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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
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
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 17, 2007
Helicopter makers may have a tougher time selling to the international auto racing community following the death of one racing legend and a near-miss with a race team leader in helicopter crashes last...
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...
September 1, 2007
I CAME ACROSS AN INTRIGUING story back in June. Seems a tribe in Brazil’s Amazon had dropped its longstanding tradition of avoiding much interaction with the modern world. The reason? Members of the Karitiana tribe had discovered that researchers that had come among them in the 1970s and then again in the 1990s apparently had been bilking them. The culprits sought samples of the Karitianas’...
September 1, 2007
Correction After conferring with an Essex Police spokesman, we reported that the police forces of Essex, Cambridgeshire, and Suffolk in the United Kingdom scrapped a plan for a helicopter maintenance consortium ("U.K. Police Drop Maintenance Plan," June 2007, page 13). In fact, the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance consortium, a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved Part 145 organization...
September 1, 2007
CIVIL Effective Aug. 30, the FAA was to reconfigure the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) around Washington, changing it from what many pilots have described as "Mickey Mouse ears" to a rough circle centered on the DCA VOR. The original ADIZ was placed around Washington in 2003 in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and encompassed the Class B airspace of National...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. is looking to deliver its first newly made FH1100 turbine helicopter to a customer in 2008. Georges Van Nevel, president and CEO of the Century, Fla.-based company that bought the FH1100 type...
September 1, 2007
AIR SHOWS Search-and-rescue operations, medium-lift helicopter requirements, and the market potential of vertical-lift unmanned systems will be focuses of discussions at Helitech 2007, the all-rotorcraft trade show and exhibition to be held in England next month. This year’s show is scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The biennial event gives...
September 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/AIRFRAMES Changhe Aircraft Industries Corp. is likely to co-develop a light helicopter with Sikorsky Aircraft, a top company executive has said. "Changhe and Sikorsky have established a strategic partnership in civilian helicopter production," Wang Bin, chairman of the subsidiary of China Aviation...
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