Overblown oil prices are far from good news for most of the aviation industry, but the world’s insatiable thirst for fuel is spurring fresh demand for helicopters to serve offshore exploration and production activity. So it was a logical choice for Eurocopter to select Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland as its first major initiative to bring rotorcraft product support and training infrastructure closer to its operators.
As the annual Heli-Expo convention prepares to open on March 6, analyst Brian Foley of Brian Foley Associates is predicting that the civil helicopter market has hit bottom and should resume growing again this year. The helicopter market is unique, with distinct government/military and civil markets, and these segments tend to balance one another, he explained.
Helicopter pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charles Huron Kaman died Monday at the age of 91. Kaman earned an aeronautical engineering degree in 1940 and later was employed at United Aircraft’s Hamilton Standard division, where he worked with Igor Sikorsky. In 1945, at age 26, he founded Kaman Aircraft and served as its CEO until 1999 and chairman until 2001.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Morgan City, La., Jan. 4, 2009–While on a Part 135 VFR flight from PHI’s Lake Palourde Heliport to an offshore oil platform, the helicopter crashed into a marsh approximately seven minutes after takeoff, killing the two pilots and six of the seven passengers on board.
Several established federal criminal investigations are under way into the events surrounding the August 2008 helispot takeoff crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N operating under contract to the U.S. Forest Service that killed nine near Weaverville, Calif. The pilot, a U.S. Forest Service check airman, and seven firefighters were killed; the copilot and three firefighters survived.
The August 2008 fatal crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N has triggered several federal criminal investigations and renewed scrutiny of private aircraft on public use contracts.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Morgan City, La., Jan. 4, 2009–The helicopter was on a Part 135 VFR flight from PHI’s Lake Palourde Heliport to an offshore oil platform when it crashed into a marsh approximately seven minutes after takeoff, killing the two pilots and six of the seven passengers on board.
In its final report on last year’s fatal crash of a Sikorsky S-76++ in Louisiana, the NTSB called on the FAA to develop stricter helicopter windshield bird strike resistance standards. The twin-engine helicopter was seven minutes into a charter flight to an offshore oil platform on Jan.
Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) is rebranding subsidiaries Texas Aviation Services and Integrated Flight Systems as RSG Aviation and RSG Products, respectively. The Fort Worth-based holding company acquired both in 2007. “We set up RSG in 2007 with the intent to acquire companies operating in the rotorcraft industry,” Ed Bolden, the company’s president, told AIN.