Russian Helicopters completed deliveries of Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters to the Afghan Army in October. Sixty-three helicopters manufactured at the company’s Kazan Helicopters plant were delivered to Afghanistan after the the Russian arms sales agency Rosoboronexport and the U.S. Department of Defense signed a first contract in 2011, followed by later contracts.
MD Helicopters and partner Universal Avionics Systems of Tucson, Ariz., are progressing well in their program to offer a next-generation cockpit for the MD Explorer helicopter. Capable of supporting single-pilot IFR operations, the new cockpit will be available on both new-build helicopters and as a retrofit option. The Explorer has found particular success in the law enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS) world.
Leading Edge Composites (Booth 937) is experiencing significant growth, doubling its work force and tripling its plant space over the last year. The Coatesville, Pa.-based company recently moved into a new 44,000-sq-ft facility and now has more than 60 employees. It was founded 23 years ago by Brian and Charlene Arni. Brian, a former shop supervisor of Keystone Helicopter, also has a background in fixed-wing aircraft composite structures.
Moments after the pilot lifted the Bell 206 JetRanger into a hover on a flight many years ago, I choked back a gasp and found myself almost frozen, unable to key the intercom mic button as a spiderweb of powerlines suddenly manifested themselves in front of the helicopter. All I had time to do was quickly point out the front windshield at the power lines, which neither of us had seen when we landed nor during the two hours we had hung around waiting for our passenger to return in a relatively remote location next to a river.
Rosen Sunvisor Systems is showcasing its next-generation, five-axis Arc sunvisor system this week at NBAA 2014. The newly designed Arc sunvisor provides stable glare reduction in multiple directions and features flexible mounting configurations suitable on both airplanes and helicopters. The Arc can be placed to cover the side, front and overhead windows using monorail and static mounts, according to Rosen. It also features secure stowage and increased comfort during flight operations.
Genesys Aerosystems is offering details about its HeliSAS helicopter stability augmentation system (HeliSas) and autopilot at Booth 3334. The latest HeliSas recently received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2.
The STC expands Genesys’s range of autopilot certifications for Eurocopter, Bell and Robinson helicopters, according to the Mineral Wells, Tex.-based company, which purchased Cobham Avionics units S-Tec and Chelton Flight Systems in April in a management-led buyout.
The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.
The Helicopter Association International will look at operational and flight safety issues faced by aerial firefighters and provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 fire season next month (November 17 to 19) at its firefighting safety conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference includes an interagency briefing with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.
New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.
The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) published an online survey for helicopter air ambulance pilots to gather feedback for an upcoming aviation rule-making committee (ARC) considering potential changes to helicopter training requirements. The association will analyze the responses present its findings at the next ARC meeting, scheduled for the end of October.
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