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April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Helicopter manufacturers will be busy in the coming year filling orders received at the Heli-Expo 2007. Eurocopter received a total of 112 orders from providers of emergency medical, oil and gas exploration and tourism services, as well as private operators. In the oil and gas market, Eurocopter took 47 orders including 27 for the...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 With a backlog of $14.5 billion and a 50-percent jump in sales, Eurocopter faces the challenge of meeting delivery schedules without overheating its supply and production systems. That was the message new Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling brought to Heli-Expo. He...
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 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
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
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
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...
April 1, 2007
THE OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IS BOOMING, and with this boom has come a substantial increase in overwater helicopter traffic. As the volume of flights has gone up, so too has the exposure of those being transported to the risks of accidents and crash-related drownings. Many deaths in offshore accidents could have been prevented if the helicopter occupants had been properly trained for underwater...
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
Air Logistics has broken ground on a $4.5-million expansion of its headquarters at Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia, La. The expansion will be a two-story, 27,068-sq-ft facility named the Ken Jones Administration Building, after a co-founder of the company. It builds on growth Air Logistics has already experienced at the airport, which serves as the hub for the company’s...
March 1, 2007
Monica McIntyre has received the Helicopter Assn. International’s MD Helicopter Law Enforcement award. Recently retired, McIntyre was the nation’s first female law enforcement pilot. She flew in Lakewood, Calif. as a Sky Knight pilot for the Sheriff’s Dept. for 25 years. Glen Cornett has received the Helicopter...
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...
March 1, 2007
T IS PERHAPS THE MOST PROMISING DEVELOPMENT in airborne navigation and communications: a single system that can track aircraft without the need for radar, let each flier see the traffic nearby, and provide updates and alerts of weather and other important information. For those reasons and its proven success in Alaska (one of the most hostile operating environments for commercial aviators), automatic...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
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