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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
FlightSafety International has promoted Ralph Hicks (right) center manager of its Daleville and Dothan, Ala. Learning Centers. He replaces Britt Hoskins, who has retired from FlightSafety after 20 years of service. A 20-year U.S. Army veteran, Hicks has served at the Daleville and Dothan centers since joining the company in 1985. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with single and multi-engine...
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...
December 1, 2006
SEARCH AND RESCUE IS A DIFFICULT mission that is complicated by the fact that we generally operate in reactive mode to emergencies and disasters. You’re probably wondering what an unmanned aerial system has to do with SAR. Unmanned systems are a force multiplier for SAR, period, and here’s how. Historically a survivor’s probability of survival (Ps) diminishes over time, and quickly...
November 1, 2006
OCTOBER BROUGHT TWO IMPORTANT gatherings in America-the Assn. of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington and the National Business Aviation Assn.'s yearly convention, in Orlando. Neither is a helicopter industry event per se, yet rotorcraft play crucial roles in the activities at the heart of each-warfighting for the former and business flying for the latter. The timing of the shows, just a week...
November 1, 2006
FAA Focus on Operational Control Unsettles Industry The U.S. FAA is cracking down on how aircraft operators control, fly and market their flights, and its moves have unnerved some in the aviation industry-particularly those involved in helicopter emergency medical services. The agency's moves could force a revamping of arrangements in which operators acquire, fly and maintain aircraft under contract to...
November 1, 2006
Nov. 13-14-Third Annual Rotary-Wing Technology Course: Flight Simulation and Avionics The Days Inn Penn State, State College, Pa. Contact: Nancy Eckard, 814-863-5100 E-mail: ConferenceInfo1@outreach.psu.edu; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/FlightSimulation/default-Contact.htm. Nov. 15-17-Heli-Japan 2006 American Helicopter Society International Meeting on Advanced Rotorcraft Technology and Life-Saving...
November 1, 2006
"RAZOR TWO-TWO, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU caught a few rounds on your last bomb run. You have some holes in your wing and tail." "Roger Two-One, it's starting to feel mushy." "Great," you think to yourself, "I am still 20 mi inside bad-guy country and my airplane is falling apart." Lights. Lots of lights…and warning horns. Not good. "RAZOR TWO-TWO, YOU ARE ON...
November 1, 2006
Boeing uses the V-22 Flight Simulation Lab for rapid prototyping of control laws and crew systems, as well as evaluation of handling qualities. The Flight-Control System Rig is a room that contains V-22 control surface actuators, hydraulic and electrical systems and flight-control computers laid out in the configuration of the actual aircraft. FOR 12 HR A DAY, THREE DAYS A WEEK, ENGINEERS, test pilots and...
November 1, 2006
SEARCH-AND-RESCUE PILOTS HAVE BEEN BUSY AND in the spotlight in the last two years. These are folks who thrive on racing to the aid of those in distress, often in conditions that most rationale people are fleeing. Rescues like the December 2000 flights to the foundering passenger ship Sea Breeze 220 mi east of Cape Henry, Va. test the decision-making skill and initiative of Coast Guard aviators. One flight...
October 1, 2006
Oct. 19-21—Aviation North Expo Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, Fairbanks, Alaska. Contact: 907-455-9000; Web: www.AviationNorth.org Oct. 24-26—Helicopter Military Operations Technology (HELMOT) XII Specialists’ Meeting, “Global Operations: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Military Aviation/Industry Team,” Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder, Williamsburg, Va...
October 1, 2006
Health and usage monitoring system, or HUMS . It is one of those operational and safety technological developments that has become a four-letter word for many helicopter operators and aircraft manufacturers. In polite conversation, they use words like “toys” and “smoke and mirrors” to describe the systems that have been billed as cure-alls for reducing maintenance problems and...
October 1, 2006
Lockheed Martin’s facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York, just about where that state’s border cuts due west toward Lake Erie, is crammed with military colors— the flight suits of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps test and evaluation pilots, the hulls of transformed Navy Seahawks, an EH 101 and even a fixed-wing U.S. Air Force A-10. Home to Lockheed Martin Systems Integration, the Owego...
September 1, 2006
Change is the watchword. For decades, perhaps since it was incorporated in 1939, Schweizer Aircraft has been about change. It started out building gliders. Then it worked on some of the earliest versions of unmanned aircraft, then reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, agricultural aircraft, light commercial helicopters, a new generation of recon and surveillance aircraft and a new generation of...
August 1, 2006
R&W's Question of the Month: Was the U.S. Army right or wrong in awarding the Light Utility Helicopter contract to the EADS team? Let us know, and look for your and others' responses in a future issue. Send your comments to rotorandwing@accessintel.com. "Watch This" Tim McAdams' column rang of so much truth. It amazes me that this remains an issue ("Watch This," April 2006, page...
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...
July 1, 2006
Bell Weighs Creating Training School In India Bell Helicopter is looking at the feasibility of setting up a training school in India, bringing in an Indian partner under a joint venture . The training school is part of its strategy to boost sales and forge links with companies in the country. "We expect the Indian market for helicopters to grow to $4.3 billion over the next 20 years, with 40 percent...
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