There is an insect called a cicada that burrows deep into the earth in its larval stage, slowly, quietly growing out of sight, feeding modestly on tree root sap and finally emerging 17 years later as a formidable form of aphid that, while benign, appears to be anything but.
Aviation International News » May 2002
As spring flooded north along America’s Atlantic seaboard, news from the tiltrotor front began to improve somewhat. The mandated modification work on the U.S. Marines’ Osprey fleet was proceeding, closing in on a resumption of flight tests expected to happen this month. Critics of the embattled Bell Boeing program seem to have adopted a wait-and-see attitude.
Date and time of birth was April 2, 2002, at 4:54 a.m. Place of birth was somewhat unusual: inside a Eurocopter BK 117 approximately 1,000 ft above the rural countryside of Maryland’s eastern shore. That’s when little six-pound Benjamin Crittenden entered the world aboard a STAT Medevac helicopter en route from St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardstown on Maryland’s eastern shore to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
It’s been a busy month for Sikorsky’s S-92 development team as the project moves toward approval by year-end. The big twin scored its first public-use sale from the Irish Air Corps, good news that was nevertheless scarred by controversy, specifically Eurocopter’s initiation of legal proceedings against both Sikorsky and the Irish government alleging improper practices on the part of both.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. the American subsidiary of Eurocopter picked up some more business. In response to emergency funding initiatives under the Homeland Defense Act with respect to border security, the U.S. Border Patrol has signed a contract with Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter for the “immediate” delivery of 13 AS 350B3 helicopters.
Just weeks after proclaiming its market dominance at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2002, Eurocopter took a hit in its sales column with the news that France and Germany have each decided to buy a smaller number of Eurocopter-built Tiger attack helicopters than had been previously announced.
In certain oil-rich regions of Russia and its federated republics, natural gas is so abundant that it is treated as a waste product of the crude-oil extraction process. Anxious to cash in on whatever technological opportunities that beckoned, engineers from the Mil design bureau developed a variant of the Mi-8 helicopter that used natural gas as a fuel.
Petroleum Helicopters pilot Charles Getchell, 56, of Milton, Fla. was killed March 26 and his Bell 206L-4 destroyed when it hit an offshore platform and the water following a loss of control during take off on a repositioning flight from the Eugene Island 188P platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Once asked his opinion of the almost 200-mi island stretching from the towers of Manhattan to the wet salt marshes and massive summer homes that are the playgrounds of the rich and famous, Mark Twain is said to have sighed and said, “Well, it certainly is a long island.” So long that following months of wrangling by Long Island aeromed and EMS agencies, local lawmakers have decided to permanently extend aeromedical rescue helicopter service to
A Eurocopter AS 350 helicopter crashed at the Tarnos, France factory of engine maker Turbomeca on March 26, killing company test pilot Eric Fortier, 41, and logistics support chief, Bruno Vallois, 60. Four passengers were seriously injured after the single-engine helicopter crashed into a warehouse at the site, which is in southwest France.