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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...
September 1, 2004
Today, Sao Paulo state represents almost 34 percent of Brazil's gross national product, with this huge participation in most of the countries' activities reflected in the helicopter market. Of Brazil's nearly 1,000 civilian helicopters, roughly 455 are flying in Sao Paulo State. Of those, about 380 are in Sao Paulo city, where there is often 20-30 helicopters flying at the same time in a single 45 sq. mi...
August 1, 2004
Unlike its fixed-wing brother, the European civil helicopter industry is somewhat less than thriving. Without a doubt, the business aircraft industry in Europe is in fine shape, with a very positive outlook based on a rapidly growing economy, according to Fernand Francois, the outgoing CEO of the European Business Aviation Association. Every indication, including record attendance at the recent European...
August 1, 2004
Almost anyone in the world who has tried to borrow a large sum of money quickly learns the modern proverb: "A bank wants to lend you money only when you can prove you do not need it!" So, how do average helicopter owner/operators prepare for the task of showing the bank or leasing company the now and the future value(s) of the object of their affection? Preparation, information and organization...
June 1, 2004
Fighting the Domino Effect When one simple thing goes wrong in flight, others that I like to call "the variables" will kick in. This will usually lead to a domino effect in which everything goes wrong and an accident is inevitable. Pilots must be trained to do a couple of things to prevent the domino effect from taking hold. First, we must always have a reserve plan in mind to quickly solve that...
June 1, 2004
The AB139 is not just your boss's corporate taxi. It also fills the need for a powerful utility workhorse. I have followed the AB139's progress with a great deal of interest since Max Wiley of Bell Helicopters first briefed me on the aircraft in 2001. Until then, I had thought of the AB139 as just another pretty corporate bird to fly the boss in. One look at the horsepower rating of 1,620 shp. per side...
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