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October 1, 2011
Medics unload a patient from a Fairfax County Police Helicopter Division Bell 407 in Virginia. The unit conducts HEMS operations in addition to law enforcement. Fairfax County Police Since the mid-1990s, the number of helicopters providing emergency medical service in the United States... Read More »
September 30, 2011
Over the last few months I ve had the pleasure of setting the program and recruiting speakers for the Helitech Conference on behalf of Reed Exhibitions. This conference is a landmark one as it occurs during the 25th anniversary of the Helitech exhibition, which is held biennially at the Imperial... Read More »
September 27, 2011
September 27, 2011 HFDM Workshop 11:00 11:05 a.m. Introduction to Workshop Team Speaker: Mike Pilgrim, CHC Helicopter Corporation (Global HFDM Steering Group Co-Chairman), Flight Data Monitoring Manager 11:05 11:25 What is HFDM? Speaker: Mike Pilgrim, CHC Helicopter Corporation (Global HFDM... Read More »
March 1, 2011
Eurocopter officially opened its North Sea support and service center on February 1 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The complex represents a 10 million investment by Eurocopter and took two-and-a-half years to complete. It covers 53,820 square feet (5,000 square meters). The manufacturer designed the... Read More »
March 1, 2011
It s back to the drawing board as far as the future of the UK s military Search and Rescue helicopter fleet is concerned. The Soteria Consortium, winner of the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) competition, launched by the UK government in 2006, has had its bid... Read More »
October 1, 2010
A recent multi-agency disaster exercise, a simulated earthquake in Liverpool in the United Kingdom, has also acted as an opportunity to confirm a newly formed concept called the Combined Silver Air Cell (CSAC). The recently held Exercise Orion proved the concept and CSAC training and Tactics... Read More »
July 1, 2010
The size of the problem depends on who s talking. Several agencies are struggling, said Martin Jackson, president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Some units are shutting down or cutting back drastically on flight operations. Others estimate as many as 40 shutdowns, with four to... Read More »
June 1, 2010
Ernie Stephens in the HotSeat R&W Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens approaches downtown Manhattan in a simulated Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin using the HotSeat Heli Sim. HotSeat Chassis recently sent a demo unit for its new low-cost... Read More »
April 1, 2010
Enstrom Sells Trainers to Japan, Thailand Maj. Gen. Pittaya Krachangwong and a group of Thai Army pilots evaluated the Enstrom 480B during an October 2009 visit to the manufacturer s plant in Menominee, Mich. Enstrom Helicopter Corp. ... Read More »
March 1, 2010
Our focus in this issue is safety. Five of our features this month are related to this theme. Before telling you about the safety features in this issue, I want to let you know that we will be conducting our Rotor & Wing Safety & Training Summit again this year in Denver, Colo. on June 8 and 9... Read More »
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith... Read More »
November 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE/GOVERNMENT AGENCIES More details have become available regarding recent purchase of two Mi-171 and two Mi-17V-5 helicopters by the Republic of Macedonia s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Despite Ministry officials describing them as brand-new aircraft, the helicopters have not been... Read More »
November 1, 2009
Cool composure in the midst of chaos. Presenting the winners of the 2009 Rotor & Wing Helicopter Herosim Awards, who personify the meaning of the word heros. PUBLIC SERVICE/SAR U.S. Coast Guard 2008 Alaska Ranger One of the Largest Coldwater Rescues in Modern History Brian McLaughlin - Lt. Steve... Read More »
October 1, 2009
Air Methods bills itself as the "World s Largest Air Ambulance Operator" for a very good reason: It is. The numbers tell the tale. Air Methods flew 105,971 missions in 2008, serving 42 U.S. states from 249 hospital and community bases. This translates to 138,219 total flight hours for the company... Read More »
July 1, 2009
Each day across America, millions of people are able to look up and see one of the most visible champions for general aviation hard at work: the helicopter. Rotary-wing aircraft perform vital missions for the U.S. armed forces, law enforcement, medical and humanitarian operators, transportation... Read More »
June 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE Members of the Louisville, Ky. Police Department are wondering if their one remaining helicopter will stay in service. The MD520N, known as Air Unit 20, was recently returned to duty after spending two years being repaired. A rollover accident destroyed its rotor system and... Read More »
April 1, 2009
CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot, who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force and is currently a captain at a major U.S. airline. His helicopter background includes... Read More »
November 1, 2008
This year s Search & Rescue Summit drew hundreds from around the world, including our Helicopter Heroism Award winners, each of whom were nominated by their associates, then selected by our panel of judges and you, the readers. We are proud to introduce the judges of Rotor & Wing s 2007 Helicopter... Read More »
November 1, 2008
PUBLIC The South African Police Service received the first two of six Robinson R44s in October, with the remaining four to be delivered by the end of the year, according to the Pretoria News. The six rotorcraft were ordered as part of an FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup capacity-building program... Read More »
November 1, 2008
With the obvious exception of Boeing s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, many military rotorcraft designs find their way into civilian service. The most common are the OH-58 Kiowa and the OH-6 Cayuse, which often make their way into the hangars of police departments operating start-up aviation units... Read More »
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