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November 1, 2005
In corporate helicopter training, operators want quality courses that focus on their specific mission and airspace requirements. KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED: IT'S A BUSINESS MANtra, and one that the corporate helicopter training sector seems to be taking to heart. In a bid to woo students and operators alike, manufacturers like AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron and Eurocopter and training vendors...
November 1, 2005
Fly Neighborly programs are intended to bridge the gap between the rotorcraft industry and anyone concerned with noise problems. BEING NEIGHBORLY IS GOOD BUSINESS. In the last 25 years, there's been a sea change in the rotorcraft industry's attitude toward noise and other complaints from the public. "Us"--the industry-- vs. "them"--municipalities, residents and advocacy groups--no...
September 1, 2005
Best Power? The aircraft flight manual for my light, twin-turbine helicopter recommends 100-percent rotor rpm for flight with a continuous range of 98-102 percent. Some fellow pilots suggest using 102 percent when taking off from a confined area for better performance. If you actually get better performance at 102 percent, why doesn't the AFM state this? Name Withheld By Request If "performance"...
September 1, 2005
When international rotorcraft leaders gather this month in Montreal for the first International Helicopter Safety Symposium, they cannot help but spend a great deal of the four-day meeting talking about the role that the individual plays in advancing or holding back rotorcraft safety. Organized by the American Helicopter Society and its Montreal chapter, the meeting's purpose is to identify underlying...
September 1, 2005
For one student, seeds planted by the sight of helicopters on television flowered into a fledgling career as a pilot in Australia--with an embarrassing start. I blame television. Growing up in the late 1970S and early `80s exposed me to all kinds of junk that proved simply too formative to ever shake off. How could any kid, having watched Airwolf and Blue Thunder, ever NOT want to be a helicopter pilot...
August 1, 2005
AGUSTAWESTLAND IS SET TO PROSPER FROM PAST efforts to develop civil products that split traditional aircraft market niches while it simultaneously refines its technological strengths and works to identify the most fruitful aircraft for future development. Long a subcontractor and licensee to the world's other helicopter makers, the company's Italian component at Agusta made a major move in 1998 when it...
April 1, 2005
Latin America's helicopter industry is diverse, bureaucratically challenged and expensive. But the region is a growing market for those willing to take advantage of strengthening economies. First off, the good news. The Latin American helicopter industry is growing steadily and is expected to continue to do so for at least the next 20 years. And now the bad news--the Latin American helicopter industry is...
April 1, 2005
Dutch National Police Cancellation Digs Deeper Hole for MD Is the Dutch national police's cancellation of a contract for seven MD902s the final nail in MD Helicopters' coffin? The Netherlands interior minister on March 1 canceled the National Police Services Agency's contract for the helicopters after concluding that the contractor, Helifly N.V., was not in a position to deliver two of the aircraft to the...
February 1, 2005
Security, Tax Breaks Buoy U.S. Corporate Sector A LUKEWARM ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE for the corporate sector in 2004 could give way to an upswing in the United States this year based on security delays at commercial airports and the emergence of a new breed of wealthy entrepreneur able to purchase helicopters for personal and business use. Adding to the optimism is the continuation of a government tax break on...
October 1, 2004
In a manner of speaking, the story of the Dragon very-light helicopter dates back to the third century before Christ, when Berenice Pancrisia was founded by Ptolemy II in Eastern Africa near the Red Sea. The city, well known for gold resources, was slowly abandoned following the collapse of the Egyptian Empire and the site was eventually swallowed up in the hot sand of the desert. On February 1989 Angelo...
October 1, 2004
We are approaching the end of what may come to be known as a year of transformation for the helicopter industry. The year opened with Eurocopter laying the physical and political foundation for its pursuit of more U.S. sales with construction of an assembly facility in Mississippi, home of two powerful senators. In February, cancellation of the RAH-66 Comanche scuttled the widely held assumptions about the...
October 1, 2004
Apples vs. Oranges In reference to Tim McAdam's September column on density altitude ("Watching Your Ps & Qs--and DA," Safety Watch, page 62), helicopters come in two basic flavors--piston engine and turbine engine. The power available from these two types of engines is affected differently by the atmosphere. The power output from a piston engine is dependent on density altitude, all other...
October 1, 2004
Sikorsky Aircraft, built on the 100-year-old dreams of one pioneering man, is turning to a company created by a family of aviation pioneers to help it prosper in the 21st century. The Stratford, Conn. unit of United Technologies Corp. expects by now to be starting the process of integrating Schweizer Aircraft into its own operations. The two companies reached an agreement in August that allowed Sikorsky to...
October 1, 2004
Brazil's 3.3 million sq. mi. territory includes six different main eco-regions, most of them well known, such as the Amazon Forest in the northwest and the Atlantic Forest following the Brazilian coastline. An area less well known is the Cerrados woodland savannas, a 0.8 million sq. mi. area in Central Brazil. However,this is changing, primarily because of the huge agribusiness development, such as soybean...
October 1, 2004
Australia Picks NH90 for AIR 9000 program Australia has ordered 12 NH90 helicopters for the Australian Army as part of its AIR 9000 program, increasing the total order book to 357. The helicopters have been designated the NH 90 and will be marinized to operate from the Royal Australian Navy's amphibious ships. The new MRH 90 "is purpose built for amphibious operations and includes extra corrosion...
October 1, 2004
When aircraft operators gather at the annual convention of the National Business Aviation Assn., the main topic of conversation typically is where the business aviation market is headed. When they gather in Las Vegas this month for the 57th annual meeting, the primariy topic could well be: where is the NBAA headed? More than 30,000 people are expected to attend that meeting Oct. 12-14. Among the...
October 1, 2004
It doesn't take a moment or two for anyone in the helicopter industry to know that our business is, and has been for many decades, one of the true "multi-national" businesses. We all know that most countries around the world follow the same standards for the design and construction standards of our helicopters and their parts. The helicopter industry knows most countries have very similar...
September 1, 2004
At precisely 17:33:27, GMT, June 21, 2004, a bright orange MD-500E landed at its home airfield of Shoreham, West Sussex, on the south coast of England. It had just returned from a blazing circumnaviagtion of the globe, having departed eastbound from Shoreham only 17.6 days earlier. This epic flight shattered, by a quantum 35% faster speed, the decade-old official Around-the-World (eastbound) speed record...
September 1, 2004
The Canadian government has selected the S-92 over AgustaWestland's EH101 Cormorant for its maritime replacement helicopter. The announcement was made July 23. Final contracts will be signed this fall and the first helicopter must be delivered no later than 2008. Deliveries thereafter are to commence at a rate of one per month. The Canadian Forces have christened their new S-92 replacement helicopter the...
September 1, 2004
Purists become realists in quest to understand helicopter dynamics. Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Ph.D., has spent 30 years of his professional life trying to understand helicopter dynamics and how they affect vibration and noise. He's nowhere near finished. "We can predict helicopter vibration with 50 percent accuracy," Chopra said, "and we cannot predict noise at all." While today's design...
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