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Mar
23
2020

State of the Privately Operated Aerial Firefighting Industry

Posted by jhadmin

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...]



Tags: Aerial Firefighting Aerial Firefighting Companies AHSAFA Call when needed firefighting contracts Helicopter Firefighting
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Feb
24
2020

Saving Flight Careers Through Improved Health and Fitness

Posted by jhadmin

Health and fitness is one of those topics pilots would prefer not to talk about—specifically if there are problems with their personal health and fitness that could affect their flying status. But not talking about health and fitness poses risks to pilots, the people they fly, and the aircraft they operate. If pilots suffering from serious health/fitness issues manage to stay under the FAA’s radar and keep flying, they could experience a physical crisis in the air. Addressing pilot health and fitness in a positive, career-saving manner is what Delta P is all about. Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Delta P helps pilots and their employees deal with aeromedical safety, aerospace physiology, and other human factors that can compromise pilot performance. “Ninety percent of all aviation accidents are related to human factors and human performance,” said Dr. Dudley Crosson, who founded Delta P in 1988. “Yet, whenever pilots go for training, the great majority of their training is focussed on system failures. We need to start taking human factors more seriously because they are causing most of the accidents.” [Read More...]



Tags: Aviation back pain Aviation health issues Aviation neck pain
Categories: categoryOpinion-Editorial categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryCareer Development



Jan
20
2020

Maintenance Minute - EC135 Blue Light Special

Posted by jhadmin

Troubleshooting an intermittent yaw caution light with the autopilot and FCDS installed can be a pain sometimes. Since both the yaw SAS SEMA and the yaw autopilot SEMA are mounted on the same control tube at the Fenestron, the yaw SEMA 1 can influence yaw SEMA 2, or vice versa. The trick is to separate the systems by turning off the autopilot and pulling into hover; if the yaw light indication returns, it should be the yaw SEMA 2. If not, it should be yaw SEMA 1. [Read More...]



Tags: Aircraft Maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Maintenance Minute SEMA yaw autopilot
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Dec
09
2019

Maintenance Minute - Go Go Juice

Posted by jhadmin

No, we’re not talking about a slow-speed chase down a California highway; rather, your lost and sometimes forgotten aircraft battery. Without it, your day will never properly start. With the advent of improved technology, lead-acid batteries are becoming more commonplace in turbine-powered helicopters. And while lead-acids have certain advantages over the original NiCad batteries, a number of “operational” differences could reduce the effect and value of those advantages. [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Batteries Helicopter Lead-Acid batteries Helicopter Maintenance Helicopter NiCad Batteries
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Dec
09
2019

STAR Flight Unveils New Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

STAR (Shock Trauma Air Rescue) Flight is the Air Operations Division of Travis County, Texas. It is a public safety air rescue program that is unique because it performs critical transport, firefighting, rescue, and limited law enforcement support. STAR Flight is based in Austin and serves not only the citizens of Travis County, but also 19 other counties within a 75-mile radius. Many of its calls are to assist those who are experiencing medical problems or suffering from traumatic injuries from motor vehicle crashes or other activities. When requested, STAR Flight regularly transports very sick patients in rural hospitals to larger, better-equipped hospitals. [Read More...]



Tags: AW169 Leonardo Helicopters P&W Canada PW210A turboshaft engines STAR Flight
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Nov
02
2019

Light at the End of the Tunnel - Oil and Gas Helicopter Operators Hope for Improvement

Posted by jhadmin

It wasn’t expected to happen: The world’s insatiable thirst for oil and gas should have ensured that more offshore oil rigs would always be needed, and that suppliers who supported those rigs – like helicopter companies – would always have a secure, stable market to serve. But then it happened: Oil prices unexpectedly plummeted “from a peak of $115 per barrel in June 2014 to under $35 at the end of February 2016,” states the World Economic Forum website. “The sharp fall is broadly similar in magnitude to the decline in 1985-1986, when OPEC members reversed earlier production cuts, and in 2008-09 at the outset of the global financial crisis.” [Read More...]



