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November 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS The FAA on Oct. 2 issued a long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking setting out performance requirements for the avionics needed to operate in an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) flight regime. The 100-page proposal says only ADS-B "Out" broadcast capability is required, deferring a...
November 1, 2007
Bell Sees 429 Deliveries Starting Next October Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Sikorsky Delivers S-92s To South Korean Air Force Sikorsky Aircraft...
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
Sikorsky Achieves High Availability Rate With S-92 The S-92 has netted an availability rate of more than 90 percent. Sikorsky says the high percentage is due to the use of its state-of-the-art fleet management operations center, opened in...
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
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
FlightSafety International is adding a new center dedicated to offshore helicopter training. Training at the new, 70,000-sq-ft Learning Center in Lafayette, La. is to begin in 2008. The facility is designed to accommodate up to eight full flight simulators and will feature advanced-technology training devices and classrooms equipped with...
November 1, 2007
Bristow Group, adding to its investment in the global training division it expanded with the purchase earlier this year of Helicopter Adventures, Inc., is purchasing full-flight, state-of-the-art flight...
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
BRISTOW GROUP SEES A LOT OF fertile ground to be plowed in finding new helicopter mechanics. Folks in this industry spend a lot of time talking about the shortage of pilots. In fact, a look back over the 40 years of Rotor & Wing will reveal that the earliest issues of the magazine cite concerns about that shortage. Perhaps its visibility reflects a skewed view; most of our readers are or have been...
November 1, 2007
Keystone Helicopter has received FAA approval, in the form of a production certificate, to make S-76s for its parent company, Sikorsky Aircraft. The Stratford, Conn. manufacturer began looking at...
November 1, 2007
Metro Aviation today holds the grand opening of its new 160,000-sq-ft manufacturing, maintenance, and...
October 30, 2007
Bell Helicopter has frozen the exterior design for its new Model 429. According to Bell's marketing and sales senior...
October 12, 2007
Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Two flight-test versions have...
October 1, 2007
While many operators are prospering in boom markets, the rotorcraft industry is still fighting for its place in European regulatory arenas. BUSINESS FOR HELICOPTER OPERATORS IN EUROPE IS almost too good to be true. As is the case with most other major markets in this industry, the region is enjoying a level and scope of activity across nearly all its sectors that were unimaginable just three years ago...
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 17, 2007
CHC Helicopter Corp. has enough credit lined up to underwrite pending deals, despite liquidity concerns in international capital markets. That is the message 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...
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