Humanitarian Aid – Fire, Flood, Volcano, Hurricane: With the onset of hurricane and wildfire seasons, an erupting volcano and ongoing floods, governments are both responding to and preparing for the aftermath of more and more severe natural disasters. Helicopters provide lift, firefighting support and humanitarian aid in disaster’s wake all over the globe, and the industry is hard at work improving aircraft effectiveness and efficiency.
Pilot report — Bell 407GXi: We fly Bell’s pitch for the U.S. Navy trainer replacement. Unveiled at Heli-Expo, the GXi has been significantly upgraded from its predecessor with a new engine and avionics.
Offshore Wind Industry: Like offshore oil-and-gas fields, wind farms present logistical and maintenance challenges that helicopters are ideally suited to overcome. R&WI dives into the world of wind energy to see how helicopters are used in the management and production of the rapidly growing alternative energy source.
Bell V-280 Valor: Bell’s V-280 advanced tiltrotor is up, flying and rapidly opening the performance envelope toward the next-generation speed and maneuverability the company is promising the U.S. Army and other prospective customers. R&WI visits Bell’s Amarillo, Texas, flight-test facility to report on the aircraft’s developmental progress.
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