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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...
February 1, 2005
Nations Marshal Rotorcraft to Aid Tsunami Victims Helicopters from around the world rallied to the aid of the millions injured and displaced by tidal waves triggered by the Dec. 26, 2004 undersea earthquake off the northwestern coast of Sumatra. The waves killed more than 150,000 around the Indian Ocean. The impromptu aerial relief operations proved the critical value that helicopters can play after...
February 1, 2005
OUTLOOK: BRIGHT BUT BUMPY All indications are 2004 was a banner year, and that the good times should continue this year despite the challenges ahead AS THE ROTORCRAFT INDUSTRY GATHERS IN Anaheim, Calif. this month for the Helicopter Assn. International's Heli-Expo 2005, prospects are bright for the coming year, despite some tough times ahead. Challenges do promise to make the coming months tumultuous. The...
January 1, 2005
More Power. Less Dirt. About Time. Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine inlet barrier filtration systems for commercial and military propulsion systems. Based in St. Louis, Mo., AFS has delivered more than 1,000 systems and 6,000 filters to a growing list of military and commercial customers worldwide. Why AFS? Dust...
January 1, 2005
For Rescue Hoists, Cargo Hooks or Weapons Handling Gear, Its the Preferred Supplier Around the globe, more than 4,000 helicopters are equipped with Breeze-Eastern rescue hoists. Small wonder: Breeze-Eastern hoists offer fully proven designs that are continuously upgraded to incorporate the latest performance, reliability, and safety advances. Every single component is rigorously designed analyzed, tested...
January 1, 2005
The 160th Night Stalkers are improving the odds of success through new mission training simulators. The famed U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Avation Regiment-Airborne, aka the Night Stalkers, are about to complete a hat trick in combat simulation, adding the third helicopter-type simulator to their training and mission rehearsal program. CAE is scheduled to deliver an A/MH-6 "Little Bird"...
November 1, 2004
V-22 Questions Recently, Managing Editor Douglas W. Nelms and I had the opportunity to fly V-22 simulators. Doug and I flew the engineering simulator at NAS Patuxent River with the V-22 integrated product team's chief test pilot, Tom Macdonald. I later had the chance to fly a line simulator at MCAS New River, home of the VMX-22 squadron, which will conduct another, critical operational evaluation of the...
November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
October 1, 2004
We are approaching the end of what may come to be known as a year of transformation for the helicopter industry. The year opened with Eurocopter laying the physical and political foundation for its pursuit of more U.S. sales with construction of an assembly facility in Mississippi, home of two powerful senators. In February, cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche scuttled the widely held assumptions about the...
October 1, 2004
Apples vs. Oranges In reference to Tim McAdam's September column on density altitude ("Watching Your Ps & Qs--and DA," Safety Watch, page 62), helicopters come in two basic flavors--piston engine and turbine engine. The power available from these two types of engines is affected differently by the atmosphere. The power output from a piston engine is dependent on density altitude, all other...
October 1, 2004
Australia Picks NH90 for AIR 9000 program Australia has ordered 12 NH90 helicopters for the Australian Army as part of its AIR 9000 program, increasing the total order book to 357. The helicopters have been designated the NH 90 and will be marinized to operate from the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious ships. The new MRH 90 "is purpose built for amphibious operations and includes extra corrosion...
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