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October 1, 2005
Unprecedented Helicopter Force Takes Field in Katrina's Wake Hurricane Katrina destroyed, and helicopters by the score swept in behind her to save and bring succor. In the wake of that devastating Aug. 29 maelstrom and the flooding that followed it, helicopter owners and operators of every size and stripe flew to the grief-stricken regions of Louisiana and Mississippi to help in any way they could. Nearly...
October 1, 2005
It will take 20 years to develop the technology needed for a new, efficient heavy-lift helicopter. The U.S. Army-led Joint Heavy Lift initiative is the latest effort to get that done. By 2008, the U.S. Army plans to field the first light, highly mobile combat brigade equipped with Future Combat Systems technology. Development of these interim brigade combat teams is the first major step in the Army's...
October 1, 2005
The U.S. Marine Corps needs a new heavy-lift capability and is convinced an upgrade of the CH-53 is its best bet. U.S. Marine Corp officials are anticipating a Defense Dept. decision this month or next that would clear them to contract with Sikorsky Aircraft to develop and demonstration a heavy-lift replacement for its aging workhorse, the CH-53E. Col. Paul Croisetiere, the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command...
September 1, 2005
As health and usage monitoring systems prove their worth in the North Sea and elsewhere, more civil and military fliers want the safety and operational benefits they offer. As operational experience proves the scope and value of benefits from health and usage monitoring systems in helicopters, more and more users are pushing for the application of such systems to their fleets. Known as HUMS, such systems...
September 1, 2005
Whose MH-53Es? Your item on an MH-53E unit being readied for a combat theater states the unit, Helicopter Support Sqdn. Four (HC-4), is a U.S. Marine Corps squadron ("Saved From Extinction, USMC's MH-53E Squadron Gets New Mission," August 2005, page 19). It is, in fact, a U.S. Navy squadron. Marines fly CH-53Es; the Navy MH-53Es. Lt. Anthony Schwarz, U.S. Navy N78 Air Warfare--Helicopter...
September 1, 2005
New aircraft acquisitions and reduced deployment levels should mean more and newer aircraft for Guard units. But they face many challenges, including answering the call in their home states. The National Guard Assn. of the United States is asking Congress to authorize $309.5 million for six more CH-47F Chinooks and 25 H-60L Black Hawks to support the Guard's requirements under the Army's Aviation...
September 1, 2005
Great Days in Australia The highly successful Heli Pacific Conference--held July 12-13 in Coolum, Queensland--owed that success to the near doubling of Australia's helicopter fleet in little more than a decade. Other keys to its success were the input from Rob Rich, president of the Helicopter Assn. of Australasia (HAA), and the military day hosted by Brigadier Tony Fraser, commander of 16 Brigade...
July 1, 2005
"Filling Comanche's Shoes" As Douglas W. Nelm's article suggests, the future of U.S. Army aviation could be decided in the next few months with contract awards for the armed reconnaissance and light utility helicopters ("Filling Comanche's Shoes," May 2006, page 21.) These are the two largest new procurements by the Army. Both fill critical missions. Only the armed reconnaissance...
July 1, 2005
New Center Offers Firefighting Training The U.S. Forest Service, NASA and the University of California at Davis are teaming up to bring a new level of sophistication and effectiveness to training air crews and mission managers for aerial firefighting. Along with representatives from private industry, those partners have opened an Aviation Center of Excellence at the former McClellan AFB north of...
July 1, 2005
This time we'll talk less tech and more technique to get into the dusty zone when you don't have the equipment discussed in my last article ("Help With Brownouts," March 2005, page 42). The following approach parameters approximate Black Hawk performance and must be tailored to conditions and your aircraft weight and disk loading. The factors that most effectively counteract dust clouds are wind...
July 1, 2005
Sikorsky Vows to Break `Pure Helicopter' Sound Barrier Sikorsky is challenging the conventional thinking that a rotorcraft cannot be built to exceed 200-kt. cruise speed without sacrificing the abilities that make a helicopter unique and valuable. "Today's top cruise speeds of 150-170 kt. are only incrementally faster than they were decades ago" due to the limits of conventional rotor systems...
June 1, 2005
Helicopters as Commodities? One of the more intriguing comments made about the U.S. presidential helicopter decision is that the choice of airframe didn't really matter because helicopters have become commoditized and only exist to carry around their high-tech systems payloads. Another said the contract went to Lockheed Martin because its systems-integration expertise, in the final analysis, mattered much...
June 1, 2005
AHS' annual meeting in Texas this month takes a broad view of technologies affecting the future of vertical flight. When members gather from around the world for its annual forum and technology display this month in Grapevine, Texas, they will find the American Helicopter Society International pushing the envelope a bit. The yearly meeting of technical specialists and experts in rotorcraft will open with a...
June 1, 2005
Manufacturers Await USAF's PRV Solicitation The major manufacturers are waiting for the other shoe to drop in the U.S. Air Force's pending competition for a Personnel Recovery Vehicle (PRV) helicopter to replace its existing combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopter fleet. One candidate has bowed out, while another possible candidate is sitting on the fence waiting for the request for proposals to be...
June 1, 2005
Starved of federal funding for years, rotorcraft research in the United States is in the worst shape ever. Specialists in the field wonder whether it can be saved. At the heart of the second flooor of an academic building northeast of Washington, behind locked doors, researchers are coming up with a new kind of helicopter. It is designed to be fairly autonomous, capable of carrying a variety of sensor...
May 1, 2005
The U.S. Army updates aircraft survivability equipment and reconsiders airborne weapons for full-spectrum military operations. The U.S. Army has so far lost about 15 helicopters to a mix of high- and low-technology air defenses in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Late-model man-portable air defense systems (manpads) and simpler, unguided weapons have downed or damaged Apaches, Black Hawks, Chinooks and Kiowa...
April 1, 2005
With the demands of combat and stiff competition for budget dollars, U.S. military leaders are insisting on less time-intensive and costly means of keeping rotorcraft flying. U.S. military leaders love their rotorcraft. During combat operations in Southwest Asia over the last three years and in activities elsewhere, helicopters have been able to move troops and supplies faster and more precisely than...
April 1, 2005
Comanche's gone and VXX is lost, but folks in Connecticut have little time to mope. They're too busy building helicopters. January 28 was black Friday in Stratford, Conn. With thousands of employees, vendors, partners, community and political supporters and Wall Street watching, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s showcase S-92 lost the race for the contract to fly the U.S. president through the first half of this...
March 1, 2005
Aerial firefighting is moving to faster, heavier and more capable aircraft at the same time that providers of fire services are confronted with demands from federal officials in the U.S. to upgrade their onboard systems while simultaneously holding bid prices on contracts. From retrofits of old aircraft like Sikorsky's S-61 and CH-53 and the Bell AH-1 Cobra to the entrance of new aircraft such as the...
March 1, 2005
Since September 11th, 2001, a small group of U.S. forces and allies have been waging the fight against terrorism in the cradle of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda--the Horn of Africa. Their war on terrorism, Bush administration officials have always stressed, is a long-term fight that by necessity must be waged wherever in the world terrorists muster for attacks. International and domestic U.S. attention has...
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