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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...
September 1, 2013
Orlando was the site of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Exposition, which ran from July 17 through 19. Co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and held at the Orange County Convention Center, the event drew people from across North America for training, networking, exhibitions and social events specially tailored for federal, state and local...
September 1, 2013
Eurocopter’s Norbert Ducrot, in addition to continuing his responsibilities as the Senior Vice President-North Asia (China, Korea, Japan), has been appointed the President and CEO of Eurocopter China. Ducrot has been with Eurocopter since 2003, and has many years of experience in the region. Eurocoper is seeking to increase its market share in China as well as strengthen its support and services...
September 1, 2013
HeliSAS™ Autopilot for Bell 206 and Bell 407 Available Through Aeronautical Accessories Aeronautical Accessories’ new 2013 Product Catalog features the Cobham HeliSAS™ autopilot for Bell 206 and Bell 407 models. The two-axis attitude hold/attitude command flight control system significantly reduces pilot workload and allows pilots to perform many cockpit functions hands-free...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 22, 2013
A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The theme for the opening session is “The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.” Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association...
August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
August 1, 2013
Hubi-Fly Robinson R44 landing during  Helidays 2011 in Gmunden, Austria. In following up last year’s effort with Part Two of the Rotorcraft Training Guide (see 2012 Guide for Part 1), we look outside the U.S. to the rest of the world, including other countries located in Europe, Middle East, sub Saharan continent and bordering the Pacific region. They include the satellite facilities of the...
August 1, 2013
                    N767J is the seventh S-76D to roll off the assembly line. Still in its green primer, this aircraft is assigned to Sikorsky’s facility in Jupiter, Fla. as a platform for additional research and development.     For many years, the aviation community has treated the helicopter segment like a child that is only worthy of...
August 1, 2013
One of the criticisms of the early years of British military operations in Afghanistan from the summer of 2006 was that there were not enough soldiers – or helicopters – to support the challenge of the mission. Early on, accepted policy in Helmand Province dictated the support of regional seats of government, which effectively tied the British Army into “platoon houses” soon after...
August 1, 2013
U.S. Procurement Flaws In the June 2013 issue (see “Looking for Evidence of Lessons Learned,” page 54), Andrew Drwiega talks about the flaws in the U.S. procurement process for helicopter programs. An enormous amount of money and effort goes into research and development in responding to these Request for Proposals (RFPs). Mr. Drwiega did a good job of pointing out the frustrations put forth...
August 1, 2013
Helicopters are noisy, and people complain about noise. There aren’t many areas of the world where these two factors reach a boiling point like in the western U.S. cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where celebrities, casinos, tourism and people with deep pockets and powerful connections rule the land. One of the hotbeds of the helicopter noise issue is Los Angeles, where the FAA released a report...
August 1, 2013
As this column is started, news reports of one more fatal EMS helicopter accident are being released, and the early details of yet another tragedy already seem uncomfortably familiar. Many will remember Bill Murray’s 1993 movie “Groundhog Day,” which told the story of a comical television weatherman who somehow found himself imprisoned in an odd pattern of time/event repetition, from...
August 1, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
August 1, 2013
Rockwell Collins has introduced a new avionics product line, dubbed HeliSure, in a bid to improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots. While some of the products are already known, such as helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), others are in an early development phase. New sensors should thus enhance obstacle detection. HeliSure...
August 1, 2013
Garmin panels at the Bell 525 display at the 2013 Paris Air Show in June. Texas-based Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class...
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