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July 1, 2008
NEWS A set of new U.S. Army contracts to helicopter makers, spurred by damage incurred by aircraft in Iraq and Afghanistan, is intended to reinvigorate U.S. research and development of rotor technology. Awarded to Boeing and Sikorsky under the Army Applied Aviation Directorate’s Rotor Durability program, the contracts initially aim to develop rotor blades — retrofittable to current aircraft...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to better support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative in league with NATO. The effort is to cover joint training, logistics and upgrading of helicopters to operate in austere environments. That could benefit...
July 1, 2008
TRAINING Rotor & Wing’s 2008 Search and Rescue Summit, slated for Sept. 18 in Reston, Va., will capture lessons of multi-agency SAR operations.. The one-day event will include a morning session on the lessons of such operations...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Honeywell has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intelligent Automation Corp (IAC), a leading supplier of helicopter on-board diagnostic systems for both military and commercial customers. Pending regulatory review, Honeywell will take over Poway, Calif.-based...
July 1, 2008
MILITARY The historic humanitarian efforts of the Berlin Airlift 60 years ago were honored by the annual Joint Service Open House at Andrews AFB, Md., home of the U.S. Air Force’s presidential transport wing and Air Force One. "It displayed a U.S. dedication to a stable and...
June 23, 2008
August 1, 2008 is the deadline for nominations for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Awards. If you know of displays of heroism and flying skills involving helicopter crews and individuals on missions conducted in calendar year 2007...
June 18, 2008
The company, Helips, is seeking investors for a new, multi-purpose, light helicopter that does not have a tail rotor. The Gulf Times reported that two representatives from Helips gave a presentation at the Qatar Scientific...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 17, 2008
According to China’s Xinhua News, Chinese military forces have helped evacuate more than 1.33 million people from regions hit by the May 12 earthquake. Since the quake devastated China's southwest Sichuan Province...
June 16, 2008
On September 18, 2008, Rotor & Wing will host Search & Rescue Summit 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in Reston, Va. Click here to register. The 2007 Helicopter Heroism Awards will be given to those that have risked their lives to save others. The morning session, “Old Lessons, New Tools in Search and Rescue” from 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. will examine how well...
June 11, 2008
The U.K. Defence Ministry and CAE are building the capability for multiple crews and helicopters to train jointly. They plan to link the Royal Air Force's Medium Support Helicopter...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 10, 2008
Piasecki Aircraft performed flight demonstrations of its X-49A Speedhawk for top Boeing Rotorcraft executives June 5. Boeing has partially bankrolled Piasecki's development of the vectored-thrust...
June 6, 2008
How will the ouster of top U.S. Air Force brass affect the protracted selection of a next-generation combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter for the service? The Air Force already has pushed back picking a new winner in its CSAR-X competition from next month to October. It had selected Boeing's...
June 3, 2008
Nominations are open for Rotor & Wing’s Helicopter Heroism Award. For more than 40 years, the award has honored crews who tested the limits of their skill and courage and the performance of their...
June 1, 2008
New and Improved? Perhaps Mrs. McKenna has a point in her reluctance to use electronic methods of navigation ("New and Improved," January 2008, page 4). In 1989, I was flying in a loose formation of three from Deauville to Ferté Alais, France. As I was in a poorly equipped Tiger Moth, I was the back of the formation with a paper map, the leader having a Loran (the GPS of the era, but less...
June 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE Massive disasters last month in Asia have once again thrown the spotlight on the unique capabilities of the helicopter in emergency relief operations. Unfortunately, in one case, rescue workers were forced to only imagine the aid helicopters could bring to their efforts. At press time, the government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was still blocking most international efforts to bring in aid...
June 1, 2008
MILITARY To hear the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency tell it, the financial troubles of very-light-jet manufacturer Adam Aircraft came at a good time for its Heliplane R&D project. Adam’s fixed-wing, twin-jet A700 was the baseline for that project, which aims to develop a rotorcraft capable of flying at 350 kt, flying an unrefueled range of 1,000 nm and carrying a payload of 1,000 lb...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | AIR TAXI Atlantic Airways Ltd of Denmark’s Faroe Islands has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland AW139. The helicopter is configured for 12-15 seat layouts for both public passenger transport and offshore-support operations. As the national airline of the Faroe Islands...
June 1, 2008
San Francisco-based URS Corp will train helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army and the Air Force under a five-year contract that could be worth up to $240 million. URS won the contract through its EG&G division, which has been training helicopter pilots for the military since 1989. Training takes place at Fort Rucker, Ala. Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $60-million contract for the...
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