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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
COMMERCIAL/UTILITY Deccan Aviation in partnership with a French company based in Bangalore, India is offering helicopters for aerial mapping for rail, road and underground pipeline construction in India. Deccan said it has joined with several partners to form consortia to carry out different photogrammetric/mapping...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 MD Helicopters reported at the Helitech trade show that it had recently received orders for 11 aircraft from customers around the world. The Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer said the orders from customers from Switzerland to New Zealand were "a reflection of the continued rise in global sales at the company." The helicopters will be used by these new operators for a wide range of...
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
UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES Boeing is gearing up for further testing of its A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicle following the aircraft’s completion of a Sept. 27 flight test in which it carried a 1,000-lb payload for 8 hr. Built in response to a U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency request in 1999, the 35-ft-long aircraft (with a 36-ft-dia rotor, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney...
November 1, 2007
Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland officials on the BA609 civil tilt-rotor program are less concerned these days about building infrastructure for rotorcraft operations in the United States and other key markets. BA609 leaders in the past have pointed to the need for a more concerted industry...
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
Being a search and rescue pilot takes skill and the ability to listen to your compatriots. THE QUESTION POSED BY ROTOR AND WING WAS, could I write an article about what it takes to be a good search and rescue pilot and how young pilots can prepare for this line of flying. I immediately thought about the definition of a SAR pilot. Does it include pilots working in EMS operations that only do...
November 1, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to open a flight school in China this year. The demand for helicopters in China is increasing; Eurocopter expects the number of rotorcraft there to exceed 1,000 within 20 years, with demand spurred by the 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing. Shanghai is hosting...
November 1, 2007
EVERYBODY IN AEROSPACE, IT seems, is enticed by the huge potential market that is China. The complexities of dealing in that market are never far below the surface, however, as events reminded us last month. In early October, the Kanwa Information Center, which describes itself as a "non-government-run news agency," put out a report that the "mysterious Z-10 combat helicopter that was...
November 1, 2007
Metro Aviation today holds the grand opening of its new 160,000-sq-ft manufacturing, maintenance, and...
October 1, 2007
It takes more than a rotor and dependable engine to fly. Helitech highlights products that help keep flight safe and reliable. HELITECH OFFERS THE LATEST CHANCE FOR OPERATORS IN EUROPE to get rundowns from manufacturers on the status of their next generation of aircraft, as well as current products and what they and vendors are doing to support and improve them. The latest edition, the 12th, of the...
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