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Sep
05
2022

Tragedy spawns lifesaving Vita Inclinata technology for helicopter SAR missions

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More than 10 million people viewed Phoenix TV station footage of an injured hiker spinning uncontrollably in a helicopter rescue basket three years ago, after one of the two stabilization ropes broke and the helicopter's rotor wash wildly rotated the litter for more than a minute. While the rotations didn't injure the woman and the viral video spawned countless humorous memes, the woman didn't think it was too funny. She sued the City of Phoenix and won a $450,000 settlement. Such violent spinning can lead to much, much worse outcomes. Caleb Carr knows this all too well. [Read More...]



Tags: Search and Rescue Baskets Vita Inclinita Rescue System Vita Rescue System



Aug
29
2022

Rotorcraft Pro Rebrands as Rotor Pro

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Beginning with this issue, our vertical lift industry media company Rotorcraft Pro, will rebrand itself to be Rotor Pro in order to broaden its horizons in an evolving industry. The word “Rotorcraft” in our current brand has served us well for more than a decade, but the industry is rapidly changing and it’s too narrow a focus when considering aircraft advances such as powered-lift, eVTOL, unmanned, and urban air mobility. [Read More...]



Tags: Editor Lyn Burks Rotorcraft Pro RotorPro
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Aug
22
2022

Bell Attempts U.S. Military Paradigm Shift with V-280 Valor

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One word is frequently repeated amongst Bell leaders about the V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft they are building for the U.S. Army: transformational. "It is a leap ahead, not a step ahead," said Terry Horner, director of government relations at Bell and a retired Army chief instructor pilot. "We're seeing right now in world events why these new capabilities are important." Bell is competing against a Sikorsky-Boeing team for the right to build the military's next-gen medium helicopter. The Army is the lead branch on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program to develop that helicopter. While Bell is fielding its V-280 Valor in the competition, Sikorsky-Boeing is offering its compound Defiant X with a coaxial rotor system and pusher propeller. Both competitors say their prototypes can fly twice as fast and far as the UH-60 Black Hawk they are seeking to replace. The Army is likely to choose the winner this year and wants its new aircraft operational by 2030. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell Military Next Gen Helicopter Defiant X Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Sikorsky-Boeing military next-gen helicopter V-280 Valor
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
16
2022

Maintenance Minute - Be Intentional

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As helicopter owners, pilots, and mechanics we must consistently be advocates for safety and always meet or exceed the standards. Personal safety and prevention of equipment damage are of utmost importance. The number one concern in the aviation business today is the rising cost of insurance. The rapid rise in insurance is directly due to injuries and equipment damaged. So, how do we mitigate the risk thereby decreasing premiums? Here are some simple and basic measures that will aid your flight and maintenance operations in keeping safety as the top priority. [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute Mark Tyler
Categories: categoryCareer Development categoryOpinion-Editorial



Aug
08
2022

Military to Civilian - You Aren't Saving Lives Anymore

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We’ve all been there: an urgent mission to rescue wounded or dying personnel, or have undergone surge operations in a lengthy campaign against high value that taxes personnel and machines. These scenarios place military aircrews and maintenance personnel in potentially hazardous positions of increased risk and challenging conditions. In these cases, the risk is often assumed by our superiors; sometimes they waive the rules altogether. Teams vow to never leave a fallen comrade and fly until the job is finished, or they operate in hazardous conditions because lives are at stake. Maintainers work extended hours with little rest to keep the machines flying. The actual or perceived pressures to complete these missions are very real. In combat, it may be OK to risk an aircraft and crew to save one life. Organizations have mottos such as “So others may live” or use terms such as “no-fail mission.” [Read More...]



Tags: Military to Civilian Helicopters Military to Civilian Transition
Categories: categoryCareer Development



Aug
01
2022

Meet a Rotorcraft Pro - Thurbie Botterill, Lee County Mosquito Control

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What is your current position? I am chief pilot at the Lee County Mosquito Control District (LCMCD). Our team of pilots operate a fleet of both fixed-wing and helicopters that currently consists of two DC-3TPs, two King Air 200s and six Airbus H-125 helicopters. LCMCD is the largest single-county mosquito control agency in the country and we fly a variety of missions from daytime liquid and granular treatments to nighttime ultra-low volume treatments with the use of NVGs. [Read More...]



