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November 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES The FAA is asking for public comment on proposed airworthiness standards for certification of the Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. BA609. The agency’s proposes to set certification standards for the civil tilt-rotor under Section 21.17(b) of the Federal...
November 1, 2007
NBAA ’07 Eurocopter and the French design house Hermès are collaborating on a custom design for the EC135, which they unveiled at the 2007 National Business Aviation Assn. gathering in Atlanta. The design, ‘l’Hélicoptère par...
November 1, 2007
Bell Sees 429 Deliveries Starting Next October Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Sikorsky Delivers S-92s To South Korean Air Force Sikorsky Aircraft...
November 1, 2007
Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland officials on the BA609 civil tilt-rotor program are less concerned these days about building infrastructure for rotorcraft operations in the United States and other key markets. BA609 leaders in the past have pointed to the need for a more concerted industry...
November 1, 2007
The word at last month’s biennial Helitech trade show was that AgustaWestland is discussing a new aircraft model and Eurocopter may be working on new concepts. With a typical 8-10-year cycle for the development, design, and fielding of a new helicopter, many of the world’s airframe manufacturers are busy figuring out what their next products will be...
November 1, 2007
Sikorsky Achieves High Availability Rate With S-92 The S-92 has netted an availability rate of more than 90 percent. Sikorsky says the high percentage is due to the use of its state-of-the-art fleet management operations center, opened in...
November 1, 2007
IT WAS IN THE 1920S WHEN THE TINY, WOODEN, SINGLE-SEAT LINK trainer became one of the world’s first flight simulators. Its main purpose was to familiarize student pilots with an airplane’s primary flight controls and the results that could be expected from various inputs. By 1948, flight deck mock-ups were replicating actual aircraft cockpits, complete with electrically driven analog...
November 1, 2007
Eurocopter is planning to open a flight school in China this year. The demand for helicopters in China is increasing; Eurocopter expects the number of rotorcraft there to exceed 1,000 within 20 years, with demand spurred by the 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing. Shanghai is hosting...
November 1, 2007
EVERYBODY IN AEROSPACE, IT seems, is enticed by the huge potential market that is China. The complexities of dealing in that market are never far below the surface, however, as events reminded us last month. In early October, the Kanwa Information Center, which describes itself as a "non-government-run news agency," put out a report that the "mysterious Z-10 combat helicopter that was...
November 1, 2007
Keystone Helicopter has received FAA approval, in the form of a production certificate, to make S-76s for its parent company, Sikorsky Aircraft. The Stratford, Conn. manufacturer began looking at...
November 1, 2007
Metro Aviation today holds the grand opening of its new 160,000-sq-ft manufacturing, maintenance, and...
October 30, 2007
Bell Helicopter has frozen the exterior design for its new Model 429. According to Bell's marketing and sales senior...
October 12, 2007
Bell Helicopter now expects to field its newest civil aircraft, the 429 light twin, by next October. Two flight-test versions have...
October 1, 2007
The commercial helicopter market continues to grow and won’t be slowing down for the foreseeable future, according to a forecast from Honeywell. Growing global economies and demands from helicopter operators mean growing backlogs for...
September 21, 2007
Forecast International, a research firm, has estimated that helicopter manufacturers will deliver about 14,200 rotorcraft to the light commercial helicopter market between 2007-2016. The study included 6,891 piston engine helicopters and...
September 20, 2007
The Bell/Agusta Aerospace  BA609 tilt-rotor may be landing soon in South Boston Mass. The aircraft is scheduled to become commercially available in 2010. The city’s Economic Development and...
September 13, 2007
The market for corporate and VIP transport in Europe is the most promising market for the BA609 civil tilt-rotor being developed by Bell Helicopter and AgustaWestland...
September 10, 2007
Think the FAA’s August decision to shrink and streamline the Air Defense Identification Zone around Washington was a harbinger of a “kinder and gentler” U.S. government view of general aviation? Think again. Testifying before the Senate Homeland Security Committee today...
September 5, 2007
Business people in North West Ireland are putting together a commercial helicopter service for the region, according to the Western People. The group sees the new service providing travel...
September 4, 2007
What will the potentially explosive market for very light jets mean for rotorcraft? Good things, at least in the eyes of one industry executive. Reputable estimates of the market for these aircraft, defined by the National...
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