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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear NEHC Members, I’ve been thinking about energy lately. No, this is not an aerodynamics lesson describing the finer points of energy management in autorotation. And I don’t think that any of my ideas about how to solve our country’s dependence on foreign oil have much chance of being adopted. What I have been thinking about is the incredible power of human energy. The past few years have been particularly challenging. The global war on terrorism, the deepest recession since the great depression, and many other such problems, have personally affected every American to one degree or another. Have you noticed that, in spite of these challenges, people are passionate about life; that they are reaching out to help their family, neighbors and country? I have! Aviation has been particularly hard hit by the recession. Last August, we landed at the W30th Street Heliport. Every parking spot was occupied, helicopters were holding over the river waiting for their turn to land and I remember thinking that I had not seen so much helicopter activity in New York City since the late 80’s. A couple of months later, in November, we flew into the exclusion and only saw one other helicopter in Manhattan. That aircraft was parked and shutdown. I’d never seen so little helicopter activity in New York City. But, just like the enthusiasm for life and resilience I’ve seen in our community, our aviation colleagues have been demonstrating incredible vitality. At the national level, the Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (AOPA), are working tirelessly to spread the message that general aviation is an integral part of our economy. Their message is making a positive impact; a couple of weeks ago I saw a line of corporate aircraft waiting to takeoff from Teterboro Airport again, a sight that has been missing for a large part of the year. I have seen the same enthusiasm from our own NEHC members. We are fortunate! Our members are passionate about helicopters and even in these difficult times, the organization continues to find opportunities to get together socially and host events that promote rotary-wing aviation. I’d like to thank our Directors, Officers, and members who are devoting so much energy to promoting our organization’s goals. If you have not had an opportunity to attend any of these events, please join us at the next one. Come feel the energy! Talking about passion for rotary wing aircraft; please look at this picture of Piasecki Aircraft Corporation’s, “SpeedHawk”. The Piasecki family has made tremendous contributions to the advancement of rotary wing aircraft. I think you’ll enjoy hearing John Piasecki talk about the company history and ongoing projects at our upcoming membership meeting, on November 11. Please join us at the Tewksbury Country Club. It promises to be a great night and you won’t want to miss it!
W. Gregory Harville President
American Eurocopter Celebrates 40 Years of Investment, Leadership, and Growth in the U.S. July 10, 2009 Grand Prairie, Texas – Today, American Eurocopter celebrated 40 years of leadership and growth in the United States with a special anniversary event at the company headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas. The “All-American Celebration” commemorated the company’s significant growth and achievements since it was founded in 1969, when Aerospatiale and LTV Aerospace formed Vought Helicopter in Texas. Since that time, the company has developed into one of the most successful helicopter companies in the nation with a tremendous impact on the local community as well as the U.S. rotorcraft industry. The company employs more than 750 U.S. employees, with well over 500 located in Grand Prairie and the rest at facilities in Columbus, Mississippi. These employees include engineers, production technicians, program specialists and administrators in manufacturing, marketing, technical support and training for an exceptionally robust product line in the United States. The company’s facilities in Grand Prairie and Columbus generate about $740 million annually in total economic impact in the United States and support over 1,000 suppliers nationwide. Recent additions in Grand Prairie include new delivery and training centers, including a full-motion flight simulator, a Customer Service and Fleet Operations Center, and a two-story avionics shop and engineering center. American Eurocopter is the market share leader in the U.S. rotorcraft industry and has been the number one company for the last nine years. This success reflects the company’s development as well as its strong organization, product design and planning. The company is the U.S. arm of Eurocopter Group, the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer, and it is also a subsidiary of EADS North America. “Eurocopter is focused on designing, building and delivering industry-leading helicopters and services,” explains Dr. Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter Group. “American Eurocopter’s success in the United States represents our commitment to bringing technologically advanced products to the largest commercial and military market in the world. We are proud of these achievements, of the increasing role our American arm plays in the group and of this 40-year celebration.” “We take pride in our U.S. heritage and the role our operations have played in our growth and leadership in the rotorcraft industry,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “It has been a great 40 years — and the best is yet to come.” Today in the United States, almost 500 federal and state government and private operators rely on more than 1,800 American Eurocopter rotorcraft, and these totals are growing rapidly. Last year, the company delivered 135 commercial helicopters plus 35 UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the U.S. Army. “Our products have consistently captured half the U.S. law enforcement market, and nearly 50 state and local agencies rely on our helicopters to protect and save lives and property,” Paganini said. “We are proud of our role in supporting these important missions, just as we are proud of our rapidly growing defense presence.” (Continued on page 3)
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One of American Eurocopter’s most significant accomplishments in this decade was the award of the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter program to EADS North America in 2006. "American Eurocopter’s 40-year anniversary is a significant achievement and a reflection of EADS’ commitment to the U.S. economy and the nation's security," said Ralph D. Crosby, EADS North America chairman and CEO. "For four decades American Eurocopter has played a vital role in providing superior products in support of our nation's defense and creating high-value U.S. jobs - a proud tradition that will continue for decades to come." Additional production and sales opportunities to the U.S. Army and Navy remain strong. EADS North America, supported by American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin, is ready to provide the Armed Scout 645, a variant of the EC145/UH-72 that will meet or exceed the U.S. Army’s current armed scout mission requirements. EADS North America and American Eurocopter have already proven that they can deliver a highly capable, U.S.-built utility helicopter to the U.S. Army on or ahead of schedule and on cost. After 40 years, American Eurocopter’s “employees, proven products, growing markets and full-spectrum quality will keep the company at the forefront of the U.S. rotorcraft industry for decades to come,” Paganini said. A crowd of over 1,000 guests including the company’s workforce attended the “All-American Celebration,” along with a range of government officials, helicopter industry and customer VIPs. The event featured static displays, skydivers and aerial demonstrations of Eurocopter’s historic models and their exciting and technologically advanced product line. About American Eurocopter American Eurocopter is the U.S. subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA.
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FAASTeam Helicopter Safety Seminar We would like to thank Larry Mattiello and Terry Palmer, co-founders of PALMAT Aviation Consulting, for spending an evening with us discussing, "Risk Management and Safety Concepts". This FAASTeam “Wings” event was sponsored by Mr. John Wood, the FAA New England Region Safety Advisor and was hosted by Ray Newcomb, at JBI Helicopter Services in Pembroke, NH. Terry Palmer is an experienced pilot rated in both airplanes and helicopters and is currently employed as a helicopter flight training specialist with Flight Safety International. She started the presentation by reminding us that there are no new causes of aircraft accidents, just new pilots making the same old mistakes. Many of you know Larry Mattiello. Larry is a long time NEHC member who works in the aviation insurance industry and is very active with the Helicopter Association International’s Safety Committee and the Civil Air Patrol. Larry reminded us that the majority of all aircraft accidents are caused by human error. The evening was spent discussing human factors training and safety management systems; two counter measures that are useful to minimize the human errors that all too often part of the accident chain. Thanks to everyone who participated in this event and, for those of you who missed this safety seminar, we hope to see you at our next safety event. 4
Attention—Military Aviators A number of NEHC members are current, or former, military helicopter pilots. We want YOU to be a member, too. Please join us at the membership meeting on November 11. Identify yourself as a military aviator and be our complimentary guest
NEHC Fall Membership Meeting Wednesday November 11, 2009 7:00 PM At the Tewksbury Country Club 1880 Main Street Tewksbury, MA 01876 (978) 640-0033
Heavy hors d’oeuvres and Non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Cash bar. Free admission for members and $10 fee for non members, which is waived if you join NEHC on the night of the meeting
Any members interested in flying into this meeting should contact Marc Ginsburg 978. 640.0033 to make arrangements. Happy Flying!
