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October 1, 2006
Deep and Distant Gulf of Mexico Well Holds Promise Medium- and heavy-helicopter manufacturers may get a boost if reports of a new, successful, deep and distant test oil well in the Gulf of Mexico bear out. Newer aircraft programs like AgustaWestland’s AW139 (shown right) and Sikorsky’s S-92 were launched based in part on the prospect of oil and gas companies pushing exploration and production...
October 1, 2006
Program Updates Attack- Russian manufacturer Rosvertol is likely to offer the Mi-24PN upgraded version of the Hind to militaries in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, India and Poland. The new aircraft features weight-saving features such as fixed landing gear and shortened stub wings, a Russian-made thermal imaging system, and an integral stores loading system. VIP- Zambia has taken delivery of an...
August 1, 2006
Helmet, headset and flight-suit makers are appealing to desires for safe, comfortable, even stylish flights. Helmets or headsets? That is the question for many operators today. As the industry, regulators and aviation investigators focus more and more on the safety of rotorcraft operations, many operators find themselves being prodded by insurers and safety advocates to shift from headsets to helmets for...
July 1, 2006
The U.S. Marine Corps/Sikorsky CH-53K is arguably the first serious attempt by the United States to open up the defense cooperation that NATO has been seeking for decades. The U.S. Marine Corps' CH-53K program is unique in that, for the first time, it is actively seeking European partners to share the burden and contribute technology, instead of going it alone on the strength of its domestic market. As...
July 1, 2006
With new aircraft coming on line and defense budgets shrinking, European military forces--and manufacturers-- are looking to make the most of their collective capabilities. European countries are entering the final phase of a three-part renewal cycle begun in the early 1990s, when a number of NATO members restructured their tank-heavy, Cold War armies into smaller and more maneuverable forces making wider...
July 1, 2006
Russian helicopter operators badly need to modernize their fleet of aging Soviet-built rotorcraft. As domestic oil and gas companies steadily increase exploration and research work, commercial helicopter operators accumulate cash to procure Western equipment. While Russian private and corporate operators are increasing their fleet of Western-built helicopters, domestic commercial operators are still stuck...
June 1, 2006
Insurance Tumult Means Consumer Gains, Problems for Safety Initiatives Insurance companies will soon be fighting for helicopter operators' business, driving premiums down and pumping more underwriting dollars into the market, according a top aviation insurance broker. Larry Mattiello, president of the brokerage Airsure Limited, said musical chairs among top insurance executives and the high level of...
May 1, 2006
Times Are Changing Change is afoot in many aspects of the rotorcraft industry in Australia. Australian Defence Force Chinooks have begun operations in Afghanistan as the leadership eyes transforming the military to a fast, hard-hitting, flexible force. On the civilian side, the nation's aviation regulator is pushing night-vision goggles and other safety initiatives. Most recently, the leadership of the...
May 1, 2006
U.S. Army Juggles LUH Schedule, Pushes Back Award The U.S. Army has changed its delivery schedule for the Light Utility Helicopter from six aircraft planed for delivery in Fiscal 2006 to two, with 22 to be delivered in Fiscal 2007. The service also has pushed back a decision on which manufacturing-and-support team will win the contract to produce the 322 Light Utility Helicopters from this month. Estimates...
May 1, 2006
Boeing and AgustaWestland are discussing collaboration on international Chinook upgrades that would bring the benefits of the U.S. Army's CH-47F program to operators around the world. Through the application of "lean manufacturing" techniques,outsourcing and redesign, Boeing has slashed the cost of building new Chinooks. That helped...
April 1, 2006
The Army modernizes its helicopter fleet with evolutionary improvements in more of the same. With ongoing combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, counter-terrorist missions around the world and an unpredictable but steady rate of calls to support civilian disaster-relief efforts, U.S. military rotorcraft face unprecedented demands to perform. The predicament highlights the nation's failure in the past to keep its...
April 1, 2006
Heavy-Lift Cargo Helicopters Paris-New helicopter development programs are few and far between, and are likely to become even rarer as the exponential growth of development costs makes upgrades look ever more attractive. It also is a rare coincidence when several countries find they have a common requirement, and even rarer that they also have a common timeline for it. When all these factors combine, they...
April 1, 2006
Despite an increasingly important role in the U.S. fight against terrorists worldwide, the U.S. Marine Corps is struggling to make ends meet for current aviation operations and its future rotary-wing fleet. The Deputy Marine Corps Commandant for Aviation, Lt. Gen. John Castellaw, summed up the challenges the service faces in meeting demands for air support. "We have lots of needs," he said...
April 1, 2006
With the first MH-60Rs delivered and the first MH-60S unit stood up, the U.S. Navy is advancing on its goal of simplifying rotary-wing operations by relying on those two platforms. Look for the U.S. Navy's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Sqdn. Light 41 (HSL-41) and you may find its Web site, but not that name. In March 2005, the "Seahawks" at NAS North Island, Calif. saw their unit redesignated...
April 1, 2006
More sophisticated integrated systems are becoming available that will increase safety and improve operating economics. The question is what is needed and how to afford it. There was a time not too long ago when the concept of designing a helicopter was to develop the airframe, bolt on an engine, put in some seats, then stick in just enough black boxes and round gauges to let the pilot crank it up, fly...
April 1, 2006
Low density and high demand require the Air Force to replace its vertical-lift fleet with new platforms. Like the other U.S. Armed Services, the Air Force is wearing out helicopters in the Global War On Terror and non-combat emergencies. The Air Force Special Operations Command has written off a half-dozen MH-53M Pave Low helicopters since September 11th. Mission capable rates for the aging HH-60G Pave...
April 1, 2006
Calling MD Supply Chain a Shambles, New Owner Vows to Rebuild Whatever Lynn Tilton invested to get control of MD Helicopters--and the sum could be growing by the month--she certainly got more than she bargained for. After she bought MD in July 2005, the head of the New York distressed-debt investment firm Patriarch Partners said she figured the Mesa, Ariz. helicopter maker would start showing signs of a...
March 1, 2006
'Revitalization Project' Aims to Boost Military Helo Safety, Survivability A new U.S. rotorcraft industry task force is seeking measures to improve the survivability of helicopters in combat in the near term and increase the safety and reliability of all helicopters in the long term. Dubbed the Rotary-Wing Revitalization Project, the effort aims to overcome the main impediments to broader use--and...
February 1, 2006
Compiled by the R&W Staff Enstrom, Sharkey's Offer "Back-to-Basics" Course Enstrom Helicopter Corp., with Sharkey's Helicopters, Inc., will hold a human-factors class at HAI's Heli-Expo in Dallas this month as a part of its continuing safety enhancement efforts. The "Back-to-Basics, the Human Factor" class is part of a developing program to explore physiological factors and their...
February 1, 2006
Vendors to Line Up for Slice of USMC Heavy-Lift Pie Sikorsky is focused on nailing down by June its strategy for choosing key subcontractors to build a new U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter, having secured contracts for that potential $18.8-billion aircraft development and production program. Approved by the Pentagon Dec. 22, 2005, development of the Heavy Lift Replacement successor to the CH-53E...
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