The subject of aircraft noise in the Grand Canyon area has been of special interest to helicopter operators for years now, but it might be taking on an even broader dimension. The definition of “substantial restoration of natural quiet” might lead to new rules for aircraft flying over the Grand Canyon National Park at and above 18,000 feet, according to a public notice from the National Park Service (NPS).
Aviation International News » May 2008
When the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., opened last month to tell the tale of news gathering, publication and broadcast and to champion the concept of a free press, it did not ignore the role of aviation in the news-gathering and -broadcasting process.
The president of a helicopter supply company whose actions were determined by the NTSB to be a contributing factor in the January 2006 crash of a Eurocopter AS 350D has claimed that the Safety Board left out pertinent information in the probable cause report. Furthermore, the NTSB acknowledges that it never investigated the complete ownership history of the engine.
The second of three AgustaWestland AW139s that CHC Helicopter will use for search-and-rescue operations off the south coast of England on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was delivered to the agency’s Lee-on-
Solent base last month.
Helicopter manufacturers are exploring a number of technologies to reduce noise, both that perceived from the ground and inside the cabin. European manufacturers are working on several demonstration programs to reduce noise by changing the helicopter’s airframe dynamics.
Eurocopter last month signed cooperation agreements with two Chilean universities. Within the framework of a project called Edu-Copter, the OEM signed two complementary agreements with the Adolfo Ibañez Business University and the Aeronautics Sciences Academy from the Federico Santa Maria Technical University.
Cutting Edge Helicopter Training School opened its doors to student pilots in Derry, Northern Ireland, in late March. Jason Porter, owner of Cutting Edge Helicopters, is employing two Robinson R22s and one R44. There are two instructors and one examiner. According to Porter, the training environment features a steady flow of commercial traffic and a range of instrument procedures.
AgustaWestland has delivered the first two of its helicopters fitted with interiors styled by Italian fashion design house Versace. One aircraft, ordered by Romania-based loan company Tiriac Air, is a Grand light twin featuring a black-and-white interior and paint scheme. The second one, an AW109 Power, has a gray interior and was ordered by Italy’s Elimarca. AgustaWestland and Versace are working on an interior for the AW139.
Lider Aviaco, Brazil’s largest offshore helicopter service provider, has selected Blue Sky Network to provide satellite-based tracking and logistics services on its fleet of 40 Bell 212s and 412s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. The system uses Blue Sky’s D1000C Iridium transceiver and provides altitude-adjusted position reporting, minimum en route altitude alerting, and automated takeoff and landing notifications.
A former instructor at bankrupt and defunct helicopter school Silver State Helicopters has opened his own flight school in New Braunfels, Texas. Derrick Smith opened Veracity Aviation two weeks after Silver State’s collapse in February. The school operates one Robinson R22 and has eight students.