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January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
November 1, 2006
Safety Management I am a 20-year-old college student in southeastern North Carolina. I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your article on efforts to improve safety management ("A Few Steps More," September 2006, page 30). It was refreshing to know that someone else out there is trying to make a difference in one of the weakest parts of emergency services these days. I am a fireman and...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
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...
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