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June 26, 2008
Lockheed Martin has begun integrating mission systems aboard a second VH-71 test vehicle at its Presidential Helicopter Integration Facility in Owego, N.Y. Four aircraft, based on AgustaWestland's EH101 (now...
June 18, 2008
The company, Helips, is seeking investors for a new, multi-purpose, light helicopter that does not have a tail rotor. The Gulf Times reported that two representatives from Helips gave a presentation at the Qatar Scientific...
June 17, 2008
A recent briefing by the aerospace company for investors and financial analysts has some observers wondering if that will happen. Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, was pressed at that event on whether Boeing would sell its...
June 11, 2008
Woman in Aviation International is offering thousands of scholarship dollars to applicants who get their applications in starting July 1, 2008. The...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL The two companies are planning to establish what they say is the first helicopter hub in Italy at Rome’s Urbe Airport and to have that hub achieve operational readiness in 2009. According AgustaWestland, the project’s investment is worth about €3.2 million ($5 million). The companies plan to set up a 22,000-sq-ft...
June 1, 2008
Attack — Boeing plans to fly its Block 3 AH-64D Apache Longbow on July 9, under an accelerated schedule sought by the U.S. Army. The new Apache, developed with money rolled over from the cancelled RAH-66 Comanche program, includes new software upgrades and modernized weapon systems, such as a new fire-control radar and extended-range missiles. Also, Boeing engineers are showing off Apache’s new...
June 1, 2008
It rarely happens that a military acquisition incurs major delays and cost overruns without some heads rolling. And so heads have rolled in the VH-71 program. The next-generation U.S. presidential helicopter program, launched with a 2005 contract award, is one year behind schedule and has seen its total costs jump about 75 percent. The U.S. Navy-run program has just undergone a major...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
The recent letter from CW4 Steven Kersting reminded me that the term "settling with power" is somewhat misleading ("VRS vs. Settling With Power, February 2008, page 7). Power has little to do with the phenomenon. As I discussed in the July 2007 issue, in a vertical descent, tip vortices are being generated that self-activate themselves to go down at a speed that is determined by the rotor...
May 27, 2008
European Union countries have agreed to pool their helicopter capabilities to support international operations. EU defense ministers meeting May 26 charged the European Defence Agency with coordinating the initiative...
May 22, 2008
Certified by the FAA in 1978, Sikorsky Aircraft intermediate, twin-engine helicopter entered service in 1979. Originally intended for the offshore and executive transport markets, the S-76 line marked the 30th anniversary of its FAA certification this year and...
May 21, 2008
U.S. FAA officials responsible for regulation of obstacle marking and lighting are weighing whether to approve a Norwegian-developed system as an alternate means of marking powerlines. Oslo-based OCAS developed the...
May 14, 2008
The latest hazard to safe helicopter flight in the United States comes in the form of wind farms. These collections of modern-day windmills, seen as an environmentally friendly energy option to gas, coal, and nuclear powerplants, are proliferating. The U.S. Energy...
April 10, 2008
U.S. Army leaders are weighing how to best form a 12th combat aviation brigade (CAB). A new brigade is needed to maintain the 12-month rotation schedule of units serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, the director of Army...
April 9, 2008
Boeing and Piasecki Aircraft are developing a $3 million plan to assess mating a version of Piasecki Aircraft's vectored-thrust, ducted propeller to its AH-64 Apache and possibly its A160T vertical takeoff and landing unmanned air vehicle. Boeing has...
April 9, 2008
Say farewell to Joint Heavy Lift, the U.S. Army's aspiration to a multi-service, next-generation heavy-lifter. The program, spearheaded by the Army Aviation Technology Directorate, seems to have been overcome by requirements creep and inter-service rivalry. It was...
April 1, 2008
AGUSTAWESTLAND ARRIVES AT Heli-Expo with key civil product lines logging strong sales but military ones beset by problems. The manufacturer’s AW139 medium twin is proving a popular and versatile aircraft in diverse markets. AgustaWestland is featuring the AW139 in its display, showcasing the aircraft it delivered to its program partern Honeywell. Honeywell provided the Primus Epic avionics suite for...
April 1, 2008
Where is Raymond Orteig when we need him? Aviation history buffs know that name as belonging to the hotelier who in 1919 offered $25,000 to the first to fly nonstop between New York and Paris. The more recognizable name associated with his is that of Charles Lindbergh, who claimed the prize after landing The Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget airfield on May 20, 1927 following a solo flight of 33 hr, 29 min...
April 1, 2008
Flight Training Mistakes In response to your recent Question of the Month about the most troubling or curious flight training mistakes I’ve seen, a curious and somewhat troubling mistake I have both witnessed and committed is what I’d call "going on autopilot" (Feedback, February 2008, page 7). In this scenario, something that could be major is missed because the task being trained...
April 1, 2008
LEE BENSON is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press. REBECCA CHRISTIE this month contributes the Program Insider page of Rotorcraft Report. Based in Washington, she specializes in...
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