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August 1, 2007
IN THIS WORLD OF ULTRA-POLITICAL correctness, it is amazing to me how many educated people in aviation circles insist on referring to rotary-wing aircraft as "airplanes." Many aviators in today's U.S. military, from admirals to ensigns and from generals to second lieutenants, regularly refer to helicopters as airplanes. I have seen countless aviators use this incorrect usage on a daily basis. The...
August 1, 2007
IT IS A FREQUENT COMPLAINT ABOUT HELICOPTER accidents. The pilot may have screwed up, caused the aircraft to crash, maybe even people to die. But what if management action or inaction put him that pickle? What if management wouldn’t take an aircraft out of service for use on training flights, for instance, and pilots didn’t get time to practice instrument skills? What if a company preaches...
August 1, 2007
INTERNATIONAL HELICOPTER manufacturers and operators remain hopeful that upcoming events in China will serve to loosen the Communist government’s stranglehold on general aviation operations there. Industry representatives have been building relationships with officials in Beijing and major Chinese cities for several years. They are seizing the opportunity created by the need to provide security and...
August 1, 2007
PARIS — TODAY’S HELICOPTER industry is vastly different from what it was 40 years ago, when Rotor & Wing first began publishing. Back then, it was largely dominated by the United States. Europe’s fledgling manufacturers had only recently got their start, thanks to production licenses bought mainly from Bell Helicopter and Sikorsky Aircraft. Thus, in the 1960s, almost all of the...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
July 11, 2007
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. has called for limits on the growing number of helicopters transporting people to the east end of Long Island. Noise complaints and possible...
July 1, 2007
MILITARY/VIP The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled an Express Mail stamp with the image of the U.S. presidential transport...
June 1, 2007
MID-APRIL BROUGHT ANOTHER session of Flight Safety International’s helicopter safety forum. There I heard typical conversations about the challenges of improving safety. Some struck me as outdated. FlightSafety deserves credit for convening these annual events. They are indeed savvy business development opportunities for one of the oldest flight-training outfits. But they seem more than that. At...
June 1, 2007
Canadian aviation regulators are reviewing an assessment by the nation’s helicopter industry on how the industry might take on more management of the aviation regulation system. Transport Canada in 2003 shifted some management of standardization, certification, and oversight of business aviation to the Canadian Business Aviation Assn. as part of a broader effort to boost the efficiency of Canadian...
June 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/ENGINES The FAA is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend one engine-inoperative (OEI) rating definitions and type certification standards for 30-sec, 2-min, and 30-min OEI ratings for rotorcraft turbine engines. This proposal calls for revising the ratings’ standards to reflect "recent analyses of the ratings’ usage and lessons learned from completed engine certifications...
June 1, 2007
COMMERCIAL MD Helicopters’ head, Lynn Tilton, is decrying "an industry rumor mill that works overtime to turn positives into negatives." In one of MD’s latest public statements, the Mesa, Ariz. manufacturer on May 2 issued a press release quoting Tilton as saying MD has achieved its primary goal of "bringing back an American legacy." The New York distressed-debt management...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
LEGISLATION Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would add a $25-a-flight surcharge on all IFR flights in the national airspace to cover air traffic control costs. Legislative specialists at the Helicopter Assn. International (HAI) say the Senate bill would phase out a 4.3-cent-a-gallon tax...
June 1, 2007
June 6 — Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame 34th Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony, The Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: 613-993-2010; E-mail: aviation@technomuses.ca; Web: www.aviation.technomuses.ca June 18-24 — Salon Internationale de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace/47th International Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, France. Web: www.paris-air-show.com Aug. 29-31 —...
June 1, 2007
At the world’s premier air show, helicopters are taking their place this year. Although the Paris Air Show’s main focus is on fixed-wing aircraft, this year things may be different. Organizers of the biennial event, members of the French aerospace industries association GIFAS, are using the opportunity of the show to celebrate the centennial of the first powered, free (or untethered) flight of...
June 1, 2007
With the support of manufacturers, helicopter operators are gaining influence in regulatory debates in Europe. IN EUROPE, CIVIL AND MILITARY SALES OF HELICOPTERS are jumping. New technology and procedures are coming. There’s a pilot shortage (always a good sign). Perhaps most startling though, the authorities are listening to the rotorcraft point of view. The civil market in Europe has great...
June 1, 2007
Commercial helicopter operators in India are bracing for an onslaught of competition as foreign operators enter the market. Triggering their concern is the national government’s stated intention to lift or even eliminate the cap on foreign investment in Indian helicopter operators. India’s civil aviation minister, Praful Patel, revealed those intentions April 23 at the start of a three-day...
June 1, 2007
WIND IS DEFINED BY WEBSTER’S dictionary as a strong current of air. Although simple in definition, the effects of wind on an aircraft can be profound. To a pilot wind can be a friend or a foe, depending on its direction. Yet pilots seem to underestimate the consequences of this natural force fairly often. According to the NTSB, during the last 10 years there were 48 helicopter accidents where the...
June 1, 2007
In Eurocopter’s AS350, operators find an aircraft that can perform a great variety of missions, carry a multitude of equipment for them, and provide significant power in the process, even during hot and high conditions. Like many helicopters today, it holds its value well on the used market. As with all things, the family of aircraft known as the Ecureuil, Squirrel, and, perhaps, most commonly, the...
June 1, 2007
Eurocopter ancestor Aerospatiale undertook development of the AS350 Ecureuil, or Squirrel, as a successor to the Alouette light helicopter built by it and its own predecessor, Sud Aviation. The emphasis of the design effort was on an aircraft with low operating and maintenance costs, low noise emissions, and low vibration. That effort got under way in the early 1970s, and the AS350 prototype first flew on...
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