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September 24, 2008
M7 Aerospace and San Antonio Aircraft Support (SAAS) will combine their resources to provide custom corporate interior work or avionics upgrades for helicopters. “The new venture will fall under M7’s roof,” said an M7...
September 1, 2008
ALEA 2008 Houston was the site of the 38th Annual ALEA Conference and Exposition. The two-day event drew 1,143 law enforcement aviators from around the globe, many of whom come every year for classes, workshops and access to the industry’s leading manufactures of aircraft, aviation products and support services. In addition to...
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
ALEA 2008 Axsys Technologies of Grass Valley, Calif. used the 38th annual ALEA Conference as a backdrop to introduce its new, military-grade applications that it said would "significantly enhance" its’ high-definition V14HD MSII video system. Specifically, the applications are designed to reduce cockpit workload by simplifying the user/system interface. The first application, dubbed 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
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
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...
July 16, 2008
Precision Aviation Group began work on expanding its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. The growth of Precision Aviation's four companies--Precision Heliparts, Precision Avionics &...
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...
July 1, 2008
SERVICES The migration of people from rural to urban areas in the Asia-Pacific region has greatly increased the population density there. That combined with heavily congested roads is making air transportation more popular in major cities, which in turn is driving demand for helicopters and...
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
Manufacturers are honing rotor blade and structural performance with improved designs and more composites, and repair shops are keeping pace. Think hard. Is there any part of a helicopter that’s more important than the rotor blades? Even if the fuel is gone and the engines quit, it’s those big, spinning planks that will get you back to Earth in one piece when nearly everything else fails. Rotor...
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 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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