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January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
A FAVORITE WHIPPING BOY OF POLITICIANS and the media is the military procurement program. There seems to be no end to cable-news sound bites and juicy headlines about how this program or that is over budget and behind schedule, the latest "glaring" example of military officials squandering taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars to the illicit gain of defense contractors. Certainly, there are cases...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
PROGRAM UPDATES Medevac – In Poland, AgustaWestland, Eurocopter and PZL Swidnik are contenders in a competition to supply medevac aircraft for the national ministry of health. The competition is valued at $160 million. Attack/Transport – Russia and the Czech Republic are discussing an agreement to modernize the republic’s Mi171 Hip transport and Mi-35 Hind combat helicopters to meet NATO...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
December 1, 2006
Major manufacturers make progress in defense contracts and international alliances, though trouble looms. IN...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
August 1, 2006
U.S. Army Choice of EADS LUH Bid Boosts Globalization The U.S. Army's choice of a European-led team to provide its next-generation light utility helicopter is widely seen as a crucial validation of globalization in the rotorcraft industry. Two critical questions arise. First, can the Army afford the purchase of up to 352 aircraft envisioned when it named Eurocopter's EC145 the winner of a four-helicopter...
July 1, 2006
Two Sea Kings of the Italian air force transport the head of the Roman Catholic Church when they are not flying Italy's head of state. Curious about the Italian VIP fleet, we traveled to the Ciampino air base in the southern part of Rome to get an impression of the aircraft and their operation. Next to business and government jets, we found the most eye-catching birds: the two glossy white-and-blue SH-3D...
April 1, 2006
R&W's Question of the Month: Specific fuel consumption has long been ignored in helicopter turbine-engine operations. Do you feel a greater need for SFC improvements now? If so, why? Let us know, and look for your and others' responses in a future issue. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of page 7. CORRECTION Through an editing error, the account by Ken Pyatt in our Helicopters &...
March 1, 2006
R&W's Question of the Month: Does your flight operation require a flight-risk evaluation or assessment before launching? Are such procedures effective and worthwhile? Let us know, and look for your and other responses in a future issue. You'll find our contact information in the box at the bottom of page 8. CORRECTION In the Table of Contents of our February issue, the description for the story...
January 1, 2006
Name That Bird (Cont'd) Two suggestions for naming the VH-71 U.S. presidential transport: 1. Harpagornis (New Zealand Eagle)--This now-extinct bird weighed 20 lb. or more and possessed a wingspan of about 9 ft. It was the largest eagle ever. It had talons as large as tiger's claws. 2. Hesperornis (Toothed Bird)--It was an aggressive, prehistoric sea bird that could dive into the sea and fish. It possessed...
December 1, 2005
CLARIFICATION Our article on U.S. Army development of the Brownout Situational Awareness Upgrade stated that a new, integrated digital automatic flight control system is being tested on the CH-47D ("Helping Aircrews Survive Brownout," October 2005, page 52). That system is being tested on the CH-47F. Links in the Chain As mentioned in Douglas W. Nelms' article, the view that accidents tend to...
November 1, 2005
CORRECTION The photo right, which appeared in our August issue, was taken by photographer Keith Wood ("Bringing Home the Bacon," August 2005, page 49). We failed to include a credit for his work with the photo. We apologize for the omission. -The Editors. One Reason Why In response to John Brandt's letter, it seems pretty straightforward to me why the aircraft in Johan Nurmi's January 2005 column...
October 1, 2005
Commercializing SAR I am a helicopter rescue swimmer and a flight emergency medical technician for Croce Rossa Italiana (the Italian Red Cross). I serve on its National Aeronautical Committee, advising on helicopter search and rescue and emergency medical service (HEMS). Croce Rossa is a nationwide, primary EMS provider. A few of its EMTs, medics and helicopter rescue swimmers serve as reserve officers on...
October 1, 2005
Unprecedented Helicopter Force Takes Field in Katrina's Wake Hurricane Katrina destroyed, and helicopters by the score swept in behind her to save and bring succor. In the wake of that devastating Aug. 29 maelstrom and the flooding that followed it, helicopter owners and operators of every size and stripe flew to the grief-stricken regions of Louisiana and Mississippi to help in any way they could. Nearly...
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