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March 1, 2008
THE FAA IS TAKING STEPS TO SPEED implementation of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and elsewhere in the United States. The agency’s program office in charge of that innovative, satellite-based communications and navigation technology has won approval to hire implementation specialists and dispatch them to major air traffic control (ATC)...
March 1, 2008
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA IS building on what it sees as "a key competitive advantage" over other helicopter engine makers by enhancing its customer support services. "We take the whole aftermarket very seriously because we feel it is a key competitive advantage for us," said John Saabas, executive vice president of the Longueuil, Quebec-based firm. In the past year, P&WC (Booth...
March 1, 2008
SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT FELT AN APPEARANCE BY its X2 technology demonstrator at Heli-Expo today was important enough to interrupt the novel aircraft’s development test program. A small development team based at subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft (designated Sikorsky’s Hawk Works rapid-prototyping center of excellence) has been striving to get the coaxial main-rotor, fly-by-wire demonstrator in the air for...
March 1, 2008
AN INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF manufacturers, regulators, operators, and customers aims to convince the helicopter world to embrace safety management systems as critical tools for both improving the industry’s reputation and managing businesses more effectively. The coalition, the International Helicopter Safety Team, formed in late 2005 with the goal of slashing the helicopter accident rate 80...
March 1, 2008
EUROCOPTER IS DEVELOPING A new protocol for avionics displays aimed at helping pilots better focus on flying aircraft and further reduce the risk of being involved in an accident. The effort seeks to consolidate and simplify the display of critical systems and performance data so a pilot "can concentrate on his environment 90 percent of the time and on his helicopter 10 percent of the time,"...
March 1, 2008
THE QUESTION ON MANY MINDS IS what will Bell Helicopter do this year? For the last several years, Heli-Expo has marked turning points for Bell, with most proving less than favorable. In 2004, for instance, it launched the IFR version of the Model 427, only to cancel that a year later in favor of the 429. In 2006, it unveiled the Model 417, which lasted until Heli-Expo 2007, when both it and Bell chief Mike...
March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL India’s government will now allow foreign investors to own 100 percent of the stock in helicopter operators in that nation. The Indian...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Soloy Aviation Solutions has obtained approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its Honeywell engine conversion for the Eurocopter AS350BA and B2. The company already had supplemental type certificates from the U.S...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Rolls-Royce won FAA type certification of its 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft engine in late 2007, the manufacturer revealed at Heli-Expo last month. The engine maker launched development of the RR300 in January 2006 and received the type certificate in late December. "So we were able to do the design, development, and complete certification — through receipt of the type...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is betting a drive by major operators to cut their aircraft operating costs will translate into a greater industry appetite for common sets of helicopters. The manufacturer is embarking on a new product development plan that calls for creating families of aircraft around single aircraft types, said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and...
February 25, 2008
Rolls-Royce in late December won FAA type certification of its new 300-shp-class RR300, which will power Robinson Helicopter's first turbine, the five-seat...
February 25, 2008
Here's a round-up of other news from Heli-Expo 2008's first day in Houston. Check back occasionally for additional news: On Jan. 30, the EC225 received its type certification from the FAA. The way is now cleared for the commercial operation in the...
February 15, 2008
Frank Robinson is trying to persuade his top engineers to accelerate development of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s new R66. Robinson will update the industry on the status of the program to field that...
February 13, 2008
Rolls-Royce is spooling up a streamlined facility for production of Model 250 and new, 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft at its Indianapolis site. The...
February 8, 2008
Proof of that came in the form of U.S. President Bush's visit Jan. 30 to mega-helicopter maker Robinson Helicopter Co. ("Mega" because it set a record for civil helicopter production with its 2007 total of 823.) White House staffers some time back were looking for a good setting for...
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...
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