Flight-training-device builder Frasca International is demonstrating its TruFliteH 342 reconfigurable helicopter simulator with 220-degree visual display at Booth No. 3901. The TruFliteH 342, featuring the Olympus VisionPlex II projection system, is a generic helicopter flight-training device directed at the Schweizer 300, Bell 206 and Eurocopter EC 120 Koala class of aircraft.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
Honeywell is at Heli-Expo 2006 (Booth No. 1907) with announcements that its enhanced VXP health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) for rotorcraft will be installed on an operator’s Boeing helicopter fleet and available as an OEM option on the Eurocopter EC 135.
Precise Flight (Booth No. 2030) of Bend, Ore., has gained STC approval for the company’s high-intensity-discharge (HID) Pulselite landing light for the Robinson R22 and R44. Precise Flight’s neighbor, Leading Edge Avionics, will be the first to install the HID Pulselite kit for the Robinson helicopters. HID lighting produces more light, lasts longer and uses less energy, said Scott Philiben, Precise Flight v-p of sales.
Air Alpha A/S of Odense, Denmark, is awaiting delivery of a full-motion Bell 222 flight simulator built by Fidelity Flight Simulation of Pittsburgh. The simulator features Fidelity’s six-degree, all-electric motion base, an enhanced LCD mosaic wall external visual display and full type replication of the Bell 222 helicopter.
Robinson Helicopter Co. president and CEO Frank Robinson told HAI Convention News yesterday that he plans to encourage flight schools to adopt the company’s pricier four-seat R44 Raven I helicopter as a trainer instead of the two-seat R22 Beta II.
Terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) designed specifically for helicopters may soon be in hot demand, following the January 25 release of a report by the NTSB calling for the FAA to impose tighter safety guidelines for helicopter emergency medical service flights.
Despite the dramatic August 10 revelation of a terrorist plot to blow up transatlantic airliners departing from the UK, European Union (EU) transport officials have not accelerated their plans to rework the existing EC2320 aviation security regulations. The draft rules are next due to be discussed at a meeting of EU countries’ transport ministers on October 9.
The FAA has decided to create a new rule to mandate a 15-percent runway landing safety margin for commercial operators instead of trying to impose the requirement via a policy letter and changes to operations specifications. The rule will likely affect Part 91 (Subpart K fractional operations), 135 and 121 operators.
When the nation’s news media rounded up the pundits to comment on the possible causes of the August 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191, many could conjure reasonable speculation about why the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 jet lined up on Lexington Blue Grass Airport’s 3,500-foot Runway 26 rather than the main, 7,000-foot, Runway 22.
Operators are struggling to book time in flight simulators for certain types of business aircraft, according to Steve Fisher, director of corporate aviation with Shell Aircraft International. Fisher told the European Business Aviation Association regional forum on September 13 that some manufacturers aren’t ensuring that there is sufficient simulator capacity to meet training needs that are increasingly relying on full-flight devices.