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January 7, 2008
International efforts to dramatically improve helicopter safety face a fundamental challenge: no one can state definitively the safety level of operations today. The benchmark of aviation safety discussions is the safety rate, i.e. accidents (or incidents) per some standard...
January 7, 2008
To support that international safety effort, engine maker Turbomeca is undertaking an initiative to develop accurate, real-time means of tracking each helicopter...
January 1, 2008
MILITARY | VIP/HEAD OF STATE The U.S. Marine Corps is looking to boost the reliability of its presidential helicopter fleet. The Corps, whose Marine Helicopter Sqdn. One (HMX-1) provides rotary-wing support for the White House, is concerned that delays in fielding the next-generation presidential transport will force the existing fleet to fly longer. White House officials pressed for acquisition of a...
January 1, 2008
Homeland Security — AgustaWestland has delivered the first batch of light twin AW109Ns to the Italian Carabinieri. Other Italian government agencies are to take delivery of AW109Ns for homeland security and law enforcement duties in the coming months. Homeland Security — France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has ordered three new Eurocopter...
January 1, 2008
One of the best parts of running Rotor & Wing is the chance to step back every now and then and take in the "Big Picture" of the helicopter industry. This latest edition of our Annual Reports special section offers such a chance. Read through this collection of views from the industry’s top executives of prospects and challenges for the coming months and you’ll find confirmation...
December 18, 2007
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked an advanced-technology solutions firm to develop an acoustic small-arms detection system for helicopters. The agency awarded a $3.6...
December 5, 2007
An international coalition is urging helicopter operators to adopt safety management systems as a means of improving rotorcraft safety. The International Helicopter Safety Team, launched in 2005 to cut helicopter...
November 14, 2007
Lockheed Martin Systems Integration has brought the systems integration lab, or SIL, for the VH-71 U.S. presidential helicopter on line. The SIL is a key element of the contractor...
November 5, 2007
A top-level Pentagon review of efforts to restructure the VH-71 presidential helicopter program to correct delays and budget overruns has been put off until later this year. The U.S. Defense Dept. Defense Acquisition Board was to review the restructuring proposal Nov. 2, according to Amarillo.com...
November 1, 2007
Respect for the Pilot I have the utmost respect for the Vietnam War-era pilot. His ability to get the job done in the face of the worst conditions imaginable is legendary. But is this "mission at any cost" attitude compatible with the needs of emergency medical services (EMS)? Looking at reports from the accidents in the past few decades would seem to indicate that it is not. In my few years of...
November 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.K. Defence Ministry has commissioned a study of how the workload on helicopter pilots may be reduced. CORDA, a consulting firm wholly owned by BAE Systems, is working in partnership with AgustaWestland and Qinetiq. The study is one of eight covered by a three-year Maritime Surface Effects...
November 1, 2007
Bell Sees 429 Deliveries Starting Next October Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Sikorsky Delivers S-92s To South Korean Air Force Sikorsky Aircraft...
November 1, 2007
You may not have seen much in the news about manpads and Iraq, but U.S. military officials and defense analysts are increasingly concerned about that threat to helicopters operating there. The concern is that Iraqi insurgents...
November 1, 2007
ALL NEW U.S. ARMY AVIATORS NOW GRADUATE from the Flight School XXI (FSXXI) curriculum at Fort Rucker, Ala. The modernized schoolhouse has nearly all its required simulators, TH-67 primary training helicopters, and go-to-war aircraft. Compared to past training schemes, FSXXI gives each student pilot 50-80 additional hours in operational utility, cargo, attack, and scout helicopters. Hard comparisons with...
October 26, 2007
The U.S. Navy secretary wants to delay production of the new presidential helicopter again, according to Bloomberg News. The news service says Secretary Donald Winter has...
October 1, 2007
It remains to be seen whether the problems that have plagued the VH-71 are behind the contractor team led by Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command. The parties are in the throes of restructuring the presidential transport helicopter program to rationalize the development schedule for the aircraft and recover delays that have kept the program in the headlines in a way neither...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
BUSINESS Oboronprom, the state-controlled company at the heart of the government-led consolidation of Russia’s helicopter industry, has taken majority ownership of the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant. The subsidiary of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-trading monopoly, acquired 25.07 percent of the Mil plant from Russian Abilis Holdings. Oboronprom already owned 36.35 percent of the Mil plant. No purchase...
September 1, 2007
MILITARY The U.S. Army has named Maj. Gen. James Myles the sixth commander of the Aviation and Missile Command. Myles assumed command July 19 in a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Previously he was the commanding general of the Army’s Test and Evaluation Command in Falls Church, Va. He was trained in the Army’s...
September 1, 2007
Sept. 17-19 — Air Medical Transport Conference, Assn. of Air Medical Services, Tampa, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-836- 8732; Fax: 703-836-8920; Web: www.aams.org. Sept. 19-21 — Second International Helicopter Safety Symposium, Omni Hotel, Montreal. American Helicopter Society International and the AHS Montreal/Ottawa Chapter. Contact: Phone: 703-684-6777; Fax: 703-739-9279; E-mail: ihst@ihst.org...
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