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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...
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...
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