Tags: Helicopter Oil and Gas
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
23
2019

Brute Force featuring Siller Helicopters

Posted by jhadmin

Siller Helicopters Inc. based in Yuba City, California, performs lift jobs and aerial construction support across the USA flying two Sikorsky S-64 Skycranes, two CH-54 Tarhes, and two S-61s. The company has been doing lift work since the 1970s and is extremely experienced in all aspects of this demanding and very specialized work. Siller Helicopters is also well known for providing high quality and very well maintained firefighting aircraft on both contract and call when needed. Rotorcraft Pro observed a recent lift job in the northern California city of Roseville at a large mall. The job entailed lifting eight 6,500-pound air conditioners, more than a Sikorsky S-58T can lift but well below the maximum 11,000 pounds their S-61 can lift. For jobs up to 10,000 pounds nothing can do it better than a light S-61. In addition to removing the old air conditioners, a few loads of support scrap metal from the air conditioning base plates were taken away. Precision flying is typical of such jobs, so this one was not particularly challenging for the flight crews. The mall was near sea level and it was a cool morning, so the S-61 had plenty of excess performance. This gave the flight crew many options to complete the job safely and efficiently. [Read More...]

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Tags: CH-54 Tarhes firefighting helicopters helicopter heavy lift work S-61 S-64 skycranes Siller Helicopters utility helicopters
Categories: categoryCompany Profiles categoryHelicopter Sectors



Sep
02
2019

Advances in Helicopter SAR Tech Push Against the Impossible

Posted by jhadmin

There are some helicopter search and rescue (SAR) missions that are just impossible. A prime example of this was the crash of a Dehavilland DHC-2 ‘Beaver’ on Alaska’s Thunder Mountain on 4 August 2018. Flown by Rust’s Flying Service, the sightseeing plane had one pilot and four tourists onboard when it accidentally turned into a high-hanging glacier in Denali National Park. At 1,800 hours, the pilot managed to get a satellite call to Rust’s Flying Service; asking for help before contact was lost. After many reconnection attempts, the pilot was reached once more. He reported being trapped in the wreckage with two possible fatalities onboard. Then contact was lost. The National Park Service (NPS) dispatched its AS-350 B3e high-altitude rescue helicopter from its base in Talkeetna to the crash location reported by the Beaver’s emergency transmitter. “We had no ability to get to the site at that time, since snowy, windy weather had settled onto the mountain,” said Nic Strohmeyer, an NPS aviation helicopter specialist. “So our SAR helicopter had to return to base.” [Read More...]



Tags: helicopter search and rescue
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors



Jul
29
2019

Trends In Law Enforcement Aviation: It’s Not Just About Drones

Posted by jhadmin

Given all the attention being paid to drones these days, one might think that they are all that is happening in law enforcement rotorcraft aviation. This isn’t the case. Yes, drones are a big trend in law enforcement aviation, but they aren’t the only trend. Here’s what else is going on, based on what law enforcement aviation officers, and equipment suppliers are telling us. [Read More...]



Tags: Enhanced Vision System Helicopter Glass Cockpits Law Enforcement Aviation Night Vision Goggles NVG's White-Phosphor NVG's
Categories: categoryHelicopter Sectors categoryOpinion-Editorial



Jun
24
2019

Flying high over the Super Bowl; CBP enforces TFR no-fly zone

Posted by jhadmin

It’s no surprise that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is involved in protecting our nation’s borders and rescuing people from natural disasters. Probably fewer people know that CBP’s varied duties also include enforcing Temporary Flight Restrictions at NFL Super Bowls and other major events. While TFR enforcement duties are similar no matter what the national security special event – from a Republican National Convention to a NATO Conference – there’s nothing quite like the annual Super Bowl that attracts more than one million people to the game and related events throughout the week. [Read More...]

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Tags: Airbus H125 CBP AMO Customs and Superbowl Temporary Flight Restriction TFR UH-60 Black Hawks US Customs and Border Protection
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