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May 1, 2016
Crash-Resistant Fuel Systems Years ago as a first lieutenant and U.S. Army aviator, I had the privilege to attend a short course at Arizona State University titled the Aircraft Crash Survival Investigator s Course. I think that course is now a part of the Robertson Safety Institute in Prescott... Read More »
March 1, 2016
By Pat Host The U.S. Army would take an important step forward with its Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative if its fiscal year 2017 budget request were enacted into law. American Helicopter Society International s executive director, Mike Hirschberg, said the $10 million request by the Army, if... Read More »
March 1, 2016
Summit Aviation [Booth 509], a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has been awarded a contract to support the U.S. Army Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasure Program (ATIRCM). The program is contracted through Cargo PM to support the installation of aircraft survivability equipment on new CH-47F... 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 »
January 26, 2016
The U.S. Marine Corps is telling other military services that its primary requirement for future rotorcraft is speed because it needs a gunship fast enough to escort its MV-22s. The assistant deputy commandant for aviation, Brig. Gen. Karsten Hazel Heckl, told R&WI that he emphasized that point... Read More »
December 1, 2015
The U.S. Army and powerplant manufacturers are moving to the next phase of an ambitious, nearly decade-old effort to improve Apache and Black Hawk performance and efficiency substantially. The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is Army aviation s top priority, according to the program... Read More »
December 1, 2015
If there s one thing industry experts at R&WI s inaugural Rotorcraft Certification Summit could agree on about the certification process, it s that there are severe inefficiencies. With new FAA safety mandates in effect or imminent and prospective revisions to Federal Aviation Regulations... Read More »
December 1, 2015
(From left to right) Metro s Milton Geltz, Bell s Tom Brooks, AgustaWestland s Fabio Nannoni and the FAA s Lee Roskop discuss mandates and the challenges of meeting them. AgustaWestland s vice president of engineering captured the sense of many at R&WI s Rotorcraft Certification... Read More »
November 24, 2015
The FAA s new focus on improving helicopter occupant survivability got a boost this week with the declaration by the Air Medical Operators Assn. (AMOA) that its members are committed to installing crash-resistant fuel systems on both new and existing helicopters. Current FAA rules only require... Read More »
October 1, 2015
A moderately wise helicopter pilot once proclaimed that it is better to dress to avoid an accident than to survive one. This postulation brings to mind a rough approximation of a quandary I originally appreciated in the 1970s as Ralph Nader declared Chevrolet s Corvair unsafe at any speed. He... Read More »
July 1, 2015
A DJI Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter. Photo from ThinkStock Advocates for greater use of unmanned aerial systems in the U.S. insist that UASs can perform the same missions as aircraft with pilots aboard just as safely and reliably, but at much lower costs. They argue that UASs often can... Read More »
June 1, 2015
A high operational tempo contributes to HH-60G maintenance challenges. Photo courtesy of USAF/Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride The U.S. Air Force is confronting a variety of issues that impede its ability to keep its helicopters ready to perform critical missions ranging... Read More »
June 1, 2015
Technological advances, like Sikorsky s X2, have long outpaced the strictures of airworthiness certification rules. International rotorcraft manufacturing leaders will be working over the next several months to define a framework for a joint review of U.S., European and Canadian... Read More »
June 1, 2015
Forty years ago, Vought Aircraft and Sperry collaborated to produce the SA-341 IFR Gazelle. This first IFR-certified single-engine helicopter was a breakthrough.This new world of single-pilot IFR represents the removal of one of the last major barriers to realizing the full potential of commercial... Read More »
April 6, 2015
The UH-72 Lakota, which is based on the Airbus H145/EC145, boasts a top speed of 145 knots and a range of 370 nautical miles. It entered service with the Army National Guard in late 2005. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The Army s first aviation restructuring in a generation... Read More »
April 2, 2015
Using the MH-60K, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), or 160th SOAR (A), is capable of accomplishing any mission over any terrain at any time plus or minus thirty seconds. Photo courtesy of CW4 Elvis Costello The American military has... Read More »
January 29, 2015
Building on an unprecedented year of new product certification and introduction, Airbus Helicopters has set its sights on best serving its customers in a challenging global marketplace, with the priority on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness. During 2014, Airbus... Read More »
January 28, 2015
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has contracted Terma, a global product development and manufacturing company, to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch Air Force s NH-90 helicopters. The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and... Read More »
December 10, 2014
Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech... Read More »
November 6, 2014
HeliOffshore is a not-for-profit industry association founded by five operators in the oil and gas sector: Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era and PHI Inc. The idea behind the establishment of the organization came from a joint operators review of helicopter safety, born out of a spate of... Read More »
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