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August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
July 1, 2009
Flying without using the natural horizon is...well...unnatural. It seems pretty simple to the average helicopter pilot. But hauling a load under a helicopter isn’t something that can be done the first time using basic flying skills. It takes knowledge of and proficiency in vertical reference flying. That skill must be mastered first. Andre Hutchings is the director of operations at Los Angles...
June 1, 2009
TRAINING | SAFETY Denver, Colo., known as the Mile High City, was an appropriate setting for Rotor & Wing’s first annual Safety & Training Summit. The interactive seminar, which was held April 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Tech Center hotel, drew a wide variety of aviators, operations managers and administrators from every aspect of the helicopter community. Attendees had an opportunity to hear and...
May 1, 2009
BDUs vs. Blue Jeans I said I was going to stay away from this subject, but darned if it doesn’t keep coming up. So, since this issue of Rotor & Wing will be handed out the annual Army Aviation Association of America conference (aka Quad-A), I’m going to address the age-old contention that military-trained pilots are usually, if not always, better then civilian-trained pilots. This way, our...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
January 1, 2009
Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft and turboprop engine families available in the world, with a power range stretching from 300 shp to more than 7,300 shp. This industry-leading fleet of 18,000 engines has accumulated more than 200 million flying hours powering light, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and uninhabited unmanned aerial vehicles systems in both the civil and military markets...
December 19, 2008
American Eurocopter now has its first full-motion, full-visual simulator on duty for its popular EC135/145 model helicopters. "This is a tremendous milestone for our training department,” said...
December 9, 2008
Bristow Helicopters, an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc., has purchased Severn Aviation, a provider of multi-engine instrument flight training at Gloucestershire Airport (EGBJ) in Cheltenham, 90 mi. west of...
December 1, 2008
Aircraft Sales Brokers Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin, TX 78746 E-mail: helisales@austinjet.com Web: www.austinjet.com Phone: 512-292-7088 Fax: 512-233-2726 Heli-Lynx 684 Mud Street East, Hangar #1 Stoney Creek, ON, Canada L8J 3C9 E-mail: info@helilynx.com Web: www.helilynx.com Phone: 905-643-7334 Fax: 905-643-7223 Buyer’s Agents Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin...
December 1, 2008
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October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
September 1, 2008
Pilot Responsibility — Where Has it Gone? Where is the FAA? That’s the question we all ask following an aircraft mishap. But the question that really should be asked is, where is pilot responsibility in general aviation these days? We all rely on the FAA to answer all of our safety and policy questions and to solve the problems that plague the general aviation industry. What do we want FAA...
July 30, 2008
Gulf Helicopters is purchasing an AW139 simulator from the U.K. vendor cueSim, according to The Gulf Times. The Doha, Qatar newspaper quoted Gulf Helicopters as saying...
April 1, 2008
TRAINING Frasca International marked the 50th anniversary of its incorporation at Heli-Expo by delivering a flight training device (FTD) for the Eurocopter EC135 to Era Helicopters and booking an order for a similar device from Bristow Group. The Urbana, Ill. training products and services company is benefitting from rising demand from oil and gas companies for better-trained crews to fly their workers to...
April 1, 2008
Eurocopter is adding training capabilities in the United States to respond to long-term market needs and shorter-term opportunities. In the latter category, the manufacturer’s American Eurocopter unit in Grand Prairie, Texas is developing a turbine-transition course targeted at the hundreds of flight instructors thrown out of work by the February shutdown of Silver State Helicopters and its network...
April 1, 2008
Sorting Out Silver State’s Impact Flight schools, former students and employees, and lawyers are trying to sort out the implications of Silver State Helicopters’ shutdown. Some former staffers are seizing the opportunity created by the Feb. 3 shutdown to open their own flight schools. One group of former Silver State instructors has started Veracity Aviation at New Braunfels, Texas Municipal...
March 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL India’s government will now allow foreign investors to own 100 percent of the stock in helicopter operators in that nation. The Indian...
March 1, 2008
TRAINING Since the sudden, Feb. 3 shutdown of Silver State Helicopters nationwide network of flight training centers, phones have been ringing off the hook around the rotorcraft community. For flight schools, the closure of a big competitor means the opportunity to bring on Silver State’s former students and flight instructors. For operators, it means a newly enrich pool of experienced pilots...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Silver State Helicopters’ pending liquidation will put 215 helicopters on the used market, but that is not expected to swamp the market or sink used-aircraft prices. There are two reasons for that. One is that the market is hungry for good used aircraft, with airframe manufacturers reporting waits of a year or more for new aircraft delivery slots. Demand for Robinson Helicopters...
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