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January 1, 2008
The former Boundary Layer Research’s strakes and fin kits have impressed operators with their performance benefits. Now the company wants to get credit for those benefits in the books. "I just don’t understand how they can fly." When someone finds out that you fly, maintain, or build helicopters, how many times have you heard them say: "I just don’t understand how they can...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 17, 2007
Bell Helicopter's  Model 429 is scheduled to undergo an internal review today to determine whether the aircraft's configuration should be frozen and regulators advised that the new...
December 13, 2007
Bell Helicopter was scheduled yesterday to wrap up its last official meeting of the customer advisory council for its new 429 light twin. The two-day...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
Leaders of the International Helicopter Safety Team are wrestling with how the group, which apparently has had some success toward its goal, can reach its critical target audience: smaller helicopter operators. About 300 industry and government representatives met mid-September in Montreal to review the team’s progress since its 2005 inception, renew their commitment to its goal, and...
November 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES The market research firm Forecast International is projecting that manufacturers will deliver 14,202 rotorcraft to the light commercial rotorcraft market in the next 10 years, including 6,891 rotorcraft powered by piston engines and 7,311 powered by turboshafts. The study projects that Robinson Helicopter will deliver 6,086, the most aircraft of any maker in the...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Having enjoyed a busy and successful, Sloane Helicopters Ltd. is re-branding itself to better reflect its market position in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company is on target to achieve more than 40 new aircraft deliveries this year, including Robinson and AgustaWestland aircraft, to customers based both in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The year’s start saw the successful...
November 1, 2007
HELITECH ’07 Attendees and exhibitors at Helitech near Cambridge, England found the biennial trade show to be a bit slow this year, but generally were satisfied with the quality of visitors and displays. With over 15,000 sq m (161,460 sq ft) of display space, the...
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
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
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...
October 30, 2007
Bell Helicopter has frozen the exterior design for its new Model 429. According to Bell's marketing and sales senior...
October 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/TOURISM India’s state-owned Pawan Hans wants to build what is called that country’s first civil heliport on the eastern banks of Yamuna in Delhi. A company proposal to that end has been forwarded by India’s civil aviation...
October 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/HELIPORTS A private businessman in Raleigh, N.C. has opened a heliport for private as well as commercial helicopters. It has also become the location for another helicopter training school run by Silver State Helicopters, Las Vegas, Nev. The Raleigh Heliport is 3 mi from downtown Raleigh, off one of the main arteries into the city and within the city limits. Raleigh is a city of...
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 11, 2007
Silver State Helicoptershas formed a partnership with Eos Partners, a New York-based private investment firm. The partnership creates Silver State...
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’...
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