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August 1, 2007
The 1980s was a time of new aircraft, new missions, new technologies, and limitless optimism. It was fun while it lasted. THE FUTURE OF THE HELICOPTER NEVER looked better than it does right now." So reads the opening sentence of an industry forecast story in the January 1980 issue of Rotor & Wing. In that same story, one manufacturer boldly predicted the estimated 4,000 helicopters in the U.S...
August 1, 2007
TRADITIONALLY, WE TELL YOU WHAT we’ve placed on the monthly issue’s cover in a sentence or two on our Table of Contents page. That would have been a challenge this month, since our cover is made up of a selection of 49 covers that have appeared on Rotor & Wing since it went into business with the January 1967 issue. Why not 40 covers for 40 years? That was the initial plan. But in reviewing...
July 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/ENGINES Pratt & Whitney would marry its expertise in engine-cooling design and materials with Honeywell’s small-engine, high-pressure turbine talent under a joint proposal to develop a new, 3,000-shp helicopter engine for the U.S. Army. The proposal is under the Army’s Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine research and development program, which seeks a powerplant to succeed the...
July 1, 2007
RUSSIA’S IMMENSE DEMAND FOR light helicopters nearly has become common knowledge. However, as years pass, two Russian manufacturers of new-design, light rotorcraft are still struggling to find domestic customers for their products. Commercial operators prefer paying the higher operational costs of running their Mil Mi-8s for missions normally carried out by lighter aircraft to going to the trouble of...
June 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/ENGINES The FAA is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend one engine-inoperative (OEI) rating definitions and type certification standards for 30-sec, 2-min, and 30-min OEI ratings for rotorcraft turbine engines. This proposal calls for revising the ratings’ standards to reflect "recent analyses of the ratings’ usage and lessons learned from completed engine certifications...
June 1, 2007
EDUCATION The United Kingdom’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has been awarded a £290,500 ($494,700) grant from that nation’s Heritage Lottery Fund towards new education...
June 1, 2007
A Bit of Patton? THOSE INVOLVED IN THE BELEAGUERED U.S. Army ARH-70A Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program uniformly expressed bafflement over the Army’s actions against Bell Helicopter and its contractor team. To recap, with the 500-plus-aircraft program running a year or more behind schedule, top Army officials informed Bell late on March 20 that its contract for the program would be canceled...
May 1, 2007
SERVICES/OVERHAUL & REPAIR Soloy Aviation Solutions is tapping Airwork NZ in New Zealand to sell and support its AS350 conversion kit. Olympia, Wash.-based Soloy signed an agreement in March with Airwork, which will sell the...
May 1, 2007
Engine and transmission designers face customer demands for more efficient power systems capable of running on a greater variety of fuels. CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE — HELICOPTER, ROTORcraft, vertical-lift platform. To fly, it will need to convert fuel to kinetic energy. For the foreseeable future, that work will be done by engines and transmissions that look familiar, or will become so. There is plenty...
May 1, 2007
With greater integration and computing capabilities, avionics systems will aim to give flight crews a quick and complete grasp of what their aircraft is doing and where it is in the sky. IT’S FAR FROM CERTAIN WHAT COURSE THE DEVELopment of vertical lift will take over the next 40 years, and whether the results will be evolutionary or revolutionary. What is certain is that avionics will be at the...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on the...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Rolls-Royce is developing a new turboshaft engine to power Robinson Helicopter’s first turbine helicopter and is discussing the application of the powerplant to the products of Enstrom Helicopter, MD Helicopters, and Schweizer Aircraft. Unveiled at Heli-Expo, the RR300 is "a major step forward in the helicopter industry," said Scott Crislip, Rolls’ president of...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Engine makers are forecasting steady growth in civil helicopter markets over the next 5-10 years. The forecasts by Honeywell and Rolls-Royce differ, however, in the intensity of the growth they expect. Honeywell sees the market for new helicopters jumping 40 percent in the next four years and staying strong through 2017. Rolls-Royce’s sees demand...
April 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO 2007 Pratt & Whitney Canada’s latest version of the PT6C engine will power the medium EC175 being developed jointly by Eurocopter and Aviation Industries of China (AVIC) 2. The PT6C-67 also powers the AgustaWestland AW139 and the Bell/Agusta Aerospace BA609 civil tilt-rotor. The -67 is the first PT6 produced by Pratt Canada that is governed by a...
March 1, 2007
The Bush administration is asking Congress for $481.4 billion to fund the Pentagon’s basic operations in Fiscal 2008 — up more than 11 percent over this year, our sister publication Defense Daily reports. The Army’s $130-billion portion of the Fiscal 2008 request is 18.5 percent higher than the $109.7-billion Fiscal 2007 request. It would support aviation modernization, covering 37 Bell...
March 1, 2007
Although many books have been written on the theory of system identification, few are available that provide a complete engineering treatment of system identification and how to successfully apply it to flight vehicles. "Aircraft and Rotorcraft System Identification: Engineering Methods with Flight-Test Examples" aims to do just that. This book provides the unique perspective of more than 20...
March 1, 2007
IF THERE’S A DOWNTURN IN THE OFFING, IT’S HARD TO find someone who has a hint of it. As many of us packed our bags and prepared to wade into the hubbub of this year’s Heli-Expo in Orlando, Rotor & Wing surveyed the industry on the promises and pitfalls that 2007 and beyond may hold. Normally a skeptical lot, the helicopter industry veterans with whom we spoke shared nothing but...
March 1, 2007
HELI-EXPO HAS GROWN APACE with the industry it represents. Just as operators and manufacturers are hard-pressed to field helicopters to meet all the demand before them, visitors to the annual gathering’s exhibit hall can barely find the time to see all the displays and products of interest. To help its readers meet that challenge, Rotor & Wing has gathered snapshots of what some of this...
February 1, 2007
Is There No End In Sight? No, there isn’t. At least according to Lynn Tilton. The helicopter industry is in the midst of unprecedented demand for its goods and services nearly across the board — just about everybody agrees on that. But as the helicopter industry prepares for its biggest annual gathering, the Helicopter Assn. International’s Heli-Expo (this year in Orlando, Fla. March...
January 1, 2007
"When your first ‘office’ is a converted stationery closet, it is hard to go anywhere except up," says Scott James, founder and marketing director of Precision Heliparts. Founded in 1994 to sell and service helicopter instruments and accessories, PHP grew very fast and soon had a few more employees. "I had known David Mast for several years," James says. "I knew he was...
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