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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...
July 1, 2006
In addition to keeping in close formation 10,000 parts that want to fly apart, law enforcement helicopter crews must be braced to deal with the antics of the bad guys, from gunshots and lasers to hand-flung rocks and fireworks. Here's how one agency meets that challenge. In the aviation unit of a major metropolitan police force such as that of New York City, the work can be nonstop. From regular patrols...
July 1, 2006
Law enforcement operators want more capability to convey from the air information on what's going on on the ground without paying much more for the gear needed for that work. Airborne law enforcement units are looking to balance a constant demand for greater capability to support command and control of crime, emergency and homeland security sites with ever-present budget constraints. Vendors are responding...
June 1, 2006
A big ship, AgustaWestland's contender for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter competition is a strong, agile, pilot-friendly machine that provides an efficient cabin for LUH missions. There is no denying that every helicopter manufacturer in the universe is trying to wow the flying community with its newest, hottest machines. The ones on this planet are no exception. AgustaWestland is one of four...
May 1, 2006
Manufacturers of enhanced vision systems take on night-vision goggles, and each other. Flight safety issues in the emergency medical services (EMS) community are spawning a heated battle between two complementary technologies, enhanced vision systems (EVS) and night-vision goggles (NVGs), as many operators move to equip their fleets with one or the other. The targets of the competition are the operators of...
May 1, 2006
Times Are Changing Change is afoot in many aspects of the rotorcraft industry in Australia. Australian Defence Force Chinooks have begun operations in Afghanistan as the leadership eyes transforming the military to a fast, hard-hitting, flexible force. On the civilian side, the nation's aviation regulator is pushing night-vision goggles and other safety initiatives. Most recently, the leadership of the...
April 1, 2006
The Army modernizes its helicopter fleet with evolutionary improvements in more of the same. With ongoing combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, counter-terrorist missions around the world and an unpredictable but steady rate of calls to support civilian disaster-relief efforts, U.S. military rotorcraft face unprecedented demands to perform. The predicament highlights the nation's failure in the past to keep its...
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