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March 13, 2008
The South Korean government has ordered another AgustaWestland AW139 for firefighting and utility work. It would be the third of the medium twins to operate in...
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 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...
March 1, 2008
THE QUESTION ON MANY MINDS IS what will Bell Helicopter do this year? For the last several years, Heli-Expo has marked turning points for Bell, with most proving less than favorable. In 2004, for instance, it launched the IFR version of the Model 427, only to cancel that a year later in favor of the 429. In 2006, it unveiled the Model 417, which lasted until Heli-Expo 2007, when both it and Bell chief Mike...
March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
A recent U.S. Army aviation conference served as a reminder that a prerequisite for such events is an eye exam. The event was one of several whose presentations feature the notorious "quad chart." This visual aid crams four Powerpoint-type slides into a single slide. Its widespread use indicates someone in...
March 1, 2008
U.S. Army aviation faces tough times ahead, and must face them without key proven leaders. The branch has prevailed in tough slogging, engaged as it has been in an intense level of combat operations in southwest Asia and in the global war on terror since 2001. Those battles will continue, but will be joined by ones of a different — and nearly as dangerous kind. The branch must fight for survival in...
March 1, 2008
Attack — The Philippines National Defense Dept. scrapped a 12 billion peso ($29.3 million) contract for six night-capable attack MD-530Fs, accusing the contractors of altering the bid for the work. Asian Aerospace Corp., representative of Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopters, had submitted the proposal, which will be re-bid. Poland’s PZL Swidnik and AgustaWestland had vied for the...
February 19, 2008
AgustaWestland today is cutting the ribbon on the second major expansion of its factory at Philadelphia's Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The added, 250,000-sq-ft...
February 11, 2008
Problems with development of the EH101-based VH-71 presidential transport helicopter leave its contractor team vulnerable to criticism and political pressure. The U.S. Navy confirmed that it told the lead contractor, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, on Dec. 21, 2007 to stop work on the...
January 14, 2008
Lockheed Martin and its partners remain under the gun on their contract to build a new U.S. presidential transport helicopter. The Wall Street Journal reported that the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology...
January 11, 2008
The U.S. Navy reports that the first two VH-71 presidential transports have started flight tests with it and the U.S. Marine Corps at NAS...
January 9, 2008
Goodrich expects 2008 to bring a shift toward greater use of health and usage monitoring systems in commercial helicopters. Various forms of such systems are finding greater use on military aircraft, driven in part by U.S. Army efforts to reduce helicopter...
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...
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