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Mar
15
2021

A Record Fire Season Tests Aerial Firefighters, As Pandemic Rages

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The aerial firefighting industry faced unprecedented challenges throughout 2020.  For starters, it was a record year for wildfires, particularly in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, as well as uncharacteristically active in Oregon.      At a glance, the numbers show a significant increase in wildland fire events over the previous year.  According to year-to-date National Interagency Fire Center statistics as of 13 November 2020, 49,815 fires destroyed 8,750,197 acres. For the 2019 comparable period, 45,840 fires burned 5,418,234 acres. All indications are that dry conditions will persist, especially in the West, and fire seasons will get longer and more destructive, as the fuel load—the vegetation that will dry out in the summer—increases.  Along with this, the trend toward residential development in the wildland/urban interface makes the fires that much more catastrophic—and more deadly. [Read More...]



Tags: Aerial Firefighting Boeing CH-47D Chinooks call-when-needed (CWN) contracts exclusive-use (EU) contracts Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks Type-1 helicopters
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Mar
01
2021

H135 Helicopters to Support Space Exploration

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I find it curious that the first flight on the surface of another planet will be attempted via a helicopter. As I write this article (February 2021), we are only days away from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover landing on the surface of Mars. This new Mars rover is on the cusp of plunging into the Martian atmosphere to land on the Red Planet and is equipped with panoramic cameras, subsurface radar, laser micro imager, x-ray spectrometers, and a weather station. But there’s one more innovative piece of equipment that will be dropped from the belly of the Mars rover onto the planet’s surface: Ingenuity, the Mars helicopter! [Read More...]



Tags: Airbus Helicopters H135 Ingenuity Mars Helicopter the Mars helicopter!
Categories: categoryHuman Interest categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jan
25
2021

Helicopters and Multi-Mission Are Synonymous

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If you look up the word ‘multi-mission’ in the dictionary, chances are that you won’t see a helicopter alongside it. But you should, because there are few transportation platforms as multi-mission capable. In the real world, the words ‘helicopter’ and ‘multi-mission’ are synonymous. “I’ve heard people describe helicopters as ‘the SUVs of the air’,” said James Viola, president/CEO of Helicopter Association International (HAI). “The industry’s constant drive to create platforms that are as light as possible while using the most powerful engines available has resulted in highly flexible aircraft that can be adapted to multiple tasks and carry all kinds of loads internally and externally, and perform so many functions so well.” [Read More...]



Tags: Aerial Firefighting Forestry and Stream Restoration Helicopters Multi Mission Helicopters Search and Rescue Helicopters Sikorsky YR-4B helicopters Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 rotorcraft
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Oct
13
2020

Editor's Letter - What a Difference Six Months Can Make

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“My only point is to remind those of us who receive the benefits of altruistic servants to be thankful for their desire to do some of the dirtiest work on the planet. Every day (not once or twice in a lifetime, but every day) these amazing people intentionally put themselves into the most dangerous situations and environments. They inject themselves into people’s lives at the lowest points, when people are most scared, most sick, and generally at their worst. They do this repeatedly to help someone in need, to make that person’s life better.” [Read More...]



Tags: EMS Front line workers HAA HAA Medics HAA Pilots HEMS Pilots
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jul
20
2020

Today’s Law Enforcement Helicopter Trends

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Once upon a time, the world of law enforcement (LE) helicopters was a relatively simple place. LE pilots flew surveillance and pursuit missions in aid of their respective police departments, using basic helicopters that were aerial observation platforms and little else. Times have changed: Today’s LE helicopters and LE pilots are affected by trends such as a move to multiple-role missions, advanced cockpit technology, and unmanned aerial systems (aka drones); among others. [Read More...]



Tags: Law Enforcement Helicopters Public Safety Aviation and Covid Public Safety Aviation Units Public Safety Helicopters
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
20
2020

Today’s Law Enforcement Helicopter Trends

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CWO Shane Engelauf knows what Romano is talking about. Engelauf is chief pilot with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Air Support Unit in Punta Gorda, Florida. Thanks to resource sharing among the agencies within his jurisdiction, Engelauf’s missions have expanded beyond police work to encompass firefighting, rescue, air ambulance, and even mosquito spraying on behalf of Charlotte County.  [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Law Enforcement Helicopter Avionics Advances Helicopter Multiple Role Primary Flight Display Unmanned Aerial Aircraft Unmanned Helicopters
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Jul
06
2020

Gunship Helicopters - From Hardship to Gunship

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Combine an AS350 with doors off, an automatic machine gun, and an open desert range with your own tourist trigger finger and you've got “The Ultimate Thrill Ride In Las Vegas,” also known as Gunship Helicopters. For many, just flying through the Mojave Desert mountains in a helicopter is a thrill. Add a military M249 SAW (squad automatic weapon), zombies, and AR500 reactionary steel targets, and you’ve got Gunship Helicopters’ next-level exhilaration and firepower. The partners at Gunship Helicopters are a living testimony that there’s glory in overcoming obstacles. Gunship Helicopters is owned by father-and-son duo Robert and Matt Fahnestock, partner Randy Saenz, and managed by Brad Scanlon. This adventure tourism company was built on hard work, determination, and only taking yes for an answer. [Read More...]



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Jun
01
2020

Manned-Unmanned Teaming: What Does It Mean for Helicopters and Pilots?

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Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) is a term that helicopter pilots need to remember. MUM-T refers to efforts by helicopter OEMs to integrate unmanned rotary and fixed-wing drones and helicopters into functional, teaming relationships – based on Aristotle’s observation that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In the case of MUM-T, combining drones and helicopters creates teams that can do more than drones or helicopters alone. A case in point: Imagine a military ‘tank killer’ helicopter receiving targeting data from a fleet of autonomous surveillance drones. The drones would be tasked to spot enemy tanks and send their coordinates to the helicopter’s weapons system. The pilot/crewman in charge would then simply decide which targets to fire upon. In the civilian world, MUM teams could be highly effective when it comes to search and rescue, police aerial searches, and humanitarian relief efforts. In fact, any mission in which wide-area, time-sensitive aerial surveillance is required is a natural for MUM-T -- especially if the drones are either autonomous or flown from the ground, leaving pilot(s) to focus on actionable intelligence gathered by them. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCompany Profiles



Apr
20
2020

We Think We're in Control Until We're Not!

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As a person of faith, I never really felt I was in complete control of things . . . at least not the big things. Sure, I can control little things like when to go to bed and how many hours to work in a day. But when it comes to big things, like what career path my daughter will take or what my business will look like in 10 years, or when I will hang up my wings (rotary-wings, of course) for the last time, I believe I am not in total control of those things. [Read More...]



Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Mar
23
2020

State of the Privately Operated Aerial Firefighting Industry

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If asked to describe the present state of the privately operated aerial firefighting industry in the U.S., I would call it robust, thanks in large part to aggressive fleet upgrades prompted by customer requirements and vendor initiatives. Including UH-60 Blackhawks and CH-47Ds, operators have acquired turbine-powered equipment that is at least one generation newer than most of the current fleet of medium and heavy Cold War and Vietnam War-era helicopters. At the same time, some regional airliners have transitioned to new lives as large air tankers. [Read More...]



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