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November 1, 2004
Eurocopter, Bell Bag Border Patrol Orders U.S. border security officials have made their long-awaited choice of rotorcraft to replenish their fleet. The Department of Homeland Security in late September picked Eurocopter's EC120 Colibri for low-level surveillance and security patrols of U.S. borders and Bell Helicopter Textron's Bell 430 for twin-turbine medium utility helicopter requirements. Border...
October 1, 2004
We are approaching the end of what may come to be known as a year of transformation for the helicopter industry. The year opened with Eurocopter laying the physical and political foundation for its pursuit of more U.S. sales with construction of an assembly facility in Mississippi, home of two powerful senators. In February, cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche scuttled the widely held assumptions about the...
October 1, 2004
Apples vs. Oranges In reference to Tim McAdam's September column on density altitude ("Watching Your Ps & Qs--and DA," Safety Watch, page 62), helicopters come in two basic flavors--piston engine and turbine engine. The power available from these two types of engines is affected differently by the atmosphere. The power output from a piston engine is dependent on density altitude, all other...
October 1, 2004
Sikorsky Aircraft, built on the 100-year-old dreams of one pioneering man, is turning to a company created by a family of aviation pioneers to help it prosper in the 21st century. The Stratford, Conn. unit of United Technologies Corp. expects by now to be starting the process of integrating Schweizer Aircraft into its own operations. The two companies reached an agreement in August that allowed Sikorsky to...
October 1, 2004
Australia Picks NH90 for AIR 9000 program Australia has ordered 12 NH90 helicopters for the Australian Army as part of its AIR 9000 program, increasing the total order book to 357. The helicopters have been designated the NH 90 and will be marinized to operate from the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious ships. The new MRH 90 "is purpose built for amphibious operations and includes extra corrosion...
September 1, 2004
Two competitions making headlines at Farnborough raised pointed questions about the future of the U.S. rotorcraft industry. The main event at the biennial gathering was the fight between Airbus and Boeing to be the main provider of next-generation airlines. (What, you wonder, does this have to do with helicopters? Stay with me.) I never thought Boeing had much of a contender in this fight. Its Sonic...
September 1, 2004
VXX's Delay I'll just bet the U.S. Navy delayed the VXX competition to permit "more government-industry dialogue on design, performance, cost and trade opportunities." ("VXX Selection Delayed," May 2004, Rotorcraft Report, page 9). It certainly couldn't have been because Navy Department officials recognized a huge political hot potato with great potential to wreck careers, particular...
September 1, 2004
Purists become realists in quest to understand helicopter dynamics. Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Ph.D., has spent 30 years of his professional life trying to understand helicopter dynamics and how they affect vibration and noise. He's nowhere near finished. "We can predict helicopter vibration with 50 percent accuracy," Chopra said, "and we cannot predict noise at all." While today's design...
July 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has established the $1.6-Billion Reset program to overhaul its war-torn aircraft. By John R. Guardiano For U.S. military pilots and maintainers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is just the beginning. And the biggest problem, really, is not al Qaeda-led insurgencies. Rather, it’s the harsh desert environment and forbidding Afghan mountains. “Obviously, one of our biggest enemies is...
April 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has a new aviation modernization plan: It's back to the future. Indeed, the RAH-66 Comanche is gone, but the AH-64 Apache is very much alive. Ditto the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-60 Black Hawk. And we may not have seen the last of the UH-1 Huey. That old bird may yet have new life! Certainly, prospects are good for the MH-6 Little Bird. The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is slated for retirement, but who...
April 1, 2004
The EH101/US101 proposed as the new U.S. presidential helicopter has both proven performance and combat experience-and it flies well, too. The competition between the AgustaWestland US101 and Sikorsky S-92 for a new presidential helicopter is drawing to a close, with the winner expected to be announced next month. For the US101 program, Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor responsible for systems...
April 1, 2004
The VH-92 and US101 provide different answers to the needs of Marine One The choice of a new helicopter to fly the president of the United States will have symbolic and economic impact on U.S. industry. So far, campaign rhetoric from the competing VXX teams has focused on how American each aircraft can be. Sikorsky calculates its H-92, built in seven countries on four continents, is already 72-percent...
April 1, 2004
  Situational Awareness is defined as "the degree of accuracy by which your perception of a situation mirrors reality" The trick to gaining and maintaining it is knowing when to get it from technology and when to get it from proven techniques and rules of thumb. Today situational awareness is dramatically improved by avionics technology. EFIS displays, moving maps, GPS, data links, and small...
March 1, 2004
Mideast nations are proving to be growing markets for civil , public-service, and paramilitary helicopter applications. The helicopter has Long served primarily as a military aircraft in the Middle East. It is now branching out into more civil and paramilitary uses, ranging from executive transport to search and rescue. The growing commercial traffic in the Gulf States, combined with business opportunities...
March 1, 2004
As the industry gathers for its major trade show, reports from the field are that business is picking up. These days folks seem wary to speak of good news, fearing such talk might jinx brightening prospects or, worse, invite bad news. The effects of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks were so terrific on the U.S. (indeed, the world’s) economy, and the aviation industry in particular, that no...
February 1, 2004
    : Sikorsky Plays Politics   Sikorsky has laid down the political gauntlet in the VXX presidential helicopter competition with the introduction last month of its "all-American" VH-92 contracting team: Flight Safety International—simulation and training; L-3 Communications—mission communications and interior furnishings; Northrop Grumman—survivability systems...
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