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November 11, 2008
Australia is preparing for another bushfire season by taking delivery of five Erickson Aircrane Helitankers within the next several weeks. Erickson Helitankers have been integral to Australian bushfire fighting for 11 consecutive years and are under contract for three...
November 10, 2008
For the past few nights, an estimated 500 rotorcraft were dispatched across New Zealand in an effort to protect vineyards and orchards against severe frost...
November 3, 2008
Planners for the government-sponsored 7th annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, scheduled for Nov. 4-9 in the country’s Guangdong Province, are expecting the event...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY RotorFest, the annual helicopter open house and air show hosted by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Penn. drew a crowd of 3,500 rotorcraft enthusiasts each day of the weekend-long event, which was held on October 11 and 12. Visitors of all ages could stroll through the museum where history-making helicopters, such as an AH-1 Cobra, a Bell 206B...
November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter market proved this true once again, as it has borne out none of the short-term predictions industry was making just...
November 1, 2008
Helicopter Industry Faces Perfect Storm PARIS — The world’s helicopter industry, boosted to unprecedented levels of prosperity by a steady growth in orders during the past decade, would do well to prepare for the perfect storm that is now looming just over the horizon. And its effects are likely to be felt all the more keenly that all manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in...
October 30, 2008
On Oct. 29, Iran Aviation Industries Organization announced that it plans to build more than 50 Kamov Ka-32 helicopters under a license agreement with Russia. This announcement concerns some...
September 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL U.S. officials investigating the Aug. 5 crash of a Carson Helicopters S-61N that killed nine firefighters battling California wildfires are examining the aircraft’s engines and voice recorders for clues to the cause of the accident. The Fire King, a variant of the S-61 developed by Carson, crashed in the Shasta-Trinity Forest near Weaverville, Calif. Four of the 13...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
August 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Australian regulators in late June launched a first-ever, month-long review of the safety of helicopter and other operations in the northern part of that country. Two teams of Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors, investigators and safety advisors planned to carry out...
August 1, 2008
Interest Rises in India In Helicopter Work As commercial airlines cut workforces and fleet sizes to counter rising fuel costs and falling traffic, aspiring pilots in India may be turning their attention to rotary-wing flight decks. The Rotary Wing Academy there reports what its leaders call an unprecedented rise in interest in training from potential students. The school is run by...
August 1, 2008
Southern Helicopter Land Southern Cone is the unofficial and curious designation for the southernmost region of Latin America. It includes Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, sometimes Paraguay and finally Brazil. Given its size (both territorial and economic), Brazil is treated in various ways in relation to this designation. It may be considered to be fully included in the Southern Cone or as part of it...
July 23, 2008
The aircraft, the second pre-production version of the light twin, is being prepped for flight tests at Bell's Mirabel...
July 17, 2008
Three prototypes of the U.S. Army/Bell Helicopter ARH-70A have accumulated more than 1,300 hr of flight test time. Bob Kenney, Bell's executive vice...
July 15, 2008
The British-Italian manufacturer will launch a program to develop that aircraft by the end of the year, its CEO, Guiseppe Orso, said in answer to a...
July 10, 2008
The World Food Program needs more qualified helicopter-support vendors around the globe, the head of that U.N. agency's aviation unit told Rotor & Wing. Pierre Carrasse said the agency at any one time has 60 aircraft in the field, most of which...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 7, 2008
Four months ago, Rotor & Wing told you that Bell Helicopter executives were doubting the size of the market for the BA609. It is developing that civil tilt-rotor with AgustaWestland. Bell senior vice president for marketing and sales...
July 7, 2008
The U.K. aviation services company PremiAir is forming a new aircraft sales business. Based at Farnborough Airport, PremiAir Global is focused on acquiring and selling new and used helicopters and business jets and says it is not affiliated to any aircraft...
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