The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France.
But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual enthusiast, I had the chance to see Paris – at least the action on the helicopter side of things – daily through images and stories that are available online at www.rotorandwing.com.
Some of the highlights include:
• Bell partnering with Turbomeca for the first time on a new “short light single,” or SLS (see story on page 14);
• AgustaWestland showing its Project Zero electric tiltrotor to the public for the first time;
• Russian Helicopters providing an update on international expansion of the Kamov Ka-52 Alligator;
• Eurocopter X3’s test pilot and flight test engineer sharing their story about going over the helicopter speed record as the technology demonstrator nears the end of its brief life;
• Sikorsky and Boeing collaborating – adding to their recent Future Vertical Lift partnership – to establish a joint venture to bid for U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) contracts in Saudi Arabia;
• CAE updating its global expansion efforts to include the first NH-90 simulator for the Australia Army and Navy obtaining Level D certification; and
• The U.S. Army purchasing 30 additional Mi-17V5s from Rosoboronexport (the Russian Helicopters subsidiary). The Mi-17s are intended for the Afghan Army.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a selection of some the eye-catching images from Paris stories that didn’t make it into this issue of Rotor & Wing. Read the stories online at www.rotorandwing.com, visit www.aviationtoday.com/paris2013 for more photos and videos from the event, and keep an eye out for more Paris coverage in next month’s print edition.
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