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September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 ALEA has embarked on a two-part initiative to promote airborne law enforcement to Congress. The first part is to encourage lawmakers to "support the funding efforts needed to keep aviation units active," according...
September 1, 2008
TRAINING Rotorsim, the consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, has signed contracts with the Netherlands defense ministry to provide comprehensive NH90 helicopter training systems and services. The total value of the...
September 1, 2008
SERVICES Thunder City plans to launch a new modernization program for the Eurocopter SA330 Puma at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2008 show, scheduled for Sept. 17-21 at Ysterplaat Air Force Base in Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Town-based...
September 1, 2008
Perhaps it was the economic troubles, the weak dollar, the fair weather or competition from other international aerospace exhibitions. But nearly every exhibitor, attendee and fellow journalist that Rotor & Wing queried during July’s Farnborough Air Show and since described this year’s event in the same way: slow. Farnborough organizers betrayed no worries, claiming new orders worth about...
September 1, 2008
Spurred by big operators, and some small ones, manufacturers are pursuing new tools to reduce maintenance burdens and costs for helicopter fleets. AOG is a term that raises temperatures and blood pressures. The abbreviation for aircraft on ground implies interrupted service and lost revenue for an operator and challenges to the reliability of and support for a manufacturer’s products. "A lot of...
September 1, 2008
Compelled by current and anticipated customer demands for lower operating costs, Turbomeca is working on eliminating the need for TBOs for its engines. Turbomeca is developing a system to provide near real-time tracking of engine performance and configuration for its entire range of products within a decade. The engine maker has been working on means of tracking and recording the performance of critical...
September 1, 2008
With change and challenges aplenty in Europe’s helicopter marketplace, organizers of Helitech bring their all rotary-wing trade show to the Continent for the first time this year. Helitech’s first show outside of the United Kingdom will highlight aerial firefighting and the VIP markets. This year’s event will be held in Estoril, Portugal Oct. 14-16. During the first day of the show, an...
August 18, 2008
Brazilian-based Sierra Aeronáutica and U.S.-based Texas Aviation Services (TAS), formed a partnership to support Brazilian helicopter clients, unveiling it at LABACE in Brazil. The companies are trying to catch up with the...
August 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Australian regulators in late June launched a first-ever, month-long review of the safety of helicopter and other operations in the northern part of that country. Two teams of Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors, investigators and safety advisors planned to carry out...
August 1, 2008
SERVICES The idea for the non-profit, non-union Helicopter Engineers and Pilots Assn, Canada (HEPAC) "has been fermenting for the past few years," said Interim President Lee Johnson. A core of volunteers has been advocating the creation of a group that represents both pilots and maintenance engineers. Transport Canada is gearing up to transform from a regulatory auditor into a...
August 1, 2008
SERVICES Citing Europe’s growing need for aerial firefighting skills and resources, the organizers of October’s Helitech 2008 are hosting a conference on that subject on the trade show’s first day. Helitech 2008, an offshoot of the...
August 1, 2008
Australia Seeks to Stem Pilot, Mechanic Shortages The Australian government has set up a new aviation-training regime to clarify national standards and encourage more people to pursue careers flying and fixing aircraft. The new setup aims to provide trainees with a set of qualifications to make it easier for them to find jobs. It also looks to lure more...
July 9, 2008
FIL Offers Free Shuttle Bus Service Farnborough International Limited (FIL) announced that it will provide a free shuttle bus service for exhibitors and trade visitors travelling in to next week’s air show from the three principal local railway stations. The majority of exhibitors and business visitors who attend the air show on the trade days (July 14 to July 18) travel to the event via train. FIL...
June 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL The two companies are planning to establish what they say is the first helicopter hub in Italy at Rome’s Urbe Airport and to have that hub achieve operational readiness in 2009. According AgustaWestland, the project’s investment is worth about €3.2 million ($5 million). The companies plan to set up a 22,000-sq-ft...
June 1, 2008
San Francisco-based URS Corp will train helicopter pilots for the U.S. Army and the Air Force under a five-year contract that could be worth up to $240 million. URS won the contract through its EG&G division, which has been training helicopter pilots for the military since 1989. Training takes place at Fort Rucker, Ala. Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., is being awarded a $60-million contract for the...
June 1, 2008
The 60th anniversary show brings some things old, many things new. In its 60th anniversary year, the Farnborough Air Show will have visitors reminiscing of the old and embracing the new. This year’s biennial show coincides with two other significant anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the first officially recorded powered, heavier-than-air flight in the United Kingdom and the start of the Berlin...
June 1, 2008
Paying the Price Hello, fellow rotorheads. I must start this article by mentioning the recent Heli-Expo, held in February in Houston. Shannon Bower (another frequent contributor to Rotor & Wing) and I had the great pleasure of arriving in Houston via a Bell Helicopter 412 from Seattle with our trusty mechanic Jim Ring. I also must comment on the industry buzz. My first helicopter flight was 40 years...
May 29, 2008
Eurocopter is acquiring the German helicopter maintenance specialist Motorflug Baden-Baden GmbH. Motorflug, which has bases in Baden-Baden, Rheinmünster and Schönhagen near Berlin, will become an integral part of...
May 14, 2008
That's the question facing the U.S. Army National Guard as it prepares to field the UH-72A Lakota. The Army is acquiring that light utility helicopter, based on Eurocopter's FAA-certificated EC145, from a contractor team led by EADS North America (a branch of Eurocopter's parent company). The acquisition includes...
May 7, 2008
In what may be a sign that big airlines are losing their fight for user fees, talks have broken down over new funding for the U.S. FAA. The Wall Street Journal reports recent attempts at a bipartisan compromise in...
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