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April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Engine makers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce project a hearty helicopter market worldwide for the next several years. Honeywell is projecting that 4,450 new civil, turbine-powered helicopters will go into service worldwide in the next five years, with corporate, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement customers accounting for more...
April 1, 2008
April 6-9 — AAAA Annual Convention, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact: AAAA National Office, Phone: 203-268-2450; Fax: 203-268-5870; Web: www.quad-a.org. April 23-26 — Aircraft Electronics Assn 51st Annual International Convention and Trade Show, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Contact: Phone: 816-373-6565; Fax...
April 1, 2008
Boeing’s CH-47 program is off and running in 2008, with a range of international prospects on the horizon. "The pipeline’s pretty full," Boeing Program Manager Ken Eland told Rotor & Wing. "You can pretty much pick a country that has helicopters and we’re talking to them." The F-model Chinooks made an unusually speedy transition to the foreign sales market. Boeing...
April 1, 2008
President Bush may have nominated FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell to head the aviation agency, but his man may never take the post. The nomination as FAA chief requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate, and that body has repeatedly put off hearings toward approving Sturgell for the job. A number of reasons have been rumored. Among them is that labor-friendly Democrats in the Senate are miffed at...
April 1, 2008
Igor Sikorsky, the godfather of the modern helicopter, perhaps summed it up best: "Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle." When I served as editor-in-chief of Rotor & Wing during the mid-to-late 1990s, I was always struck by the sheer passion of the people in the helicopter market. Their devotion to rotorcraft made editing this magazine a joy and a privilege. I...
April 1, 2008
It would be a heck of a command and leadership development exercise. Throw a military unit into action against a diffuse and unconventional foe. Then add a second fight against a similar enemy. Sustain operations at a pace for which the unit has not ever organized, trained, or budgeted. Restrict relief capabilities so the unit’s warfighting equipment must be refurbished as fast as its personnel can...
April 1, 2008
Some would argue that rotorcraft engineering is as much an art as a science, and they could muster a compelling defense of that premise.. Take the case of Frank Robinson, the R44 Raven 2 main rotor blade, and the hacksaw. The engineers at Robinson Helicopter Co. were trying to come up with a design that would get more altitude performance out of the R44. They knew one thing they needed was more main rotor...
April 1, 2008
PARIS — The Australian government’s cancellation of a $1 billion contract to buy 11 Kaman Super Seasprites for its navy is the latest illustration of the difficulties involved in over-ambitious retrofits and upgrades, but it is by no means the only one. The U.S. Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program, the U.K. Royal Air Force’s special-forces Chinooks, and the VH-71 U.S. presidential...
April 1, 2008
Australia has again bid farewell to a detachment of Boeing CH-47 Chinook troops for a deployment to support NATO operations in Afghanistan. The aviators, loadmasters and technicians from C Sqdn., 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville, Queensland, left in early February to join an advance party and their two Chinooks in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar. The squadron will transport...
April 1, 2008
Electro Energy has won a $5 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistic Agency to manufacture batteries for the U.S. Army/Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa. The Danbury, Conn.-based company will produce nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries, NiCd cells, and associated heater blanket assemblies for that helicopter fleet. The contract has a two-year base period with three option years and guaranteed minimum order...
April 1, 2008
Attack/Utility — Bell Helicopter delivered three H-1 upgrade aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps in February, as the H-1 program finally rolls into production. So far, it has delivered one attack AH-1Z and two utility UH-1Ys. A full-rate production decision is due later this year. Heavy Lift — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command recently showed off "first chips" from newly machined parts...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Intelligent Automation Corp. is making headway in persuading helicopter operators of the value of its aircraft monitoring and diagnostics systems. Much of Poway, Calif.-based IAC’s success has come with military operators. Its health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) are...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is reorganizing its engineering shop and going outside for managers. Among its new hires is long-time tilt-rotor critic Nick Lappos. In a March 19 e-mail to employees, Bell President and CEO Richard Millman said Lappos, a 32-year veteran of Sikorsky Aircraft and most recently a Gulfstream executive, will head Bell’s XworX R&D shop...
April 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft aims to fly a Black Hawk capable of unmanned flight by 2011. Sikorsky President Jeff Pino said he’s set up a company-funded research program to achieve that goal...
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 3, 2008
Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and Karem Aircraft are teaming up to develop a tilt-rotor aircraft based on Karem's optimum-speed tilt-rotor design. Karem's is one of three approaches selected by the Pentagon's Joint Heavy Lift program for further...
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...
February 12, 2008
Frank Piasecki, a pioneer of the tandem-rotor design, died Feb. 11 at his Haverford, Pa. home. He was 88. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he quickly developed an interest in vertical flight. He attended the University of Pennsylvani and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical  engineering from New York University. By 1940, Piasecki was an engineer at the...
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