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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...
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...
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