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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...
November 7, 2007
Canada has picked CAE to provide operational training systems for its new Boeing CH-47 Chinooks. Canada said CAE, based in Montreal, was the only bidder for the work...
November 6, 2007
Those looking for signs that the U.S. Air Force is finally sorting out its competition for a new combat search and rescue helicopter (CSAR-X) may not find them in the service's latest plan for the acquisition. It unveiled a draft of that plan in a...
November 2, 2007
CHC Helicopter Corp. is using its latest orders for new aircraft as leverage to build the overhaul and maintenance capability of its Heli-One unit. The Vancouver, B.C. operator's worldwide helicopter support division has ordered 12 new S-92s...
November 1, 2007
I’LL CONFESS I’M PRONE, AS PERHAPS many of us are, to get "head down" and lose perspective amid the press of daily duties. For example, as I write this, my local fire company has just concluded its annual open house (I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am a volunteer firefighter in Fairfax County, Va.). In the United States, these open houses coincide with the national Fire...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
The majority of LEE BENSON’S SAR search and rescue operations occurred during his 26 -year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Additionally, in 1981 he flew for the Life Flight program in Indianapolis. But Lee observes that all helicopter pilots, regardless of their main mission, have done and continue to do lifesaving work as it is encountered in their day-to-day operations. STEVE...
November 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL/SAR CHC is now operating under its multi-million pound Sterling contract to provide commercial search and rescue helicopter service for the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The operator fielded its first aircraft, a SAR-configured Sikorsky Aircraft S-92, at the end of...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The U.S. Air Force is sticking with its tangled effort to procure a new combat search and rescue helicopter rather than expand the program or rewrite requirements to avoid further contractor protests, which have hobbled the acquisition to date. The service now hopes to select a winner in early 2008. Its first contract award to Boeing last November was thrown out. "We probably are not...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.K. Defence Ministry has commissioned a study of how the workload on helicopter pilots may be reduced. CORDA, a consulting firm wholly owned by BAE Systems, is working in partnership with AgustaWestland and Qinetiq. The study is one of eight covered by a three-year Maritime Surface Effects...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY/SAR The Irish Air Corps is retiring its Alouette 3s, which have been central to thousands of rescue and Army missions since it first went into active service. The Irish defense forces bought the aircraft in 1963 from France’s Sud Aviation, a predecessor of Eurocopter. The Alouettes were used mainly as an air and sea rescue helicopter, but were also used by the Army for patrols of the border with...
November 1, 2007
Attack — Boeing has delivered to the U.S. Army the first AH-64D Apache Longbow under the extended Block 2 contract. Heavy-Lift — Bell Helicopter delivered H-1s to the U.S. Navy despite concerns about production deliveries. The Navy took delivery of six Lot 1 helicopters. All six helicopters were delivered as of the first week of October and are in test in the Southwest United States...
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