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November 17, 2016
With a pilot onboard, a worker stands on the skids of the Hughes (Now McDonnell Douglas) 369D as the helicopter travels from power line to power line, landing the skids on the towers. Local news outlets caught footage of the routine work being done along the Pennsylvania Turnpike work that might... Read More »
November 4, 2016
Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, spent recent days testifying in a New York courtroom on federal charges that she and her Patriarch Partners holding company defrauded backers of three investment funds. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the proceeding, has asked Administrative Law... Read More »
October 1, 2016
The European Union dream, if ever there was one, has recently taken a bit of a beating. With the British declaring they had tired of the club and opting to exit the EU plus a mix of civil unrest and terror attacks, all appears not to be well. Originally a trading arrangement set in the wake of... Read More »
August 30, 2016
The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has taken delivery of its last four MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters from the US Air Force (USAF), bringing the total number of MD-530s to 27. The helicopters armed with fire rockets or 0.50-calibre machine guns were flown to Afghanistan from Travis Air Force Base in... Read More »
August 1, 2016
Nothing can clear a room faster than talking about helicopter aerodynamics. But certain concepts do seem to create lasting intrigue and can spark good conversation. Sometimes you ll find pilots using various hand gestures as a visual aid to assist them in describing theory and physics. If you re... Read More »
August 1, 2016
A U.S. Navy Trainer flies above Whiting Field. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy At least 30 companies, from aerospace and defense giants to small contractors, have expressed interest in providing the U.S. Navy s next-generation helicopter training system. They d just like to... Read More »
August 1, 2016
The Aerospatiale Gazelle is among the last singles certified for IFR operations before FAA guidance raised the bar (left). Newer types like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 (middle) and Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X (right) would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve... Read More »
June 9, 2016
HeliTrak has appointed Chris Nehls as president. Nehls joins the company from MD Helicopters, where he was VP of engineering and chief engineer. He was responsible for leading the engineering and development efforts on MD products. Prior to that, he was at Honeywell International's aerospace unit... Read More »
June 1, 2016
A Papua New Guinea company received an Airbus Helicopters H145 in January. Photo courtesy of Airbus Markets throughout Asia have not escaped the economic concerns plaguing the U.S., Europe and other regions, leading helicopter operators there and the manufacturers and service providers... Read More »
April 12, 2016
Garmin now offers a system upgrade to GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators installed on certain helicopters. The upgrade includes a combination of safety and cockpit-resource-management enhancements that are particularly well-suited to single-pilot operations. The upgrade applies to GTN navigators... Read More »
April 7, 2016
The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), procured originally to replace engines in the U.S. Army's Boeing AH-64E and Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters, also might power the Army's future vertical lift light assault rotorcraft, according to media reports. Army officials told reporters recently that... Read More »
March 4, 2016
MD Helicopters will develop a new military aircraft called the 6XX that company CEO Lynn Tilton wants delivered by 2018. Tilton said Tuesday at Heli-Expo she wanted to spend the rest of 2016 getting out the specification so MD could work toward completing testing and certification in 2017. She... Read More »
March 1, 2016
Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation If you travel by air enough, you have probably had the pleasure of experiencing a maintenance delay with an airline. Even though the largest global carriers have factory-supported service centers and back-up aircraft at their disposal, a break-down or... Read More »
March 1, 2016
(Above) Research at NASA Langley Research Center has involved dummies and a test helicopter to test crash forces. Occupant protection measures include rotorcraft seat/harness systems able to withstand downward acceleration forces of as much as 30 g. Photos courtesy of NASA Langley Research Center... Read More »
February 18, 2016
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW200 engine is the turboshaft engine of choice in Asia, according to the company. The PW200 family powers aircraft such as the H135, AW109E Power, AW109 Grand, Bell 427 & 429, Kazan Ansat and MD Explorer 900 series. The engine has flown more than 9 million hours... Read More »
February 1, 2016
There are several clarifications regarding the U.S. Army s program to offer surplus Black Hawks for sale to the civil market. It was previously unclear who would actually show up with a checkbook. Now, several operators, including Northwest Helicopters, Arista Aviation, P.J. Helicopters, Brainerd... Read More »
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer said, adding that the order is worth $17.6 million (20.5 billion won). With a... Read More »
December 1, 2015
The Hangman I agree with Rex Alexander s essay ( The Hangman Cometh, R&WI, October 2015, page 38), and his contention that the risk of injury is greater if the night vision goggle lanyard is fastened to the aviator s helmet instead of placed around the neck as directed by various NVG manuals and... Read More »
December 1, 2015
A KUH-1 Surion performs cold-weather flight testing in Alaska in 2012. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries Korea Aerospace Industries is pursuing a special airworthiness certificate for its KUH-1 Surion to fulfill a new order from South Korea s national forestry service. The... Read More »
November 1, 2015
Afghan military leaders and MD Helicopters swapped claims last month about the performance of newly delivered armed MD-530F s. A U.S. trooper provides security while an MD-530F takes off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul... Read More »
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