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April 1, 2007
FlightSafety International has appointed Benjamin Burton staff vice president, compliance and regulatory affairs, based in Washington, D.C. Burton joined FlightSafety last year to lead the team responsible for FlightSafety’s FAA and JAA government compliance activities. Metro Aviation, Inc. has named Jim Kettles as director of sales and customer support. The newly-created position at Metro...
April 1, 2007
IT MAY SEEM LIKE NO ONE IS HAPPY WITH THE current high demand for new helicopters. Operators don’t like having to wait a year or more for aircraft. Customers of commercial ones want more services than it is possible to get at times, because everything available is flying. Manufacturers complain they could garner more sales if they could build helicopters faster. Smiling among the unhappy crowd...
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...
March 1, 2007
PARIS — THE INAUGURAL JAN. 24 press conference of Lutz Bertling, Eurocopter’s new CEO, was a welcome breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its obfuscating and highly selective approach to public relations than for its forthrightness. Clearly, it helped that Bertling was able to announce a historically high revenue and order backlog; that Eurocopter’s products, across the...
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...
February 1, 2007
HELICOPTER FLEETS ARE DEFINITELY LEADING THE way in Australian aviation, both on the military and civil sides. I will look at the vitality of civilian helicopter operations in Australia at a later time and focus now on the range of efforts by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This is based on my recent visit to the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey, in the northwestern state of Queensland, about 75...
January 1, 2007
With the newest technology and the widest array of aircraft to choose from, it is no wonder Eurocopter sells more helicopters than any company in the world. From the state-of-the-art EC120 through the EC145, the grand-sized workhorse EC225 to the awesome Tiger combat support helicopter and the new multi-role, full-composite, fly-by-wire transport and naval helicopter NH90, Eurocopter delivers a product to...
January 1, 2007
During the past 50 years, Keystone Helicopter has gained a world-class reputation in rotorcraft services. Today, this Chester County, Pa.-based company employs nearly 400 people. Keystone Helicopter also provides MRO and custom completions at "The Heliplex," its new, state-of-the-art technical services depot. The premier full-service maintenance and completion center in the northeast U.S....
January 1, 2007
Edwards & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1977, focusing on refurbishment and sales of used helicopters. Edwards expanded into international markets, built a larger facility, and earned certification as an FAA Repair Station and Bell-approved Customer Service Facility. In 1999, Bell Helicopter and Textron purchased Edwards and its subsidiary companies. When these companies were acquired, Bell’s...
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 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...
August 1, 2006
In his first interview as Sikorsky president, Jeff Pino shares his plans--and how he got into helos in the first place. Jeff Pino was named president of Sikorsky Aircraft March 9 in a chain of events that saw his predecessor, Steve Finger, succeed Louis Chenevert as Pratt & Whitney president and Chenevert take that post and the CEO's slot at United Technologies Corp., the parent of both companies. Pino...
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
U.S. Army Juggles LUH Schedule, Pushes Back Award The U.S. Army has changed its delivery schedule for the Light Utility Helicopter from six aircraft planed for delivery in Fiscal 2006 to two, with 22 to be delivered in Fiscal 2007. The service also has pushed back a decision on which manufacturing-and-support team will win the contract to produce the 322 Light Utility Helicopters from this month. Estimates...
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