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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...
October 1, 2008
MILITARY U.S. military services on Sept. 6 hosted a celebration in Washington of the celebration of the centennial of military aviation in the nation. Orville Wright left his home in Dayton, Ohio in mid-August 1908 for Washington, where he would conduct acceptance tests of the Wright Flyer for the U.S. Army. Two mechanics joined him for the trials: Charles Taylor and Charles Furnas. They spent Aug. 21 through...
October 1, 2008
Attack — State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd reports it has completed development of India’s first indigenously-developed light combat helicopter and plans to flight test it by year-end. The helo is aimed at giving a boost to the country’s fighting capabilities in the Himalayas. Heavy-Lift — Boeing, Ridley Park, Pa., was awarded a $722.7-million CH-47 multiyear contract for five...
October 1, 2008
The school that teaches U.S. Army aviators to operate safely on high-altitude missions, like those on the battlefields of Afghanistan, shares key principals of that training. Mid-October in the Rocky Mountains is no place for an outing by yourself, especially if you are unprepared. Typically during this time, pilots at the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) would spend their...
September 15, 2008
Air Force helicopters from the 23rd Wing were deployed to Galveston, Texas to assist in the massive search, rescue and recover effort that followed in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the area on the morning of September 13. The...
September 1, 2008
As I write this, a panel of distinguished judges is reviewing nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award and other honors. Their recommendations will help the staff of the magazine decide the winners of those awards. We will present the winners at the Search and Rescue Summit 2008 in Reston, Va. on the 18th of this month. (You can learn more about the Summit at...
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