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November 1, 2008
The winners of the Military and Public Service 2007 Above And Beyond The Call Awards performed their duties bravely, professionally, safely and with honor. This year, as in past years, the Helicopter Heroism Award judges had a tough time picking the overall winner, and the winners of the military and public service categories from the 20-plus reports submitted to R&W from all around the world. Hours...
November 1, 2008
There were many memorable nominations received during the review process for the 2007 Helicopter Heroism Awards. Here are two teams that stood out for above and beyond service to the United States. Honors like Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award and this year’s Above and Beyond the Call Awards recognize individual achievement. That is their purpose, to commend individual performance...
November 1, 2008
This year’s Search & Rescue Summit drew hundreds from around the world, including our Helicopter Heroism Award winners, each of whom were nominated by their associates, then selected by our panel of judges and you, the readers. We are proud to introduce the judges of Rotor & Wing’s 2007 Helicopter Heroism Award. Chris Baur has more than 11,000 hr, is a dual-rated certified flight...
November 1, 2008
There are pros and cons to buying surplus military aircraft: the helicopters may be less expensive, but the purchase is a lot like buying a used car — you don’t know where it’s been or who has been driving. After years of use in U.S. military operations, many well-seasoned military helicopters will be classified as excess inventory and will be released from the military’s inventory...
November 1, 2008
With the obvious exception of Boeing’s AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, many military rotorcraft designs find their way into civilian service. The most common are the OH-58 Kiowa and the OH-6 Cayuse, which often make their way into the hangars of police departments operating start-up aviation units or existing helicopter operations working with tight budgets. In the 1996, the Anne Arundel County...
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...
November 1, 2008
We’re All In It Together For those of you who are not from the United States, please read this article and know that when I write about the brotherhood of dedicated helicopter crews that perform rescue operations I mean all of the folks in the world that have dedicated their lives to this calling. I guess as we get older our ability to tolerate nonsense becomes more and more fragile. I have listened...
October 31, 2008
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters plus options for several additional aircraft. The MMEA will use...
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...
October 29, 2008
Sikorsky Aerospace Services, a division of United Technologies, announced the signing of contracts with the...
October 24, 2008
A British Royal Navy pilot has been recommended for a citation for saving his crew, passengers and helicopter by executing an unusual landing. During a recent rescue mission in a...
October 23, 2008
Belgium-based avionics specialist Barco has been awarded a contract from Eurocopter to provide high-performance mission displays...
October 21, 2008
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has selected Eurocopter’s EC-725 Cougar as the replacement for its fleet of...
October 21, 2008
The Canadian Air Force, Sikorsky’s launch customer for the maritime variant of the S-92, dubbed the H-92, is...
October 16, 2008
Without using any competitive bidding, the county purchased military and civil helicopters only from Agusta (part of the state-controlled Finmeccanica), which is an illegal measure...
October 8, 2008
The company delivered a UH-72A as the "first final assembly line aircraft from the production facility at Columbus, Mississippi." EADS is moving to transition the UH-72A's full production to the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus. The company is using a three-phased...
October 8, 2008
The H-92 Superhawk demonstrated its mission capabilities in nine countries throughout Europe during the past...
October 1, 2008
Correction, Please Your item on the first flight of the Block 3 variant of the Boeing/U.S. Army AH-64D Apache stated that "Boeing experimental test pilots performed the first flight" on June 27 at the Boeing’s Mesa, Ariz. facility ("Program Updates," August 2008, page 22). That is incorrect. That first flight of the first prototype Apache Block 3 was flown by a split crew...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency intends to award a sole-source contract to Boeing for continued development of a "disc rotor" aircraft. The DiscRotor concept is an aircraft with a relatively small, hub-mounted disc that can extend rotor blades to affect vertical flight. Boeing conducted a "Phase 0" research effort under a DARPA seedling/concept study...
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