December 2016/January 201
2016 Year in Review: From April’s EC225 crash and the effects of slumping oil to light helicopter initiatives and new drone rules, R&WI’s staff and contributors debate the most significant rotorcraft developments of 2016.
2017 Outlook: Tapping the expertise of R&WI’s Editorial Advisory Board, industry analysts and operators, our staff sums up prospects for vertical flight in 2017.
Executive Outlook Panel: A select group of rotorcraft industry leaders, including our Editorial Advisory Board members, share their perspective and plans for meeting the challenges of the coming year.
2017 Annual Reports/Company Profiles: Industry-leading companies provide updates about important changes, growth, and initiatives within their organizations and operations.
Bonus Distribution: IITSEC
Advertising Space Close: December 2
Materials Due: December 2
Engine Technologies and Maintenance and Service: As operators are squeezed to control and reduce flying and maintenance costs, powerplant makers and vendors are developing options for better supporting the world’s engine fleet. We take a close look at the new offerings, including maintenance tracking tools, on-condition maintenance and new powerplant types.
Rotorcraft Rulemaking in the U.S., Europe: Shrinking agency budgets, new regulatory philosophies and efforts to correct mismatches between aviation rules and current and nascent technologies promise to transform rulemaking in the U.S. and Europe. We look at the changes, large and small, that are afoot and how they may affect the operation and maintenance of rotorcraft and their systems and components.
Essential Equipment — Powerplant Maintenance and Test Equipment: We highlight the latest offerings in powerplant maintenance-tracking software and calibration, testing and inspection aids.
Training — Autorotations: This emergency procedure plays a role in more than 10% of helicopter accidents. We talk to flight schools, instructors and autorotation survivors about the ongoing industry debate about the value of full-touchdown autorotation training and the latest guidance on techniques, including 180-degree autorotations.
Advertising Space Close: January 3 Materials Due: January 9