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
Special Guest: John W. Piasecki President and CEO Piasecki Aircraft Corporation Piasecki Aircraft Corporation is a research and development company founded by the rotorcraft pioneer Frank N. Piasecki. The company continues to honor his spirit of innovation and creativity by focusing on the advancement of aviation and rotorcraft. Leveraging this heritage, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation is able to address its customer’s needs and requirements in agile and innovative ways developing state-of-the-art solutions built on sound engineering principles.
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation’s core capabilities are rapid design, fabrication and assembly of innovative concepts to advance aviation technology, with special emphasis on rotary wing aviation. An example of such ‘out-of-the box’ thinking is the PiAC “SpeedHawk”. Speedhawk is a Vectored Thrust Ducted Propeller helicopter (see photo on page 1) designed to demonstrate potential improvements in helicopter speed, range, survivability and reliability. Please join us to learn more about Piasecki Aircraft Corporation. 5
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Announces Plan to Enhance Safety for New York Airspace As you know, a helicopter and small airplane collided over the Hudson River this past August. This accident resulted in nine fatalities. As a result of this tragedy the NTSB and FAA, along with the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and a number of aviation safety experts, have reviewed the operating procedures and practices in the exclusion zone within the New York Class B airspace. The FAA is now planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising procedures to create safe, dedicated operating corridors for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan. “The New York Airspace Task Force chartered on August 14 developed a comprehensive series of recommendations that we plan to implement as quickly as possible,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “These steps will significantly enhance safety in this busy area and create crystal-clear rules for all of the pilots who operate there.” The proposed safety enhancements will restructure the airspace, mandate pilot operating rules, create a new entry point into the Hudson River airspace from Teterboro, standardize New York area charts and develop new training for pilots, air traffic controllers and businesses that operate helicopters and aircraft in the area. One of the most significant changes, if adopted, will divide the airspace into altitude corridors that separate aircraft flying over the river from those operating to and from local heliports or seaplane bases. The new exclusionary zone is expected to be comprised of three components and will establish a uniform “floor” for the Class B airspace over the Hudson River at 1,300 feet, which would also serve as the “ceiling” for the exclusionary zone. The current proposal is for aircraft operating between 1,3002,000 feet to be under positive control in Class B airspace under visual flight rules and to communicate with air traffic control. Aircraft operating between 1,0001,300 feet will be required to operate under VFR and to use a common radio frequency for the Hudson River. Aircraft operating below 1,000 feet would use the same radio frequency. If adopted, the new pilot operating practices will require pilots to use specific radio frequencies for the Hudson River and the East River, will set speeds at 140 knots or less, and will require pilots to turn on anti-collision devices, position or navigation equipment and landing lights. Pilots will also be required to announce when they enter the area and to report their aircraft description, location, direction and altitude. Existing common practices that take pilots along the west shore of the river when they are southbound and along the east shore when they are northbound would become mandatory. In addition, pilots would be required to have charts available and to be familiar with the airspace rules. The FAA also intends to propose standardized procedures for fixed-wing aircraft leaving Teterboro to enter the Class B airspace over the Hudson River or the exclusionary zone. If an aircraft plans to enter the Class B airspace, Teterboro controllers would request approval from Newark before the aircraft takes off and be authorized to climb the aircraft to 1,500 feet. Aircraft that want to enter the VFR exclusionary zone would be directed by a special route over the George Washington Bridge. The FAA expects to complete and publish any changes in time to have them in effect by November 19, so that they can be incorporated on new, standardized aeronautical charts that will replace existing charts. The charts will highlight the Class B VFR corridor, encouraging more pilots to exercise the option to fly over the Hudson River under air traffic control, instead of entering the congested exclusionary zone. Finally, the FAA intends to develop training Interested in experimental and home- programs specifically tailored for pilots, air built aircraft? On Saturday, November traffic controllers and fixed-base operators to 7, EAA Chapter 106 is hosting a presen- increase awareness of the options available in tation about building aircraft for the the Hudson River airspace, and better develop plans that enhance safety for the intended movie FLYBOYS. flight. For More Information Contact Penny Bowman EAA106.Penny@.gmail.com. 6
The final rule will be posted on the NEHC website. www.nehc.org
Helicopter Puzzles Mystery Helicopter Can you identify this aircraft? The first person to correctly identify this aircraft will win a coveted NEHC ball cap, as well as important bragging rights. Please tell us who built the aircraft and something about its history. Answers can be submitted on line at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop us a note addressed to: New England Helicopter Council 5 Commonwealth Road Natick, MA 01760
A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans. St. Peter addresses the guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you?" "I'm Huey, the helicopter pilot.” the man replies. St Peter consults his list, smiles and says to the pilot, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter." The pilot goes into Heaven with his robe and staff. Next it's the minister's turn. He approaches St Peter and booms out, "I am Pastor John, a minister for the last 43 years." Saint Peter consults his list and says to the minister, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter.” Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?" Up here, we work by results," says St. Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he flew, people prayed."
