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December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
August 1, 2006
Are increasing security measures good news or bad news for high-end operators in Europe? Security measures being implemented across Europe to prevent terrorist attacks could clip the wings of European corporate helicopter operations just as they begin to take off on the back of lower costs and increasing acceptance, industry executives say. Recent restrictions on helicopter operations--such as mandatory...
January 1, 2006
Eurocopter has finally moved to plug a long-standing gap in its product line, signing a pact to develop its next helicopter, the 7-9-ton EC175, with Chinese industry. This EC175 will compete head on with the AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter AB139. Both its launch and AgustaWestland's November buyout of Bell's stake in the AB139 confirm that the 6-8 tonne market segment is widely seen as a highly profitable...
January 1, 2006
Delays in fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor was one reason AgustaWestland ended its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the AB139 medium-twin. "When we started, we were thinking to go into the market with the 609 and 139 together" and the joint Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. selling both made sense, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi said. With the BA609's service entry delayed until...
January 1, 2006
MD Helicopters' new owner is moving quickly to patch up the company's relations with customers and suppliers as part of her plan to make the Mesa, Ariz. company viable. According to Lynn Tilton, founder of the New York distressed-debt investment firm Patriach Partners, which bought MD in July, she has spent millions of dollars above the purchase price to pay debts to suppliers, stock spares and restart the...
January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
April 1, 2005
Belgium Ops Rectified I was really surprised to see mention in your magazine of Belgium, a very tiny country in Europe indeed, as you say ("Charter, Air Tour Operations Going From Bad To Good," February 2005, page 48). Perhaps it was just a coincidence that President Bush paid us an official visit in the month in which your article was read by the readers of Rotor & Wing. The presence of the...
March 1, 2005
No NBAA Nuptials Your article "What Happens in Vegas . . ." (October 2004, page 34) stated: "But problems soon arose. By early this year, they'd become severe enough that two longtime, well-respected NBAA staff members, Robert P. Blouin, the senior vice president of operations, and Cassandra Bosco, head of communications, had tendered their resignations. (Blouin and Bosco are husband and...
January 1, 2005
Bell/Agusta Delivers AB139 to Aga Khan, Wins Irish Order Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. delivered the first of four AB139s to the Aga Khan Development Network, which will use them to support construction and operation of three campuses of an international university in the mountains of South and Central Asia. The partnership of Bell Helicopter Textron and Agusta Westland also won an order from Ireland's Defence...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
October 1, 2004
We are approaching the end of what may come to be known as a year of transformation for the helicopter industry. The year opened with Eurocopter laying the physical and political foundation for its pursuit of more U.S. sales with construction of an assembly facility in Mississippi, home of two powerful senators. In February, cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche scuttled the widely held assumptions about the...
October 1, 2004
Switzerland has some 42 helicopter operators registered, of which only two have more than 10 helicopters in service and only four with ten in service, according to Markus Herzig, a Swiss aircraft statistician. The largest is Air Glaciers with 28 helicopters, of which 21 are currently in operation providing services ranging from air taxi and charter to heli-skiing and sightseeing. Second largest is Rega...
October 1, 2004
Apples vs. Oranges In reference to Tim McAdam's September column on density altitude ("Watching Your Ps & Qs--and DA," Safety Watch, page 62), helicopters come in two basic flavors--piston engine and turbine engine. The power available from these two types of engines is affected differently by the atmosphere. The power output from a piston engine is dependent on density altitude, all other...
October 1, 2004
Sikorsky Aircraft, built on the 100-year-old dreams of one pioneering man, is turning to a company created by a family of aviation pioneers to help it prosper in the 21st century. The Stratford, Conn. unit of United Technologies Corp. expects by now to be starting the process of integrating Schweizer Aircraft into its own operations. The two companies reached an agreement in August that allowed Sikorsky to...
October 1, 2004
Brazil's 3.3 million sq. mi. territory includes six different main eco-regions, most of them well known, such as the Amazon Forest in the northwest and the Atlantic Forest following the Brazilian coastline. An area less well known is the Cerrados woodland savannas, a 0.8 million sq. mi. area in Central Brazil. However,this is changing, primarily because of the huge agribusiness development, such as soybean...
October 1, 2004
Australia Picks NH90 for AIR 9000 program Australia has ordered 12 NH90 helicopters for the Australian Army as part of its AIR 9000 program, increasing the total order book to 357. The helicopters have been designated the NH 90 and will be marinized to operate from the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious ships. The new MRH 90 "is purpose built for amphibious operations and includes extra corrosion...
October 1, 2004
It doesn't take a moment or two for anyone in the helicopter industry to know that our business is, and has been for many decades, one of the true "multi-national" businesses. We all know that most countries around the world follow the same standards for the design and construction standards of our helicopters and their parts. The helicopter industry knows most countries have very similar...
September 1, 2004
The Canadian government has selected the S-92 over AgustaWestland's EH101 Cormorant for its maritime replacement helicopter. The announcement was made July 23. Final contracts will be signed this fall and the first helicopter must be delivered no later than 2008. Deliveries thereafter are to commence at a rate of one per month. The Canadian Forces have christened their new S-92 replacement helicopter the...
September 1, 2004
Purists become realists in quest to understand helicopter dynamics. Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Ph.D., has spent 30 years of his professional life trying to understand helicopter dynamics and how they affect vibration and noise. He's nowhere near finished. "We can predict helicopter vibration with 50 percent accuracy," Chopra said, "and we cannot predict noise at all." While today's design...
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