State of the Industry - Used Aircraft and Surplus Helos: In our annual Heli-Expo issue, we take a close look at the state of used aircraft inventories and price trends for various models. In addition to owners and brokers, we talked to completions and modification shops helping those parties make their aircraft more marketable.
OEM Procurement: Getting a Piece of the Action? For the Heli-Expo exhibitors seeking to sell components, parts and services to helicopter manufacturers, we look at OEM policies on clearing companies for their approved supplier lists.
Drones as a Business Opportunity: Drawing on expert discussions at 2016’s R&WI Rotorcraft Technology Summit, we bring you up to date with efforts to integrate small drones with helicopter operations. We will tap UAS OEMs, avionics and sensor suppliers and entrepreneurs.
Advertising Space Close: February 1 Materials Due: February 9
How Military Aviators Train: As military services in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany and elsewhere upgrade rotorcraft flight-crew training programs, we assess the state-of-the-art in simulation and update readers on the status of the U.S. Navy’s search for a new training helicopter.
Future Military Vertical Lift: The U.S. military struggles with the challenge of how to make Future Vertical Lift a truly joint program that meets diverse mission requirements with a common family of aircraft. We examine the current debate, brief you on efforts by Sikorsky-Boeing and Bell Helicopter to develop Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrators to support and investigate other future vertical-lift efforts outside the U.S.
Degraded Visual Environments: Advanced Sensors for Military and Civil: Obscured conditions — brown-out, white-out, fog and clouds — are top killers of rotorcraft flight crews and passengers, despite decades of research on solutions. We delve into current efforts to fuse multiple sensors into life-saving pilot aids for both military and civil crews and initiatives to refine flight training to defeat this threat.
Advertising Space Close: March 1 Materials Due: March 9