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April 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Bank of America is pursuing a greater share of the market for financing, leasing, and refinancing new and pre-owned turbine helicopters in the United States. To lead its initiative, the bank has hired Chuck McGuire, an industry veteran with 15 years at...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland nearly doubled the number of helicopter orders it booked last year and is working off a total backlog of more than $11.2 billion. The company’s CEO, Giuseppe Orsi, reported at Heli-Expo that the Finmeccanica subsidiary with major operations in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States took orders for 274 of its civil helicopters. That...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 New management is making progress in reversing problems of an MD Helicopters that was "20 years broken," but it will take years to complete that process, according the manufacturer’s CEO. "This is a company that’s 20 years broken," said Lynn...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Pratt & Whitney Canada’s latest version of the PT6C engine will power the medium EC175 being developed jointly by Eurocopter and Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) 2. The PT6C-67 also powers the AgustaWestland AW139 and the Bell/Agusta Aerospace BA609 civil tilt-rotor. The -67 is the first PT6 produced by Pratt Canada that is governed by a...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland is offering an improved version of its AW119 light single. The AW119Ke Koala Enhanced includes a 286-lb (130-kg) increase in max takeoff weight to 6,283 lb (2,850 Kg.) and a main rotor whose blades have a new aerodynamic design...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Sagem Avionics has built a new, integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) for the Robinson R44. The dual-screen, multi-function ICDS-8 display is an aftermarket option designed to replicate R44’s analog instruments and provide navigation and...
April 1, 2007
EMERGENCY RESPONSE The Helicopter Assn. International says its first-responder database is up and running, with more than 250 helicopters registered since it became operational last July. The association formed the database in response to communications gaps that came to light after Sept. 11, 2001 and rescue missions flown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The database is designed to allow various...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
TIMES ARE GOOD IN THE HELICOPTER INDUSTRY. IN some ways, they’re too good. Take Schweizer Aircraft, for example. The Horseheads, N.Y.-based manufacturer’s core businesses — commercial and military helicopters, fixed-wing surveillance aircraft, unmanned helicopters, and aerospace subcontracting — are all booming. The same is true for the "new" lines of work added in the...
April 1, 2007
IT MAY SEEM LIKE NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH THE current high demand for new helicopters. Operators don’t like having to wait a year or more for aircraft. Customers of commercial ones want more services than it is possible to get at times, because everything available is flying. Manufacturers complain they could garner more sales if they could build helicopters faster. Smiling among the unhappy crowd...
April 1, 2007
AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SURPLUS MILITARY helicopters are being sold by the U.S. military and foreign military organizations around the world. While these sales are beneficial to the seller, many of them bring a host of problems that the purchasers do not foresee, making the helicopter purchase anything but beneficial. Before buying a helicopter that has been used in military operations, potential buyers...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
March 14, 2007
The defense technology firm QinetiQ has integrated a civil satellite communications system into a number of British Ministry of Defense Joint Helicopter...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
President Bush’s latest proposal for funding the U.S. aviation system in Fiscal 2008 and beyond calls for a new set of user fees to replace airline ticket taxes, a move that has general-aviation interest groups lining up to attack it in Congress. The Bush administration’s $67.4-billion Fiscal 2008 budget request for the U.S. Transportation Dept., which covers the FAA and its regulation and...
March 1, 2007
Discovery Air has expanded its inventory of helicopters and, at the same time, expanded its footprint in the Canadian helicopter industry. Discovery Air, based in London, Ontario, in January agreed to buy VIH Aviation Group of Victoria, British Columbia for $154 million (Canadian). The move nearly doubles the size of...
March 1, 2007
The European Commission plans to test and implement a system for communicating with the populace in disaster-stricken areas by broadcasting text messages to cell phones from an orbiting helicopter. The commission is underwriting the initiative, which is intended to close the communications gap that typically results when a natural disaster...
March 1, 2007
LYNN TILTON IS NOT AFRAID TO ADMIT A MISTAKE. "I make mistakes all the time," said the head of the New York distressed-debt investment firm, which since mid-2005 has been the owner of MD Helicopters. That is in part the nature of her job, she said: She owns 70 different companies, 50 of them with 100-percent stakes. They’re all in different industries. They’ve all got different...
March 1, 2007
IF THERE’S A DOWNTURN IN THE OFFING, IT’S HARD TO find someone who has a hint of it. As many of us packed our bags and prepared to wade into the hubbub of this year’s Heli-Expo in Orlando, Rotor & Wing surveyed the industry on the promises and pitfalls that 2007 and beyond may hold. Normally a skeptical lot, the helicopter industry veterans with whom we spoke shared nothing but...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
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