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June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
PARIS — IF THE WARS IN SOUTHWESTERN Asia have not been kind to NATO armies, showing them to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared for the irregular conflicts which they now face, some capability areas have fared worse than others. While not plumbing the depths of irrelevancy attained by light armored vehicles, which have been shown by mines and improvised explosive devices to be deadlier to their crews...
June 1, 2007
A tight timetable for production of the Lockheed VH-71, the new presidential helicopter, is leading to cost overruns and aggravating weight problems in building the new aircraft, according to a Lockheed executive.  But, said...
May 29, 2007
New stamps being issued by the United States Postal Service will commemorate presidential travel on Air Force One and Marine One. The stamps will go on sale June 13 but were displayed at Andrews Air Force Base...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY Another curious pronouncement was the U.S. Army’s assertion that the rotorcraft industry is not acting as if the nation were at war. The director of Army aviation, Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, told a Pentagon press briefing March 23 — following his testimony...
May 1, 2007
MILITARY/VIP The efforts of Lockheed Martin, AgustaWestland, and Bell Helicopter to build the next U.S. presidential helicopter haven’t been getting good press lately, at least not from the U.S. General Accountability Office. First, the GAO revealed one reason the U.S. Air Force...
May 1, 2007
ATTACK — The U.S. Navy aims to achieve initial operational capability for the armed-helicopter kit for the Sikorsky Aircraft/Lockheed Martin MH-60S Knighthawk this month. The kit, designed to be installed on the aircraft in about 12 hr, includes eight Hellfire missiles, an AAS-44 forward-looking infrared, two GAU-21 50-caliber guns, an M240 machine gun or GAU-17 7.62mm minigun, an integrated...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
MILITARY/ATTACK-UTILITY With the total of U.S. military helicopters shot down in Iraq since the start of the year rising to eight, the Pentagon is looking at systems and tactics to better protect rotorcraft and the soldiers and Marines on them. U.S. officials confirmed in late February that the Feb. 7 crash of a U.S. Marine...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 After he finally was able to spend some time at Heli-Expo 2007, new Bell Helicopter President and CEO Richard Millman said he felt like Santa Claus. He had a big sack of gifts in his hands. Millman missed Bell’s press conference on the eve of the show in Orlando, Fla. and the show’s opening to attend a board meeting of Bell parent Textron. Textron chief Lewis...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 With a backlog of $14.5 billion and a 50-percent jump in sales, Eurocopter faces the challenge of meeting delivery schedules without overheating its supply and production systems. That was the message new Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling brought to Heli-Expo. He...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 AgustaWestland nearly doubled the number of helicopter orders it booked last year and is working off a total backlog of more than $11.2 billion. The company’s CEO, Giuseppe Orsi, reported at Heli-Expo that the Finmeccanica subsidiary with major operations in Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States took orders for 274 of its civil helicopters. That...
April 1, 2007
Utility — A draft briefing paper by Turkey's procurement agency underscores a preference for Sikorsky over European rivals in the contest to build 32 utility helicopters for about $500 million. The maker of the S-70 Black Hawk, the internationally marketed version of the U.S. military’s UH-60 Black Hawk, was recently named by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries as the "favorable...
April 1, 2007
THEY ARE MORE THAN PIECES OF TAUT MATERIAL stretched across rods in an aircraft. Today, the seats in a helicopter can be quite plush and comfortable, making the ride an enjoyable experience even in the bumpiest of weather. Whereas once, safety might have meant a snugly fastened seat belt (if that), the modern-day rotorcraft seat has all the elements of a highly regulated, highly tested piece of machinery...
April 1, 2007
THE FIRST MRH90 IS DUE TO ARRIVE in Australia mid-month, marking the start of the next big transition for the nation’s military rotary-wing aviation forces. Australia has ordered 46 of the versions of the NH90 built by the NHIndustries partnership of AgustaWestland, Eurocopter, and Stork Fokker Aerospace. Twelve will supplement the Australian Army’s airlift capability, now provided by Sikorsky...
March 8, 2007
Lockheed Martin's delays in the VH-71 U.S. presidential helicopter program was one reason the U.S. Air Force cited for not picking that company to build its next-generation combat search-and-rescue (CSAR-X) helicopter. That’s according to the U.S. General Accountability Office, which has issued a redacted...
March 1, 2007
EVERYONE LOVES THEIR AIRCRAFT, and everyone wants everybody else to love them, too. Even a clunker of a bird can endear itself to its pilots, and especially its mechanics. Which, I suspect, is one reason aviators make some of the most avid and innovative photographers. We like to show off our hardware and what we can do with it. Who can blame us? Fliers are an elite group, no matter what they fly. Just...
March 1, 2007
The Bush administration is asking Congress for $481.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in Fiscal 2008 — up more than 11 percent over this year, our sister publication Defense Daily reports. The Army’s $130-billion portion of the Fiscal 2008 request is 18.5 percent higher than the $109.7-billion Fiscal 2007 request. It would support aviation modernization, covering 37 Bell...
March 1, 2007
Top U.S. generals say they see an unprecedented "intensity of effort" from Iraqi insurgents but no new methods from them or vulnerabilities in U.S. rotorcraft after a string of helicopters were shot down there. Military leaders are concerned that the loss of six helicopters in Iraq since the start of 2007 — including at least four confirmed as shootdowns — "represents an...
March 1, 2007
U.S. Marine Corps VH-71 program officials have conducted the first test landings of the EH101-based presidential aircraft at the White House, but don’t expect to proof any time soon. The variant of the AgustaWestland aircraft, which Lockheed Martin Systems Integration is...
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