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April 1, 2008
Some would argue that rotorcraft engineering is as much an art as a science, and they could muster a compelling defense of that premise.. Take the case of Frank Robinson, the R44 Raven 2 main rotor blade, and the hacksaw. The engineers at Robinson Helicopter Co. were trying to come up with a design that would get more altitude performance out of the R44. They knew one thing they needed was more main rotor...
April 1, 2008
Developers of the X2 Technology Demonstrator are drawing on components and systems from other aircraft to expedite prototyping of the high-speed aircraft. The Sikorsky Aircraft development team has been striving to achieve a first flight of the coaxial main-rotor helicopter, a milestone delayed (due to a variety of factors) by more than a year from the original target of late 2006. Nonetheless, Sikorsky...
April 1, 2008
PARIS — The Australian government’s cancellation of a $1 billion contract to buy 11 Kaman Super Seasprites for its navy is the latest illustration of the difficulties involved in over-ambitious retrofits and upgrades, but it is by no means the only one. The U.S. Marine Corps’ H-1 upgrade program, the U.K. Royal Air Force’s special-forces Chinooks, and the VH-71 U.S. presidential...
April 1, 2008
Australia has again bid farewell to a detachment of Boeing CH-47 Chinook troops for a deployment to support NATO operations in Afghanistan. The aviators, loadmasters and technicians from C Sqdn., 5th Aviation Regiment, based in Townsville, Queensland, left in early February to join an advance party and their two Chinooks in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar. The squadron will transport...
April 1, 2008
Electro Energy has won a $5 million contract from the U.S. Defense Logistic Agency to manufacture batteries for the U.S. Army/Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa. The Danbury, Conn.-based company will produce nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries, NiCd cells, and associated heater blanket assemblies for that helicopter fleet. The contract has a two-year base period with three option years and guaranteed minimum order...
April 1, 2008
Attack/Utility — Bell Helicopter delivered three H-1 upgrade aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps in February, as the H-1 program finally rolls into production. So far, it has delivered one attack AH-1Z and two utility UH-1Ys. A full-rate production decision is due later this year. Heavy Lift — The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command recently showed off "first chips" from newly machined parts...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS Intelligent Automation Corp. is making headway in persuading helicopter operators of the value of its aircraft monitoring and diagnostics systems. Much of Poway, Calif.-based IAC’s success has come with military operators. Its health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) are...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is reorganizing its engineering shop and going outside for managers. Among its new hires is long-time tilt-rotor critic Nick Lappos. In a March 19 e-mail to employees, Bell President and CEO Richard Millman said Lappos, a 32-year veteran of Sikorsky Aircraft and most recently a Gulfstream executive, will head Bell’s XworX R&D shop...
April 1, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft aims to fly a Black Hawk capable of unmanned flight by 2011. Sikorsky President Jeff Pino said he’s set up a company-funded research program to achieve that goal...
March 24, 2008
Aviation Today will host a webinar examining ongoing opportunities presented by the current helicopter boom and the potential impact of global economic turmoil on the industry. The webinar...
March 20, 2008
Nick Lappos has spent a lot of  time and energy in recent years critiquing  the promise and performance of Bell Helicopter and its vaunted tilt-rotor technology. Now he is going to work for Bell and, presumably...
March 12, 2008
Brazil is to sign a deal with France to build 50 military helicopters as part of a broader strategic defense alliance, according to the Reuters news service and other media reports. Under the proposed...
March 10, 2008
The new Australian government's cancellation of the SH-2G Super Seasprite program poses a dilemma for Sikorsky Aircraft. The Australian $1 billion program was to give Royal Australian Navy 11 refurbished Kaman Aerospace SH-2Gs...
March 6, 2008
Volunteers at a California aviation museum are working feverishly to get three Hueys ready to fly cross country to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the newspaper The...
March 5, 2008
Australia has scrapped its troubled and long-delayed SH-2G Super Seasprite project. Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said today that the Australian $1-billion-plus program to acquire 11 maritime strike and surveillance helicopters from Kaman Aerospace "had to be cancelled on safety grounds alone," arguing that the "airworthiness and crashworthiness of the...
March 5, 2008
The union representing more than 5,000 staff at the United Nations’ headquarters is calling for a review of that organization’s helicopter operations and “a full account of the causes” of its latest crash, according...
March 1, 2008
The balance of the Middle East helicopter market is gradually shifting, as Russian manufacturers and Sikorsky Aircraft make significant gains in the military arena while AgustaWestland and Eurocopter get most of their new business on the fast-expanding civil market. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Saudi Arabia, which in mid-September signed a wide-ranging agreement to buy more than 150 Mi-35M...
March 1, 2008
NEW MAIN-ROTOR BLADES THAT Carson Helicopters developed for its FireKing upgrade of the Sikorsky Aircraft H-3 Sea King are proving popular in the United Kingdom. QinetiQ, in partnership with the U.K. Defence Ministry’s Joint Test and Evaluation Group has successfully completed a 12-month, £5.25 million ($10.3 million) Carson blades project to increase the capability of the...
March 1, 2008
BARCO PROVIDES HIGH-PERFORMANCE DISPLAY SYSTEMS AND IMAGE processing subsystems for high-integrity aerospace applications. At Booth 2201, it is demonstrating its lineup of cockpit display products, ranging...
March 1, 2008
TURBOMECA EXECUTIVES ARE confident that 2008 will be the year when their investments in improving customer support begin to pay off. "I think you will see us turn the corner in 2008," said Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles. Toward the end of this year, the engine maker will conduct the next in its series of biennial customer-satisfaction surveys, which executives described as a...
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