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April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 3, 2008
MD Helicopters has narrowed its options for a new home to four sites, none of which is its current airport in Mesa, Ariz., according published reports. The Arizona Republic quoted MD CEO Lynn Tilton as saying she’d extended her deadline for...
April 2, 2008
Chelton Flight Systems reports it has begun field installation of its synthetic-vision glass-cockpit software capable of integrating and displaying Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
Where is Raymond Orteig when we need him? Aviation history buffs know that name as belonging to the hotelier who in 1919 offered $25,000 to the first to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. The more recognizable name associated with his is that of Charles Lindbergh, who claimed the prize after landing The Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget airfield on May 20, 1927 following a solo flight of 33 hr, 29 min...
April 1, 2008
Flight Training Mistakes In response to your recent Question of the Month about the most troubling or curious flight training mistakes I’ve seen, a curious and somewhat troubling mistake I have both witnessed and committed is what I’d call "going on autopilot" (Feedback, February 2008, page 7). In this scenario, something that could be major is missed because the task being trained...
April 1, 2008
LEE BENSON is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press. REBECCA CHRISTIE this month contributes the Program Insider page of Rotorcraft Report. Based in Washington, she specializes in...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES To kick off Heli-Expo in Houston, Eurocopter unveiled the latest addition to its family: the EC175. The new, 7-9-ton helicopter garnered not only the attention of attendees, but 13 signatures in its order book totaling 111 orders in the three days of the show. U.S.-based Bristow Group and Canada-based VIH Aviation Group were the launch customers for the aircraft, and were part of the...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Interest in Robinson Helicopter’s R66, strong from its launch last year, has grown with Bell Helicopter’s decision to cancel its 206B3 JetRanger line. The light, single, Robinson’s first turbine, has hundreds of dealers and customers ready to place orders based solely on the phenomenal success of the Torrance, Calif. company’s two-seat R22 and four-seat R44...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Heli-Expo 2008’s first day on Feb. 24 proved a busy one for Bell Helicopters. Not only did it celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept., but it signed orders from Brazil’s TAM Airlines and Rotorcraft Leasing Co. for its new Model 429 and other aircraft. Combined with orders taken at the Singapore Air Show, which preceded the Helicopter Assn...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES AgustaWestland plans to beef up its popular AW139 to better compete in offshore markets. At Heli-Expo in Houston, the manufacturer said it is working on certification of an 882-lb. (400-kg) increase in the AW139’s max gross weight of 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). That would enable it to carry six passengers to a max range of more than 500 nm (926 km). The increase is intended to help the...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The FAA’s top helicopter official told Heli-Expo attendees that all night operations should be flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs). "NVGs should be the norm, not the exception," said David Downey, manager of the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate. A problem with that, of course, is that NVG installations in civil aircraft in the United States are done almost...
April 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | SAFETY The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will hold a three-day forum on the safety of unmanned aircraft systems. The forum will be convened April 29 to May 1 at NTSB Headquarters in Washington. It is intended to help the board and interested parties better understand the safety implications of the growing use of...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Attendees at Heli-Expo in Houston gathered at the Sikorsky Aircraft display area for the unveiling of the first new helicopter design since the company’s 2004 acquisition of Schweizer Aircraft. The helicopter – or more precisely, a scale model of it – that everyone came to see was the S-434. The turbine-powered S-434 (the model of which is shown left) is similar in appearance...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Engine makers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce project a hearty helicopter market worldwide for the next several years. Honeywell is projecting that 4,450 new civil, turbine-powered helicopters will go into service worldwide in the next five years, with corporate, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement customers accounting for more...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Enstrom signed contracts for a 480B for delivery to Aero Inter of the Dominican Republic and another for Aerolineas Ejecutivas, its fourth such Enstrom in as many months. The newly established airborne law enforcement unit of the Plaquemines Parish, La. sheriff’s office took delivery of a Model 480B Guardian (shown above), becoming Enstrom’s third U.S. customer for...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Sikorsky Aircraft unveiled its prototype X2 technology demonstrator to attendees at Heli-Expo 2008 Feb. 24 and sought input from potential customers on how they might make use of high-speed helicopters based on that technology. With the X2 program, Sikorsky aims to...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton took the podium at Heli-Expo to say the company is well on its way back to a position of power in the industry. But before doing so, she blasted journalists for painting an unfair picture of the company. Tilton’s smile was just as unwavering as her attack on aviation publications for only reporting what she called "bad news," rather than...
April 1, 2008
April 6-9 — AAAA Annual Convention, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact: AAAA National Office, Phone: 203-268-2450; Fax: 203-268-5870; Web: www.quad-a.org. April 23-26 — Aircraft Electronics Assn 51st Annual International Convention and Trade Show, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact: Phone: 816-373-6565; Fax...
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...
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