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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...
January 1, 2003
Robinson Helicopter Company last month became the first U.S. rotorcraft manufacturer to receive Japanese type certification. Type certification of the R22 and R44 helicopters will reduce the Japanese inspection and approval process from a potential three months to less than a month. It also will reduce, from $426 to $32, the cost of...
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