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December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
December 1, 2006
Major manufacturers make progress in defense contracts and international alliances, though trouble looms. IN...
December 1, 2006
PARIS — GENERALS, WE ARE OFTEN told, spend too much time preparing for the last war rather than the next one, and this is why they have so much trouble winning current ones. Alas, as ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq prove, the truth is even worse: commanders, at the bidding of politicians, are so desperate to find cheap fixes for their budget woes that they willingly overlook even the most...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
November 1, 2006
HAS SEARCH AND RESCUE ENTERED A NEW AGE? Soon after the first helicopter rescue missions in 1944, SAR grew into a bastion of dedicated specialists using honed flying skills and customized tools to return to safety downed airmen, marooned sailors, and stranded citizens. SAR crews gained reputations as competitive bunches who refused to admit defeat. They developed their own territories and specialties and...
November 1, 2006
ALL CATEGORIES OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ALLOW for pilot discretion on how best to complete the mission. But what happens when a helicopter aircrew has two viable and safe flight options for a rescue mission? Each helicopter rescue is different, even if it occurs over and over at the same location. Safety is paramount to success of the mission. The U.S. Forest Service is chartered with administering...
July 1, 2006
Back-to-back hurricanes along the U.S. Gulf Coast showed how tough and resilient law enforcement aviation units can be. They also showed where the weakest links were. Faster, more powerful helicopters, hoists, datalink cameras and more effective radios are topping the wish list for U.S. law enforcement aviation units following last year's devastating hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. To say that Hurricanes...
April 1, 2006
Low density and high demand require the Air Force to replace its vertical-lift fleet with new platforms. Like the other U.S. Armed Services, the Air Force is wearing out helicopters in the Global War On Terror and non-combat emergencies. The Air Force Special Operations Command has written off a half-dozen MH-53M Pave Low helicopters since September 11th. Mission capable rates for the aging HH-60G Pave...
January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
January 1, 2006
MILITARY Australia Chinooks to Get $25-Million Upgrade Australia's Chinook helicopters are about to undergo a $25-million upgrade to ensure they are combat ready for future operations. The upgrade includes electronic warfare, ballistic protection and advanced communications gear. In approving the upgrade, Defence Minister Robert Hill said...
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...
September 1, 2005
Bell Beats Boeing, Aims for ARH Deliveries Next Year Bell Helicopter plans to start delivering Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter to the U.S. Army starting next year. The U.S. Army picked Bell in late July to build its next-generation armed reconnaissance and scout helicopter. Plans call for the company to deliver 368 of the aircraft between next year and Fiscal 2013. The Army awarded Bell an initial...
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...
May 1, 2005
Asking the Wrong People I read with interest your article on EMS operations ("Accidents, Billing Top EMS Priorities," February 2005, page 42). As a long-time subscriber and pilot of 22 years (10 of them in EMS), I feel I should make a few points that may prove interesting for future articles on this subject. While I realize that the Assn. of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has collected some data on...
May 1, 2005
The U.S. Army's soon-to-be-decided competitions for new reconnaissance and light utility helicopters could tip the balance of market share among manufacturers. The U.S. Army's solicitation for a new armed reconnaissance helicopter is concise and simple. The Army "seeks to acquire and field an ARH that will utilize Non-Developmental Item (NDI) aircraft and associated support equipment to conduct armed...
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
Belgium Ops Rectified I was really surprised to see mention in your magazine of Belgium, a very tiny country in Europe indeed, as you say ("Charter, Air Tour Operations Going From Bad To Good," February 2005, page 48). Perhaps it was just a coincidence that President Bush paid us an official visit in the month in which your article was read by the readers of Rotor & Wing. The presence of the...
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...
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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