Tags: Lee County Mosquito Control Aviation Unit Thurbie Botterill
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jul
25
2022

The Push for Cleaner Propulsion - OEMs are Going Green

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When it comes to developing cleaner, greener propulsion systems for helicopters, the industry’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are going green. “Helicopters account for less than 1% of global CO2 emissions but there are still ways that we can reduce that figure,” said Luca Cossetti, an innovative power solutions specialist with Airbus Helicopters. “We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint to get closer to the end goal of net-zero CO2 emissions.” “Aviation, including the helicopter market, is under substantial pressure to progress its sustainability initiatives with more efficient engines and airframes,” added Nicolas Chabée, vice president of Sales & Marketing (Helicopter) with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). “Our priorities include designing more efficient engines with reduced fuel consumption and ensuring our customers know that their P&WC engines can fly on up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from sources such as used cooking oil and algae.” [Read More...]



Categories: categoryRegulatory categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
18
2022

LAS VEGAS METRO POLICE AVIATION - Helicopters are a winning bet for Las Vegas

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Another aviation team that bolsters the city and its surroundings is the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) Air Support/Search and Rescue Section. Director Steve Morris, says that the unit’s mission is clear: Provide air support to all sections of the department and any concurrent jurisdictions within Clark County. Their law enforcement helicopter operations date back to 1969 when the City of Las Vegas Police purchased and operated a Hughes 300. In 1973, the Las Vegas PD and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office merged and became the unit it is today. In the decades since then the program has flown Hughes 300, MD 500 (C,D,E), and two retired Air Force Bell HH-1H Hueys. Today, the unit flies one Airbus H145 in search and rescue configuration and three MD 530FFs in LE configuration. [Read More...]



Tags: Airbus H145 SAR Churchill ARS 700 georeferenced moving map system Goodrich hoisting Helionix inserting tactical teams L3 Wescam MX-10 camera/sensor Las Vegas Metro Police Air Support law enforcement helicopter operations MD530 FF LE Configuration sling loading synthetic vision cockpit technology the aircraft and tactical flight officer (TFO)
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles



Jul
11
2022

Executive Watch - Managing Director Markus Schmitz, Axnes Inc.

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“The helicopter industry is a comparatively small industry that almost has a family feel,” says Markus Schmitz. It’s a family that the managing director of Axnes Inc. has wanted to belong to much of his life. Upon graduating from the University of Applied Science at Aachen in his native Germany with an aerospace engineering degree , the 1998 graduate had to make a choice. One road led to his designing fixed-wing airframes. The other road led to Eurocopter in Donauwörth where Schmitz was offered his way to helicopters. Schmitz took the wanderlust path. “I chose Eurocopter because I wanted to work in the helicopter industry and with its customers and see the world,” he says. Actually, that decision was pretty predetermined since Schmitz was a young boy growing up in the town of Vellmar, near the city of Kassel. His father sold fertilizer and salt internationally and his mother was a homemaker for her family. “My background was a stable one from a small town,” he says. “My interests growing up were in medicine and aviation. Helicopters always fascinated me from seeing them fly overhead as a small boy and I later understood their capabilities in medical emergencies.” [Read More...]



Tags: Markus Schmitz Axnes Rotorcraft Pro Rotorcraft Pro Executive Watch
Categories: categoryHuman Interest



Jul
03
2022

BELL HELICOPTER AND THE CITY OF A HUNDRED SPIRES

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There is a unique city in the heart of Europe that is nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Spires.” This magical city allows one to get lostin the labyrinth of its narrow streets in the inspiring old city center and enjoy the breathtaking views while standing on its beloved Charles Bridge. Prague is a romantic, ancient city, but it’s also vibrant, successful, and cosmopolitan. Yet, the skies of Prague don't just display its amazing church spires, but also contain a great deal of aircraft flying in and out of the airport as Prague is where Bell Textron has offices in Europe located at the Prague Vaclav Havel International Airport (LKPR). It’s where the only Bell owned service facility in Europe is located. [Read More...]



Tags: Bell 429 approved facility in Europe Bell Amsterdam Distribution Center Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter Maintenance Facility Prague Bell Textron Prague Rotor Blade UK
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