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June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
PARIS — IF THE WARS IN SOUTHWESTERN Asia have not been kind to NATO armies, showing them to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared for the irregular conflicts which they now face, some capability areas have fared worse than others. While not plumbing the depths of irrelevancy attained by light armored vehicles, which have been shown by mines and improvised explosive devices to be deadlier to their crews...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY Another curious pronouncement was the U.S. Army’s assertion that the rotorcraft industry is not acting as if the nation were at war. The director of Army aviation, Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, told a Pentagon press briefing March 23 — following his testimony...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY The Combat Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Div. is deploying to Iraq 45 days early to support the surge in U.S. forces in the Baghdad area. Boeing AH-64Ds and CH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s from the...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT U.S. Marines attached to Battalion Landing Team 2/2 (2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Div.) board a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) on April 2 in the Persian Gulf. The Marines were headed to Qatar to participate in Eastern Maverick 2007, the latest in...
May 1, 2007
ATTACK — The U.S. Navy aims to achieve initial operational capability for the armed-helicopter kit for the Sikorsky Aircraft/Lockheed Martin MH-60S Knighthawk this month. The kit, designed to be installed on the aircraft in about 12 hr, includes eight Hellfire missiles, an AAS-44 forward-looking infrared, two GAU-21 50-caliber guns, an M240 machine gun or GAU-17 7.62mm minigun, an integrated...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/ATTACK-UTILITY With the total of U.S. military helicopters shot down in Iraq since the start of the year rising to eight, the Pentagon is looking at systems and tactics to better protect rotorcraft and the soldiers and Marines on them. U.S. officials confirmed in late February that the Feb. 7 crash of a U.S. Marine...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT The U.S. Marine Corps has developed a fix to extend the service life of its Sikorsky CH-53Es until the new CH-53K replaces them starting in Fiscal 2014. A life limit of 6,120 hr on the -53E transition bulkhead, a complex, desktop-sized panel where the tail boom folds...
April 1, 2007
Utility — A draft briefing paper by Turkey's procurement agency underscores a preference for Sikorsky over European rivals in the contest to build 32 utility helicopters for about $500 million. The maker of the S-70 Black Hawk, the internationally marketed version of the U.S. military’s UH-60 Black Hawk, was recently named by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries as the "favorable...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
March 6, 2007
The Colorado Army National Guard will keep its annual high-altitude helicopter training over land held by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service limited to 3,000 hr a year, the Rocky...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
Correction We incorrectly reported that Aerolite was doing the completion of an EC145 for MedLink Air in La Crosse, Wisc. ("More Safety and Power, Less Fuel and Noise," September 2006, page 40). In fact, Helicopter Specialities, Inc., a completion and maintenance facility in Janesville, Wisc., near Chicago, is completing that aircraft, which is to fly for Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La...
March 1, 2007
The Bush administration is asking Congress for $481.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in Fiscal 2008 — up more than 11 percent over this year, our sister publication Defense Daily reports. The Army’s $130-billion portion of the Fiscal 2008 request is 18.5 percent higher than the $109.7-billion Fiscal 2007 request. It would support aviation modernization, covering 37 Bell...
March 1, 2007
Top U.S. generals say they see an unprecedented "intensity of effort" from Iraqi insurgents but no new methods from them or vulnerabilities in U.S. rotorcraft after a string of helicopters were shot down there. Military leaders are concerned that the loss of six helicopters in Iraq since the start of 2007 — including at least four confirmed as shootdowns — "represents an...
March 1, 2007
Boeing and AgustaWestland have signed an MOU to work together on the next generation of Chinook helicopters for the Italian army and other future rotorcraft opportunities. The Italian CH-47Cs are at the end of their service lives. Italy has a requirement for 16-20 helicopters, but hasn’t yet set a time frame for replacing or upgrading the Chinooks, which are used...
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