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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...
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
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...
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 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. was looking to upgrade its popular S-76 helicopter, it chose to power the new S-76D with Pratt & Whitney Canada’s innovative PW210 engine, designed for large single, intermediate and medium twin helicopters. This impressive powerplant is designed to provide customers in corporate, offshore oil, hospital, airline and government applications with both improved payload...
January 1, 2007
Aviall’s LIFT program offers a variety of services tailor-made to each helicopter operation, all designed to add value and cost reductions to a customer’s bottom line. The program’s benefits include access to more than 225 product lines, local stocking, central inventory, inventory management, electronic ordering via the award-winning aviall.com Web site or EDI (electronic data...
January 1, 2007
"This special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types." Welcome to the 2007 edition of the Annual Reports edition of our magazine. During the past few years, this special report has evolved into a significant reference source for helicopter operators of all types. Just a quick glance through the Executive Outlook section that follows below will...
January 1, 2007
Jan. 23-25 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott Swinsick, 480-891-8429; E-mail: scott.swinsick@boeing.com. Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Middle East Business Aviation, Airport Expo Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Phone: 971-4-286-7755; Fax 971-4-286-6166; E-mail...
January 1, 2007
A NEW YEAR IS UPON US, AND IT promises great change. Of course, every new year brings change, in the form of a new birthday candle and more grey strands. But too often one year passes to the next with barely a burble. We strive to embrace the occasion by staying home from work, popping corks, tossing confetti and streamers, and sharing champagne. We trot out icons of a grey-haired, bearded old man and a...
December 1, 2006
Chinook Tops EH101, S-92 in CSAR-X Race In the end, it may have been a matter of who could field the aircraft fastest. In a move that generally shocked the rotorcraft world, at least in North America, U.S. Air Force officials on Nov. 9 chose Boeing’s CH-47 as the basis for their next-generation combat search-and-rescue helicopter. The service awarded Boeing a $712-million Combat Search-and-Rescue-X...
December 1, 2006
Dec. 5-7 — Dubai Helishow,  Dubai Airport Export, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Contact: Julia Cuthbert, +44(0)1293-823779, fax +44(0)1293- 825394; E-mail: cuthbert@mediaccom.com. Jan. 23-25, 2007 — International Specialists’ Meeting on Unmanned Rotorcraft, sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Helicopter Society, Phoenix, Ariz. Phone: Scott, Swinsick, 480-891- 8429)...
December 1, 2006
2006 has been a year of learning the lessons of disasters small and large and laying the groundwork for future success. HOW DO YOU SUMMARIZE A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THIS INDUSTRY? There is a great deal going at any time, and 2006 has been unusually busy — the sustained pace of combat operations, the growth of offshore support and EMS missions, a number of new aircraft programs, the tempo of...
December 1, 2006
Steel, aircraft, the right pilots, and certain equipment — such as night-vision systems — have all posed challenges to operators striving to meet high customer demand. 2006 PROVED TO BE A YEAR PACKED WITH ACTION — ON THE BATTLEFRONT, IN OPERATIONS, sales campaigns, and regulatory debates, and on the picket lines. The helicopter community found itself in the unusual position of seeing...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of new product developments and orders from helicopter manufactuers, vendors. THE LAST YEAR SAW A HOST OF INTRIGUING, USEFUL, and promising products to the rotorcraft marketplace. Here’s a sampling of them. Airframes: AgustaWestland A109 LUH: On April 4. AgustaWestland delivered the first two A109 Light Utility Helicopters to the Swedish Armed Forces, part of an order of 20 powered by...
December 1, 2006
A round-up of commercial and military contracts for rotorcraft and support over the last year. AAI CORP WAS AWARDED AN $87.2-MILLION, FIRM, fixed-price contract for full-rate production of the Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System and associated support equipment. A second, $65.6-million contract was awarded the company for logistical support of the Shadow UAV. Aero Comfort in January won a contract for...
November 1, 2006
Rolls-Royce has named Martin Fausset the new managing director of its Defence Aerospace business, based in Bristol, the United Kingdom. Fausset joins Rolls-Royce from AgustaWestland where he was program director responsible for the Lynx, Apache and EH101. Brett Gardner has joined MD Helicopters, Inc. as central regional sales manager. He most recently was the Midwest regional marketing manager with...
November 1, 2006
WHETHER FOR CIVIL/FIRST RESPONDER, COMMERCIAL, or military helicopters, search-and-rescue (SAR) equipment has never been more in demand. Mindful of this, SAR equipment manufacturers and vendors are creating innovative products tough enough for the challenging SAR environment. Here are some of the SAR products that are available today. Tyler Technologies' special-operations platform is designed to support...
August 1, 2006
A lone gunman, an ill-timed smoke and the "SWAT cat"--caught in law enforcement airborne imagers. A highlight of the "Pig Pickin'" barbecue dinner at the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Assn. conference is the Vision Awards. Presented by FLIR Systems, the awards honor aircrews that skillfully applied airborn-imagery search and tracking techniques, in close coordination with officers on...
August 1, 2006
Helmet, headset and flight-suit makers are appealing to desires for safe, comfortable, even stylish flights. Helmets or headsets? That is the question for many operators today. As the industry, regulators and aviation investigators focus more and more on the safety of rotorcraft operations, many operators find themselves being prodded by insurers and safety advocates to shift from headsets to helmets for...
July 1, 2006
The U.S. Marine Corps/Sikorsky CH-53K is arguably the first serious attempt by the United States to open up the defense cooperation that NATO has been seeking for decades. The U.S. Marine Corps' CH-53K program is unique in that, for the first time, it is actively seeking European partners to share the burden and contribute technology, instead of going it alone on the strength of its domestic market. As...
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