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September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing: What is your focus at Helitech? Olivier Andries: Three engines are going to be at the booth. The first is the Makila engine, which powers the Super Puma, EC225 and EC725 helicopters, many for the offshore and military markets. The second line is the RTM322, which is a big step forward for us. We have announced the acquisition of the Rolls-Royce share of this program, which is a key...
September 23, 2013
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
September 19, 2013
Bell Helicopter (Booth E10) is planning to put the spotlight on the 429 light twin at Helitech 2013 with one example on static display and another putting on flight demonstrations throughout the show. Bell describes the 429 as the 21st century standard for light twins, “delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins, with comfort and cost management.” The 429...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53 through a Bell-Boeing V-22 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Folding blades and tail sections are perhaps the most physical attributes of a helicopter, especially in the military, that has been prepared for service at sea, usually for ship-borne operations where hanger space is at a premium. However focusing on just those two elements ignores the accumulation of...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company “took the red pill” on August 13 with the official launch of the endeavor at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC.   Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor...
September 1, 2013
On July 23rd the British Royal Navy announced that its 824 Squadron had become the first to be equipped with five AgustaWestland AW101 HM Mk2 helicopters delivered through a 25-year contract known as the Merlin Capability Sustainment Program (MCSP). The lead unit to upgrade to Merlin Mk2 is 824 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), and will be followed by 829 NAS, 814 NAS and finally 820 NAS.   The...
September 1, 2013
Attendees take in the static lineup at Helitech 2011 in Duxford. This year’s Helitech International 2013 is being held in London. With less than two months to go (through late July), booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 was already 25 percent larger compared to the 2011 show, with exhibiting companies from 25 countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Panama, Russia, Singapore...
September 1, 2013
UK Royal Air Force SAR Sea King. Annually involved with more than 4,000 calls for help then backing that up with the deployment of assistance on average around 2,500 times, the United Kingdom’s Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC) and conjoined Cospas-Sarsat Mission Control Center (UKMCC) support not only UK requests for aeronautical emergency help, but also monitor distress calls...
September 1, 2013
Clearing the helicopters of snow before the day’s mission begins. When it comes to dealing with Mother Nature, a helicopter usually appears at the beginning of a project. Whether counting seabirds, tracking migrations, “darting” large mammals or removing forest clutter, the crew rarely have the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of their labor first-hand. Not so on the remote British...
September 1, 2013
On July 13th Matt Zuccaro, president of Helicopter Association International (HAI), wrote an article entitled “Land the Damn Helicopter” for Rotor News, which the association publishes. Matt’s point in summary is many helicopter accidents could be avoided by using one of the helicopter’s true advantages – it can land almost anywhere. Sorry offshore guys, as the British say...
September 1, 2013
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the plan to change Eurocopter’s name and brand to Airbus Helicopters? Mission Vs. Flight Request I read Terry Terrell’s column, “Another Groundhog Day,” on page 48 of the August 2013 edition of Rotor & Wing, and Mr. Terrell makes some very good points about making correct decisions. I totally agree with his assessment of...
September 1, 2013
  Lee Benson is a retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.     Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief, is a senior defense/aviation journalist with a...
September 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Under a section titled “Strategy Review Update” within its first half 2013 financial results report on July 31, European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS) – the conglomerate that formed in 2001 and includes subsidiaries such as Astrium, ATR, Cassidian, Dassault Aviation, EADS North America, Eurocopter, Eurofighter and Socate – announced that it will...
September 1, 2013
As most of us know, Lockheed Martin received a contract in 2005 to provide flight service for aviators as the FAA was closing down its many Flight Service Stations across the country. Lockheed Martin consolidated these services stations into three hubs, each of which covers a vast amount of real estate. Here on the Gulf we deal with the Fort Worth, Texas hub. I was interested in seeing just what they did...
September 1, 2013
Months after its implementation, you still can’t go more than a day without hearing about the effects of sequestration – the spanking the federal government took last March when politicians failed to agree upon less painful spending cuts. It was intended to be the same kind of over-the-top threat of punishment a parent makes to get their child to comply with something, while all along expecting...
September 1, 2013
Details are coming together for the 2014 version of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium, scheduled to take place Feb. 27-28 after Heli-Expo...
September 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB in flight. The maiden flight of the Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB took place August 9 at the Rostvertol flight test center, which is also the...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program.   The company...
September 1, 2013
The Bristow Group has inked a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport’s search and rescue (SAR) program...
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