Subtitle: With the worst ofthe economic downturn behindd them, helicopter manufacturers and operators are turning to innovation, safety and efficiency to gain an edge over rivals. A peek at what is happening in the advanced development labs at the four top helicopter producers reveals an exciting decade to come for vertical lift, not just in terms of technology but also for the resulting safety, efficiency and community acceptance gains. A preview is available today in the Bell 429, which wraps advanced design features with safety-enhancing pilot tools. Not happy to wait, operators are evolving best-practice situational awareness and safety management system tools, as demonstrated by Pittsburgh-based emergency medical services provider STAT MedEvac. The leading edge : inovation, rathe than new model launches, is in fashion at helicopter makers as they seek to differentiate themselves / John Croft. -- Connecting the Gulf : introduction of ADS-B operations has made offshore helicopter flights safer in the Gulf of Mexico since December / John Croft. -- Pulling out of a dive : can safety management systems curb the alarming rise in the number of helicopter emergency medical service accidents? / Alaina Mabaso. -- Helicopter harmony, Pennsylvania style / Alaina Mabaso.
- Publication Date: 2010-2-16
- Features: Illustrations;
- Pagination: p. 24-32 : ill.
- Flight International
- Volume: 177
- Issue Number: 5227
- Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
- ISSN: 0015-3710
- TRT Terms: Aircraft industry; Helicopters; Safety
- Subject Areas: Aviation; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 01151952
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Northwestern University Transportation Library
- Files: TLIB
- Created Date: Mar 4 2010 7:32AM