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May 1, 2007
PRODUCTS A new automatic firefighting system for use on helipads, as well as offshore platforms, the Libero system by Air Systems S.R.L. is designed to extinguish helipad fires without endangering firefighters...
April 1, 2007
THINGS ARE REALLY COOKING FOR a good portion of the world’s helicopter industry. Of course, if you are among the fortunate, you may already know this. But then, maybe you’ve been too busy working to realize it. Institutionally, Rotor & Wing has covered the world’s helicopter industry a long time. This is our 40th year. I’m a comparative babe at it, with just four years on 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...
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...
November 1, 2006
Safety Management I am a 20-year-old college student in southeastern North Carolina. I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed your article on efforts to improve safety management ("A Few Steps More," September 2006, page 30). It was refreshing to know that someone else out there is trying to make a difference in one of the weakest parts of emergency services these days. I am a fireman and...
November 1, 2006
ALL CATEGORIES OF HELICOPTER OPERATIONS ALLOW for pilot discretion on how best to complete the mission. But what happens when a helicopter aircrew has two viable and safe flight options for a rescue mission? Each helicopter rescue is different, even if it occurs over and over at the same location. Safety is paramount to success of the mission. The U.S. Forest Service is chartered with administering...
June 1, 2006
NASA's associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Lisa Porter, was a featured speaker at the American Helicopter Society International's Forum 62 last month in Phoenix. A standing-room only crowd packed the room in which she spoke. Rotor & Wing herein excerpts her comments there. "Very recently we have been reminded of the critical role and function that helicopters...
June 1, 2006
Insurance Tumult Means Consumer Gains, Problems for Safety Initiatives Insurance companies will soon be fighting for helicopter operators' business, driving premiums down and pumping more underwriting dollars into the market, according a top aviation insurance broker. Larry Mattiello, president of the brokerage Airsure Limited, said musical chairs among top insurance executives and the high level of...
January 1, 2006
EVENTS Jan. 11-13--Assn. of the U.S. Army Aviation Symposium and Exhibition, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. Contact: Molly O'Shea, (703) 907-2401; E-mail: moshea@ausa.org; Website: www.ausa.org. Jan. 18-20--American Helicopter Society International Vertical Lift Aircraft Design Conference, Holiday Inn, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Calif. Contact: John Davis...
December 1, 2005
In March to Efficiency, Sikorsky Buys Keystone and CTI Sikorsky Aircraft is looking for buyout candidate that can help it streamline military aircraft production in the same way it hopes to boost the efficiency of its commercial aircraft lines with the acquisition of Keystone Ranger Holdings. Sikorsky on Nov. 1 said it would buy the $225-million-revenue Keystone Ranger, which controls Keystone Helicopter...
November 1, 2005
A hop in a friend's EC120 sold Indy racer Dario Franchitti on the business and personal benefits of helicopters. DARIO FRANCHITTI WAS SOLD ON HELICOPTERS during a house-hunting trip in Scotland several years ago. The house was 4-5 hr. away. But fellow racer Colin McRae offered him a ride in his Eurocopter EC120 and they were at the house within about an hour. Along the way, the Scottish-born driver of...
November 1, 2005
Real, Complete Definition of VFR ONE PROBLEM WITH DISCUSSING this subject is the FAA definition of VFR; it only talks of visibility and distance from clouds. This definition is sadly lacking. Let's look at what must lie behind a complete definition of visual flight rules. A good place to start is the airworthiness certification requirements for helicopters. The main portions of FAR Parts 27 and 29 are set...
March 1, 2004
With a year on the job, Eurocopter’s CEO is taking the company into a sea change aimed at improving customer service and the bottom line. An even dozen years after Eurocopter was formed, it is clear that things have now changed for the company. Gone is the emphasis on long-term industrial policy and architecture, gone is the stubborn determination to push the company’s key programs–Tiger...
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