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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...
February 1, 2005
Military Racing the Knife U.S. ARMY OFFICIALS AND MILITARY vendors are racing to pursue acquisition of new armed reconnaissance and light-utility aircraft before the funds allocated to those projects vanish and the existing recon and utility fleets are exhausted. The Armed Reconnaissance and Light Utility helicopter programs were initiated a year ago, after top Army leaders canceled the Boeing/Sikorsky...
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
Native Air Services has based a Eurocopter AS350 at Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., providing round-the-clock...
November 1, 2004
UAVs: Good, But Not That Good In response to Otto Goetz's letter regarding the use of UAVs in Border Patrol operations ("Whither UAVs?," September 2004, page 7), I'd like to say that it is obvious Goetz has no clue as to how the U.S. Border Patrol conducts operations. He suggests that Border Patrol crews "look over their shoulders for a UAV wearing a cloak and carrying a scythe (a la The...
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
Sikorsky Aircraft, built on the 100-year-old dreams of one pioneering man, is turning to a company created by a family of aviation pioneers to help it prosper in the 21st century. The Stratford, Conn. unit of United Technologies Corp. expects by now to be starting the process of integrating Schweizer Aircraft into its own operations. The two companies reached an agreement in August that allowed Sikorsky to...
October 1, 2004
For combat wounded and civil disaster victims, speed really is life. The U.S. Army's UH-60Q and HH-60L medical evacuation helicopters blend the fast, long-ranged Sikorsky Black Hawk with a clinical cabin for better patient care and a hybrid "glass" cockpit for night/adverse weather operations. National Guard UH-60Qs have flown in hurricane relief efforts, deployed to international rescue...
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...
October 1, 2004
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...
September 1, 2004
As Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, the National Guard is an integral part of Army aviation. However, as the experience of one Guard unit shows, integration with the active-duty Army is still sorely lacking. Fortunately, plans are afoot to change that. Herewith is a preview of what's being planned in the corridors of power and how it will affect you. Maj. Tom Parker always had one huge regret: He missed...
September 1, 2004
Purists become realists in quest to understand helicopter dynamics. Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Ph.D., has spent 30 years of his professional life trying to understand helicopter dynamics and how they affect vibration and noise. He's nowhere near finished. "We can predict helicopter vibration with 50 percent accuracy," Chopra said, "and we cannot predict noise at all." While today's design...
July 1, 2004
The U.S. Coast Guard could spot sea-borne drug runners, they could give chase and they could say harsh words—but they couldn’t stop them. Then came HITRON. The boat was low to the water and moving fast. Very fast. It’s two powerful engines and sleek hull allowed it to cut a straight line through the water hitting speeds in excess of 70 kt. But now it wasn’t cutting a straight line...
July 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has established the $1.6-Billion Reset program to overhaul its war-torn aircraft. By John R. Guardiano For U.S. military pilots and maintainers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is just the beginning. And the biggest problem, really, is not al Qaeda-led insurgencies. Rather, it’s the harsh desert environment and forbidding Afghan mountains. “Obviously, one of our biggest enemies is...
May 1, 2004
The Pentagon's surprise decision to cancel the Comanche program has been widely hailed as proof of its new determination to transform itself. That the Pentagon will save around $14.6 billion in production costs is also widely applauded, as is the U.S. Army's promise to recoup some of the $6.9-billion development costs by retrofitting Comanche subsystems to other helicopters, such as Apache. Alas, this...
April 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has a new aviation modernization plan: It's back to the future. Indeed, the RAH-66 Comanche is gone, but the AH-64 Apache is very much alive. Ditto the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Black Hawk. And we may not have seen the last of the UH-1 Huey. That old bird may yet have new life! Certainly, prospects are good for the MH-6 Little Bird. The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is slated for retirement, but who...
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