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March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
March 1, 2007
EACH DAY, AN ELITE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN crisscross the skies in helicopters with tons of cargo dangling far beneath their helicopters on long cables. Some are taking massive buckets of water to a fire, while others are carrying a clutch of logs to the mill. They fly in almost everything that a hook can be attached to. The specialty is long-line flying. Some estimates put the number of long-line pilots at...
March 1, 2007
A New Zealand trust has taken on the challenge of designing, building, and operating a self-funding rescue helicopter service for the extreme altitude regions of Nepal. The humanitarian Rescue on Everest Challenge project aims to save lives...
March 1, 2007
The Pentagon plans to replace six U.S. Army Black Hawks pulled from counter-drug operations in the Caribbean to support combat overseas with three S-76s. The decision came at the urging of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who opposed then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s decision late last year to pull Army air...
March 1, 2007
The Norwegian Polar Institute is looking for a helicopter for one month’s time starting March 17 to assist in a study to tag polar bears and track their movements in the Svalbard and East Greenland...
February 1, 2007
NY Airways Was There You recently discussed the West 30th Street heliport’s golden anniversary ("NY’s West 30th St. Heliport Marks 50 Years," December 2006, page 13). But you failed to mention that, at the heliport’s inception, the FAR Part 127 scheduled helicopter airline New York Airways operated float-equipped Sikorsky S-55s from there. We also flew Bell 47s on charter...
February 1, 2007
Assault — NHIndustries has selected Onboard Systems as the sole supplier of fast-rope cargo hooks for the NH90. Attack — Hindustan Aeronautics will install Nexter THL 20 turrets armed with a 20 M 621 ultra-light, low-recoil cannon under the noses of 20 Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters for the Indian armed forces. The turrets are to be combined with a helmet sight on the Dhruvs. The first...
February 1, 2007
Feb. 20-22 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Rotorcraft/Technology Infusion, Riverbend Campus, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. Contact: Mark Dreier, 817-280-4907; E-mail: MDreier@BellHelicopter.Textron.com. March 1-3-Heli — Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
February 1, 2007
A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I WAS at a small gathering and ran into the sergeant of a local SWAT team. What with him being a counter-sniper and me being a pilot, we started talking about the feasibility of shooting from a police helicopter. I suggested that we talk about the practicality of this rather than the feasibility. Mike said he had read an article written by some officers out west who were training...
February 1, 2007
HALF SURROUNDED BY WATER, THE NETHERLANDS often has to deal with rough seas and the dangers that they pose to its citizens and visitors. Given that nation’s large fishing industry, its professional and volunteer rescuers are frequently called on to aid fishermen in trouble aboard vessels that have broken down or foundered. Given the extent of oil and gas exploration and production in the North Sea...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of the Chinook as its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information at the bottom of the page. Is the West at War? Thank you for the essay on the public attitude toward combat operations in...
January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
January 1, 2007
Simplex Manufacturing is committed to providing premier aviation products in the field of fire management, agricultural applications, and now power-line maintenance. Its entire team is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer support worldwide. Simplex is entering its 61st year of engineering and manufacturing excellence. The company is proud of the generations of operators that have expanded...
January 1, 2007
PROGRAM UPDATES Attack — Lockheed Martin reports France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has successfully fired the Hellfire 2 air-to-ground missile from Australia’s Tiger helicopter. The firing took place at the Woomera Testing Range in South Australia, employing a lock-on-before-launch technique for a direct hit on a target 3.7 mi (6 km)...
January 1, 2007
Tilton Names New President at MD Helicopters MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has named industry veteran Charles Vehlow to be president of the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer. Tilton directly ran MD for most of 2006 after having replaced the previous top management team of Robert Rene and Randy Kesterson. "I have been working quite closely with Chuck and the high-quality MD executive team over the last year...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
FlightSafety International has promoted Ralph Hicks (right) center manager of its Daleville and Dothan, Ala. Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins, who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service. A 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Hicks has served at the Daleville and Dothan centers since joining the company in 1985. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with single and multi-engine...
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