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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...
April 1, 2005
Comanche's gone and VXX is lost, but folks in Connecticut have little time to mope. They're too busy building helicopters. January 28 was black Friday in Stratford, Conn. With thousands of employees, vendors, partners, community and political supporters and Wall Street watching, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s showcase S-92 lost the race for the contract to fly the U.S. president through the first half of this...
February 1, 2005
Third World Meets Export Market India's Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) has failed to make good on its promise to announce, before the end of 2004, the first large export order for the Dhruv, the twin-engined Advanced Light Helicopter it has been developing for the past two decades. Nonetheless, HAL continues to market the Dhruv to a number of developing countries, with both Chile and Malaysia appearing...
January 1, 2005
Where Customer Service Comes First Whether as a source for quality helicopter instrumentation and repair, or a convenient consignment clearing house for its customers' excess inventory, Aviation Instrument Services, Inc. (AIS) of Miami, Fla. was established in 1977 with one goal in mind: to build a reputation of excellence in service. AIS' success in achieving this goal can best be measured in the words of...
January 1, 2005
In this fast-paced and ever-changing industry, if you don't keep up with new trends you'll be left behind. To find out what some of those new trends are we asked top industry executives the following question: "What specific trends do you anticipate in the helicopter industry in 2005, and what effects will they have on the industry?" Aviall: "Things Are Looking Positive" This year...
January 1, 2005
There When You When Need Them In 1981, Robert Austin founded Helicomb International (www.helicomb.com) in Tulsa, Okla. His goal was to provide the best possible repair and overhaul of honeycomb bonded panels in the market. Helicomb has worked hard to become one of the most acclaimed commercial and military helicopter composite repair facilities in the world. At the heart of this FAA repair station's...
January 1, 2005
A Quarter Century of Engineering Excellence Over 25 years ago, Heli-Dyne Systems was founded to provide helicopter owners/operators with the same high quality of modification and completion services offered for fixed-wing aircraft. Since then, HDS has performed more than 600 major helicopter modifications and completions for functions as diverse as air medical, law enforcement, electronic news-gathering...
January 1, 2005
A Growing Force in Rotorcraft Services Keystone Helicopter has spent 50-plus years building a world-class reputation in rotorcraft services. Based in West Chester, Pa., the company employs nearly 500 people at locations throughout the Northeastern U.S. Keystone Helicopter provides MRO and green completions at The Heliplex, the company's new, state-of-the-art technical services depot in Coatesville, Pa. It...
January 1, 2005
MILITARY Coast Guard Vows to Stick to Re-Engining Schedule The U.S. Coast Guard expects to complete re-engining its HH-65 fleet with Turbomeca Arriel 2C2s by July 2006 despite a report by the U.S. Homeland Security Dept.'s inspector general that the project already is behind schedules and its delays could jeopardize maintenance of other Coast Guard aircraft. Lt. Ron Mench of the U.S. Coast Guard told Rotor...
January 1, 2005
MILITARY Loss of Blade Piece Forces V-22 Emergency Landing A U.S. Marine Corps V-22 performing icing tests in Nova Scotia was forced to make an emergency landing at the Canadian Forces Shearwater air base Nov. 19 after losing a 20-in.-long, 4-in.-wide piece from one of its 36-ft.-long rotor blades. About 13 mi. out of Shearwater and over water, the pilots noticed unusual vibrations and noises that sounded...
January 1, 2005
CIVIL With Eye on Customers, Turbomeca Alters Organization, Overhauls African Facility As part of an ongoing efforts to improve its service to (and standing with) customers, Turbomeca has created a new division to reinforce and coordinate a campaign to optimize its production process. The company created a new Production Div., attached to its Operations Div., to improve production processes as well as...
January 1, 2005
MILITARY Military Rotorcraft Production on the Rise Nearly 5,500 military aircraft worth about $84 billion will be built or undergo major upgrades over the next decade, Forecast International says in a new study. The Newton, Conn.-based market aerospace and defense analysis firm estimates that Western helicopter manufacturers will produce 5,448 new or upgraded rotorcraft in the 10 years ending Dec. 31...
January 1, 2005
MILITARY Army To Convert 96 More AH-64As to Longbow The U.S. Army is delaying the Block III upgrades for the Apache AH-64D Longbow, but will convert an additional 96 AH-64As to AH-64Ds. The conversion program is intended to flow AH-64D models to three Army National Guard battalions...
July 1, 2004
Although not considered the major showcase for helicopters, this air show will still see the industry well represented. Without a doubt, Farnborough is THE major air show for the international aerospace industry for any given even numbered year. It is not, however, THE major show for the world’s helicopter industry. That honor goes to HAI’s annual Heli-Expo. Nonetheless, the industry will be...
July 1, 2004
The U.S. Army has established the $1.6-Billion Reset program to overhaul its war-torn aircraft. By John R. Guardiano For U.S. military pilots and maintainers, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is just the beginning. And the biggest problem, really, is not al Qaeda-led insurgencies. Rather, it’s the harsh desert environment and forbidding Afghan mountains. “Obviously, one of our biggest enemies is...
July 1, 2004
Finmeccanica Acquires GKN’s AgustaWestland Stake GKN has divested itself of its 50-percent share of AgustaWestland, selling out to Italy’s Finmeccanica. The agreement would make AgustaWestland a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica by year’s end and could be worth $1.9 billion (Eurowatch, pg 57). Finmeccanica’s 50-percent stake in AgustaWestland is a result of a merger begun five...
June 1, 2004
Steve Townes equates industry consolidation to a barroom fight. His Ranger Aerospace firm has bulked up with Keystone Helicopter. Now, he says, get ready to rumble. Chat with Keystone Helicopter Corp.'s top managers in their headquarters office's wood-paneled first-floor conference room for 20 minutes or so and they're likely to lay out their secret plan for you. Spend the same amount of time with Steve...
May 1, 2004
Attendees of HAI's Heli-Expo reported burgeoning order books, valuable contacts on the show floor and a general feeling that good times may be returning to the helicopter industry. HAI's Heli-Expo 2004 highlighted what exhibitors and attendees said is a turning point for the helicopter industry. Against the background of depressed gatherings at the annual event since the 2001 terrorist attacks, this year's...
March 1, 2004
As the industry gathers for its major trade show, reports from the field are that business is picking up. These days folks seem wary to speak of good news, fearing such talk might jinx brightening prospects or, worse, invite bad news. The effects of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks were so terrific on the U.S. (indeed, the world’s) economy, and the aviation industry in particular, that no...
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