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August 1, 2007
PARIS — TODAY’S HELICOPTER industry is vastly different from what it was 40 years ago, when Rotor & Wing first began publishing. Back then, it was largely dominated by the United States. Europe’s fledgling manufacturers had only recently got their start, thanks to production licenses bought mainly from Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft. Thus, in the 1960s, almost all of the...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
July 1, 2007
MILITARY The NHIndustries partnership has proposed a new schedule to customers that would delay first delivery of the maritime version of the helicopter by two years, to 2009 Deliveries were to have begun this year. But customers in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway have had to wait while the industrial partners — Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, and Stork Fokker Aerospace — and their...
July 1, 2007
Attack — Eighteen new Boeing Apache AH-64D Longbows will be equipped with upgraded in-fleet General Electric T700 engines at the U.S. Corpus Christie Army Depot in Texas. Heavy Lift — Turkey is reported to be in discussions with U.S. officials about the possibility of acquiring 10 aircraft based on the CH-53K next-generation heavy lifter Sikorsky Aircraft is developing as a follow-on to the...
June 20, 2007
The government of Colombia will acquire 15 Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks from the U.S. Army. The $225 million transaction is a foreign...
June 19, 2007
Bahrain has agreed to buy nine Sikorsky UH-60Ms, the first international customer to purchase the new Black Hawk. The purchase is being made from the U.S. Army through the Foreign Military Sales...
June 15, 2007
The United States will keep its helicopters, Boeing CH-47s specifically, in Kandahar, Afghanistan an additional six months because no other ally has stepped forward, said Defense...
June 14, 2007
The Canadian air force wants to buy helicopter gunships to protect the medium-to-heavy lift transport helicopters it plans on buying. The Canadian defense minister last year revealed plans to purchase 16...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY Expansion of the active-duty U.S. Marine Corps from roughly 180,000 to 202,200 personnel could very well mean an increase in the rotary-wing elements of USMC aviation. President Bush has approved the "end-strength" increase. The Marine commandant, Gen. James Conway, has...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY Sikorsky Aircraft has won a $16.6-million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to help solve one of the military’s more pressing problems in fighting desert wars: landing helicopters and taking off safely when blinding sandstorms obscure the landscape and create "brownout" conditions. DARPA awarded the contract under its Sandblaster program, a high-priority...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY/HEAVY-LIFT Sikorsky Aircraft has selected four subcontractors to design and fabricate the major fuselage sections for the CH-53K heavy-lifter it is developing for the U.S. Marine Corps. Sikorsky’s fuselage team consists of Aurora Flight Sciences, EDO Corp., GKN Aerospace, and Spirit AeroSystems. Sikorsky said they were selected following an extensive solicitation and evaluation of multiple...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
Attack — Lockheed Martin will support the Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor and Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor systems on the AH-64 Apache. Attack — South Korea plans to decide if it should develop its own attack helicopters next year. The decision will depend on the geopolitical situation in...
June 1, 2007
Lockheed Martin was awarded a follow-on production contract for Arrowhead, the new electro-optical system for Boeing AH-64 Apache pilots, by the U.S. Army. The contract is valued at $311 million and authorizes production of 158 Arrowhead kits. Final deliveries are to occur in December 2009. McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., Mesa, Ariz. has been awarded a delivery order for $21 million as part of a...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
PARIS — IF THE WARS IN SOUTHWESTERN Asia have not been kind to NATO armies, showing them to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared for the irregular conflicts which they now face, some capability areas have fared worse than others. While not plumbing the depths of irrelevancy attained by light armored vehicles, which have been shown by mines and improvised explosive devices to be deadlier to their crews...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY Another curious pronouncement was the U.S. Army’s assertion that the rotorcraft industry is not acting as if the nation were at war. The director of Army aviation, Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, told a Pentagon press briefing March 23 — following his testimony...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY The Combat Aviation Brigade of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Div. is deploying to Iraq 45 days early to support the surge in U.S. forces in the Baghdad area. Boeing AH-64Ds and CH-47 Chinooks and Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60s from the...
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