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November 3, 2008
Planners for the government-sponsored 7th annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, scheduled for Nov. 4-9 in the country’s Guangdong Province, are expecting the event...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY RotorFest, the annual helicopter open house and air show hosted by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Penn. drew a crowd of 3,500 rotorcraft enthusiasts each day of the weekend-long event, which was held on October 11 and 12. Visitors of all ages could stroll through the museum where history-making helicopters, such as an AH-1 Cobra, a Bell 206B...
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 30, 2008
On Oct. 29, Iran Aviation Industries Organization announced that it plans to build more than 50 Kamov Ka-32 helicopters under a license agreement with Russia. This announcement concerns some...
October 16, 2008
Without using any competitive bidding, the county purchased military and civil helicopters only from Agusta (part of the state-controlled Finmeccanica), which is an illegal measure...
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...
October 1, 2008
Corporate operators insist that greater appreciation of the helicopter’s capabilities is sustaining demand despite a growing global economic downturn. With skyrocketing fuel prices and an economy sliding into a recession, companies around the world are starting to tighten their respective belts. How this will impact the corporate helicopter market remains to be seen. If there is one message that the...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
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 15, 2008
The British-Italian manufacturer will launch a program to develop that aircraft by the end of the year, its CEO, Guiseppe Orso, said in answer to a...
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 9, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar...
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...
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