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October 1, 2013
An accident investigation recently revealed once again – this time in the densest of urban settings – that helicopters are marvelous as aircraft, but are thoroughly misplaced when forced into unsolicited duty as boats. Most helicopter designs feature lots of machinery located topside, which usually produces a dramatic tendency for the aircraft to roll inverted almost any time the surface of...
October 1, 2013
Despite the global economy’s ups and downs, lowered economic growth projections by the World Bank – part of this seeming to be slowly getting back to their tracks – plus internal domestic challenges, no response for the helicopter industry seems to be as dynamic as Brazil’s. The diversity in applications, possibilities and current fleet distribution poses challenges and...
October 1, 2013
To many non-aviation types, one helicopter looks just like any other. Usually differences in design can be most obvious to those who spend their lives in and around helicopters. Yet some features and their purpose might be more subtle. “Hinge offset” is one of those features that might not be very notable to most. But it turns out to be one of the more important design considerations, having...
October 1, 2013
Attending a big defense exposition such as the recently held DSEI in London is no bad thing. The mainstream media had one central line of interest: Syria. The prospect of missile strikes in retaliation for President Assad’s widely alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people was on everyone’s mind. Afghanistan is yesterday’s news, despite the fact that according to Gen. Joseph...
October 1, 2013
An MRH90 full flight and mission simulator (FFMS) from CAE is now operational at the Australian Army’s Aviation...
October 1, 2013
Bristow Academy has introduced first four R44 Raven 1 trainers into service with Garmin G500H glass cockpit upgrades. The training helicopters will combine inputs from GPS, magnetometer and air data...
October 1, 2013
As pilots and safety professionals, we see the acronym IHST all the time, but do we really know what it represents? Some of us actually know what it means and what they do, but not everyone is are aware of the mandate the International Helicopter Safety Team has within the rotary wing community. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Fred Brisbois, co-chair of IHST’s U.S Safety...
October 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has issued a contract to Frasca International to supply an FAA Level B qualified simulator for its 407 series. The simulator will be used at Bell’s Customer Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas, and will have capabilities to...
October 1, 2013
Night vision goggle (NVG) provider Night Flight Concepts has launched a new partnership to begin offering an underwater safety course for...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
October 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new MD helicopters, as the Middle Eastern nation looks to...
October 1, 2013
New competitors have recently enlivened a market dominated by Boeing’s Spectrolab, and Helitech 2013 provided Rotor & Wing with an opportunity to examine Thommen’s HSL-1600 and Trakka Corp.’s Trakkabeam A800 – two very different solutions to the same set of problems. The HSL-1600 looks the more conventional of the two with its large diameter parabolic reflector that forms the...
September 30, 2013
Able Aerospace Services has moved its helicopter repair facility to a 191,000-square-foot complex at Phoenix-Gateway Airport (AZA). The move from its former site in Mesa...
September 30, 2013
As part of a wider effort to increase customer support, Breeze-Eastern is lowering the amount of time it takes to turn around overhaul and repair projects. The Whippany, N.J.-based firm reports that turnaround times have decreased by 54 percent over the past year, on top of expanding its...
September 30, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Quality Aviation Instruments (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters uncovered plans to establish a component repair facility in...
September 27, 2013
Bell Helicopter has selected aerospace and defense industry filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson to provide engine protection on the 525 Relentless. Under the contract, Donaldson will begin...
September 27, 2013
BLR Aerospace has received EASA certification to install its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system on the Bell 412. The FastFin System, which provides...
September 27, 2013
Source: HelicopterLinks.com Before the Internet, having access to helicopter manufacturer’s company information was reserved for those individuals involved in the industry, their friends and acquaintances. Along came the Internet, allowing access to information for anyone, worldwide. Then Facebook arrived in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, called social networking services, allowing people and...
September 27, 2013
Announced at Helitech International 2013, the multi-aircraft, multi-year framework agreement between AgustaWestland and Milestone Aviation Group is a further indication of the industry’s acceptance of 100 percent lease finance as a business model and of the young finance company’s strengthening position of trust as a reseller for OEMs. Rotor & Wing caught up with Milestone’s managing...
September 26, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
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