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February 22, 2008
The team offering the AgustaWestland EH101 in the U.S. Air Force CSAR-X competition for a new combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter is working on unseating Boing's Chinook as the lowest-risk option for the service. The Air Force in November 2006 picked Boeing's HH-47 bid as the one with the least risk in fielding a new CSAR platform by late...
February 19, 2008
Helicopters flew a record number of rescue flights in Austria's Tyrol region on Feb. 17, the Viennese newspaper Wiener Zeitung...
January 30, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft has four fly-by-wire development programs under way simultaneously. The fly-by-wire test H-92 variant for the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Program made its first flight late last year. A...
January 24, 2008
Brownout remains one of the biggest concerns for helicopter operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Army aircrews and leaders are forever on the search for new tips, techniques, and tools for avoiding or minimizing the hazard. One recurring complaint is...
January 15, 2008
Everyone today speaks of the high operational tempo of U.S. military forces, given combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and counter-terrorism efforts in the Horn of Africa and elsewhere. Col. A. Thomas Ball, commander of the U.S. Army's 25th Combat Aviation...
January 9, 2008
A leading credit-rating service has cut its rating for CHC Helicopter Corp., citing the Richmond, British Columbia-based company's means of financing its fleet expansion. Moody's lowered its rating on CHC's $400-million debt...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
January 8, 2008
Eurocopter has won a contract to provide 11 new helicopters to Spain's ministries of defense and the interior. The defense ministry is acquiring two...
January 8, 2008
U.S. Air Force officials are reviewing revised bids submitted by Boeing, Sikorsky Aircraft, and a team led by Lockheed Martin to develop and produce its new generation of combat search and rescue...
January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 7, 2008
To support that international safety effort, engine maker Turbomeca is undertaking an initiative to develop accurate, real-time means of tracking each helicopter...
January 1, 2008
Competitors for a $10-billion-plus contract to provide the U.S. Air Force’s next combat search and rescue helicopters are finishing preparations for the latest round of the contentious acquisition program. Responses to the Air Force’s latest call for bids (issued Nov. 15, 2007) are due Jan. 7, and Boeing, a Lockheed Martin-led team, and Sikorsky Aircraft are expected to stay in the Combat Search and...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 28, 2007
Drawing in part on advances in video-game technology, U.S. Air Force researchers are pursuing development of an integrated visual and aural environment to help teams more effectively rescue downed...
December 18, 2007
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked an advanced-technology solutions firm to develop an acoustic small-arms detection system for helicopters. The agency awarded a $3.6...
December 14, 2007
CHC has moved two Sikorsky Aircraft S-92s into a second search and rescue base in the United Kingdom, The Shetland Times reports. The Richmond, British Columbia-based helicopter operator is...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
December 4, 2007
The U.S. Air Force has retired the MH-53M Pave Low 4 number 68-10928, a special forces helicopter involved in the last U.S. combat action in Southeast Asia. Aircraft 928 on May 15, 1975 carried U.S. Marines...
November 28, 2007
Three key trade unions are opposing plans by the United Kingdom to sell its military helicopter maintenance work. The work now is done by the Defense Aviation Repair Agency. U.K. officials in July...
November 7, 2007
As an outgrowth of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Goodrich will supply rescue hoists for UH-60A/L Black Hawks under a new contract with the U.S. National Guard Bureau. The...
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