There are few commercial aircraft operators in this country that have been in business for generations. With 47 years of flight operations experience, Alpine Helicopters of Kelowna is one of them. The company specializes in heli-skiing, heli-hiking, sightseeing tours, forest firefighting, mountain rescue and parks support.
Continuing from my last column with the theme of things you didn’t know you needed to know, have you ever wondered why some rotor blades have weird shapes at their tips? Or what possible significance the speed of sound might have for helicopter pilots? They generally only do around 100 knots, right? Well, yes, they do, but...
Feb. 9, 2009, West Palm Beach, FLA – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation has successfully completed the first flight of its S-76D, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through taxi, hover, hover turns, and forward flight to 40 knots.
Feb. 2, 2009, Horseheads, N.Y. – Sikorsky achieved a major milestone in its X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator program by successfully ground testing the aircraft with the pusher propeller installed and spinning for the first time.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter Textron is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft.
Aug. 27, 2008, Horseheads, NY – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation today successfully completed the first flight of its X2 TECHNOLOGY™ demonstrator, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes.
July 16, 2008 – Farnborough, U.K. – The H-92 SUPERHAWK® helicopter will visit at least nine countries throughout Europe over the next several weeks to demonstrate its mission capabilities.
During a hiatus of helicoptering in Mesa, Ariz., MD Helicopters invited me to help fly its fleet to Houston for the Helicopter Association International convention in February.
May 21, 2008, Horseheads, NY – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. achieved a major milestone on its X2 TECHNOLOGY™ Demonstrator program by successfully ground testing the aircraft with rotor blades installed and spinning for the first time.
The 2008 HAI Heli-Expo in Houston shattered reams of records. Attendance exceeded 17,000, virtually all manufacturers were there in abundance with fleets of helicopters, and operators were lining up to buy new machines totalling billions of dollars. Big money and surprises might have been the theme this year, as Canada’s CHC Helicopter Corp. was sold to an American consortium, First Reserve Corp., with an effective purchase price of $3.7 billion.
March 13, 2008, Indianapolis, IN - A newly-commissioned small engine assembly line in Indianapolis, Indiana this week completed the assembly and test of its first production RR300 engine.
Feb. 27, 2008, Fort Erie, Ont. – Eurocopter Canada Limited is pleased to announce the first sale of its EC145 helicopter to a Canadian operator following certification of the aircraft last fall.
It’s definitely a swinging singles market out there and despite all kinds of opportunities to double-date, Canadian helicopter operators are expected to stay with their old loves for the foreseeable future. This isn’t to say that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would not like to see more twin-engine
Feb. 20, 2008, Gilbert, AZ – 2007 was a strong year for EXTEX, the Arizona manufacturer and supplier of parts and services to the worldwide aircraft engine market.
Feb. 14, 2008 - Helicopter Association International sadly reports the passing of a giant in the rotorcraft industry. Frank Nicholas Piasecki was a pioneer and inventor of the tandem-rotor helicopter.
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