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February 24, 2014 - 9:30pm

Befitting the vertical lift that members of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) provide to the world, on the eve of Heli-Expo 2014, association president Matt Zuccaro pronounced the state of the industry “very up.”

“Air tours are doing well, corporate operations have re-established themselves and offshore oil and gas work is very busy right now, so it’s a pretty positive picture,” Zuccaro said. Nonetheless, the industry faces challenges including a potential shortage of pilots and mechanics.

September 2, 2013 - 2:40pm

Surviving the impact of an emergency ditching is not the only risk facing helicopter crews flying over water. They also face the chaos of safely exiting an aircraft that may be sinking or submerged.

Night Flight Concepts and Bolo3 Group have organized underwater egress training for helicopter crews, with a special emphasis on those operating with night vision goggles (NVG). The class uses real-world scenarios and preparedness training to reinforce the tactics necessary to survive after hitting the water.

March 4, 2013 - 2:35pm
Orange County Fire Authority

Lifting off from Fullerton Airport in the back of an Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Bell 412EP, the nighttime world of Southern California exploded into a vast ocean of suburban lights, interspersed with darker but clearly visible unlit areas, and all intersected by pulsing bright currents of car-clogged streets.

March 4, 2013 - 2:50am
Night vision goggles

Night-vision goggles (NVG) are rapidly becoming a mainstream tool in many helicopter operations, to the extent that NVG pilot training is available at many more schools, more avionics and electronic equipment is out-of-the box NVG-compatible and prices of goggles are one of the few aviation items that has dropped in price, below the rate of inflation.

Goggles are made by the two major manufacturers–ITT Exelis and L-3–and still cost at least $10,000, but the likelihood that new pilots entering the rotorcraft profession will be wearing the devices is higher than ever.

December 3, 2011 - 2:22pm

The rules for aircraft registered in the European Union require that technicians perform database updates on aircraft that weigh more than 6,020 pounds. Pilots are allowed to update databases for instrument panel-mounted navigation systems on privately owned aircraft (including helicopters and gliders) that weigh less than 6,020 pounds, and the pilot must own or be joint owner of the aircraft, according to regulation 2042/2003 Part M.

June 20, 2011 - 8:00pm

The TopOwl helmet-mounted sight and display on show here in the Thales pavilion is in service already on five helicopter models in 16 countries. The company has delivered more than 700 copies, and says more than 1,600 will be in service over the next 10 years.

May 23, 2011 - 7:09am

I spent most of my childhood summers on my grandfather’s farm, in the misty hollows that nestle in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

In an age when every mistake in one’s life is attributable to a terrible childhood, I have no such excuse. I have only myself to blame. Whatever the road, it was of my choosing. And that is how this story begins, a near-lifetime ago.

April 21, 2010 - 9:42am

Aero Dynamix (ADI) has been granted EASA Part 145 approval following the completion of the first EASA STC approval for a night-vision lighting system on an MD902 helicopter.

March 12, 2007 - 12:10pm

Switlik Parachute won a contract to provide its U-Zip-It aircrew dry suit to the U.S. Coast Guard. The dry suit, which can be viewed at Switlik’s booth (No. 722), features a low-slung zipper that makes the suit easier to slip on. To help aviators move more freely, the suit includes articulating elbow and knee patches.

December 26, 2006 - 5:06am

Remarkably, the two pilots and three passengers on a NetJets Hawker 800XP and the pilot of a Schleicher sailplane escaped with their lives when the two aircraft collided at about 16,000 feet in VMC on August 28 near Smith, Nev. After the collision the pilot of the glider, 58-year-old Akihiro Hirao, bailed out and alighted safely, while the badly damaged jet made an emergency gear-up landing at Carson City Airport.

 
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