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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...
March 1, 2007
U.S. Army officials stressed two themes at the Assn. of the United States Army’s annual aviation symposium in Washington Jan. 17-19. First, they said, Army helicopters of all kinds are logging record flying hours in hot and sandy conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq, wearing themselves out quickly. For that reason, Army leaders and program managers are pressing companies building new rotorcraft and...
March 1, 2007
Attack — McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Corp. of Mesa, Ariz. is under contract to the U.S. Army to study means of improving the main rotor mast of AH-64 aircraft through 2009. Attack — Russia’s top air force official has expressed satisfaction with testing of the Rostvertol Mil Mi-28N strike helicopter. Air Force commander-in-chief Vladimir Mikhailov said the aircraft has demonstrated high...
March 1, 2007
March 1-3 — Heli-Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th Australian International Aerospace Congress, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: Vanessa Russell, 61-39-645-6311; Fax: 61-39-645-6322; E-mail: vanessa@wsm.com.au; Web: www.aiac12.com. March 20-22 — The 6th...
March 1, 2007
EACH DAY, AN ELITE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN crisscross the skies in helicopters with tons of cargo dangling far beneath their helicopters on long cables. Some are taking massive buckets of water to a fire, while others are carrying a clutch of logs to the mill. They fly in almost everything that a hook can be attached to. The specialty is long-line flying. Some estimates put the number of long-line pilots at...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
February 27, 2007
The commander of the Canadian army would like to have new helicopters. Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie said he would like to have medium and heavy-lift helicopters in Afghanistan...
February 1, 2007
NY Airways Was There You recently discussed the West 30th Street heliport’s golden anniversary ("NY’s West 30th St. Heliport Marks 50 Years," December 2006, page 13). But you failed to mention that, at the heliport’s inception, the FAR Part 127 scheduled helicopter airline New York Airways operated float-equipped Sikorsky S-55s from there. We also flew Bell 47s on charter...
February 1, 2007
Sikorsky Aircraft apparently has satisfied a Pentagon agency that it has an achievable plan for getting under control production problems that last year disrupted its H-60 lines, degraded quality of aircraft and parts and slowed provision of spare parts. The Defense Contract Management Agency in mid-December said it had closed a formal complaint about quality-control problems at Sikorsky. The...
February 1, 2007
Feb. 20-22 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Rotorcraft/Technology Infusion, Riverbend Campus, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. Contact: Mark Dreier, 817-280-4907; E-mail: MDreier@BellHelicopter.Textron.com. March 1-3-Heli — Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
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