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August 13, 2007
Prosecutors in Okinawa have dropped charges against four U.S. Marine Corps mechanics in connection a 2004 Sikorsky Aircraft CH-53 crash there, according to Stars and Stripes. They said it was within U.S...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Is Schweizer Aircraft on the brink of offering a new helicopter product? Executives at the Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y. have said for some time that they are working on an addition to their line of 300C, 300CBi, and turbine 333 helicopters, and it would be revealed when the...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT The U.S. Marine Corps’ now plans to order nearly 50 percent more CH-53K heavy-lift successors to its CH-53Es, according to Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky builds the latter and is developing the former. At the Paris Air Show, Pino said Marine leaders have told the company...
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
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
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
HEAVY-LIFT Don’t count Eurocopter out of the heavy-lift market yet. At the Paris Air Show, France and Germany’s armament directorates declared their interest in fielding a heavy-lift helicopter in the 2020 time frame. The agencies said they are "working to harmonize their requirements for operational and tactical airlift and air maneuverability to fill the gap beyond the capabilities"...
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
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
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...
July 1, 2007
MILITARY The NHIndustries partnership has proposed a new schedule to customers that would delay first delivery of the maritime version of the helicopter by two years, to 2009 Deliveries were to have begun this year. But customers in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway have had to wait while the industrial partners — Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, and Stork Fokker Aerospace — and their...
July 1, 2007
Attack — Eighteen new Boeing Apache AH-64D Longbows will be equipped with upgraded in-fleet General Electric T700 engines at the U.S. Corpus Christie Army Depot in Texas. Heavy Lift — Turkey is reported to be in discussions with U.S. officials about the possibility of acquiring 10 aircraft based on the CH-53K next-generation heavy lifter Sikorsky Aircraft is developing as a follow-on to the...
June 20, 2007
The government of Colombia will acquire 15 Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks from the U.S. Army. The $225 million transaction is a foreign...
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