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December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
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
U.S. Army Choice of EADS LUH Bid Boosts Globalization The U.S. Army's choice of a European-led team to provide its next-generation light utility helicopter is widely seen as a crucial validation of globalization in the rotorcraft industry. Two critical questions arise. First, can the Army afford the purchase of up to 352 aircraft envisioned when it named Eurocopter's EC145 the winner of a four-helicopter...
April 1, 2006
More sophisticated integrated systems are becoming available that will increase safety and improve operating economics. The question is what is needed and how to afford it. There was a time not too long ago when the concept of designing a helicopter was to develop the airframe, bolt on an engine, put in some seats, then stick in just enough black boxes and round gauges to let the pilot crank it up, fly...
January 1, 2006
These are times of unexpected change, unusual partnerships and high demand for helicopters and those who make them, support them and fly them. To decipher what all this means for the Industry going forward, we asked top Industry executives the following question: "What specific trends to you anticipate In the helicopter Industry In 2006, and what effects will they have on the Industry?" Precision...
January 1, 2006
Pushing the Envelope of Helicopter Technology In 1945, helicopter pioneer Charles H. Kaman founded the Kaman Aircraft Corporation. Since then, the company has become known for its innovative rotary-wing design concepts and has gone on to build many helicopters, some of which have set records and achieved world firsts. Today, the ISO 9001-certified Kaman Aerospace Corporation produces aircraft structures...
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
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...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY Australia Chinooks to Get $25-Million Upgrade Australia's Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a $25-million upgrade to ensure they are combat ready for future operations. The upgrade includes electronic warfare, ballistic protection and advanced communications gear. In approving the upgrade, Defence Minister Robert Hill said...
August 1, 2005
With two teams working on firefighting tanks for the K-Max--and one on the verge of certification, operators may have a new reason to order the strange but uniquely capable aircraft. Kaman hopes so. SUPERIOR HELICOPTER MIGHT HAVE BEEN FLYING ITS new FIREMAX helicopter weeks ago. But business was just too good. The Grants Pass, Ore.-based logging, construction and firefighting helicopter operator and its...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
June 1, 2005
Help With Brownouts With all due respect to Lt. Col. Steven F. Colby and his fellow military aviators, after reading his article on better ways to deal with brownouts, I couldn't help but make some comments ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). I have more than 30 years of commercial helicopter flying in a utility role in some of the harshest environments Mother Nature has to offer. I...
June 1, 2005
Manufacturers Await USAF's PRV Solicitation The major manufacturers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the U.S. Air Force's pending competition for a Personnel Recovery Vehicle (PRV) helicopter to replace its existing combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter fleet. One candidate has bowed out, while another possible candidate is sitting on the fence waiting for the request for proposals to be...
May 1, 2005
Bringing Visuals Down to Earth In place in its new home, Bell's training academy is focused on enhancing customer learning in part by improving the tools they use to prep for specific mission activities. Flight training devices are impressive things. Built to match the aircraft they represent, to a high degree of fidelity, the more advanced of these devices permit a great deal of systems, procedures and...
April 1, 2005
Advanced avionics applications have made their way to rotorcraft. Now the challenge is to make it easier and more cost-efficient to get them into aircraft and operations. Avionics and aircraft manufacturers in recent years have succeeded in adapting to helicopter applications many systems developed for the larger fixed-wing commercial and corporate aviation markets. In the process, they've learned valuable...
February 1, 2005
Unique Capabilities, Low Demand UNPLANNED AND ON-CALL ACTIVITIES have become essential for survival in the heavy-lift business. Jon Lazzaretti, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.'s marketing vice president, said firefighting can't be depended upon, but is increasingly important for revenue. Helicopters played a larger role than usual in firefighting last year with the fixed-wing fleet grounded, but heavy rainfall...
February 1, 2005
The 57th annual gathering of the Helicopter Assn. International this month promises a fast-paced, productive week of workshops, receptions, symposiums, technical briefings, and formal and informal trade meetings. The association returns to its birthplace of California, with more than 15,000 members, exhibitors and attendees coming together at the convention center in Anaheim, the Southern California city...
January 1, 2005
Performance to the Max. Kaman Aerospace Corp. is a subsidiary of Kaman Corp. of Bloomfield, Conn. Kaman Aerospace manufactures the SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopter, and is a subcontractor for various aircraft structures and components. The company also is a leading manufacturer of safe, arm and fuzing devices for missiles and bombs, rugged environment mass memory systems, precision measuring...
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