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March 24, 2008
Aviation Today will host a webinar examining ongoing opportunities presented by the current helicopter boom and the potential impact of global economic turmoil on the industry. The webinar...
March 20, 2008
Nick Lappos has spent a lot of  time and energy in recent years critiquing  the promise and performance of Bell Helicopter and its vaunted tilt-rotor technology. Now he is going to work for Bell and, presumably...
March 14, 2008
Little more than a month after it supported a dramatic rescue off the northwest coast of Scotland, the S-92 faces criticism there for missing another rescue. According to the newspaper The Daily Record, a Royal Air Force crew...
March 12, 2008
Its pilot’s inappropriate flying techniques caused the July 13, 2006 crash of a CH-149 Cormorant, Canadian Forces investigators have found. Contributing to the crash into the sea near Canso, Nova Scotia that killed three crewmembers, they said, were flight restrictions triggered by tail-rotor cracking on the...
March 12, 2008
Brazil is to sign a deal with France to build 50 military helicopters as part of a broader strategic defense alliance, according to the Reuters news service and other media reports. Under the proposed...
March 11, 2008
What impact will the U.S. Air Force's selection of a new aerial tanker based on Airbus's A330 have on that service's long-delayed decision on a new combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter? The Feb. 29 choice of a team of Northrop Grumman and Airbus parent EADS sparked widespread protests in Congress, which quickly convened a hearing on the...
March 6, 2008
Becker Avionics Systems plans to add LoJack’s proven stolen-vehicle tracking and recovery software to its search and rescue SAR-DF 517 radio-direction finder for law enforcement aviation units in...
March 1, 2008
The balance of the Middle East helicopter market is gradually shifting, as Russian manufacturers and Sikorsky Aircraft make significant gains in the military arena while AgustaWestland and Eurocopter get most of their new business on the fast-expanding civil market. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Saudi Arabia, which in mid-September signed a wide-ranging agreement to buy more than 150 Mi-35M...
March 1, 2008
SRT HELICOPTERS AIMS TO PROVIDE cost-effective, high-risk operational training and services. Its staff are working professionals in the helicopter industry, and the company offers training...
March 1, 2008
GOODRICH HAS REORGANIZED FOUR HELICOPTER-RElated business units into a single one to give operators a one-stop shop for outfitting their aircraft. The Charlotte, N.C.-based global supplier of aerospace, defense and homeland security systems and services (Booth 4413) has placed under one umbrella organization the units that deal with de-icing and heating systems, fuel and health management systems, hoists...
March 1, 2008
CHC SCOTIA HAS ACHIEVED A breakthrough with a major rescue off the northwest coast of Scotland during the worst storm of 2008 so far. The company has been operating a Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 for the U.K. Maritime and Coast Guard Agency from Stornoway, an island base northwest of Scotland, since October. During the early hours of Feb. 1, the crew was sent to...
March 1, 2008
TURBOMECA EXECUTIVES ARE confident that 2008 will be the year when their investments in improving customer support begin to pay off. "I think you will see us turn the corner in 2008," said Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles. Toward the end of this year, the engine maker will conduct the next in its series of biennial customer-satisfaction surveys, which executives described as a...
March 1, 2008
THE QUESTION ON MANY MINDS IS what will Bell Helicopter do this year? For the last several years, Heli-Expo has marked turning points for Bell, with most proving less than favorable. In 2004, for instance, it launched the IFR version of the Model 427, only to cancel that a year later in favor of the 429. In 2006, it unveiled the Model 417, which lasted until Heli-Expo 2007, when both it and Bell chief Mike...
March 1, 2008
Over 50 years after it was founded in 1954, the air wing of France’s Gendarmerie Nationale – a national police force belonging to the Defense Ministry and primarily tasked with policing outside cities and large towns – is partway through an ambitious renewal of its helicopter force. That gradual process by 2013 would see the Groupement des Formations Aériennes de la Gendarmerie...
March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
A recent U.S. Army aviation conference served as a reminder that a prerequisite for such events is an eye exam. The event was one of several whose presentations feature the notorious "quad chart." This visual aid crams four Powerpoint-type slides into a single slide. Its widespread use indicates someone in...
March 1, 2008
U.S. Army aviation faces tough times ahead, and must face them without key proven leaders. The branch has prevailed in tough slogging, engaged as it has been in an intense level of combat operations in southwest Asia and in the global war on terror since 2001. Those battles will continue, but will be joined by ones of a different — and nearly as dangerous kind. The branch must fight for survival in...
March 1, 2008
X-49A Numbers When I saw the X-49A cover, I eagerly looked forward to learning more from your writer, Steve Colby, about the Piasecki Aircraft Corp. design ("Beneficial Bird," December 2007, page 46). I’ve been fascinated with it since I first saw an artist’s rendering of a compound UH-60 so many years ago and was intrigued even more after reading of the AH-56’s 3,000-shp engine...
February 28, 2008
Two Turkish engineers have built a prototype of an unmanned helicopter for use in surveying and mapping disaster sites, Microsoft claims. The engineers, Oquz...
February 25, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft is seizing Heli-Expo as an opportunity to size up potential commercial and other applications for its X2 technology. The company interrupted development of the X2 program, and the march toward first flight, to bring the prototype aircraft to the show in Houston. Team leaders said it is one thing to describe the aircraft, aimed at achieving 250-kt-plus...
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