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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...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
Correction After conferring with an Essex Police spokesman, we reported that the police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom scrapped a plan for a helicopter maintenance consortium ("U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan," June 2007, page 13). In fact, the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance consortium, a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved Part 145 organization...
September 1, 2007
CLAUDIO AGOSTINI joined the Rotor & Wing team in June 1999, writing from Brazil about Latin America. He is based in the city of São Paulo, which has more than 300 helicopters and 160 heliports. Claudio has more than 20 years of business and marketing experience in aerospace and defense. He consults on strategy and marketing and lectures about the helicopter market. He also actively participates...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
CIVIL Effective Aug. 30, the FAA was to reconfigure the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, changing it from what many pilots have described as "Mickey Mouse ears" to a rough circle centered on the DCA VOR. The original ADIZ was placed around Washington in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and encompassed the Class B airspace of National...
September 1, 2007
AIR SHOWS Search-and-rescue operations, medium-lift helicopter requirements, and the market potential of vertical-lift unmanned systems will be focuses of discussions at Helitech 2007, the all-rotorcraft trade show and exhibition to be held in England next month. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The biennial event gives...
September 1, 2007
HELICOPTER HISTORY Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visited The Helicopter Museum in the United Kingdom’s Western-super-Mare, Somerset July 20. After touring the museum and discussing various restoration projects underway...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
August 28, 2007
Schweizer Aircraft’s newest helicopter will be the turbine-powered Model 434, sources familiar with the program tell      Rotor & Wing. The Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary is pursuing accelerated development of the...
August 23, 2007
Just 10 days remain for you to nominate individuals or crews for Rotor & Wing’s 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. Any person or helicopter crew, military or civilian, from...
August 8, 2007
In an effort to continue to improve helicopter education nationwide, Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), a Helicopter Association International (HAI) affiliated organization, is bringing its Professional Education Series to the West...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
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