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Apr
29
2024

Name changes: Signs of progress? - Editor's Letter

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Everywhere I turn, I see nothing but change. Rapid change. In fact, almost every feature in this issue has an underlying theme of change. [Read More...]



Tags: Changes in the helicopter industry Rotor Pro Editor's Letter
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Mar
26
2024

How Drones and Helicopters Can Work Together in Aerial Firefighting

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Imagine: Sometime in the near future, a combined team of drones and helicopters is dispatched to battle a major forest fire. The drones fan out to identify hot spots, locate survivors, and spray fire suppressants in key areas. The helicopters follow to pick up survivors, apply larger amounts of fire suppressants, and either manage the drones in the air or just coordinate with them due to the drones’ autonomous/ground-controlled flight systems. This may sound like something out of a science-fiction novel. But it is actually a reasonable projection of where rotorcraft technology is headed in the not-so-distant future. Here’s where we stand right now… [Read More...]



Tags: EHang MUM-T MUMT_MQ-8C_FireScout
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Mar
18
2024

SOUTH AFRICA'S SANPARKS

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It is a vast untamed wilderness where lions, rhinos, elephants and other wild animals roam freely, but the massive park’s borders are sometimes breached by a network of highly skilled and motivated poachers. High temperatures often reach north of 110o (F) in the summer months. These are some of the formidable challenges that the South African National Parks (SANParks) Air Services has to navigate. The Kruger National Park borders Mozambique on the eastern side and Zimbabwe on the northern side. SANParks Air Services provides the aerial support required for over 2 million hectares, as well as the other 19 parks of SANParks across South Africa. Poachers are a huge problem, although the battle is slowly being won, and rhino poaching has stabilized and reduced over the past years. Despite back-breaking work from a dedicated and passionate SANParks team, Kruger National Park rhino populations have continued to plummet due to rhino poaching (according to the population count from 2020). Recently published research estimates that there are about 2,607 white rhinos remaining in the Kruger National Park, while black rhinos are estimated to number just 202. This represents a population decline of 75% for white rhinos since 2011 (from 10,621) and 51% for black rhino since 2013 (from 415). [Read More...]



Tags: helicopters antipoaching sanparks air services south africa sanparks aviation
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCompany Profiles



Feb
05
2024

Hollywood Helicopters

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In the last James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, No Time to Die, Chris Sharpe with Black Wolf Helicopters was tapped to body double as a secret agent while rappelling from a helicopter in a tuxedo. “I’m British, so it was natural,” Sharpe said. The global movie release had a premier in Guatemala. He was asked to rappel twice at a pre-showing and at the premiere to deliver a cake in a box to a VIP. Following the cake delivery, the party, dressed in tuxedos and formal gowns, went to the movie premiere. Sharpe is a chief aircrewman and medic with Black Wolf Helicopters in Guatemala City, Guatemala. They provide services like search and rescue, helicopter emergency management, and training for other helicopter operators, but in their spare time, they dally in film crew support. [Read More...]



Tags: Black Wolf Helicopters Helicopter Film Crew Support Helicopteros de Guatemala
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jan
08
2024

Best of 2023: Rotor Tech Roundup

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Nine companies made our ‘Best of Rotor Tech’ list this year. The accomplishments they racked up during 2023 are truly impressive. [Read More...]



Tags: Airbus Helicopters FlightLab Helicopter Technology
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
24
2023

Green UAS: A New Standard for Drone Security

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As a pilot, you’re responsible for knowing your equipment inside and out. You go through countless hours of training. You run through checklists before every flight. And you rely on industry standards and best practices to maintain peak performance. Despite doing all that, do you know if your equipment is vulnerable to a cyberattack? [Read More...]



Tags: AUVSI
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
18
2023

Artificial Intelligence Will Shake Up Aviation

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There’s a revolution underway in aviation, and it is being driven by artificial intelligence. AI is already affecting everything from helicopter/fixed-wing design and manufacturing to in-flight operations and maintenance, along with air traffic control and anything else that touches flying. [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Artificial Intelligence
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors



Oct
30
2023

How UAVs and eVTOLs Will Affect Helicopter Communications

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The growing use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and the anticipated rollout of eVTOLs (manned electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles) will have a far reaching impact in manned flight, as helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft must share the heavens with them. But how will UAVs and eVTOLs affect helicopter communications, especially in controlled airspace, and what will this mean for helicopter pilots and operators? Here’s what Rotor Pro has been able to find out. [Read More...]



Tags: UAV pilots V-150 SKELDAR V-200 SKELDAR
Categories: categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors



Aug
21
2023

Q&A With Pratt & Whitney Canada Taking Helicopter Engines to the Next Level

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All around us, technology is changing. The helicopters of our youth are dinosaurs compared to today’s aircraft. The modern engines that power these helicopters have become sophisticated, digitally controlled power plants designed to optimize performance and reliability while also reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To gain insights on where helicopter engine technology is headed, Rotor Pro spoke with Nico Chabée, vice president of sales and marketing at Pratt & Whitney Canada. [Read More...]



Tags: Green Helicopter Engine Technology Pratt & Whitney Canada helicopter engines PT6T TwinPac PW206B2
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Apr
17
2023

Will Helicopter MROs Service eVTOLs and UAS?

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The rotorcraft industry is expanding its embrace beyond helicopters to include electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS or unmanned aerial vehicles/UAVs), as reflected by this magazine’s rebranding to Rotor Pro. This is a change with wide-ranging implications for the entire helicopter industry, including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers. Just like helicopters, eVTOL and UAS aircraft will need to be maintained and repaired over time. So what does this mean to the helicopter MRO sector? To find out, Rotor Pro queried a variety of MRO-related service providers. Three uniquely different service providers shared their insights on the subject: Airbus Urban Air Mobility (UAM), the Lee County (Florida) Mosquito Control District, and Precision Integrated Programs. Here’s what they had to say about the impact of eVTOLs and UAS on the helicopter MRO market. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors


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