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February 4, 2008
The U.S. FAA is proceeding with plans to draft basic standards for low-cost flight recorders for helicopters. The effort is aimed at correcting a shortcoming identified by the International Helicopter Safety Team: the paucity of information on what was happening in the...
January 28, 2008
President Bush has spent seven years going head to head with the most powerful people in the world. But will he meet his match in Southern California tomorrow? During his tour of the region starting tomorrow to sooth Americans' fears...
January 24, 2008
Bell Helicopter is ending production of four civil aircraft lines—the 206B3, 427, 430, and 210—and focusing on developing derivative families of its remaining lines, starting with the...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 7, 2008
To support that international safety effort, engine maker Turbomeca is undertaking an initiative to develop accurate, real-time means of tracking each helicopter...
January 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter was scheduled to freeze the design of its new light twin Model 429 last month and move into the final phase of certification testing in anticipation of first deliveries by year’s end. The manufacturer in November completed separate sets of high-altitude and high-temperature testing in Alamosa, Colo. and Lake Havasu, Ariz. respectively, with two 429 prototypes...
January 1, 2008
The former Boundary Layer Research’s strakes and fin kits have impressed operators with their performance benefits. Now the company wants to get credit for those benefits in the books. "I just don’t understand how they can fly." When someone finds out that you fly, maintain, or build helicopters, how many times have you heard them say: "I just don’t understand how they can...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 17, 2007
Bell Helicopter's  Model 429 is scheduled to undergo an internal review today to determine whether the aircraft's configuration should be frozen and regulators advised that the new...
December 13, 2007
Bell Helicopter was scheduled yesterday to wrap up its last official meeting of the customer advisory council for its new 429 light twin. The two-day...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
Leaders of the International Helicopter Safety Team are wrestling with how the group, which apparently has had some success toward its goal, can reach its critical target audience: smaller helicopter operators. About 300 industry and government representatives met mid-September in Montreal to review the team’s progress since its 2005 inception, renew their commitment to its goal, and...
November 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES The market research firm Forecast International is projecting that manufacturers will deliver 14,202 rotorcraft to the light commercial rotorcraft market in the next 10 years, including 6,891 rotorcraft powered by piston engines and 7,311 powered by turboshafts. The study projects that Robinson Helicopter will deliver 6,086, the most aircraft of any maker in the...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Attendees and exhibitors at Helitech near Cambridge, England found the biennial trade show to be a bit slow this year, but generally were satisfied with the quality of visitors and displays. With over 15,000 sq m (161,460 sq ft) of display space, the...
November 1, 2007
The word at last month’s biennial Helitech trade show was that AgustaWestland is discussing a new aircraft model and Eurocopter may be working on new concepts. With a typical 8-10-year cycle for the development, design, and fielding of a new helicopter, many of the world’s airframe manufacturers are busy figuring out what their next products will be...
November 1, 2007
IT WAS IN THE 1920S WHEN THE TINY, WOODEN, SINGLE-SEAT LINK trainer became one of the world’s first flight simulators. Its main purpose was to familiarize student pilots with an airplane’s primary flight controls and the results that could be expected from various inputs. By 1948, flight deck mock-ups were replicating actual aircraft cockpits, complete with electrically driven analog...
November 1, 2007
Metro Aviation today holds the grand opening of its new 160,000-sq-ft manufacturing, maintenance, and...
October 1, 2007
PUBLIC SERVICE/POLICE Police in Staffordshire, England used an unmanned helicopter to survey a crowd of 95,000 at a music festival in August. The MW Power Systems-manufactured drone weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb) and is fitted with a wide-angle, closed-circuit TV camera. Although it may be equipped with night lenses, a color camera was used...
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