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March 1, 2010
Korean War helicopter pilot, World War II fighter pilot, author, artist, great-grandfather. Many people would relish in accomplishing just one of these goals. For Richard C. Kirkland, that’s just where his story begins. Among his honors are the Distinguished Flying Cross, six Air Medals and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal. Rotor & Wing visited Kirkland recently at his home in Vienna, Va....
February 1, 2010
Services | Financing Although helicopter financing is in the doldrums compared to the boom years, some experts predict a recovery beginning in the second half of this year. The current chill followed a prolonged period of hot and heady days from 2004 through much of 2008, when user demand and helicopter shortages fueled a pricing bubble and financing terms hit historic lows. The bubble burst in late 2008...
January 1, 2010
The Light Helicopter Division of Sikorsky Global Helicopters, a business unit of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., serves many markets in today’s aviation industry with its range of piston- and turbine-powered helicopters and dedication to meeting the changing technological demands of the global aerospace community. A skilled workforce, outstanding engineering and manufacturing capabilities, and a commitment...
December 1, 2009
Personal | Tourism An 84-year-old nursing home resident had her wish to go airborne in a helicopter fulfilled in September. Nora Baird, who is a resident of Cumberland Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in...
October 1, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing to establish new regulations, including an "exclusionary zone" to separate helicopters and seaplanes from aircraft flying over the Hudson River in the airspace corridor surrounding New York City. FAA announced the planned changes less than a month after the Aug. 8 midair collision between a Eurocopter AS350B2 and a Piper PA32 over the Hudson...
October 1, 2009
PERSONAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has increased its commitment to the Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition to $250,000. The contest, named after...
October 1, 2009
IN MEMORIAM Robinson Helicopter Company’s Barbara Robinson, former vice president and wife of founder Frank Robinson, died on August 13...
July 1, 2009
PERSONAL | RATINGS On July 21, 2008, 16-year old Errick Smith became the youngest pilot to solo a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft on the same day. In fact, Smith soloed in two helicopters — a Robinson R44 and a Schweizer 300 CBi — and a Cessna 172 in Ocean Springs, Miss. But even without the second helicopter, Smith beat the old world record by six months. With the anniversary of that...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
June 11, 2009
Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration this past Saturday. The company...
June 4, 2009
A commercial pilot landed his R44 at a school in Oregon in order to give students the opportunity to ask questions and take a ride. The...
June 1, 2009
Operators overwhelmingly send the Robinson R44, the four-seat descendant of the R22, to the head of the light piston helicopter class. It’s been called everything from a "kiddie copter" to the best all-around helicopter ever designed. See it once, and you will not mistake it for anything else. Fly it once, and you will not forget it. But whatever you do, do not call the Robinson R44 a...
May 29, 2009
In order to prove that being a kid doesn't mean you can't fly solo, Errick Smith of Mississippi, soloed an R22, a Schweizer and a Cessna 172...
May 22, 2009
In a press released issued by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) dated May 21, the organization commended the House of Representatives for “passing legislation that will fund the Federal Aviation...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 12, 2009
New ideas have always been a cornerstone of aviation. With the advances in technology, aircraft designers have more tools and options than ever before to build...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL In the midst of what some are calling the Great Recession, kit helicopter builder RotorWay has unveiled plans to manufacture an FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter. Announced by RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz at Heli-Expo 2009, the turbine two-seater will use a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine (300shp rated takeoff and 240shp rated cruise). It is a radical departure from the...
April 1, 2009
Life in the corporate VIP cabin. It wasn’t all that long ago when a copy of the Wall Street Journal, a pair of headsets and a bag of cashews left on the seat were the only things that made a regular helicopter fit for transporting an executive. Oh, how the times have changed! Top corporate and government officials don’t have to be aboard their $50 million jet planes in order to travel in...
March 4, 2009
Edwards & Associates, a primary completions center for Bell Helicopter, and its subsidiary Aeronautical Accessories announced that it has...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The year 2008 may have looked like a recession in the U.S., but not for Robinson Helicopters. The Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer produced 893 civil helicopters last year. That tops Robinson’s prior record of 823, which was achieved in 2007. Driving sales was the four-seat Raven II, the more powerful version of the original R44. The Raven II now...
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