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January 1, 2011
No manufacturer offers a more complete suite of integrated, end-to-end component and integrated system solutions for rotorcraft applications than Cobham. The requirements of a variety of airborne applications are met through platform-specific implementation of the following helicopter technologies: • HD & SD video downlinks • FM radios • Airborne FM/AM radio communications systems •...
January 1, 2011
Excitement is in the air at Kaman Helicopters as important new programs take flight, and the Kaman Aerospace Group continues to make strategic acquisitions that significantly enhance the company’s design and manufacturing capabilities. Unmanned or Manned? The unmatched lifting capability of the K-MAX helicopter is fueling new opportunities as a manned and unmanned platform. As this issue of Rotor...
January 1, 2011
Last year at this time, we reached out to the top executives within the helicopter supply chain and asked them what events they expected would have the greatest impact on the helicopter market in 2010. The answer we received almost universally harkened back to a phrase made famous (at least in the United States) in the Clinton era of American politics … “it’s the economy...
December 1, 2010
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories in the helicopter industry that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of more than 600 items published from January to early November 2010. These news stories, features and product announcements ran in the pages of the print magazine, as well as our daily Top Stories at rotorandwing.com, and in some of our more prominent...
November 12, 2010
As part of a company-wide business systems modernization project, Bell Helicopter has selected Dassault Systemes’ V6 product lifecycle management...
November 1, 2010
Helicopter vibration adversely affects rotor blade structural integrity, component life, firewalls, instrumentation, structural members, and operator comfort and control. Despite large reductions in vibration due to improved helicopter design, the current overall levels (approximately 0.05 to 0.1g) remain significantly higher than that of jet-engine aircraft, which are below 0.01g. Minimizing these...
November 1, 2010
One of the true pleasures of walking the floor at this year’s HAI Heli-Expo in Houston was ogling the helicopters on display. Sitting there with their spotless paint sparkling under the show lights, each one was more beautiful than the last. It makes one wonder just how those same helicopters will look a year from now—after a couple hundred hours of plying whatever trades their owners use them...
August 1, 2010
Longtime helicopter safety advocate Dave Downey is the recipient of the 2010 Tony LeVier Flight Test Safety Award. Given by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the award is considered the globe’s top individual recognition for flight test safety. Downey currently works for Bell Helicopter. In 2005, he helped establish the International Helicopter Safety Team, which is aiming to cut the fatal...
August 1, 2010
Left to right, Ernest Anderson, Dennis Pierce, Christian Gadbois, Cass Howell and Gordon Jiroux. Photo by Andrew D. Parker A group of five experts from various sectors of the training industry examined proven techniques and best practices to train new helicopter pilots and instructors during a panel at the Rotor & Wing 2010 Safety and Training Summit. Christian Gadbois, owner of Bakersfield...
July 1, 2010
From left to right, Air Life Georgia Safety Director Matt Wallace, Air Methods Corporate Safety Manager Michael Koenes, Squadron Inc. Co-founder Dan Deutermann and Consultant Keith Cianfrani. Photo by Andrew D. Parker Keith Cianfrani moderated a panel at Rotor & Wing’s 2010 Safety and Training Summit in Denver that featured The Squadron Inc. co-founder Dan Deutermann, Air Methods corporate safety...
July 1, 2010
IHST’s Positive Efforts The International Helicopter Safety Team’s efforts to bring out the causes of helicopter accidents and offer recommendations on how to make them rare is a good one (see Rotor & Wing, November 2009). I am in agreement with the idea that improving the capabilities of the pilot will make the difference between safety and disaster. Operators should not shy away from...
June 1, 2010
Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics magazine. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Andrew Drwiega, military editor, is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on military rotorcraft. He was the editor of Defence Helicopter for seven years...
June 1, 2010
June 8–9: Safety and Training Summit, presented by Rotor & Wing, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, Colo. Contact Rotor & Wing, phone 1-301-354-1813, e-mail jheinold@accessintel.com or visit www.aviationtoday.com/sats/ July 14–17: Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference, Tucson, Ariz. Contact ALEA, phone 1-301-631-2406 or visit www.alea.org July 19–25...
June 1, 2010
A new organization is striving to boost helicopter safety through best practices and helicopter flight data monitoring (HFDM). The Global HFDM Steering Group—formed after March’s CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Vancouver—is made up of more...
May 1, 2010
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has placed an order with Eurocopter Canada for three EC130B4s. The helicopters will...
May 1, 2010
Forecast Intl’s new study, “The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft,” projects a need for more...
May 1, 2010
May 11–13: American Helicopter Society International 66th Annual Forum and Technology Display, Phoenix, Ariz. Contact AHS Intl, phone 1-703-684-6777 or visit www.vtol.org May 11–13: 55th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), Tucson, Ariz. Contact Flight Safety Foundation, phone 1-703-739-6700 or visit www.flightsafety.org May 20–22: Intl Helicopter Industry Exhibition, Moscow...
May 1, 2010
A helicopter rotor is the rotating component that generates an aerodynamic force. Also called the rotor system, it usually refers to the helicopter’s main rotor mounted on a vertical mast over the top of the helicopter, but it also can refer to the tail rotor. A rotor is generally made up of two or more rotor blades, although several earlier helicopters featured designs with a single main rotor...
April 1, 2010
Coverage from HAI’s Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston is spread throughout the April issue. This page feautres wrap-ups from the many AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky announcements. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi. Photos by Ernie Stephens Possibly the biggest announcement from AgustaWestland during Heli-Expo was the unveiling of the Grand New, a version of the Grand with an...
April 1, 2010
The Rolls-Royce Model 250 on a Bell 430. Rolls-Royce StandardAero recently joined forces with three equally long-established companies—Landmark Aviation’s MRO services (formerly Garrett Aviation), Associated Air Center and TSS Aviation. To solidify the corporate culture under one quality banner, the leadership team then set its focus on enhancing the company’s reputation for technical...
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