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June 1, 2010
June 8–9: Safety and Training Summit, presented by Rotor & Wing, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, Colo. Contact Rotor & Wing, phone 1-301-354-1813, e-mail jheinold@accessintel.com or visit www.aviationtoday.com/sats/ July 14–17: Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference, Tucson, Ariz. Contact ALEA, phone 1-301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org July 19–25...
May 1, 2010
Pratt & Whitney hosted a recent event at its Customer Training Center in Hartford, Conn. with President Dave Hess and other top executives from various sections of the company. Rotor & Wing had a chance to sit down with Richard Dussault, vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada, to get an update on the commercial rotorcraft engine market. Among recent...
March 1, 2010
The Chairman We were joined in the chairman’s office by NTSB Executive Officer Thom Zoeller, Deputy Director of Aviation Safety for Regional Operations Jeff Guzzetti, the Chairman’s Confidential Assistant Cresence Stafford, and NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway. We began by discussing Chairman Hersman’s stated mission to “raise the bar” for what I called the...
February 1, 2010
Products | Airframes Assembly of the initial Sikorsky S-76D airframe—s/n 761004—has begun at Aero Vodochody in the Czech Republic. The first production unit is scheduled for an April 2010 transfer to Sikorsky Global Helicopters’ facility in Chester County Airport (MQS) in Coatesville, Pa. for final assembly and completions. Sikorsky’s S-76D in flight. The manufacturer launched...
February 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore VIH Cougar Helicopters will use the AW139 for offshore transport in the Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy AgustaWestland During a recent...
January 1, 2010
Commercial | Offshore Two Bell 412EPs have joined the fleet of Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS). The manufacturer’s November handover signifies the 9th and 10th deliveries to FAS, eight of which took place during 2009. FAS has also inked a deal for PT6T-3DF Twin-Pac engine...
January 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems “Corporate Backbone & Global Footprint” Nothing has shown to be more true in the last year than a need for a strong corporate backbone and a global footprint to weather today’s economy. As we have all seen businesses struggling from small to large, those that survive and thrive are able to quickly mitigate market shifts and pullbacks. After a year of...
January 1, 2010
That is the question we asked industry executives to answer here in the Executive Outlook section this year. It is purposely a very broad question in order to give the respondents a lot of room to address whatever is most important to each of them, personally. This is one time in particular that we do try to allow them to point us toward the important things to watch in the coming months, rather than vice...
December 1, 2009
Public Service | Law Enforcement AgustaWestland handed over an AW139 to the Korea Coast Guard on Oct. 23. Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland has delivered two AW139s to the Korea Coast Guard, which will employ the...
December 1, 2009
Commercial | Airframes U.S. and European aviation safety agencies have issued airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring inspection of the section of the Sikorsky S-92 that connects the main gearbox to the...
December 1, 2009
Corporate | VIP Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over a VIP-configured S-76C++ to the Royal Travel Office...
November 1, 2009
PRODUCTS/AVIONICS & INSTRUMENTS Helicopter accidents, especially those involving emergency medical services (EMS) flights, have been getting a lot of bad, but well-deserved press recently. The increasing number of helicopter EMS (HEMS) fatalities has also caught the eye of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which early this September issued a revised recommendation letter outlining 19...
November 1, 2009
United Technologies Corp. routinely flies its RIPS-equipped S-92A aircraft in known icing conditions in the U.S. CORPORATE/OPERATORS For the past 36 months, I’ve had an exciting and challenging opportunity to fly the Sikorsky S-92A in the northeastern U.S. at the corporate flight department of United Technologies Corp. As one of the few pilots type rated in the S-92A who routinely flies the aircraft...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
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
MILITARY Governments and manufacturers worldwide generally go to great lengths to hide the real cost of the military equipment they buy and sell, and the financial flows that are set up to pay for them. That is why the Brazilian defense ministry’s decision to publish the costs and payment schedules for its helicopter purchases from France are to be welcomed, and all the more so that the deals involve...
October 1, 2009
PERSONAL/CORPORATE American Eurocopter has handed over two EC120s in recent weeks — to JRW Aviation and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit in Indiana. Dallas, Texas-based JRW will perform corporate and VIP...
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...
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
COMMERCIAL Denmark’s Bel Air has taken delivery of its first AgustaWestland AW139. The 12-seat aircraft will be used for offshore transport services. At a handover ceremony that included Prince...
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