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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...
August 1, 2007
Correction Our story on future rotorcraft powerplants included a discussion of Fischer-Tropsch fuels drawn largely from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fact sheet ("More Efficient, More Sources," May 2007, page 34). Through an editing error, the attribution to the EPA was deleted, leaving readers with the incorrect impression that the material was based on our own knowledge of the subject...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
Sometime this month, the FAA should award an almost $2 billion contract for its nationwide, 500+ ground-station automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network to Lockheed Martin, ITT, or Raytheon. Uniquely, the winner will build the stations to its own specifications, not the FAA’s, then design, install, operate, and maintain them for a service fee. Also uniquely, Raytheon’s bid is...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Is Schweizer Aircraft on the brink of offering a new helicopter product? Executives at the Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y. have said for some time that they are working on an addition to their line of 300C, 300CBi, and turbine 333 helicopters, and it would be revealed when the...
August 1, 2007
UAVS The European Defence Agency (EDA) is examining responses to a call for a study contract to find an all-Europe approach to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airspace integration, correspondent Ann Roosevelt reports in our sister publication, Defense Daily. The call for requests to participate, which were due July 10, were...
August 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL In Australia, the economies of both Queensland and the Northern Territories are booming amid the lowest rate of unemployment across the country for 33 years. With the unemployment figure hovering at 4.2 percent recently, economic growth is being stoked amid expectations of increased consumer spending. This, in turn, is causing wranglers to leave the cattle stations of these two states, in favor...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS Blue Sky Network has sealed a deal for Spain’s Helicsa Helicopters to market its communications and tracking systems in that country and throughout Europe. As part of the...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES China says the civilian H425 helicopter it has developed through independent domestic research has been certified for use by its Commission of Science, Technology, and...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY The British defense research firm QinetiQ reports it has successfully completed flight trials of a technology designed to allow any pilot to control aircraft systems by voice command. QinetiQ’s Direct Voice Input system, flown in the recent tests on a U.K. Army Air Corps Eurocopter Gazelle, is...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/MISSION EQUIPMENT Eurocopter has won U.S. and European certification of a night-vision capable cockpit for the EC145. The manufacturer appears to be the first OEM to offer an option for night-vision-capable cockpit instruments and lighting for a civil aircraft off the production line. Aircraft with...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES AgustaWestland has signed an agreement with Kaigai Aviotech Corp. of Japan to sell AW119 Ke, AW109 Power and Grand helicopters to the Japanese commercial market. Kaigai provides maintenance services to aircraft...
August 1, 2007
AWARDS The Helicopter Assn. International is calling for members as well as nonmembers to submit nominees for the 2008 Salute to Excellence awards. Nominations must be submitted by Oct. 3. The honors, to be presented at the awards dinner during Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston Feb. 24-26, recognize individuals and organizations for exceptional achievements and professionalism. Presenting 13 awards in various...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Eurocopter expects to log about 700 helicopter orders this year, according to President and CEO Lutz Bertling. The French-German consortium got a boost toward that goal at the Paris Air Show, booking 114 orders there. The orders, valued at more than €1.2 billion ($1.65 billion) ranged from single and fleet orders from civil operators to big orders for the NH90 military transport...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Sikorsky Aircraft is marketing itself as a European operation, followings its acquisition this year of Poland’s PZL Mielec. "Sikorsky is a dynamic company that is transforming its business in a number of ways to adapt to an ever-changing, global business environment," said Sikorsky President Jeff Pino. "As we move forward to expand our business globally, we are looking...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
Dan Corsentino of Silver State Helicopters has been appointed to the U.S. Homeland Security Dept.’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Silver State Helicopters has appointed Joel Banks as vice president of flight academy operations in the Eastern U.S. and Steve Balint as...
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