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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...
April 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Rolls-Royce Corp. has told the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command it can no longer afford to sustain engines it makes for the V-22 Osprey under a 1998 power-by-the-hour contract and wants to renegotiate. In response, NavAir is considering options as drastic as seeking a new engine for the tilt-rotor, said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Matthew Mulhern, NavAir’s V-22 program manager...
April 1, 2008
Royal Air Force Flight Lt. Michelle Goodman on March 7 became the first woman to be awarded the U.K. Distinguished Flying Cross. She was honored for flying her Incident Reaction Team Merlin into "an extremely dangerous area of Basra City" in Iraq on night-vision goggles and under very heavy fire on June 1, 2007 to rescue a casualty despite mortar rounds landing nearby. The DFC is awarded for acts...
April 1, 2008
SERVICES | MAINTENANCE Pratt & Whitney Canada has launched a fleet management program designed to meet the engine maintenance needs of helicopter customers. The new program is intended to offer those customers a combination of cost stability and...
April 1, 2008
Igor Sikorsky, the godfather of the modern helicopter, perhaps summed it up best: "Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle." When I served as editor-in-chief of Rotor & Wing during the mid-to-late 1990s, I was always struck by the sheer passion of the people in the helicopter market. Their devotion to rotorcraft made editing this magazine a joy and a privilege. I...
March 27, 2008
Standard Aero is expanding beyond its position as a major provider of Rolls-Royce Model 250 engine repair and overhaul services. The Winnipeg, Manitoba-headquartered MRO company has won approval from Turbomeca to support...
March 24, 2008
Aviation Today will host a webinar examining ongoing opportunities presented by the current helicopter boom and the potential impact of global economic turmoil on the industry. The webinar...
March 19, 2008
Rolls-Royce and the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command are at odds over a "power-by-the-hour" contract signed in 1998 to sustain AE1107C Liberty engines for the V-22 Osprey. Rolls wants out of the deal, which it has told NavAir is no longer cost-effective. In response, NavAir is considering options as drastic as buying new engines for the tilt-rotor...
March 17, 2008
Rolls-Royce has completed assembly, test, and delivery of its first production RR300 engine, following receipt of its production certificate for the engine from the U.S. FAA. The 300-shp-class powerplant was completed at Rolls' newly-commissioned small engine...
March 7, 2008
Air Methods has awarded Standard Aero an exclusive, five-year contract to repair and overhaul its Rolls-Royce Model 250 engines. The contract...
March 1, 2008
LOOK FOR MAJOR NEWS FROM Rolls-Royce today on the RR300 as well as its stalwart Model 250 engine. The engine maker (Booth 1917) has a press conference scheduled for 1 p.m. today, at which it also will release its annual helicopter engine market forecast and update attendees on improvements to the Model 250 and its production and test facilities in Indianapolis. Launched as a development program in January...
March 1, 2008
TURBOMECA EXECUTIVES ARE confident that 2008 will be the year when their investments in improving customer support begin to pay off. "I think you will see us turn the corner in 2008," said Turbomeca Chairman and CEO Emeric d’Arcimoles. Toward the end of this year, the engine maker will conduct the next in its series of biennial customer-satisfaction surveys, which executives described as a...
March 1, 2008
PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA IS building on what it sees as "a key competitive advantage" over other helicopter engine makers by enhancing its customer support services. "We take the whole aftermarket very seriously because we feel it is a key competitive advantage for us," said John Saabas, executive vice president of the Longueuil, Quebec-based firm. In the past year, P&WC (Booth...
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