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Dear Helicopter Pilots, Owners and Enthusiasts,
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Port City Air/NH Helicopters would like to thank all of the attendees at our 3rd Annual Helicopter Fly-In at KPSM. The dayâ€™s weather was marginal looking, but like usual when you expect the worst in helicopter flying, things seem to always work out well. The clouds cleared and we watched as over a dozen helicopters of all types came in. A restored Bell 47, a sleek Agusta 109E, Robinson R-22's and 44's, a Bell Jet Ranger, a Eurocopter EC-120, the New Hampshire State Police Bell 407 and more. The events included talks by Eurocopter Tech Rep, Scott Dodge, on preventative maintenance tips, the Portsmouth Tower discussing airport operations, Joe Brigham, Designated Pilot Examiner and veteran pilot, reviewing accident prevention scenarios, and a review of avionics by Flight Display Systemsâ€™ Steve Lord, and our own Avionics Manager, Sean Adams. Steve Fox, our helicopter Director of Maintenance and Rich Ruel, our Fixed Wing Maintenance Manager were available for a question and answer period. The New England Helicopter Council, once again, was in full support of promoting helicopter activities, along with providing a sounding board for local and national industry issues and discussions. Greg Harville, President of the NEHC, thanked everyone for their participation at the Fly-In. We are looking forward to a 4th Annual Helicopter Fly-In with the support of the New England Helicopter Council. Maybe a flight skills demonstration or even a best looking restored helicopter, all with prizes would be interesting. Thanks again for everyone's support, and keep the rotors turning.
Helicopters Descend on Port City Fly-In Although the forecast was not promising, the weather at PSM turned out to be just fine on June 20 for the third annual Port City Fly-In hosted by NEHC Director and Port City Air owner Bob Jesurum. The event had a great turnout with over 50 pilots and aviation enthusiasts in attendance and more than half a dozen rotorcraft of various types on static display with even more coming and going throughout the day. After a warm welcome to all by Peter Mekelatos of Port City Air, attendees were treated to presentations on products including Eurocopter (presented by NEHC Director Scott Dodge), Flight Display Systems (Steve Lord) and safety presentations by renowned flight instructor and NEHC member Joe Brigham and NEHC 1st VP, Bill Carroll.
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— Open Invitation to All Helicopter Flight Schools and Flight Instructors— Join the New England Helicopter Council and help grow the New England Helicopter community. NEHC was created to foster and promote rotorcraft aviation in New England, to provide a forum from which to provide helicopter education and safety related information; to develop constructive programs and policies for rotary wing aircraft; and to create an environment where our members can exchange information and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded helicopter enthusiasts. Join us at the membership meeting on November 11. Identify yourself as a CFI-H and be our complimentary guest.
Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). As you know time-critical aeronautical information is disseminated via the National NOTAM System. But, did you know that the NOTAM system is changing? NOTAMs are now classified into four categories; NOTAM (D) or distant, Flight Data Center (FDC) NOTAMs, Pointer NOTAMs, and Military NOTAMs. 1. NOTAM (D) information is disseminated for all navigational facilities that are part of the National Airspace System (NAS), all public use airports, seaplane bases, and heliports listed in the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD). NOTAM (D) information includes such data as taxiway closures,
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Boston MedFlight has been providing critical care transportation for 25 years. In recognition of the organizations’ incredible service, achievements and record of success, a Gala celebration will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Hanscom Air Force Base. This elegant and fun-filled evening will be open to the public. Please mark this event on your calendar and watch for more details in the next few months.
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personnel andâ€‰equipment near or crossing runways, and airport lighting aids that do not affect instrument approach criteria, such as VASI. 2. FDC NOTAMs are issued on those occasions when it becomes necessary to disseminate information which is regulatory in nature. FDC NOTAMs contain such things as amendments to published IAPs and other current aeronautical charts. They are also used to advertise temporary flight restrictions caused by such things as natural disasters or largeâ€?scale public events that may generate a congestion of air traffic over a site.
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Icing Quiz 1. Regarding rime ice, it:
A. B. C. D.
forms when water drops are large as in rain or cumuliform clouds. forms when water drops are small such as in stratified clouds or drizzle. is hard, heavy and easily removed by deicing equipment. decreases aerodynamic efficiency of the airfoil, is brittle, and more difficult to remove than clear ice.
2. Regarding clear ice, it:
A. B. C. D.
forms when water drops are large as in rain or cumuliform clouds. forms when water drops are small such as in stratified clouds or drizzle. is hard, heavy and more easily removed by deicing equipment than rime ice. decreases aerodynamic efficiency of the airfoil, is brittle, and difficult to remove.
3. Which statement is most correct pertaining to in flight icing hazards?
A. B. C. D.
When the temperature is at or near 0º C, pilots can normally expect to encounter clear ice in stratus clouds. When the temperature is at or near 0º C, pilots can normally expect to encounter rime ice in stratus clouds. When the temperature is at or near 0º C, pilots can normally expect to encounter mixed ice in stratus clouds. When the temperature is at or near 0º C, pilots can normally expect that there will be little or no ice accretion while flying in stratus clouds.
4. A condition favorable for rapid accumulation of clear ice is freezing rain below a frontal surface.
A. B. C. D.
True. True. True. True.
This hazard is only associated with a warm front. This hazard may occur with either a warm front or cold front. The best way to escape from such an icing encounter is to descend to warmer air at, or close to, the surface. This hazard is only associated with a cold front.
Answers and 6 more ‘Icing’ questions are posted on the NEHC Website. www.nehc.org.
LifeFlight of Maine News Waldo County Hospital in Belfast recently completed construction of a new helipad, allowing LifeFlight of Maine to land right outside the emergency department. Previously, critically ill or injured patients had to be transported by ground to the airport in order to meet the helicopter. This new facility eliminates as much as 15 minutes of precious transport time for critically ill or injured patients. For more information please visit www.lifeflightmaine.org 11
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Natick, MA 01760 5 Commonwealth Road THE NEHC ORGANIZATION Board of Directors
Affiliate Members/ Director Designees
Industry Members/ Director Designees
Paul M. Montrone Chairman
President Greg Harville
Aero Club of New England Deirdre Oâ€™Connor
American Eurocopter Scott Dodge
Vice President Bill Carroll
Boston MedFlight Suzanne Wedel
Bell Helicopter Textron Jeanette Eaton
Vice President Wes Verkaart
Friends of Flying Santa Brian Tague
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Vaughan Askue
Treasurer Christian Valle
Darryl Abbey Chris Harrington Greg Harville Bob Jesurum Joe Miara Doug Sherman Rob Smith Christian Valle
Helicopter Association International
Life Flight of Maine
Assistant Secretary Laurie Harville NEHC Operating Members Cannon Aviation Group Inc. Granite State Aviation LLC JBI Helicopter Services Massachusetts State Police Air Wing
NationAir Aviation Insurance Port City Air Inc./New Hampshire Helicopters Thermo Fisher Scientific United Technologies
New England Helicopter Council Fall 2009 newsletter