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May 1, 2015
An HH-60H from Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (HS) 11 during recent operations. The HS-11’s cruise onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt marks the Navy’s last deployment of SH-60Fs and Hs. MH-60s will replace them. Major vertical lift-related events in the last two months kicked off aviation’s annual trade show season, with expositions focused on the U.S. Army and Navy following close on...
May 1, 2015
The potential of small UASs like this DJI Inspire 1 (equipped with a 12-megapixel 4K video camera) is great but stymied by concerns about their ability to operate safely in airspace occupied by general aviation and commercial aircraft. Photo by Mark Colborn Don’t we all wish we could predict the future? New business deals would entail less risk. Investing for retirement would be a snap. There is a...
May 1, 2015
Pictured from left to right are Caroline Vandedrinck (Sikorsky VP Europe & Central Asia), Hans-Peter Mueller (NATO JCGVL Committee Chairman), Lt. Col. John Ennis (CH-53K Government Flight Test Director) and Mike Torok (Sikorsky VP CH-53K Program). Photo courtesy of Sikorsky NATO leaders received updates on the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K heavy-lift program during a recent visit to Sikorsky...
May 1, 2015
Rotorcraft manufacturers made a strong showing at the 2015 LAAD Defence & Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro April 14-17. The Brazilian military helicopter market is dominated by Airbus. The military is procuring 50 EC725 (now H225) Cougar helicopters built in country by Avibras, a local Airbus unit. Helibras, another Airbus subsidiary, is upgrading AS565 Panthers operated by Brazil’s army...
May 1, 2015
Honeywell’s latest survey found demand in China outpaces most world regions. Courtesy of Honeywell The 2015 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) offered a venue for focused discussions about the state of helicopter operations in China and prospects for their growth. “ABACE once again put China at center stage of the Asian and global business aviation community,” said...
May 1, 2015
The Izumo is key to Japan’s strategy for countering China’s threats. Japan launched its largest military ship since World War II on March 25 when Defense Minister Gen Nakatani led the commissioning of the helicopter carrier...
May 1, 2015
PHI flew the first operational Rig Approach flight in November 2013. It collaborated with Sikorsky in developing the feature. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Transport Canada has approved Sikorsky Aircraft’s Rig Approach automated approach feature...
May 1, 2015
At his retirement, Tishchenko had helped develop 75-80 percent of the Soviet Union’s helicopters. Photo courtesy of AHS Iternational. Marat Tishchenko, the Mil Design Bureau’s chief designer from 1970 to 1991, died March 13 after a long illness, AHS International reports. He was 84. “Perhaps the crowning achievement of his career was leading the design and development of the Mi-26, the...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland’s contract dates to 2006. Korea Aerospace Industries has won a $1.49 billion contract to develop civilian and military helicopters for South Korea with Airbus Helicopters. The contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) calls for the companies to develop a new Light Civil Helicopter by 2020 and a follow-on Light Armed Helicopter by 2022. The armed version would...
May 1, 2015
AgustaWestland is seeking designers’ proposals for an all-new cabin design for its AW609 TiltRotor The competition follows one last year that led to exclusive cabin layout and dedicated paint scheme for the new-generation AW169 light intermediate twin; these were designed by the selection of the Lanzavecchia+Wai design studio of Italy and...
May 1, 2015
MD Helicopters head Tilton wants “a fair fight for truth” with the SEC. Photo by Ernie Stephens MD Helicopters head Lynn Tilton is battling with a U.S. securities watchdog over its charges that Tilton and her private equity firm have defrauded investors of nearly $200 million since 2003. The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the charges on March 30 and called for Tilton and Patriarch...
May 1, 2015
Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company. Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy...
May 1, 2015
You may have noticed a teaser ad in our April issue that promised a new face to our content coming Summer 2015. Consider this column your Teaser Extreme. I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the changes we have in store for you over the course of the next few months. Not the least of these is a new, award-winning editor-in-chief, with a name many of you will recognize immediately. But that is...
April 16, 2015
  Let’s face it. We have all become quite accustomed to the idea that we can get just about anything our little heart desires within a 24-hour period as long as we are willing to throw enough money at it to make it happen. With one glaring exception: aircraft parts. The more we devote to the topic of finding hard-to-find parts, the more we realize how deep and complex the issue truly is. My...
April 16, 2015
  ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429) From Aerospace Optics, manufacturer of the best-in-class VIVISUN® line of pushbutton switches comes the new NEXSYS ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429). ARINC Signal Converters bridge the gap between the digital data bus and the myriad of equipment driven by a discrete electrical signal. The SR429 is designed to provide up to 23 discrete...
April 13, 2015
 Tom Ridge The Honorable Tom Ridge has joined AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation’s Board of Directors. Ridge, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has significant public and private sector expertise that will allow him to take an active role in advocating for and raising the profile of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation...
April 10, 2015
  Many moons ago, I was flying in support of the Glomar Explorer, a spy ship developed by the CIA under the Nixon administration to retrieve a Russian sub that had sunk in 1968 about 1,000 miles from Hawaii. The details of this fascinating, eye-opening story is in the book Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell. We were supporting the ship during its sea trails about 50 miles offshore. The Glomar company...
April 8, 2015
As the helicopter fleet in the Asia-Pacific region has substantially increased in recent years, airframe and engine manufacturers have boosted their support in the region through their own An Airbus Helicopters EC225 in the Asia-Pacific region. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters facilities, joint ventures and authorized service centers. With Asia-Pacific helicopter order books...
April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla., Frasca International showcased its new TruFlite R44 Flight Training Device (FTD). Incorporating many features from Frasca’s higher-end Full Flight Simulators (FFS), the TruFlite is marketed as a much more realistic training experience than other FTDs on the market today. Rotor & Wing was invited to test out the FTD and talk to Frasca representatives about...
April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 last month, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company’s UK search and rescue (SAR) contract. Bristow was awarded a 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Jonathan Baliff, Sergei Sikorsky, Richard Parkes and Shane...
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