New York City has been granted $9.8 million in federal funds to buy and equip a hybrid “super-copter” equipped for response to a variety of emergency situations but specifically terrorist attacks. Making the announcement, U.S.
Aviation International News » June 2002
Breaking into a market that has traditionally favored U.S.-made products, British defense systems builder GKN has aced a $1.5 billion helicopter deal with the Japanese navy. GKN’s 13-helicopter order comes just weeks after Sikorsky voluntarily withdrew its S-92 from the same competition.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Textron, accusing the Providence, R.I. corporation of misrepresenting to investors information about the V-22 Osprey program. The complaint alleges that Textron violated securities law by issuing a series of “material misrepresentations,” resulting in the inflation of Textron’s stock price.
Alexander Lebed, a once-powerful Russian politician, was killed April 29 when the Russian-made Mil Mi-8 helicopter in which he and 19 others were traveling smashed into a snowy Siberian hillside not far from the town of Abakan in the vast Siberian province of Krasnoyarsk, where Lebed was governor. The crash, which killed eight, among them three journalists and the region’s deputy governor, took place in thick fog.
It’s been 45 years since President Dwight Eisenhower became the first standing U.S. President to fly aboard a helicopter, a 60-min hop in a Bell UH-13-J that did much to validate public and private faith in rotorcraft as a form of VIP travel. Since those days, Presidents have logged thousands of miles and hundreds of hours aboard the rotorcraft flown and maintained by U.S.
It’s the helicopter equivalent of the “man bites dog” story. In a refreshing role reversal, the three major commercial helicopter operators at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport outside Houma, La., have allied to block a proposed 50-lot suburban housing subdivision.
As part of its evaluation of loran as a potential backup to GPS, the FAA has contracted Rock-well Collins to build a combined GPS/loran variant of its standard multimode navigation and landing receiver. The unit’s primary function will be to provide GPS navigation, with automatic switchover to loran should GPS signals be lost or degraded, and automatic reversion to GPS when normal service resumes.
For any pilot who’s ever sat glued to the Weather Channel or logged onto a weather Web site to keep a watchful eye on a powerful cold front or line of thunderstorms sweeping across the country, the term airborne datalink could soon take on special significance.
One of the newest ATC techniques is multilateration, where several small unattended receiving stations are dispersed around an airport to monitor transponder and TCAS transmissions from aircraft in the area. The received signals are then computer processed to pinpoint the exact location and identity of each aircraft.
In a welcomed shift in policy, business aircraft operators may now forego the STC process when installing class-B terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS). That was the word handed down by the FAA’s certification branch to FSDOs recently, published as a flight standards airworthiness bulletin (FSAW 02-03A) directed to avionics safety inspectors.