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April 1, 2008
President Bush may have nominated FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell to head the aviation agency, but his man may never take the post. The nomination as FAA chief requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and that body has repeatedly put off hearings toward approving Sturgell for the job. A number of reasons have been rumored. Among them is that labor-friendly Democrats in the Senate are miffed at...
April 1, 2008
Igor Sikorsky, the godfather of the modern helicopter, perhaps summed it up best: "Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle." When I served as editor-in-chief of Rotor & Wing during the mid-to-late 1990s, I was always struck by the sheer passion of the people in the helicopter market. Their devotion to rotorcraft made editing this magazine a joy and a privilege. I...
April 1, 2008
Some would argue that rotorcraft engineering is as much an art as a science, and they could muster a compelling defense of that premise.. Take the case of Frank Robinson, the R44 Raven 2 main rotor blade, and the hacksaw. The engineers at Robinson Helicopter Co. were trying to come up with a design that would get more altitude performance out of the R44. They knew one thing they needed was more main rotor...
April 1, 2008
Patience is probably not considered a virtue by the helicopter operator who is waiting on some aspect of customer support. A review of Rotor & Wing customer perception surveys spanning a decade, however, shows that operators have seen improvements over that time in most areas of airframe makers’ customer support. Hence, our use of the cliché, "Good things come to those who wait"...
April 1, 2008
Eurocopter is adding training capabilities in the United States to respond to long-term market needs and shorter-term opportunities. In the latter category, the manufacturer’s American Eurocopter unit in Grand Prairie, Texas is developing a turbine-transition course targeted at the hundreds of flight instructors thrown out of work by the February shutdown of Silver State Helicopters and its network...
April 1, 2008
Sorting Out Silver State’s Impact Flight schools, former students and employees, and lawyers are trying to sort out the implications of Silver State Helicopters’ shutdown. Some former staffers are seizing the opportunity created by the Feb. 3 shutdown to open their own flight schools. One group of former Silver State instructors has started Veracity Aviation at New Braunfels, Texas Municipal...
April 1, 2008
That India is a big lure for helicopter makers was reaffirmed by strategic deals struck this year by key rotorcraft players. In February, Sikorsky Aircraft signed a memo of understanding with a unit of India’s Tata Group on the production of cabins for the S-92. That was followed in short order by Eurocopter’s move to expand its manufacturing capability in India in league with a key long-time...
April 1, 2008
The question of whether your aircraft is safe must be answered before every flight. Do you really know if it is airworthy and if not, what do you do about it? Maintenance has been in the public spotlight recently, and not for laudable reasons. Back in January, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a probable cause for the March 27, 2007 crash of a Robinson Helicopter R22 at Ponte Vedra...
April 1, 2008
SERVICES Aviation Research Group/U.S. has written a series of standards for on-site safety audits that are specific to helicopter operators, according to the company. ARG/US provides real-time information, advice, and proprietary data products focused primarily on safety reports for Part 135 charter companies...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Intelligent Automation Corp. is making headway in persuading helicopter operators of the value of its aircraft monitoring and diagnostics systems. Much of Poway, Calif.-based IAC’s success has come with military operators. Its health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) are...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Heli-Expo 2008 wrapped up its visit to Houston on Feb. 26 by providing another sign of the strength of the current helicopter market. The Helicopter Assn International’s annual show broke all attendance and exhibitor records, the group reported. It said 17,373 people attended this year’s show and were presented with the products and services of 523 exhibitors. On the exhibit floor were...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL A new venue for the helicopter industry will be opening its doors May 15 in Moscow. HeliRussia 2008 is supported by the Helicopter Assn International and the Russian Federal Agency of Industry. This new trade show, open to both industry...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS The FAA plans to begin testing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) communications, navigation, and surveillance system this year. The tests are be carried out are on a system of transponders placed on oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. If implementation in...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is reorganizing its engineering shop and going outside for managers. Among its new hires is long-time tilt-rotor critic Nick Lappos. In a March 19 e-mail to employees, Bell President and CEO Richard Millman said Lappos, a 32-year veteran of Sikorsky Aircraft and most recently a Gulfstream executive, will head Bell’s XworX R&D shop...
March 31, 2008
India’s civil aviation department is seeking bids for a contract to offer subsidized, daily helicopter service between Guwahati and Tawang in northeastern India...
March 28, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International is planning safety forums focusing on the U.S. emergency medical service and offshore oil and gas support segments of the industry. HAI...
March 24, 2008
Aviation Today will host a webinar examining ongoing opportunities presented by the current helicopter boom and the potential impact of global economic turmoil on the industry. The webinar...
March 20, 2008
Nick Lappos has spent a lot of  time and energy in recent years critiquing  the promise and performance of Bell Helicopter and its vaunted tilt-rotor technology. Now he is going to work for Bell and, presumably...
March 17, 2008
Rolls-Royce has completed assembly, test, and delivery of its first production RR300 engine, following receipt of its production certificate for the engine from the U.S. FAA. The 300-shp-class powerplant was completed at Rolls' newly-commissioned small engine...
March 7, 2008
The helicopter industry may be booming, with many segments appearing to be recession-proof, but it's not getting any easier to land our aircraft. Take the New York City market. Operators there are operating under new restrictions that they accepted to fend off political and community over...
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