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March 1, 2008
The balance of the Middle East helicopter market is gradually shifting, as Russian manufacturers and Sikorsky Aircraft make significant gains in the military arena while AgustaWestland and Eurocopter get most of their new business on the fast-expanding civil market. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in Saudi Arabia, which in mid-September signed a wide-ranging agreement to buy more than 150 Mi-35M...
March 1, 2008
SRT HELICOPTERS AIMS TO PROVIDE cost-effective, high-risk operational training and services. Its staff are working professionals in the helicopter industry, and the company offers training...
March 1, 2008
GOODRICH HAS REORGANIZED FOUR HELICOPTER-RElated business units into a single one to give operators a one-stop shop for outfitting their aircraft. The Charlotte, N.C.-based global supplier of aerospace, defense and homeland security systems and services (Booth 4413) has placed under one umbrella organization the units that deal with de-icing and heating systems, fuel and health management systems, hoists...
March 1, 2008
HELICOPTER PARTS PROVIDER HELI-Mart is banking on a turnaround for MD Helicopters and investing in its newly acquired completions center to support that change. Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Heli-Mart last year bought a majority interest in Phoenix Heliparts, a completions center that specializes in MD products. Heli-Mart burst into the spotlight in late 2005 when it bought...
March 1, 2008
FRANK ROBINSON IS STRUGGLING TO BEEF UP HIS ALready-record production and prodding his engineers to accelerate development and certification of his first turbine-powered helicopter. His efforts to boost production and meet steady and strong demand for his aircraft wasn’t helped by President Bush’s visit to the Torrance, Calif. factory last month, which bogged production lines down for a week or...
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
AEROSPACE FILTRATION SYSTEMS IS displaying its newly certified inlet barrier filters at Booth 4013. Designed for the Eurocopter AS350 powered by either Turbomeca Arriel or Honeywell LTS1010 engines, the inlet barrier filter can be installed without modification to the engine cowl and without downloads to calculate, according to the manufacturer. The system features a sealed engine intake plenum that...
March 1, 2008
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I direct your attention Rotor & Wing’s November 2007 issue, page 56, where you will find my views on the direction administrative support for law enforcement aviation is headed. I wrote that the prevailing attitude toward helicopter units, at least from what I could tell, has gone from positive to lukewarm (if not cold), even where money...
March 1, 2008
Over 50 years after it was founded in 1954, the air wing of France’s Gendarmerie Nationale – a national police force belonging to the Defense Ministry and primarily tasked with policing outside cities and large towns – is partway through an ambitious renewal of its helicopter force. That gradual process by 2013 would see the Groupement des Formations Aériennes de la Gendarmerie...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Soloy Aviation Solutions has obtained approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its Honeywell engine conversion for the Eurocopter AS350BA and B2. The company already had supplemental type certificates from the U.S...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is betting a drive by major operators to cut their aircraft operating costs will translate into a greater industry appetite for common sets of helicopters. The manufacturer is embarking on a new product development plan that calls for creating families of aircraft around single aircraft types, said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and...
March 1, 2008
In a shocking move that was weeks in the making, Silver State Helicopters shut its more than 40 facilities last month and sought a court-supervised liquidation. The North Las Vegas, Nev.-based company said it shut down all operations at 1733 PST Feb. 3 due to a "rapid, unprecedented downturn in the U.S. credit markets, which severely curtailed the availability of student loans." Silver State...
February 29, 2008
AgustaWestland is working to certify an 882-lb (400-kg) increase in the max gross weight for its AW139 by the end of this year or early next. The medium twin's current certified MGW is 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). The move...
February 28, 2008
Two Turkish engineers have built a prototype of an unmanned helicopter for use in surveying and mapping disaster sites, Microsoft claims. The engineers, Oquz...
February 27, 2008
MD Helicopters Chairman and CEO Lynn Tilton is still considering moving the manufacturer from its Mesa, Ariz. home because of a rent increase there, The Fort Worth...
February 25, 2008
Here's a round-up of other news from Heli-Expo 2008's first day in Houston. Check back occasionally for additional news: On Jan. 30, the EC225 received its type certification from the FAA. The way is now cleared for the commercial operation in the...
February 15, 2008
Frank Robinson is trying to persuade his top engineers to accelerate development of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s new R66. Robinson will update the industry on the status of the program to field that...
February 13, 2008
Rolls-Royce is spooling up a streamlined facility for production of Model 250 and new, 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft at its Indianapolis site. The...
February 8, 2008
Proof of that came in the form of U.S. President Bush's visit Jan. 30 to mega-helicopter maker Robinson Helicopter Co. ("Mega" because it set a record for civil helicopter production with its 2007 total of 823.) White House staffers some time back were looking for a good setting for...
February 6, 2008
Maryland’s state police still wants new helicopters to replace its fleet of Eurocopter AS365s. The governor, Martin O’Malley, has allocated $33.6 million to start the process by...
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