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August 1, 2007
MILITARY The British defense research firm QinetiQ reports it has successfully completed flight trials of a technology designed to allow any pilot to control aircraft systems by voice command. QinetiQ’s Direct Voice Input system, flown in the recent tests on a U.K. Army Air Corps Eurocopter Gazelle, is...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Helicopter pilots from the Royal Australian Navy have started training with the U.S. Coast Guard to help fill a shortage of pilots. Two Australians are training on Sikorsky Aircraft HH-60Js at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Two more are due to arrive in September to train on the Eurocopter HH-65C. The Coast Guard...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Piasecki Aircraft expects additional funding from the U.S. Army for its XH-49A SpeedHawk program following the first successful flights of the compound helicopter. The Sikorsky Aircraft/U.S. Navy SH-60F, modified with wings and a tail-mounted vectored-thrust ducted propeller, took to the air...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia conducted their first joint military exercise, Danube Guard ’07, June 25-28. The trilateral border exercise was aimed at joint training of the professional corps of the three nations and strengthen regional security, enhance...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY A flight crew on the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS ANZAC prepare to launch the ship’s Sikorsky Aircraft S-70 Seahawk June 27. The ANZAC is providing an ongoing contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq, according to...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Eurocopter expects to log about 700 helicopter orders this year, according to President and CEO Lutz Bertling. The French-German consortium got a boost toward that goal at the Paris Air Show, booking 114 orders there. The orders, valued at more than €1.2 billion ($1.65 billion) ranged from single and fleet orders from civil operators to big orders for the NH90 military transport...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Sikorsky Aircraft is marketing itself as a European operation, followings its acquisition this year of Poland’s PZL Mielec. "Sikorsky is a dynamic company that is transforming its business in a number of ways to adapt to an ever-changing, global business environment," said Sikorsky President Jeff Pino. "As we move forward to expand our business globally, we are looking...
August 1, 2007
Attack — Canada is arming some of its Bell Helicopter CH-146 Griffon utility helicopters with machine guns, rockets, and infrared and optical sensors as escorts for transport helicopters in combat until it can acquire new gunships. Attack — Eurocopter’s HAP Tiger performed 300 deck landings and 80 logistic operations during sea trials May 21-June 7 on the French navy amphibious landing...
August 1, 2007
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Sikorsky Aircraft an $18.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract for production sustaining support for the MH-60R, including project management, engineering, and logistics. Work will be done in Stratford, Conn. and is expected to be complete by December. FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Ore., has been awarded a $9.4 million...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
Downwash is the latest battlefield in the behind-the-scenes fight to build political pressure against the Chinook’s selection as the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation combat search-and-rescue (CSAR) helicopter. Lockheed Martin, pitching an EH101 variant — or AW101 variant, we should now say — with teammates AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopter, is protesting the USAF...
August 1, 2007
As much as they grumble about tours of duty in Washington, military leaders understand many key battles that steer the course of national security (and their own careers) are waged for the hearts and minds of power brokers there. Hence the skirmishing by leakers and press briefers recently on...
August 1, 2007
THE 1960S PROVED TO BE A PIVOTAL DECADE FOR THE helicopter industry. As the Vietnam War escalated, the versatility of the helicopter was demonstrated time and time again. With new technology came new applications and the helicopter was used for everything from troop transport to airborne attack. Medevac usage was also a critical mission, and paved the way for the future growth of civilian emergency medical...
August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
August 1, 2007
The 1980s was a time of new aircraft, new missions, new technologies, and limitless optimism. It was fun while it lasted. THE FUTURE OF THE HELICOPTER NEVER looked better than it does right now." So reads the opening sentence of an industry forecast story in the January 1980 issue of Rotor & Wing. In that same story, one manufacturer boldly predicted the estimated 4,000 helicopters in the U.S...
August 1, 2007
THE U.S. MARINE CORPS IS PLEASED WITH A NEW lightweight helicopter landing pad it began using in Iraq in 2006 to prevent losses from brownout. The service recently added the CGEAR Tactical HeliMat to its list of standard equipment for expeditionary airfields. CW4 Edward Collier, expeditionary airfield officer for the Marines, said the 105-sq-ft, open-weave polypropylene HeliMat is being bought to...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
PARIS — TODAY’S HELICOPTER industry is vastly different from what it was 40 years ago, when Rotor & Wing first began publishing. Back then, it was largely dominated by the United States. Europe’s fledgling manufacturers had only recently got their start, thanks to production licenses bought mainly from Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft. Thus, in the 1960s, almost all of the...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
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