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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...
January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY Australia Chinooks to Get $25-Million Upgrade Australia's Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a $25-million upgrade to ensure they are combat ready for future operations. The upgrade includes electronic warfare, ballistic protection and advanced communications gear. In approving the upgrade, Defence Minister Robert Hill said...
December 1, 2005
Why I Ain't Rich Early on in my aviation journalism career, an airliner disintegrated over Lockerbie, Scotland. This was just at the beginning of the cable TV news era that brought an incessant demand for "talking heads," so-called experts, to tell viewers what is happening right now and what it means, even if not much of either is known at the moment. On this evening, my boss appeared at my...
December 1, 2005
CLARIFICATION Our article on U.S. Army development of the Brownout Situational Awareness Upgrade stated that a new, integrated digital automatic flight control system is being tested on the CH-47D ("Helping Aircrews Survive Brownout," October 2005, page 52). That system is being tested on the CH-47F. Links in the Chain As mentioned in Douglas W. Nelms' article, the view that accidents tend to...
December 1, 2005
In March to Efficiency, Sikorsky Buys Keystone and CTI Sikorsky Aircraft is looking for buyout candidate that can help it streamline military aircraft production in the same way it hopes to boost the efficiency of its commercial aircraft lines with the acquisition of Keystone Ranger Holdings. Sikorsky on Nov. 1 said it would buy the $225-million-revenue Keystone Ranger, which controls Keystone Helicopter...
November 1, 2005
CIVIL European Helo Group Names New Chief The European Helicopter Assn. new chairman is focused on strengthening relationships among operators in the group's 15 member nations and developing a collective voice on regulatory matters affecting rotorcraft. Vittorio Morassi, president and managing director of Helicopters Italia Srl of Trento, Italy and head of several other Italian helicopter endeavors, spoke...
November 1, 2005
At Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army is introducing the networked simulators that lie at the heart of Flight School XXI. THE FIRST STUDENT AVIATORS FULLY immersed in the U.S. Army's Flight School XXI began training last month and this month start flying their new, high-fidelity simulators. With more time in advanced training devices and go-to-war aircraft, Flight School XXI graduates promise operational...
October 1, 2005
With planned acquisitions and improvements keeping its production lines busy for years to come, Boeing is preparing for the CH-47 to become the first helicopter to still be flying 100 years after the type entered service. Boeing's CH-47 Chinook started flying in 1962, when helicopters were in much demand, relatively inexpensive and designed and built with the expectation that new and improved replacements...
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