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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...
March 1, 2007
March 1-3 — Heli-Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th Australian International Aerospace Congress, The Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. Contact: Vanessa Russell, 61-39-645-6311; Fax: 61-39-645-6322; E-mail: vanessa@wsm.com.au; Web: www.aiac12.com. March 20-22 — The 6th...
March 1, 2007
EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SAFETY OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS get the spotlight in the South Pacific this month during a gathering of regional and international industry leaders in Australia. Meanwhile in the United States, a forum to discuss safety challenges and solutions is taking off in Dallas. Among its many activities, that event is providing a stage for firefighting operators to ponder the best way to...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
February 1, 2007
Sikorsky Aircraft apparently has satisfied a Pentagon agency that it has an achievable plan for getting under control production problems that last year disrupted its H-60 lines, degraded quality of aircraft and parts and slowed provision of spare parts. The Defense Contract Management Agency in mid-December said it had closed a formal complaint about quality-control problems at Sikorsky. The...
February 1, 2007
Feb. 20-22 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Rotorcraft/Technology Infusion, Riverbend Campus, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas. Contact: Mark Dreier, 817-280-4907; E-mail: MDreier@BellHelicopter.Textron.com. March 1-3-Heli — Expo 2007, Orange County Convention Center, West Building, Orlando, Fla. Contact: Phone: 703-683-4646; Web: www.heliexpo.com. March 19-22 — 12th...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
February 1, 2007
HELICOPTER FLEETS ARE DEFINITELY LEADING THE way in Australian aviation, both on the military and civil sides. I will look at the vitality of civilian helicopter operations in Australia at a later time and focus now on the range of efforts by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This is based on my recent visit to the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey, in the northwestern state of Queensland, about 75...
February 1, 2007
U.S. DEFENSE RESEARCHERS ARE BANKING ON A LONG-NEGLECTED ROTORCRAFT TECHNOLOGY AS THE best bet for overcoming the practical helicopter speed limit of under 200 kt. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) is funding a team led by the Salt Lake City-based autogiro maker Groen Brothers Aviation to design a proof-of-concept, long-range, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of...
February 1, 2007
Given the U.S.’ renewed fight for Baghdad, do helicopters have a...
February 1, 2007
Given the U.S.’ renewed fight for Baghdad, do helicopters have a role in urban...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
Lockheed Martin has named three engineers on rotorcraft programs at its Systems Integration site in Owego, N.Y. as 2006 Lockheed Martin Fellows. The honor is reserved for the top one percent of technical talent across the corporation and recognizes and encourages the highest levels of accomplishment by individual contributors in technical fields. Rich Berbaum is the lead architect for system diagnostics...
January 1, 2007
PROGRAM UPDATES Attack — Lockheed Martin reports France’s Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA) has successfully fired the Hellfire 2 air-to-ground missile from Australia’s Tiger helicopter. The firing took place at the Woomera Testing Range in South Australia, employing a lock-on-before-launch technique for a direct hit on a target 3.7 mi (6 km)...
January 1, 2007
Tilton Names New President at MD Helicopters MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has named industry veteran Charles Vehlow to be president of the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer. Tilton directly ran MD for most of 2006 after having replaced the previous top management team of Robert Rene and Randy Kesterson. "I have been working quite closely with Chuck and the high-quality MD executive team over the last year...
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