student must spend in a classroom. Students have previously had to take the full U.K. Air Transport Pilot license program, which includes courses with no...
December 1, 2004
January January is our second-annual, Annual Reports issue, featuring detailed company profiles. In this issue, we provide a writer and the space for our advertisers to communicate to our readers about what is new or interesting within their company. James Careless has been surveying these companies extensively over the past weeks to prepare this unique special report, which will be bound into the center...
December 1, 2004
Change Behind, Change Ahead December brings to a close a tumultuous year for the rotorcraft industry. It began with cancellation of the U.S. Army's long-delayed, multi-billion-dollar RAH-66 Comanche armed reconnaissance and scout helicopter. Then, combat losses in Iraq highlighted the defensive deficiencies of U.S. rotorcraft and the strains of placing new mission requirements on National Guard and Reserve...
December 1, 2004
VXX Award Targeted for Dec. 17 December 17 stands to be a key date for the teams competing to provide the next helicopter transport for the U.S. President. U.S. Navy officials appear to be sticking to their plans to announce the winner of the VXX competition for that aircraft on the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful powered flight. There were some similarities in the paths Sikorsky and...
November 1, 2004
Focus on EMS EMS: Confronting Safety Challenges Perfecting Autorotations News from the Field and the Factories NEWS BRIEFS CAE SimuFlite Eyes Northeast Site CAE SimuFlite plans to open a new training center in New Jersey to serve the large market of business-aviation operators in the Northeast United States. The company is negotiating with officials over three possible sites for the center-Newark...
October 1, 2004
Switzerland has some 42 helicopter operators registered, of which only two have more than 10 helicopters in service and only four with ten in service, according to Markus Herzig, a Swiss aircraft statistician. The largest is Air Glaciers with 28 helicopters, of which 21 are currently in operation providing services ranging from air taxi and charter to heli-skiing and sightseeing. Second largest is Rega...
June 1, 2004
Dangerous Training On April 10, 2003 at about 5:30 p.m. in Auburn, Calif., a Hughes 269B helicopter was destroyed when it collided with terrain while on an instructional flight. The cause is believed to have been from practicing autorotations. A witness, located about 3 mi. from the accident site, stated the helicopter was maneuvering over his farm. He stated the engine sounded normal as though it was...
April 1, 2004
Retirements of Vietnam-era pilots and growing acceptance of civilian training among employers are creating new job opportunities for helicopter pilots. Things are looking up for flight training in the United States. Flight school operators from California and Colorado to Connecticut and Florida say they are booked with students who are finding it easier both to pay for their training and, if they choose...
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