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February 1, 2007
HELICOPTER FLEETS ARE DEFINITELY LEADING THE way in Australian aviation, both on the military and civil sides. I will look at the vitality of civilian helicopter operations in Australia at a later time and focus now on the range of efforts by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This is based on my recent visit to the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey, in the northwestern state of Queensland, about 75...
February 1, 2007
U.S. DEFENSE RESEARCHERS ARE BANKING ON A LONG-NEGLECTED ROTORCRAFT TECHNOLOGY AS THE best bet for overcoming the practical helicopter speed limit of under 200 kt. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is funding a team led by the Salt Lake City-based autogiro maker Groen Brothers Aviation to design a proof-of-concept, long-range, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of...
February 1, 2007
Given the U.S.’ renewed fight for Baghdad, do helicopters have a...
February 1, 2007
Given the U.S.’ renewed fight for Baghdad, do helicopters have a role in urban...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
Tilton Names New President at MD Helicopters MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has named industry veteran Charles Vehlow to be president of the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer. Tilton directly ran MD for most of 2006 after having replaced the previous top management team of Robert Rene and Randy Kesterson. "I have been working quite closely with Chuck and the high-quality MD executive team over the last year...
January 1, 2007
R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the U.S. Air Force’s choice of the Chinook as its next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information at the bottom of the page. Is the West at War? Thank you for the essay on the public attitude toward combat operations in...
January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
A FAVORITE WHIPPING BOY OF POLITICIANS and the media is the military procurement program. There seems to be no end to cable-news sound bites and juicy headlines about how this program or that is over budget and behind schedule, the latest "glaring" example of military officials squandering taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to the illicit gain of defense contractors. Certainly, there are cases...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
December 1, 2006
Major manufacturers make progress in defense contracts and international alliances, though trouble looms. IN...
December 1, 2006
PARIS — GENERALS, WE ARE OFTEN told, spend too much time preparing for the last war rather than the next one, and this is why they have so much trouble winning current ones. Alas, as ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq prove, the truth is even worse: commanders, at the bidding of politicians, are so desperate to find cheap fixes for their budget woes that they willingly overlook even the most...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
November 1, 2006
PROGRAM UPDATES: Attack-Turkey was expected to finalize its Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter (ATAK) competition at last month's Defense Industry Executive Committee meeting, but military officials objected to the short-listing of the Denel AH-2A Rooivalk and AgustaWestland's A129 Mangusta International, further delaying the program. The winning bidder should get a contract for 30 aircraft, with...
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