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June 1, 2007
MID-APRIL BROUGHT ANOTHER session of Flight Safety International’s helicopter safety forum. There I heard typical conversations about the challenges of improving safety. Some struck me as outdated. FlightSafety deserves credit for convening these annual events. They are indeed savvy business development opportunities for one of the oldest flight-training outfits. But they seem more than that. At...
June 1, 2007
Canadian aviation regulators are reviewing an assessment by the nation’s helicopter industry on how the industry might take on more management of the aviation regulation system. Transport Canada in 2003 shifted some management of standardization, certification, and oversight of business aviation to the Canadian Business Aviation Assn. as part of a broader effort to boost the efficiency of Canadian...
June 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/ENGINES The FAA is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend one engine-inoperative (OEI) rating definitions and type certification standards for 30-sec, 2-min, and 30-min OEI ratings for rotorcraft turbine engines. This proposal calls for revising the ratings’ standards to reflect "recent analyses of the ratings’ usage and lessons learned from completed engine certifications...
June 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL MD Helicopters’ head, Lynn Tilton, is decrying "an industry rumor mill that works overtime to turn positives into negatives." In one of MD’s latest public statements, the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer on May 2 issued a press release quoting Tilton as saying MD has achieved its primary goal of "bringing back an American legacy." The New York distressed-debt management...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/TOURISM Helicharter Wales wants to make helicopter travel and the Welsh countryside available to everyone. The company, which has been in business for three years, flies a Bell Helicopter Jet Ranger. In...
June 1, 2007
LEGISLATION Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would add a $25-a-flight surcharge on all IFR flights in the national airspace to cover air traffic control costs. Legislative specialists at the Helicopter Assn. International (HAI) say the Senate bill would phase out a 4.3-cent-a-gallon tax...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
Commercial helicopter operators in India are bracing for an onslaught of competition as foreign operators enter the market. Triggering their concern is the national government’s stated intention to lift or even eliminate the cap on foreign investment in Indian helicopter operators. India’s civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, revealed those intentions April 23 at the start of a three-day...
June 1, 2007
WIND IS DEFINED BY WEBSTER’S dictionary as a strong current of air. Although simple in definition, the effects of wind on an aircraft can be profound. To a pilot wind can be a friend or a foe, depending on its direction. Yet pilots seem to underestimate the consequences of this natural force fairly often. According to the NTSB, during the last 10 years there were 48 helicopter accidents where the...
June 1, 2007
In Eurocopter’s AS350, operators find an aircraft that can perform a great variety of missions, carry a multitude of equipment for them, and provide significant power in the process, even during hot and high conditions. Like many helicopters today, it holds its value well on the used market. As with all things, the family of aircraft known as the Ecureuil, Squirrel, and, perhaps, most commonly, the...
June 1, 2007
Eurocopter ancestor Aerospatiale undertook development of the AS350 Ecureuil, or Squirrel, as a successor to the Alouette light helicopter built by it and its own predecessor, Sud Aviation. The emphasis of the design effort was on an aircraft with low operating and maintenance costs, low noise emissions, and low vibration. That effort got under way in the early 1970s, and the AS350 prototype first flew on...
June 1, 2007
If you want to start an argument among helicopter pilots, you could do worse than to bring up the AS350’s hydraulics. People can get passionate about the aircraft’s hydraulically assisted flight controls, or, more to the point, its controllability when the hydraulics fail. The critics’ complaints are typified in a 1997 Royal Australian Air Force evaluation of the AS350BA when hydraulics...
June 1, 2007
»Bringing the LTS101 Back to the AStar Exasperation among AS350 operators with Turbomeca’s support of the aircraft’s powerplants drove Honeywell Aerospace and Soloy LLC to partner in bringing the LTS101 back to the AStar. Soloy got into the AS350 power business in 1990, when it bought the AS350 AllStar supplemental type certificate developed by Rocky Mountain Helicopters to retrofit the...
June 1, 2007
Turbomeca’s customer support of AS350 engines is the stuff that legends are made of. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the legends are often attached to customers going to extraordinary lengths to get the parts and other help they need to keep their aircraft flying. A top official of an operator of more than 10 AS350s has such a legendary tale. After his organization began operating the AStars...
May 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL MD Helicopters has made it official. It has new management — again. Just weeks after saying she was "very, very happy with the management team I have in place," the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer’s CEO, Lynn Tilton, has replaced top members of that team. Out as president is Chuck Vehlow, the Boeing rotorcraft veteran appointed to that post less than four months ago. (He’s...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
Frank Robinson still isn’t showing all his cards. The creator of what are the best-selling civilian helicopters in the world today revealed plans for the next aircraft in his product line at Heli-Expo 2007, after years of teasing. But he didn’t reveal much. If those displaying at Heli-Expo felt the exhibit hall crowd got a bit light around 2 pm on March 1, the show’s first day...
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