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September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Axsys Technologies of Grass Valley, Calif. used the 38th annual ALEA Conference as a backdrop to introduce its new, military-grade applications that it said would "significantly enhance" its’ high-definition V14HD MSII video system. Specifically, the applications are designed to reduce cockpit workload by simplifying the user/system interface. The first application, dubbed the...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Sheriff Sidney Causey of New Hanover County, N.C. and several of his deputies traveled to the ALEA Conference in Houston to take delivery of a new R44 Raven 2 police helicopter from Kurt Robinson of Robinson Helicopter. The shiny, all-black aircraft is the Sheriff’s Office’s first, and came equipped with a forward-looking infrared sensor, searchlight and...
September 1, 2008
Perhaps it was the economic troubles, the weak dollar, the fair weather or competition from other international aerospace exhibitions. But nearly every exhibitor, attendee and fellow journalist that Rotor & Wing queried during July’s Farnborough Air Show and since described this year’s event in the same way: slow. Farnborough organizers betrayed no worries, claiming new orders worth about...
July 29, 2008
Kit helicopter maker Rotorway International is considering using Rolls-Royce's RR300 turboshaft engine in its products. The Chandler, Ariz. firm signed a memo of understanding with Rolls at the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc. to assess applications...
July 16, 2008
Goodrich is developing advanced programming for the U.S. Army aimed allowing a computer model to manage power on an engine in flight, Rotor & Wing has learned at the Farnborough Air Show. The effort takes advantage of improved data storage and computing capability...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
July 1, 2008
PRODUCTS The Russian aerospace conglomerate Oboronprom struck two partnerships with Western aviation manufacturers at the HeliRussia trade exhibition in May. AgustaWestland unveiled a pact to eventually maintain and produce its aircraft in Russia. Pratt & Whitney Canada agreed with Oboronprom’s Helicopters of...
July 1, 2008
With operators seeking lower operating costs and more efficient support, OEMs are moving toward managing life-cycle costs. PARIS — Europe’s helicopter industry is preparing for major changes in the way it does business. These are not all yet clearly visible, and depend to a large extent on how European economies manage to cope with the wide-ranging consequences of the sub-prime credit crisis. A...
June 1, 2008
June 10-12 — ITEC 2008, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact: Phone: 44 (0) 20-8910-7817; E-mail: itec@reedexpo.co.uk; Web: www.itec.co.uk. June 16-20 — Eurosatory 2008, Paris. Contact: Phone: 33 (0) 1 4414-5810; E-mail: coges@eurosatroy.com; Web: www.eurosatory.com. June 16-19 — CBAA Convention, Toronto. Contact: Phone: 1-613-236-5611, ext. 230; E-mail: hgervais@cbaa.ca; Web: www.cbaa.ca. July...
June 1, 2008
Rolls-Royce appointed Ken Roberts as president, helicopter engines. Roberts, based in Indianapolis, will be responsible for the global leadership of the company’s helicopter engine business. John C. Sorensen was appointed vice president and treasurer at Kaman Corp, reporting to Executive Vice President and CFO Robert M. Garneau. Sorensen’s responsibilities will include oversight of the treasury...
June 1, 2008
A four-engine cargo plane that can land on a ship? Might happen, if Bell Helicopter and Boeing keep progressing on their development of the Quad Tilt-Rotor (shown at right). Project Manager Alan Ewing said the industrial team is moving toward a prototype that can carry roughly 100,000 lb of fuel and cargo, in hopes of winning the Pentagon’s competition for a new joint heavy-lift aircraft. Like its...
June 1, 2008
San Francisco-based URS Corp will train helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army and the Air Force under a five-year contract that could be worth up to $240 million. URS won the contract through its EG&G division, which has been training helicopter pilots for the military since 1989. Training takes place at Fort Rucker, Ala. Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $60-million contract for the...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
May 15, 2008
A Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney joint venture was awarded a $108 million contract by the U.S. Army for work on the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) technology demonstrator program. GE in September 2007 won the first contract under that program. According to the Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, a few months after that a...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
May 5, 2008
Check off an engine-out landing as a demonstrated capability of an operational and fielded V-22. During the recent deployment of the U.S. Marine Corps' Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Sqdn 263 (VMM-263) to...
April 10, 2008
Bell Helicopter plans to establish a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in India, according to the Dow Jones news service. It...
April 8, 2008
U.S. Army officials are assessing the cause of engine “rollbacks,” or power losses, on the latest-generation Chinooks. Losses of power from the Honeywell T55 engines have occurred both...
April 8, 2008
The state of the rotorcraft industry, the prospects for new business development, and the potential impact of a U.S. recession and global economic downturn are collectively the focus of an Aviation Today...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Engine makers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce project a hearty helicopter market worldwide for the next several years. Honeywell is projecting that 4,450 new civil, turbine-powered helicopters will go into service worldwide in the next five years, with corporate, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement customers accounting for more...
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