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September 1, 2006
Change is the watchword. For decades, perhaps since it was incorporated in 1939, Schweizer Aircraft has been about change. It started out building gliders. Then it worked on some of the earliest versions of unmanned aircraft, then reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, agricultural aircraft, light commercial helicopters, a new generation of recon and surveillance aircraft and a new generation of...
May 1, 2006
U.S. Army Juggles LUH Schedule, Pushes Back Award The U.S. Army has changed its delivery schedule for the Light Utility Helicopter from six aircraft planed for delivery in Fiscal 2006 to two, with 22 to be delivered in Fiscal 2007. The service also has pushed back a decision on which manufacturing-and-support team will win the contract to produce the 322 Light Utility Helicopters from this month. Estimates...
January 1, 2006
Eurocopter has finally moved to plug a long-standing gap in its product line, signing a pact to develop its next helicopter, the 7-9-ton EC175, with Chinese industry. This EC175 will compete head on with the AgustaWestland/Bell Helicopter AB139. Both its launch and AgustaWestland's November buyout of Bell's stake in the AB139 confirm that the 6-8 tonne market segment is widely seen as a highly profitable...
January 1, 2006
Delays in fielding the BA609 civil tilt-rotor was one reason AgustaWestland ended its partnership with Bell Helicopter on the AB139 medium-twin. "When we started, we were thinking to go into the market with the 609 and 139 together" and the joint Bell/Agusta Aerospace Co. selling both made sense, AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi said. With the BA609's service entry delayed until...
January 1, 2006
MD Helicopters' new owner is moving quickly to patch up the company's relations with customers and suppliers as part of her plan to make the Mesa, Ariz. company viable. According to Lynn Tilton, founder of the New York distressed-debt investment firm Patriach Partners, which bought MD in July, she has spent millions of dollars above the purchase price to pay debts to suppliers, stock spares and restart the...
January 1, 2006
The Helicopter Assn. International is honoring "all companies, organizations and individuals" who participated in the relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina with this year's Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. The award is traditionally given to an individual or individuals "who best demonstrates the value of civil rotorcraft to society by saving lives, protecting property...
November 1, 2005
A hop in a friend's EC120 sold Indy racer Dario Franchitti on the business and personal benefits of helicopters. DARIO FRANCHITTI WAS SOLD ON HELICOPTERS during a house-hunting trip in Scotland several years ago. The house was 4-5 hr. away. But fellow racer Colin McRae offered him a ride in his Eurocopter EC120 and they were at the house within about an hour. Along the way, the Scottish-born driver of...
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...
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