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Entries for August 2013

New Mi-171A2 arrives for MAKS 2013 from Ulan Ude Aviation Plant

Moscow – Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, will present the new medium multirole Mi-171A2 at the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, which starts on August 27 in the Moscow Region town of Zhukovsky. The helicopter has already arrived at the Gromov Flight Research Institute aerodrome where it will be based before going on static display as part of Russian Helicopters’ exhibition at MAKS.

NASA to Drop and Test Helicopter Fuselage in Project to Improve Rotorcraft ...
Sahara Samay
From Azom.com
NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley's Landing and Impact Research Facility. "We have instrumented a former Marine  ...
KAZANSKIY VERTOLETNYI ZAVOD OAO : Russian Helicopters to host ...
Vertical Magazine
From 4-traders (press release)
The conference will discuss current issues regarding operating Russian helicopters and maintaining airworthiness, after-sales service and progress on the development of new helicopter technologies. IRHOC-2013 will help boost international dialogue  ...
From Air Traffic Management
Egis is leading a consortium gathering Pildo Labs, CGX AERO and French air navigation service provider DSNA that will provide support on the definition and implementation of curved procedures for rotorcraft operations. These curved paths require  ...
Russian Helicopters Gears Up for Strong Presence at MAKS
Aviation Today (subscription)
From Aviation Today (subscription)
All of these efforts will culminate in ???Russian Helicopters Day??? on August 28, with a program that highlights the importance of helicopter construction in Russia. The conglomerate, which includes Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, Kamov Design Bureau,  ...
EASA ESTC for Single and Dual Lead Acid Battery Installation on Eurocopter AS350 B, BA, B1, B2 and B3

WEST COVINA, CA -- Concorde is pleased to announce that Airlift AS of Norway has received EASA approval for ESTC 10044362 allowing for single and dual battery installations of Concorde’s Sealed Lead Acid RG-350 or RG-355 battery on Eurocopter AS350B, -BA, -B1, -B2 and B3 models. The ESTC is now available through Concorde Battery Corporation’s worldwide network of distributors.

Insurability of UAVs - The “Gorilla in the Room”

Among the topics discussed at the annual meeting of the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International was an update of the group's March 2013 study of the economic impact of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The study showed that in the first three years of UAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), the industry would create 70,000 jobs, with an economic impact of $13.6 billion. 

Every weekend, I have received calls from distraught dispatchers and frantic pilots telling me that their Garmin or other devices do not have the correct TFRs on them. TFRs that were cancelled the night before “are still there!” TFRs that have been modified “have disappeared!!” TFRs that are new are “not shown !” I have begun to notice a trend and decided to check out various device manuals.  

Russia produces 750th Mi-8AMT / Mi-171

Ulan-Ude, Russia – Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), a Russian Helicopters company, has produced the 750th Mi-8AMT (the export designation – Mi-171). The landmark was achieved on the eve of the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, one of the largest aviation forums anywhere in the world.

Night Flight Concepts® Partners for New Course in Underwater Egress/Survival with NVGs

Bedford, Texas – Night Flight Concepts® is pleased to announce their partnership with Bolo3 Group. Recognized as leaders in their field, the pairing of the experience and services offered by both companies has created a unique, water safety course for helicopter pilots and crewmembers.

Japan asks US not to fly helicopters after crash
ABC News
From The Seattle Times
Three of the helicopter's four crew members ejected from the aircraft and were in stable condition, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement. It said the human remains found near the crash site were not yet identified. Japan's defense minister had said ...
From Ottawa Citizen (blog)
Multi-mission Helicopters are expected to constitute 32% of the global market, leading military rotorcraft sales to 2023. In an economic climate characterised by budget cuts, increasing emphasis is being placed on helicopters that can be used for more ...
From Post-Tribune
Kelley Holdren of Dyer, chief flight nurse on the UCAN medical helicopter, and pilot John Neilson, await their first call Wednesday on the hospital's rooftop heliport. | Jerry Davich~Sun-Times Media. storyidforme: 53592818 tmspicid: 19781327 ...
Today's Top 10: The 10 best uses for helicopters
Delaware County Daily Times
From Delaware County Daily Times
Helicopters were first used in the U.S. military in World War II mostly for observation and recovery missions. Increased use began during the Korean War but it was not until the Vietnam War that the attack helicopter came into existence. The above two  ...
UAS Experts Discuss Public Aircraft of UAVs

UAS experts from across the country gathered in Washington, DC early last week for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) annual tradeshow to discuss the future of this growing industry.

As well as a fully stocked exhibit floor, the show contained a number of workshops, panels, and information sessions focused on a variety of topics including UAS integration.

“We envision UAS used… on a situation-by-situation basis… not on patrol or roaming around the skies,” Mike Fergus of the International Association of Chiefs of Police said. “The primary market is for… the vast majority of [police departments] that will never be able to afford a material asset, not just NYPD, Miami-Dade, or NYPD.”

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