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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...
September 1, 2006
Having spent nearly 10 years building a workforce of former special-operations personnel skilled at rapidly meeting the aircraft systems integration and modification needs of current special operators, Aerospace Integration Corp. is ready to come out of the dark. AIC was born as a result of the disconnect between the needs of special operations forces and the ponderous procedures of the government and...
August 1, 2006
In his first interview as Sikorsky president, Jeff Pino shares his plans--and how he got into helos in the first place. Jeff Pino was named president of Sikorsky Aircraft March 9 in a chain of events that saw his predecessor, Steve Finger, succeed Louis Chenevert as Pratt & Whitney president and Chenevert take that post and the CEO's slot at United Technologies Corp., the parent of both companies. Pino...
August 1, 2006
U.S. Army Choice of EADS LUH Bid Boosts Globalization The U.S. Army's choice of a European-led team to provide its next-generation light utility helicopter is widely seen as a crucial validation of globalization in the rotorcraft industry. Two critical questions arise. First, can the Army afford the purchase of up to 352 aircraft envisioned when it named Eurocopter's EC145 the winner of a four-helicopter...
June 1, 2006
A Thrill A Minute An exciting year for rotorcraft continues apace. Its start was marked by late February's Heli-Expo, which throbbed with optimism, new aircraft sales and launches, upgrades of older aircraft and engines, as well as customers on the prowl for deals. Industry officials spoke of a remarkable period in which all sectors of operations are riding high, which obviously drives demand for aircraft...
June 1, 2006
Turbomeca aims to boost its standing in North American markets by expanding Turbomeca USA's manufacturing and overhaul capabilities, improving customer service and increasing the U.S. content of engines assembled here. Turbomeca is staking claim to a bit more of Texas in hopes of grabbing a bigger slice of the U.S. market for helicopter engines. The French engine maker's American unit, Turbomeca USA, is...
June 1, 2006
Around the world, Composite Technology provides the edge to keep these vital structures cutting through the air. We hang then, we balance them and we trim them. We inspect them, we tap on them, and we turn them with mighty engines. They hunt, they feather, they lead and they lag. And even though we try our best to protect them, they sometimes get banged up, bent up and shot up. They are rotor blades. But...
May 1, 2006
Honeywell has taken its lumps in the helicopter market. In the last few years, its LTS101 has been tarred--unfairly, many would say--as the culprit in reliability problems that plagued the U.S. Coast Guard's HH-65 Dolphin fleet. The criticism became severe enough that Honeywell was ousted from the fleet, with Turbomeca winning a contract to re-engine the aircraft with Arriel 2C2s. When Bell Helicopter over...
February 1, 2006
Vendors to Line Up for Slice of USMC Heavy-Lift Pie Sikorsky is focused on nailing down by June its strategy for choosing key subcontractors to build a new U.S. Marine Corps heavy-lift helicopter, having secured contracts for that potential $18.8-billion aircraft development and production program. Approved by the Pentagon Dec. 22, 2005, development of the Heavy Lift Replacement successor to the CH-53E...
February 1, 2006
At the helicopter industry's premier event, manufacturers and vendors parade their newest and best. Here's a sampling of what's on the convention center floor. As the premier gathering of the helicopter industry, Heli-Expo is a showcase for companies offering their products and services to rotorcraft owners, operators, pilots and aficionados. The event is so big that some companies can get lost in the...
January 1, 2006
More Power. Less Dirt. About Time. Aerospace Filtration Systems (AFS) is the industry leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance engine inlet barrier filtration systems for commercial and military propulsion systems. Based in St. Louis, Mo., AFS has delivered more than 1,300 systems including over 12,000 filter assemblies to a growing list of military and commercial customers...
January 1, 2006
Putting Customers First Aviation Instrument Services, Inc. (AIS) was established in 1977 with one goal in mind; to build a reputation of excellence in service. Today, this Miami-based company maintains this commitment, whether for quality helicopter instrumentation and repair, or serving as a convenient consignment "clearing house" for its customers' excess inventory. AIS' success in meeting this...
January 1, 2006
World Leader in Rotor Blade Repair For more than 30 years, Composite Technology, Inc. (CTI) has specialized in the repair of both metal and composite rotor blades, building a worldwide network focused on turn-around time and performing only OEM-approved repairs. Our recent merger with Sikorsky Aircraft Company recognizes CTI's reputation and capabilities, provides financial strength, and will benefit all...
January 1, 2006
Bringing New Life to Venerable Aircraft, and Much, Much More The Bell UH/AH1 Huey is the iconic helicopter. First flown in 1956, more than 16,000 Hueys have been built. To date, they have flown more than 27 million hours collectively and, despite their age, most Hueys are still in service today. By today's standards, the original Huey is too slow, too restricted in altitude, and too expensive to maintain...
January 1, 2006
These are times of unexpected change, unusual partnerships and high demand for helicopters and those who make them, support them and fly them. To decipher what all this means for the Industry going forward, we asked top Industry executives the following question: "What specific trends to you anticipate In the helicopter Industry In 2006, and what effects will they have on the Industry?" Precision...
January 1, 2006
A Growing Force in Helicopter Services Over the last 50 years, Keystone Helicopter has gained a world-class reputation in rotorcraft services. Today, this Chester County, Pa.-based company employs nearly 600 people at locations throughout the northeastern U.S. Keystone Helicopter also provides MRO and custom completions at "The Heliplex", its new, state-of-the-art technical services depot. The...
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