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November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter market proved this true once again, as it has borne out none of the short-term predictions industry was making just...
November 1, 2008
Helicopter Industry Faces Perfect Storm PARIS — The world’s helicopter industry, boosted to unprecedented levels of prosperity by a steady growth in orders during the past decade, would do well to prepare for the perfect storm that is now looming just over the horizon. And its effects are likely to be felt all the more keenly that all manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in...
October 13, 2008
Effective Oct. 16, 2008, FAA Airworthiness Directive AD 2008-19-02, regarding Bell model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters, will require repetitive inspections of the main rotor hydraulic actuator supports to verify the presence...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
August 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Australian regulators in late June launched a first-ever, month-long review of the safety of helicopter and other operations in the northern part of that country. Two teams of Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors, investigators and safety advisors planned to carry out...
August 1, 2008
Interest Rises in India In Helicopter Work As commercial airlines cut workforces and fleet sizes to counter rising fuel costs and falling traffic, aspiring pilots in India may be turning their attention to rotary-wing flight decks. The Rotary Wing Academy there reports what its leaders call an unprecedented rise in interest in training from potential students. The school is run by...
August 1, 2008
Southern Helicopter Land Southern Cone is the unofficial and curious designation for the southernmost region of Latin America. It includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, sometimes Paraguay and finally Brazil. Given its size (both territorial and economic), Brazil is treated in various ways in relation to this designation. It may be considered to be fully included in the Southern Cone or as part of it...
July 23, 2008
The aircraft, the second pre-production version of the light twin, is being prepped for flight tests at Bell's Mirabel...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 7, 2008
The U.K. aviation services company PremiAir is forming a new aircraft sales business. Based at Farnborough Airport, PremiAir Global is focused on acquiring and selling new and used helicopters and business jets and says it is not affiliated to any aircraft...
July 3, 2008
Welcome to R&W’s updated homepage. You’ll still find all the rotorcraft information you require here, with our daily news briefs, powerful search engine and current...
July 2, 2008
Industry leaders plan to meet in Montreal July 8 to discuss the ramifications of this week's midair collision of air ambulances in Arizona and other accidents. One area of concern is to how to inject into television and newspaper coverage the message that the industry has mounted...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intelligent Automation Corp (IAC), a leading supplier of helicopter on-board diagnostic systems for both military and commercial customers. Pending regulatory review, Honeywell will take over Poway, Calif.-based...
July 1, 2008
Optimists believe structural changes in the industry have made helicopters largely immune to the current economic turmoil. Here’s a rundown of leading indicators that will tell whether they’re right. Pam Holm isn’t Chicken Little. Holm was the only one of 14 members of Houston’s City Council to vote against an April proposal to more than double the size of the police...
June 20, 2008
The market analysis firm Forecast International sees piston-powered helicopter production to taper off in coming years. Production in that category has been booming since 2002, when only about 290 units were...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 16, 2008
On September 18, 2008, Rotor & Wing will host Search & Rescue Summit 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston, Va. Click here to register. The 2007 Helicopter Heroism Awards will be given to those that have risked their lives to save others. The morning session, “Old Lessons, New Tools in Search and Rescue” from 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. will examine how well...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 5, 2008
Looking for a leading indicator of whether the U.S. dollar is rebounding in value against other international currencies? Top U.S. economic officials have in recent weeks been signaling that the "greenback" has depreciated enough. They long...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
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