By Staff Writer | September 1, 2008
Corporate Helicopters — Have helicopters permanently proved their worth to corporate bean counters or do they risk the axe as companies wrestle with economic uncertainty? This report looks at the health of the corporate sector and the gear companies are using to support their helicopter operations.
Air Medical Operations — As the U.S. air ambulance community gathers for the annual Air Medical Transport Conference, we survey the competitive landscape in that sector and the efforts of airframe manufacturers, engine makers and vendors of medical and safety equipment to help operators succeed.
Operators’ Report: The MD Explorer — In the latest in our series of reports on specific aircraft and how they satisfy the needs of different operators, we hone in on MD Helicopters’ MD-900/902 Explorer product line and the views of operators about the helicopter, its support, accessories and upgrades available for it.
Bonus Distribution: National Business Aviation Assn, Oct. 6-8, Orlando, Fla.; Assn of the U.S. Army, Oct. 6-8, Washington; Air Medical Transport Conference, Oct. 20-22, Minneapolis, Minn.
Helicopter Heroism — We present the story of this year’s winner of Rotor & Wing’s esteemed honor for outstanding courage and skill in search and rescue work.
Heroes, Too — We recount the stories of the winners of new awards for helicopter heroism in individual operational categories.
Go/No Go Decision — Past award winners and SAR experts offer their views of how to manage the gut-wrenching decisions involved in launching, continuing or scrubbing a rescue mission.
Training For SAR — We assess the latest efforts of military, police and EMS outfits to prepare their crews for the challenges of SAR work.
Helicopter Heroism Award Judges — Meet the SAR pros who helped us select this year’s award winners.
Helicopters in the Middle East — We bring you the inside scoop on one of the fastest growing helicopter markets, how far it has come, where it is today and what tomorrow may bring.
Bonus Distribution: Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference, Dec. 1-4, Orlando, Fla.; Dubai Helishow, Nov. 11-13, Dubai, UAE.