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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...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/ATTACK-UTILITY With the total of U.S. military helicopters shot down in Iraq since the start of the year rising to eight, the Pentagon is looking at systems and tactics to better protect rotorcraft and the soldiers and Marines on them. U.S. officials confirmed in late February that the Feb. 7 crash of a U.S. Marine...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 After he finally was able to spend some time at Heli-Expo 2007, new Bell Helicopter President and CEO Richard Millman said he felt like Santa Claus. He had a big sack of gifts in his hands. Millman missed Bell’s press conference on the eve of the show in Orlando, Fla. and the show’s opening to attend a board meeting of Bell parent Textron. Textron chief Lewis...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 With a backlog of $14.5 billion and a 50-percent jump in sales, Eurocopter faces the challenge of meeting delivery schedules without overheating its supply and production systems. That was the message new Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling brought to Heli-Expo. He...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland nearly doubled the number of helicopter orders it booked last year and is working off a total backlog of more than $11.2 billion. The company’s CEO, Giuseppe Orsi, reported at Heli-Expo that the Finmeccanica subsidiary with major operations in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States took orders for 274 of its civil helicopters. That...
April 1, 2007
Utility — A draft briefing paper by Turkey's procurement agency underscores a preference for Sikorsky over European rivals in the contest to build 32 utility helicopters for about $500 million. The maker of the S-70 Black Hawk, the internationally marketed version of the U.S. military’s UH-60 Black Hawk, was recently named by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries as the "favorable...
April 1, 2007
April 10-13 — Naval Helicopter Assn. Annual Symposium, , Town & Country Resort, San Diego, Calif. Contact: Col. Howard Whitfield (retired), U.S. Marine Corps. (619) 435-7139; E-mail: rotorrev@simplyweb.net; Web: www.navalhelicopterassn.org. April 12-13 — FlightSafety International/Rotor & Wing Helicopter Safety Forum 2007  , Embassy Suites DFW, Dallas/Fort Worth International...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
April 1, 2007
THE FIRST MRH90 IS DUE TO ARRIVE in Australia mid-month, marking the start of the next big transition for the nation’s military rotary-wing aviation forces. Australia has ordered 46 of the versions of the NH90 built by the NHIndustries partnership of AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, and Stork Fokker Aerospace. Twelve will supplement the Australian Army’s airlift capability, now provided by Sikorsky...
March 6, 2007
The Colorado Army National Guard will keep its annual high-altitude helicopter training over land held by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service limited to 3,000 hr a year, the Rocky...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
The Bush administration is asking Congress for $481.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in Fiscal 2008 — up more than 11 percent over this year, our sister publication Defense Daily reports. The Army’s $130-billion portion of the Fiscal 2008 request is 18.5 percent higher than the $109.7-billion Fiscal 2007 request. It would support aviation modernization, covering 37 Bell...
March 1, 2007
Top U.S. generals say they see an unprecedented "intensity of effort" from Iraqi insurgents but no new methods from them or vulnerabilities in U.S. rotorcraft after a string of helicopters were shot down there. Military leaders are concerned that the loss of six helicopters in Iraq since the start of 2007 — including at least four confirmed as shootdowns — "represents an...
March 1, 2007
The European Commission plans to test and implement a system for communicating with the populace in disaster-stricken areas by broadcasting text messages to cell phones from an orbiting helicopter. The commission is underwriting the initiative, which is intended to close the communications gap that typically results when a natural disaster...
March 1, 2007
President Bush planned last month to present the Medal of Honor to Bruce Crandall in recognition of his actions at Landing Zone X-Ray during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam in November 1965. Crandall was to receive the medal during a Feb. 26 White House ceremony for repeatedly flying into a landing zone under intense...
March 1, 2007
Boeing and AgustaWestland have signed an MOU to work together on the next generation of Chinook helicopters for the Italian army and other future rotorcraft opportunities. The Italian CH-47Cs are at the end of their service lives. Italy has a requirement for 16-20 helicopters, but hasn’t yet set a time frame for replacing or upgrading the Chinooks, which are used...
March 1, 2007
The U.S. Army has deactivated the 57th Medical Co. (Air Ambulance), whose "Dustoff" call sign during the Vietnam War became synonymous with medical evacuation and whose exploits helped secure the role of helicopters in military and rescue operations. Deactivated Jan. 26, the 57th was created in 1964 and...
March 1, 2007
U.S. Army officials stressed two themes at the Assn. of the United States Army’s annual aviation symposium in Washington Jan. 17-19. First, they said, Army helicopters of all kinds are logging record flying hours in hot and sandy conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq, wearing themselves out quickly. For that reason, Army leaders and program managers are pressing companies building new rotorcraft and...
March 1, 2007
March 1-3 — Heli-Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th Australian International Aerospace Congress, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: Vanessa Russell, 61-39-645-6311; Fax: 61-39-645-6322; E-mail: vanessa@wsm.com.au; Web: www.aiac12.com. March 20-22 — The 6th...
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