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September 6, 2007
US Helicopter has made headway in metropolitan New York travel markets, but not in financial ones. The helicopter airline, which serves John F. Kennedy and Newark international airports from Manhattan, has code-sharing arrangements with Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines and listing agreements with the online reservation...
September 5, 2007
Business people in North West Ireland are putting together a commercial helicopter service for the region, according to the Western People. The group sees the new service providing travel...
September 4, 2007
What will the potentially explosive market for very light jets mean for rotorcraft? Good things, at least in the eyes of one industry executive. Reputable estimates of the market for these aircraft, defined by the National...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
Correction After conferring with an Essex Police spokesman, we reported that the police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom scrapped a plan for a helicopter maintenance consortium ("U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan," June 2007, page 13). In fact, the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance consortium, a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved Part 145 organization...
September 1, 2007
CLAUDIO AGOSTINI joined the Rotor & Wing team in June 1999, writing from Brazil about Latin America. He is based in the city of São Paulo, which has more than 300 helicopters and 160 heliports. Claudio has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience in aerospace and defense. He consults on strategy and marketing and lectures about the helicopter market. He also actively participates...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
CIVIL Effective Aug. 30, the FAA was to reconfigure the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, changing it from what many pilots have described as "Mickey Mouse ears" to a rough circle centered on the DCA VOR. The original ADIZ was placed around Washington in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and encompassed the Class B airspace of National...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Changhe Aircraft Industries Corp. is likely to co-develop a light helicopter with Sikorsky Aircraft, a top company executive has said. "Changhe and Sikorsky have established a strategic partnership in civilian helicopter production," Wang Bin, chairman of the subsidiary of China Aviation...
September 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/AIR TAXI Helicopter companies in India are gearing up to ferry both business and tourist passengers in an effort to compete with fixed-wing companies. To keep up with the increasing trend, Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, the state-owned helicopter company, has proposed building a heliport in Delhi. It is not the only sign that the industry in India is...
September 1, 2007
ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION Estonian investigators believe a Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 crashed in 2005 because one of its main-rotor blade actuators became clogged with contamination. The Aug. 10, 2005 crash in the Gulf of Finland, near Estonia’s capital of Tallinn, killed all 12 passengers and two crewmembers on the...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
August 8, 2007
Estonian investigators believe a Sikorsky Aircraft S-76 crashed in 2005 because one of its main-rotor blade actuators became clogged with contamination...
August 8, 2007
In an effort to continue to improve helicopter education nationwide, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a Helicopter Association International (HAI) affiliated organization, is bringing its Professional Education Series to the West...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
August 1, 2007
Correction Our story on future rotorcraft powerplants included a discussion of Fischer-Tropsch fuels drawn largely from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet ("More Efficient, More Sources," May 2007, page 34). Through an editing error, the attribution to the EPA was deleted, leaving readers with the incorrect impression that the material was based on our own knowledge of the subject...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
Sometime this month, the FAA should award an almost $2 billion contract for its nationwide, 500+ ground-station automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network to Lockheed Martin, ITT, or Raytheon. Uniquely, the winner will build the stations to its own specifications, not the FAA’s, then design, install, operate, and maintain them for a service fee. Also uniquely, Raytheon’s bid is...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Is Schweizer Aircraft on the brink of offering a new helicopter product? Executives at the Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y. have said for some time that they are working on an addition to their line of 300C, 300CBi, and turbine 333 helicopters, and it would be revealed when the...
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