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August 1, 2007
THE U.S. MARINE CORPS IS PLEASED WITH A NEW lightweight helicopter landing pad it began using in Iraq in 2006 to prevent losses from brownout. The service recently added the CGEAR Tactical HeliMat to its list of standard equipment for expeditionary airfields. CW4 Edward Collier, expeditionary airfield officer for the Marines, said the 105-sq-ft, open-weave polypropylene HeliMat is being bought to...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
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 Six new U.S. Army UH-72A Lakotas were delivered to the Air Ambulance Medical Detachment at Fort Irwin, Calif. on May, replacing the six UH-60 Black Hawks in...
July 1, 2007
MILITARY A combat badge honoring crewmembers of medical rescue helicopters cleared a hurdle in Congress in May when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill. The bill includes a provision to authorize the Combat Medevac Badge, which is opposed by the U.S. Army. The provision was first introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa. as an amendment to the 2006 defense...
June 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.S. Army this month expects to make fully operational a new task force teaming fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems and rotary-wing assets in the fight against improved explosive devices (IEDs), according to the Army’s vice chief of staff, Gen. Richard Cody. Task Force ODIN brings together a fleet of U.S. Army Beech/Raytheon C-12 Hurons fitted with special sensors and the General Atomics...
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
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
MILITARY An International Security Assistance Force member marshals a French army Eurocopter AS532 Cougar from the landing zone at the...
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...
June 1, 2007
If you want to start an argument among helicopter pilots, you could do worse than to bring up the AS350’s hydraulics. People can get passionate about the aircraft’s hydraulically assisted flight controls, or, more to the point, its controllability when the hydraulics fail. The critics’ complaints are typified in a 1997 Royal Australian Air Force evaluation of the AS350BA when hydraulics...
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...
May 1, 2007
ATTACK — The U.S. Navy aims to achieve initial operational capability for the armed-helicopter kit for the Sikorsky Aircraft/Lockheed Martin MH-60S Knighthawk this month. The kit, designed to be installed on the aircraft in about 12 hr, includes eight Hellfire missiles, an AAS-44 forward-looking infrared, two GAU-21 50-caliber guns, an M240 machine gun or GAU-17 7.62mm minigun, an integrated...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/RECON-ATTACK AgustaWestland has received a £1-billion ($1.9 billion) order from the U.K. Defence Ministry for 70 Future Lynx helicopters. The order would provide the British Army with 40 battlefield...
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