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News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft.

February 8, 2008 - 6:10am

Having found some success with military orders for the Mi-28N and Mi-8/17, Moscow-based Mil is seeking to expand its offerings and attract some interest from the business aviation market.

February 8, 2008 - 5:51am

North American and European OEMs are proceeding with the development of new models for the booming civil helicopter market across a broad product spectrum, from light singles to medium twins. Almost all OEMs are reporting record or near-record deliveries, robust orders and significant backlogs. For example, a Bell 429 ordered today would not be delivered until 2014. The weakened U.S.

February 8, 2008 - 5:51am

North American and European OEMs are proceeding with the development of new models for the booming civil helicopter market across a broad product spectrum, from light singles to medium twins. Almost all OEMs are reporting record or near-record deliveries, robust orders and significant backlogs. For example, a Bell 429 ordered today would not be delivered until 2014. The weakened U.S.

January 23, 2008 - 10:15am

With a max gross weight of nearly 29,000 pounds, the Mil Mi-17 is no small helicopter. It is a workhorse that has gained a considerable following in most parts of the world. More than 10,000 Mi-17s and Mi-8s (from which it was derived) have been delivered for both military and civilian roles since the 1960s, including more than 2,400 for export. Some 200 are operating in Central America and the northern countries of South America.

January 23, 2008 - 10:15am

With a max gross weight of nearly 29,000 pounds, the Mil Mi-17 is no small helicopter. It is a workhorse that has gained a considerable following in most parts of the world. More than 10,000 Mi-17s and Mi-8s (from which it was derived) have been delivered for both military and civilian roles since the 1960s, including more than 2,400 for export. Some 200 are operating in Central America and the northern countries of South America.

January 22, 2008 - 11:10am

Eurocopter, at a news conference in Paris today, disclosed its results for last year, saying it achieved an all-time high in sales that surpasses those for 2006, which were tops until now. The French-German helicopter manufacturer recorded 802 orders worth $9.5 billion (€6.58 billion) last year, and the backlog now stands at a record $20 billion (€13.5 billion).

January 22, 2008 - 11:10am

Eurocopter, at a news conference in Paris today, disclosed its results for last year, saying it achieved an all-time high in sales that surpasses those for 2006, which were tops until now. The French-German helicopter manufacturer recorded 802 orders worth $9.5 billion (€6.58 billion) last year, and the backlog now stands at a record $20 billion (€13.5 billion).

January 18, 2008 - 9:47am

That new aircraft are often derived from earlier models is no surprise, but hybrids of two separate bloodlines are rare. The Eurocopter EC 145 medium twin, derived from the venerable BK 117 and the much newer EC 135, is one such hybrid. But unlike many mergers, particularly in the corporate world, this one actually works.

January 18, 2008 - 9:47am

That new aircraft are often derived from earlier models is no surprise, but hybrids of two separate bloodlines are rare. The Eurocopter EC 145 medium twin, derived from the venerable BK 117 and the much newer EC 135, is one such hybrid. But unlike many mergers, particularly in the corporate world, this one actually works.

January 15, 2008 - 4:27am

In the face of what market forecasters predict will be nearly another full decade of flat civil helicopter sales, manufacturers have been loath to risk precious capital to develop models whose market reception would likely be less than enthusiastic. The result has been a handful of new designs, some riskier than others. Herein, the details…

 
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