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April 6, 2015
 The UH-72 Lakota, which is based on the Airbus H145/EC145, boasts a top speed of 145 knots and a range of 370 nautical miles. It entered service with the Army National Guard in late 2005. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The Army’s first aviation restructuring in a generation shouldn’t affect the civil helicopter market, according to a prominent aerospace analyst. Richard Aboulafia...
April 6, 2015
While growth in the Australian helicopter market may have slowed this financial year, the sector still has encouraging growth prospects and was well represented at the Australian International Air Show, which took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from Feb. 24 to March 1. The static park included AgustaWestland AW139s and the AW169, Airbus Helicopters was present with its EC120 and EC130 T2, Robinson...
April 6, 2015
In an official statement released on March 18, the U.S. Justice Department announced that it will not prosecute a Washington, DC man for allowing the rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - commonly called a “drone” - he was operating to fly onto the grounds of the White House on Jan. 26, 2015. The decision was made following an investigation by the Secret Service, which discovered that the...
April 3, 2015
United Technologies Corp. has announced the appointment of Robert Leduc as President of Sikorsky Aircraft, succeeding Mick Maurer, who will move to the newly created position of UTC Senior Vice President, Strategic Projects. The appointments are effective immediately, and both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes. "It is a great pleasure to welcome...
April 2, 2015
Using the MH-60K, the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), or 160th SOAR (A), is capable of accomplishing any mission over any terrain at any time—plus or minus thirty seconds. Photo courtesy of CW4 Elvis Costello   The American military has depended upon the war horse since we first gained our independence. The horses have changed through the years—beginning as privately...
April 2, 2015
Hartford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has appointed an analyst to assess whether or not to divest Sikorsky Aircraft from its family of holdings. The examination is said to be driven by the subsidiary’s positive, but shrinking profit figures in the defense sector. The assessment, which should be concluded by the end of 2015, is expected to give UTC president and CEO Gregory Hayes the...
April 2, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a new member to the Bell Helicopter North American sales team. Effective immediately, Tom Moyer will assume the role of Regional Sales Manager in North America, responsible for marketing and sales activities in the Midwest region.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Tom began his career at Bell Helicopter in 2013 as an instructor specialist at the Bell Helicopter...
April 1, 2015
  Joseph Ambrogne is the Technical Editor of Rotor & Wing. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He also holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating, and has been flying helicopters since 2010.     Lee Benson is the retired senior...
March 11, 2015
Since the U.S. Airways landing on the Hudson River in New York, “bird strike” is one of those electrically charged buzz-phrases guaranteed to command the immediate attention of all pilots, perhaps especially operators of helicopters, who are largely consigned to spending the majority of their working lives flying at bird-rich altitudes. Many of us have bird near-miss stories, and quite a few...
March 11, 2015
On Feb. 5, Erickson Incorporated announced that it had initiated a drastic corporate restructuring process to, “create significant new efficiencies and cost reductions, improve profitability, and enhance the Company’s overall competitive position.” This process also meant that the company would lay off approximately 150 of its employees, primarily in its United States offices. Rotor &...
March 10, 2015
Guillaume Faury, president and CEO, Airbus Helicopters acknowledged that his company had been through a challenging year of change in 2014. During his first full year in charge, he had to contend with the fallout and reputation management from the North Sea accidents, as well as a corporate change and realignment with the Airbus brand away from the runaway brand that had been Eurocopter. The organization...
March 10, 2015
FEC Heliports Rapid Deployment Battery-Operated Helipad Lights FEC Heliports have improved the specification of their rapid deployment battery-operated helipad lights. The high intensity LED lights are now available with wireless control enabling the operation of color, intensity and flash pattern through a remote key fob. If used in conjunction with FEC’s Remote Lighting Controller, pilot operation...
March 10, 2015
Many in our industry fear unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will replace regular helicopter operations—a valid concern. Qualified pilots will always shuttle passengers from point to point, and fly to the middle of nowhere in the dead of night to pick up an accident victim. I do not believe the general public will ever accept pilotless aircraft for regular passenger flights, even though many new aircraft...
March 9, 2015
Ron Foudray Brett Lambert Northrop Grumman recently appointed Ron Foudray as vice president, business development for its Information Systems sector. With more than 25 years of experience in the field, Foudray will lead business development efforts to identify, assess and shape new business opportunities across global targeted growth areas. Foudray has been with the company since...
March 9, 2015
Image courtesy Airbus Helicopters. Even with next-generation airframes coming off the assembly line, some OEMs are revamping their internal processes. Airbus Helicopters, whose X4 is arguably the most highly anticipated design of 2015, has made its own safety contribution by publishing the first helicopter flight crew operation manual (FCOM) for the EC225 LP for offshore missions. This airframe is a...
March 6, 2015
Enstrom pilot Bill Taylor lifts the newly-designed Enstrom TH180 into the air for its first flight on Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of Enstrom Helicopters   HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Enstrom Helicopter’s newly designed, two-seat TH180 recently completed a successful first flight.The single-engine piston, which will be marketed primarily as an entry-level rotorcraft trainer and...
March 6, 2015
Brad Hayden Robotic Skies, an international network of service centers for commercial UAS, has gotten off to a promising start. Today, after one year in business, the company has nearly 60 repair stations across the globe, including its most recent one in South Africa. The company also recently completed its first repair and return-to-service of a service-drone G4 1.4 UAS. Rotor & Wing sat down with...
March 5, 2015
On the aviation side, the Army is requesting nearly $4.6 billion for its aircraft portfolio in FY ’16, up 9.6 percent from the nearly $4.2 billion enacted this year. The service is also requesting $820 million in aircraft modifications, down from the $878 million enacted in FY ’15. This funding request notably includes $49 million in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding while the no...
March 4, 2015
You’re sitting in the hangar “fat, dumb and happy,” as my boss used to say, when you hear the sound that sends chills through your entire body every single time. It’s that terrified cry for back-up coming over the radio that signals something is so wrong, the officer on the other end can’t even pretend to be calm. Within minutes, you’re en route with the collective...
March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
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