R&WI's most-viewed online piece was our December 2016/January 2017 Digital Edition. We do anticipate that 2017 will be the "Year of the Drone," and are committed to keeping readers up-to-date on the fast-paced market. But that doesn't mean interest — ours or our readers' — has slipped away from helicopters. When looking at individual articles, our most-read story from January concerns the Sikorsky S-92.
Here are R&WI's five most-read articles from January 2017:
Every January print issue, R&WI includes a special "Executive Outlook" feature. Executives from a variety of companies give their insight to what the year ahead could hold for both their companies and the industry in general. Featured executives this year, and at No. 5 on this list, were Mark Skarohlid, vice president of UTC Aerospace Systems; Irene Makris, Vice President of Pratt & Whitney Canada; Eric Strafel, president and CEO of Aviall; and Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc.
This article was R&WI's first installment of Sikorsky S-92 tail rotor coverage. Prompted by an incident the previous month, Sikorsky issued an Alert Service Bulletin, warning operators to check the pitch change shaft bearing on the aircraft before next flight.
In the middle of the list at No. 3 is another January-exclusive feature. At the start of the new year, we take a look back at the most-notable news items from the previous year. Readers can reminisce about topics from drones, to military, to commercial programs and more.
R&WI's second most-read article of January focused on the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team and gave a preview to its meeting at the beginning of the month. What did the safety team consider to be the top three killers? Loss of control, unintended flight into instrument meteorological conditions and low-level operations.
A follow up to No. 4 on this list, this article is a product in part because of constant communication with Sikorsky. R&WI aims to keep our readers informed with the latest news from the people who know it best. When we found out that the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released an initial assessment of the Sikorsky S-92 incident from December 2016, Editor-in-Chief James T. McKenna went to work.