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April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Rolls-Royce is developing a new turboshaft engine to power Robinson Helicopter’s first turbine helicopter and is discussing the application of the powerplant to the products of Enstrom Helicopter, MD Helicopters, and Schweizer Aircraft. Unveiled at Heli-Expo, the RR300 is "a major step forward in the helicopter industry," said Scott Crislip, Rolls’ president of...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 New management is making progress in reversing problems of an MD Helicopters that was "20 years broken," but it will take years to complete that process, according the manufacturer’s CEO. "This is a company that’s 20 years broken," said Lynn...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland is offering an improved version of its AW119 light single. The AW119Ke Koala Enhanced includes a 286-lb (130-kg) increase in max takeoff weight to 6,283 lb (2,850 Kg.) and a main rotor whose blades have a new aerodynamic design...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Sagem Avionics has built a new, integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) for the Robinson R44. The dual-screen, multi-function ICDS-8 display is an aftermarket option designed to replicate R44’s analog instruments and provide navigation and...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
TIMES ARE GOOD IN THE HELICOPTER INDUSTRY. IN some ways, they’re too good. Take Schweizer Aircraft, for example. The Horseheads, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s core businesses — commercial and military helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft, unmanned helicopters, and aerospace subcontracting — are all booming. The same is true for the "new" lines of work added in the...
April 1, 2007
IT MAY SEEM LIKE NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH THE current high demand for new helicopters. Operators don’t like having to wait a year or more for aircraft. Customers of commercial ones want more services than it is possible to get at times, because everything available is flying. Manufacturers complain they could garner more sales if they could build helicopters faster. Smiling among the unhappy crowd...
April 1, 2007
AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SURPLUS MILITARY helicopters are being sold by the U.S. military and foreign military organizations around the world. While these sales are beneficial to the seller, many of them bring a host of problems that the purchasers do not foresee, making the helicopter purchase anything but beneficial. Before buying a helicopter that has been used in military operations, potential buyers...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
April 1, 2007
BELL HELICOPTER AND AN ISRAELI FIRM are pursuing development of an advanced-technology rotorcraft that some at the U.S. manufacturer believe could change the face of vertical-lift operations. The concept is based on the patented "fancraft" technology of the Israeli firm, Urban Aeronautics. The concept calls for a highly integrated propulsion and flight-control system that makes it possible to...
April 1, 2007
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASKED what you think about this helicopter or that helicopter, because someone was trying to decide which one to buy? I certainly have. In fact, it happens to me quite a bit. During the past year, I’ve been involved in at least a dozen conversations about what I would pick if I had to buy a police helicopter right now. The latest conversation was with a new division commander, who...
April 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/FIRE The city of San Diego's fire and rescue helicopter is now in service around the clock. Since Feb. 10, Copter 1, a Bell 212, has been available 24 hr a day, seven days a week. Before then, its operating hours were 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. If an emergency necessitated air support outside those hours, aircrews were called back. Copter covers 331 sq mi, all of the...
April 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/GOV'T AGENCIES An MD-500 chartered by the Alaska Fish and Game Dept. was charged, struck, and disabled by a full-grown, 800-lb moose March 3. It happened in the wilderness region of Gustavus, about 50 mi west of Juneau, the state capital. According to Doug Larsen, a regional supervisor for the Wildlife Conservation Div., the helicopter and pilot had been contracted from...
April 1, 2007
In the midst of a typhoon,Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service pulled 91 people from raging seas in rescues that tested the capacity of its helicopters and the mettle of their crews. AUG. 3, 2006 ALMOST SEEMED LIKE AN ORDINARY DAY AT the Government Flying Service base at Hong Kong International Airport on Chek Lap Kok Island. One pilot, Capt. West Wu, was in a meeting. Another, Capt. Eric Leung, was...
March 21, 2007
An emergency medical services helicopter has been using a street in Goldendale, Wash. as a landing pad since the helipad it had been using at Klickitat Valley Hospital was removed for hospital expansion. But...
March 20, 2007
The Memorial Hermann Foundation in Houston, Texas has started a $40 million fundraising campaign to purchase six new helicopters. Four Life Flight helicopters now serve the...
March 15, 2007
Firefighters in Gainesville, Fla are learning how to work around law enforcement helicopters.  Their teachers are members of the Alachua County Sheriff Dept.’s Joint...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
The European Commission plans to test and implement a system for communicating with the populace in disaster-stricken areas by broadcasting text messages to cell phones from an orbiting helicopter. The commission is underwriting the initiative, which is intended to close the communications gap that typically results when a natural disaster...
March 1, 2007
The government of Kazakhstan has purchased a Robinson R44 police helicopter. It is the first time Kazakhstan has purchased a foreign-manufactured helicopter...
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