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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
You may have seen a new contributor over the past couple of months. I wanted to take a moment to officially introduce Andrew Drwiega, and let you know he has joined Rotor & Wing as military editor. Andrew comes to us with a wealth of experience and background covering the military market, an area in which we’ve needed to have more focus. Andrew will be writing military features, a monthly column...
April 1, 2010
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has obtained a U.S. Army contract to modify the last 30 OH-58D helicopters that are involved in the Kiowa Warrior safety enhancement program...
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...
March 1, 2010
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Aero Dynamix...
February 1, 2010
Way back some 35 years ago, with the ignorance of youth and a bank account unhindered by responsibility, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. It wasn’t like I was planning on a career as a helicopter pilot, I just wanted to experience what it was like to move in all three dimensions with a freedom unachievable in a fixed-wing airplane. The scope of the challenge really came to light during my...
February 1, 2010
Services | Product Support Bell is transferring the Model 47 type certificate to one of its customer service facilities—Scott’s Helicopter Services of Le Sueur, Minn. The transition means that...
February 1, 2010
Public Service | Heli-Expo Awards Bob Peterson Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced a slate of award winners for its annual Salute to Excellence program, which will recognize key contributors to the rotorcraft industry at a Feb. 22 banquet during Heli-Expo in Houston. Among the winners are Evergreen Helicopters Chairman Tim Wahlberg and Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) President John...
February 1, 2010
The U.S. Army may put new engines and a new drive train on its workhorse OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed scout helicopters to give them “increased power margins to meet the high and hot demands of 6,000 feet and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which are some of the conditions we’re flying in Afghanistan today,” the service’s top operations officer told the Association of the United States...
January 1, 2010
Military | Mission Equipment The U.S. Marine Corps’ MV-22B Osprey finally has a gun that can lay down 360 degrees of suppressive fire, filling a gap in the tiltrotor troop transport’s capabilities that was criticized by some in 2007, when the aircraft first deployed to a combat zone in Iraq. When the Marines began the Osprey’s second combat deployment this past November by flying 10...
January 1, 2010
The Egyptian Air Force, with an assist from American taxpayers, is providing new work for two U.S. helicopter facilities under separate contracts. A foreign aid grant will pay for a $17.35-million contract awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command on November 12 to AgustaWestland North America Inc. to do depot level maintenance on three Egyptian Air Force Mk-2 variant H-3 transport helicopters. NAVAIR is...
January 1, 2010
Aerospace Filtration Systems “Corporate Backbone & Global Footprint” Nothing has shown to be more true in the last year than a need for a strong corporate backbone and a global footprint to weather today’s economy. As we have all seen businesses struggling from small to large, those that survive and thrive are able to quickly mitigate market shifts and pullbacks. After a year of...
January 1, 2010
Turbomeca is part of the Propulsion branch of the Safran group, a high-technology group. Turbomeca specializes in the design, production, sale and support of low- to medium-power gas turbines for helicopters. In the industry since 1938, Turbomeca is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopter engines. It also designs and builds turbine engines for training aircraft. Turbomeca has one subsidiary...
January 1, 2010
Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft and turboprop engine families available, with a power range of 300 shp to more than 7,000 shp. This broad product range powers more than 100 different aircraft models including helicopters, light fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles in both civil and military markets. Rolls-Royce supports this installed fleet of 18,000 engines via a global...
January 1, 2010
Precision Heliparts (PHP) Precision Heliparts-Canada (PHP-C) Precision Avionics & Instruments (PAI) Precision Accessories & Instruments (PAI-C) Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With sales/service facilities in the U.S. and Canada, PAG uses its distinct business units and customer focused...
January 1, 2010
In 1977, Aviation Instrument Services, Inc. (AIS) was founded with one goal in mind: to build a reputation of excellence in service. Just ask AIS’ customers and they’ll tell you that this company meets this goal—time and time again. “When AIS’s experience is joined with their buying power, their customer receives a level of value that is unbeatable,” says Dave Vorsas...
January 1, 2010
During the past 50 years, Keystone Helicopter has gained a reputation as an industry leader in quality rotor­craft services. Today, the company employs more than 900 people at one of the finest and fastest-growing facilities in the country. In late 2005, Keystone was purchased by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation—its largest customer. During the next two years, Sikorsky transitioned the final...
January 1, 2010
BLR Aerospace (BLR) designs, develops, manufactures and markets airframe aerodynamic enhancements for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. BLR’s 17-year history of aerodynamic innovation has produced nearly 60 FAA STC approvals for aftermarket aircraft modifications such as winglets, vortex generators, helicopter tailboom strakes and patented FastFin. Helicopter operators who would like a new aircraft...
January 1, 2010
About a year ago, the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) faced a dilemma. A steady flow of battle-damaged helicopters was coming in for refurbishment and overhaul from Iraq and Afghanistan, and the center was tasked to carry out two major Sikorsky H-60 upgrade programs. The workload was expanding but not the resources. CCAD leadership had to determine how to do more with less. They had adopted...
January 1, 2010
Leadership and growth have defined Aerospace Filtration Systems, Inc. (now part of Donaldson Aerospace and Defense Group) since the company’s founding in 1999, and they continue to do so ten years later. The growth has been steady, often explosive, and today Donaldson is recognized as the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance Inlet Barrier Filtration (IBF)...
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