Archive | March, 2011

AUDIO: DCA tower cab — Lights on but no one’s home

Air traffic control conversations from just past midnight on Tuesday (early Wednesday morning, 23 March) show an amazing dose of bravado in the post-9/11 era. Click on the link below to hear the recording ATC tapes – DCA tower 23 March.mp3 Rather than repeat myself, here’s an excerpt of what happened from a story […]

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An enlightening cab ride with Mrs. LightSquared

In the oddest of circumstances, I came face-to-face, sort of, with the company that many say is poised to ruin GPS. That company is LightSquared, who with the FCC’s permission, is prepping to roll out a new 4G broadband network later this year. LIke other terrestrial broadband systems, it will need about 40,000 cell phone […]

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Stupid Pilot Tricks #3 – Landing in a Fogg

The good news is that Mr. Fogg, who lives at the Whacky Burgers restaurant in Wilsonville (yep, that’s the address listed on the FAA inspector’s statement), Oregon, is OK. The bad news is that the beautiful Glastar (N238MA) on floats that he was flying the afternoon of 9 February is not. According to the FAA […]

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#HE11 VIDEO: Bell Xworx technologies

Bell XworX EVP of engineering, Jeff Lowinger, showed this video as part of his presentation at the CEO’s panel at the Heli-Expo 2011 conference in Orlando, Florida on 7 March

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#HE11 VIDEO: Sikorsky technologies to the fore

During his annual state-of-the-state press briefing at Heli-Expo in Orlando today, Sikorsky president Jeff Pino provided a glimpse into some of the research and development projects in works at the company, including the X2, optionally manned helicopter avionics and active rotor flap systems that will likely replace swashplates one day. Enjoy!

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#HE11: Eurcopter upgrades EC145 with T2 version

Eurcopter today unveiled the latest evolution of its EC145 (formerly BK117) family, the EC145T2, the helicopter behind the curtain in yesterday’s posting. The company performed first flight of the helicopter last year. New features include an all composite tail boom with enclosed “fenestron” rotor, higher power Turbomeca Ariel 2E turboshaft engines, new main gearbox and […]

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#HE11: AgustaWestland developing optionally manned demonstrator

AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi has revealed that the company is building an optionally manned helicopter demonstrator based on its PZL SW-4 light single. “We believe that sooner rather than later unmanned helicopters will be a reality,” said Orsi at AgustaWestland’s press conference at the HAI conference in Orlando this evening (5 March), The picture of the “RUAV” […]

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#HE11: Eurocopter suprise – Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain…

A big blue curtain centred on the Eurocopter stand here at Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando proved to be too tempting for exhibition workers and some otherwise unauthorized gawkers, including yours truly. After several people pushed back the curtain to have a look at Eurocopter’s newest surprise, which may or may not be the new X4, a worker inside the curtain […]

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#HE11: Heli-Expo 2011 set to get underway in Orlando

  The new Robinson R66 will be just one of the many stars at this year’s Helicopter Association International’s trade show and exposition in Orlando, running 6-8 March. Flight International gives a preview to the state of the state of the industry going into the show, as well as a peak into technology advances and the myriad uses […]

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