Articles in Category: Industry News

Next Generation Helicopter Cockpits

Posted Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Posted in Industry News

By Woodrow Bellamy III, Avionics News

Next Generation Helicopter Cockpits

Avionics companies are designing the next generation of helicopter cockpits to improve situational awareness for pilots, whose aircraft are starting to catch up to their fixed-wing counterparts in terms of new technology.

IHST Sticks to Safety Goal, Despite Slow Progress

Posted Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Posted in Industry News

Andrew Parker, Editor's Notebook, Rotor & Wing Magazine February 2014

While the International Helicopter Safety Team's (IHST) stated goal of reducing the civil rotorcraft accident rate 80 percent by 2016 is far short of ever comingto fruition, the organization's excistence is having a positive effect on bringing the numbers down.

Two Beautiful War Birds, DC-3 & Beech-18, now flying with Sandel SN4500/SA4550

Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Posted in Industry News

Post by Taigh Ramey on War Bird Exchange

Two Beautiful War Birds, DC-3 & Beech-18, now flying with Sandel SN4500/SA4550

"The decision to install Sandel systems into our DC-3 was then based on the good experience gained on the BE18...The Sandel systems on DC-3 / BE18 work to our full satisfaction."  Jürg Marti, Capt. DC-3 / BE18

View the photos of both planes here: http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=42301&view=previous

Helicopter Accident Statistics

Posted Friday, December 13, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News, Events

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) named 2012 the safest year

Excerpt from: Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence Executive Briefing, Courtney E. Howard.

“The International Air Transport Association (IATA) named 2012 the safest year
in recent aviation history for fixed-wing commercial aviation; however, helicopter safety is still a paramount concern,” admits Trish Ververs, engineer fellow with Honeywell’s Advanced Technology Group in Baltimore, Md. Her concerns are well founded.

Curtailing Causes of CFIT

Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Posted in Blog, Industry News

CFIT is associated with a great many helicopter accidents and a focus of many safety discussions

Curtailing Causes of CFIT

Excerp from Enhancing Pilot Situation Awareness for Increased Safety
Avionics Intelligence :: EXECUTIVE BRIEFING : sponsored by Sandel

Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) and inadvertent instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) are associated with a great many helicopter accidents and, therefore, the focus of many safety discussions. Both CFIT and inadvertent IMC involve diminishing visibility and, in turn, a loss of situational awareness—or knowledge of one’s surroundings.