Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Question of the Month: What do the terms “power settling” and “settling with power” mean to you? Let us know, and look for responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below.
Your cover story, “Will Single IFR Ever Return?” ( R&WI, June 2015, page 22), makes clear that there are regulatory hurdles to certification of new, single-engine IFR helicopters. Even if those hurdles are removed, however, the big question will be whether operators want to pay for IFR capability in their singles.
From a technology point of view, we know single-engine IFR is feasible. The earlier aircraft you cite in the article, such as the modified Aérospatiale SA341 Gazelle and AS350 and the Bell Helicopter 206Ls, demonstrated that. Considering avionics advances since the 1970s, fielding that capability should be much easier today. Doing so would enhance single-engine helicopter safety and would be a boon for the manufacturers and installers of avionics, since that would create a whole new niche for their products and services.
But it would be interesting to see if the user community would embrace IFR for its single-engine aircraft and be willing to pay for it.
Last Successful Bell?
In response to your question of the month, “What do you consider to be the last successful commercial helicopter put into service by Bell?” (Feedback, R&WI, July 2015, page 8), I would have to say it is the Bell 429.
New Look? Yes
I like the new mobile format of The Rotor & Wing Collective electronic newsletter, which I received Aug. 12! It is much better on my iPhone.
Thank you. The new format uses a “responsive” design that adapts itself to whatever device a reader is using to view the e-letter (desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile phone). We are changing all our e-letters to such a format.
New Look? No
In looking over my print copies of R&WI in the new format you introduced in June, I find that, while the content is great, the font size is not.
For many of us with more than a few years of experience in the industry, the smaller, lighter font that you’ve begun to use is difficult to read, even with reading glasses. Please bring back the previously used, larger, darker font so that your optically challenged readers can continue to enjoy your fine magazine.
Due to a production error, we deleted the start of a paragraph at the bottom of page 26 in August 2015’s article “The Standards Approach.” The full text is available at: www.rotorandwing.com. We apologize for the inconvenience.
My August Editor’s Note incorrectly said new-helicopter certification rules are based largely on aircraft weight and number of powerplants. I should have said “number of passengers.” This point has been corrected in the online version. I apologize for the error. —The Editor