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August 7, 2007
Naples, FL – August 7, 2007--Air Technology Engines, Inc. (ATE) is pleased to announce that their 145 Repair Station has recently received FAA Certification to overhaul and repair the Rolls Royce 250C20 Engine Models B, C, G, J, S and W.  Air Technology Engines is an expert in turbine engine maintenance with over 30 years experience in managing material and repair options, thus providing...
August 1, 2007
PRODUCTS/ENGINES An air tour Eurocopter AS350BA crashed in Hawaii in January 2006 because a blade in its Turbomeca Arriel 1B failed in flight and destroyed the engine, U.S. accident investigators have concluded. The pilot broke his ankle and his four passengers suffered minor injuries after the Sunshine Helicopters aircraft, registration N3607P, lost power Jan. 10, 2006. The pilot autorotated into a dense...
August 1, 2007
Dan Corsentino of Silver State Helicopters has been appointed to the U.S. Homeland Security Dept.’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Silver State Helicopters has appointed Joel Banks as vice president of flight academy operations in the Eastern U.S. and Steve Balint as...
August 1, 2007
THE 1960S PROVED TO BE A PIVOTAL DECADE FOR THE helicopter industry. As the Vietnam War escalated, the versatility of the helicopter was demonstrated time and time again. With new technology came new applications and the helicopter was used for everything from troop transport to airborne attack. Medevac usage was also a critical mission, and paved the way for the future growth of civilian emergency medical...
August 1, 2007
IT’S NOT HARD TO ISOLATE THE BIG BUSINESS OR political events that have steered the course of the rotorcraft industry in the 40 years since Rotor & Wing first appeared. Just about anyone you ask will point first to the war in Vietnam — some to that waged by France, most to the U.S. operations — as the event that proved the value of the helicopter as air mobility, gunship, and medevac...
August 1, 2007
Evolution, not revolution, describes the change in vertical-lift technology since 1967. The pace has satisfied no one. But there have been significant changes, perhaps none more important than the advent of the turbine engine and IFR flight in helicopters. LOOKING BACK OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS OF ROTORCRAFT development, it is not hard to sort out the most significant technological advances. There are not...
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...
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