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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...
June 1, 2008
That was a question on the minds of U.S. attendees at last month’s American Helicopter Society International annual gathering in Montreal. What provoked the question? The U.S. Navy’s launch of a rotorcraft center of excellence, based at NAS Patuxent River, Md. It is headed by the Naval Air Systems’ Douglas Isleib (see the VH-71 item), who is one of just two full-time employees assigned to...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 27, 2008
European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative...
May 23, 2008
AgustaWestland is setting up an international helicopter rescue school in partnership with Italy’s Valle d'Aosta Autonomous Region, according to the World Aeronautical Press Assn. The smallest of Italy’s...
May 23, 2008
Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service is sending one of its Eurocopter Super Puma’s to China’s Sichuan region to aid in earthquake relief operations there. The...
May 21, 2008
U.S. FAA officials responsible for regulation of obstacle marking and lighting are weighing whether to approve a Norwegian-developed system as an alternate means of marking powerlines. Oslo-based OCAS developed the...
May 16, 2008
Work on the two Chinook CH-47Fs at the Boeing plant in Ridley Township, Penn., stopped as suspicions of sabotage dominated an unfolding investigation into how the two military helicopters were damaged as they were nearing completion for an Army contract that runs through 2018. The reports indicate that someone might have...
May 14, 2008
The latest hazard to safe helicopter flight in the United States comes in the form of wind farms. These collections of modern-day windmills, seen as an environmentally friendly energy option to gas, coal, and nuclear powerplants, are proliferating. The U.S. Energy...
May 1, 2008
Recent years have brought a broadening of the field of heroism in helicopters. AgustaWestland’s AW139 is a case in point. It is still relatively new to the field. But its operators, such as the Italian operator Air Green in the Alps and the United Arab Emirates’ air force, have performed many rescues with it. Last month, an AW139 operated by CHC Helicopters flew its first rescue mission within...
May 1, 2008
Military Outsourcing Regarding Giovanni de Briganti’s comments on military outsourcing, the situation could go a step further: arm all civil aircraft ("Military Outsourcing: How Far to Go?" January 2008, page 23). They could divert at a moment’s notice from their scheduled flight plan, attack an enemy threat, and continue on their scheduled flight. The only cost to the military would...
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