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April 1, 2010
The Army Aviation Association of America, known as Quad-A, expects to attract at least 7,500 attendees and 300 exhibitors this year. The association is using the entire arena and an annex to the Fort Worth Convention Center, probably at least 225,000 square feet, said Bob Lachowski, director of advertising and industry relations. When Rotor & Wing caught up with him last month, there were only six...
February 1, 2010
Military | Government Agencies It’s nice to have friends in high places, and helicopters have one in the Pentagon, the chief of the Army Department’s aviation division assured the annual Association of the United States Army aviation symposium. Buying more helicopters and unmanned aerial...
December 1, 2009
Two Pilots Needed In regards to an article that appeared on Aviation Today [www.aviationtoday.com] on Oct. 16, “Prelim on Fatal HEMS Crash,” which discusses the NTSB report on the Sept. 25 helicopter EMS crash in South Carolina, I’d like to note that all night HEMS operations [should] be conducted under IFR with a two pilot crew. This recommendation was made several years ago to the FAA...
October 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Scheduled commercial helicopter services have been tried in many markets around the world, but few have succeeded. One major exception is found in Hong Kong, the former British Crown colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997 to become a special administrative region or SAR, for short. Operating out of a smartly designed three-story terminal complex within the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal...
October 1, 2009
While the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) cancelled the VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program for significant cost overruns, all may not be lost for proponents of a replacement rotorcraft fleet for the President of the United States. DOD has held numerous meetings on how to replace the fleet of aging Sikorsky VH-3Ds since the VH-71 program was cancelled, Rotor & Wing has learned. The meetings did not...
October 1, 2009
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) operates a fleet of 586 helicopters, comprising eight different models broken down into 19 marks or variants. Quite a number of these helicopters have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, but since the end of July, all have been withdrawn from Iraq and returned to the UK. MoD has launched a series of initiatives to modify several helicopter types for operations in...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has officially launched its U.S. customer service and fleet operations center (CSFC). The facility, located at the company’s Grand Prairie site, will serve as a global service and logistics network, along with sister fleet operations facilities in Europe (in La Durane, France) and Asia (Hong Kong, China). The CFSC opening followed an event in...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
July 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP In the wake of the VH-71 presidential helicopter cancellation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been floating ideas for a cost-saving substitute. One idea that Gates raised with the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee on May 19 was what could be called the "two helicopter solution." "One of the things we’re thinking about is that, in fact, all of the...
June 18, 2009
Lockheed Martin announced plans to cut up to 750 jobs in New York, due to the cancellation of the Marine One program. Now, N.Y. Senator...
June 17, 2009
The National Research Council Canada (NRC) provides specialized training for test pilot schools at its flight research lab in Ottawa. The two-week sessions train pilots on advanced handling qualities. The pilots go to the...
June 15, 2009
The manufacturer is interested in supplying the presidential helicopters to Lockheed Martin, an option that may save costs and get the much-beleaguered contract back on...
June 1, 2009
MILITARY | VIP Call it a helicopter without a mission, the ninth and final Increment 1 VH-71 has arrived at Lockheed Martin for completion, even though the wildly over budget VH-71 presidential helicopter program is dead. Worse yet, because the Increment 1s were meant as test beds for the more advanced...
June 1, 2009
In a letter from Ignazio La Russa, Italy’s minister of defense, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been asked to keep the VH-71 presidential helicopter program alive. The VH-71 was...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 18, 2009
This past weekend, Andrews AFB hosted the annual Joint Service Open House where members of every service participate in aerial shows, static displays and more. This year's show included aerial...
May 12, 2009
New ideas have always been a cornerstone of aviation. With the advances in technology, aircraft designers have more tools and options than ever before to build...
May 11, 2009
The Royal Air Force has announced that Prince William has completed basic singe-engine helicopter flight training, and is now scheduled to advance to multi-engine...
May 4, 2009
The annual Quad A convention begins today and runs through May 6. The event is held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in...
May 1, 2009
Four long years after the Pentagon selected the Lockheed Martin US101 as the president’s new helicopter, Rotor & Wing looks back at the selection and turbulent development of the next Marine One. On January 28, 2005 the Pentagon announced the selection of the Lockheed Martin EH101 as the winner of the VXX competition to replace the Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King as the president’s next helicopter...
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