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September 1, 2007
THE END OF THIS MONTH MARKS THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY of what has proven to be a remarkable event. On Sept. 26-29, 2005, more than 260 representatives of manufacturers, operators, regulators, safety investigators, and military services gathered in Montreal for the International Helicopter Safety Symposium. Spurred in part by a chronic accident rate among U.S. emergency medical service operators and a renewed...
August 7, 2007
The Minnesota National Guard is preparing a helicopter maintenance base at the St. Cloud Regional Airport...
August 1, 2007
LATELY, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING "The Devil Wears Prada" on cable in the McKenna house. My son is keen on Anne Hathaway, the centerpiece of the fashion show that is that movie. I’m not going to lie to you. I enjoy Ms. Hathaway’s scenes, too. But it’s that scene-stealing chameleon of an actress, Meryl Streep, that has me bordering on a movie review here. She plays the...
August 1, 2007
Well known as an outspoken proponent of safe, innovative search-and-rescue and firefighting techniques, LEE BENSON recently retired as senior pilot of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. In addition to spending his retirement writing for Rotor & Wing, he plans to continue that advocacy by consulting with U.S. and international helicopter operators on their activities and fleet and equipment requirements...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Is Schweizer Aircraft on the brink of offering a new helicopter product? Executives at the Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y. have said for some time that they are working on an addition to their line of 300C, 300CBi, and turbine 333 helicopters, and it would be revealed when the...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY/VIP A new test aircraft for the U.S. Marine Corps VH-71 presidential helicopter program flew July 3 at AgustaWestland’s facility in Yeovil, England. Test Vehicle 2 (TV-2) — shown above, with a patch of what AgustaWestland said is thermal insulation below and...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY The British defense research firm QinetiQ reports it has successfully completed flight trials of a technology designed to allow any pilot to control aircraft systems by voice command. QinetiQ’s Direct Voice Input system, flown in the recent tests on a U.K. Army Air Corps Eurocopter Gazelle, is...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Piasecki Aircraft expects additional funding from the U.S. Army for its XH-49A SpeedHawk program following the first successful flights of the compound helicopter. The Sikorsky Aircraft/U.S. Navy SH-60F, modified with wings and a tail-mounted vectored-thrust ducted propeller, took to the air...
August 1, 2007
MILITARY Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia conducted their first joint military exercise, Danube Guard ’07, June 25-28. The trilateral border exercise was aimed at joint training of the professional corps of the three nations and strengthen regional security, enhance...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW Eurocopter expects to log about 700 helicopter orders this year, according to President and CEO Lutz Bertling. The French-German consortium got a boost toward that goal at the Paris Air Show, booking 114 orders there. The orders, valued at more than €1.2 billion ($1.65 billion) ranged from single and fleet orders from civil operators to big orders for the NH90 military transport...
August 1, 2007
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command awarded Sikorsky Aircraft an $18.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm, fixed-price contract for production sustaining support for the MH-60R, including project management, engineering, and logistics. Work will be done in Stratford, Conn. and is expected to be complete by December. FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, Ore., has been awarded a $9.4 million...
August 1, 2007
PARIS AIR SHOW AgustaWestland CEO Giuseppe Orsi wants the BA609 civil tilt-rotor flying again at Le Bourget in four years time. But he wants a customer to be flying it. By the next Paris Air Show in 2009, a BA609 will fly without restrictions on its normal flight envelope, Orsi (shown bottom left, with AgustaWestland Chairman Amedeo Caporaletti) told reporters at Le Bourget in June. "In two air shows...
August 1, 2007
Curious as a U.S. operator what noise-related hurdles you may face in the future? Keep an eye on the neighborhoods around Washington. A Washington Post columnist who answers readers’ questions recently fielded one about helicopter...
August 1, 2007
THE 1960S PROVED TO BE A PIVOTAL DECADE FOR THE helicopter industry. As the Vietnam War escalated, the versatility of the helicopter was demonstrated time and time again. With new technology came new applications and the helicopter was used for everything from troop transport to airborne attack. Medevac usage was also a critical mission, and paved the way for the future growth of civilian emergency medical...
August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
August 1, 2007
The 1980s was a time of new aircraft, new missions, new technologies, and limitless optimism. It was fun while it lasted. THE FUTURE OF THE HELICOPTER NEVER looked better than it does right now." So reads the opening sentence of an industry forecast story in the January 1980 issue of Rotor & Wing. In that same story, one manufacturer boldly predicted the estimated 4,000 helicopters in the U.S...
August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
PARIS — TODAY’S HELICOPTER industry is vastly different from what it was 40 years ago, when Rotor & Wing first began publishing. Back then, it was largely dominated by the United States. Europe’s fledgling manufacturers had only recently got their start, thanks to production licenses bought mainly from Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft. Thus, in the 1960s, almost all of the...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
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