Year In Review: 2012

By Staff Writer | December 1, 2012
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In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of items published from January to November 2012, with special emphasis this year on stories that you may not have come across in the print edition—stories that appeared online at www.rotorandwing.com or in one of our e-letters, including The Collective, Military Insider, Hot Products and Helicopter Safety & Training, a new training-focused newsletter launched during 2012. This list does not cover the entire spectrum of Rotor & Wing’s various offerings—it is just a sampling of our coverage, as there are many additional news stories and in-depth freatures available online and through our other distribution channels. One reason we undertake this annual exercise is to gather feedback about what readers would like to see and open the door of communication with those companies that warrant additional coverage. What are your favorite stories of 2012? What would you like to see in the pages of Rotor & Wing in 2013? What areas should we focus on, and what topics, events, markets and companies do we need to cover more? Please send your suggestions to: editor@rotorandwing.com

The Collective

Story of the Week Headline                        Date


Unmanned K-Max Operational in Afghanistan Jan. 4

Helicopter Industry Struggles to Improve Ditching Survivability Jan. 18

NTSB: Pilot Tried to Outrun Storm Feb. 1

Countdown to Heli-Expo 2012 Feb. 6

Open for Business at Heli-Expo Feb. 8

Two Debutantes Take Stage at Heli-Expo Feb. 15

Sikorsky CEO Jeff Pino’s View from the Top Feb. 23

Russian Helicopters Eyes China Civil Market March 1

Operator Profile: Oil & Gas Operators in Brazil March 8

Japan to Replace Earthquake-Lost EC225 March 14

Russian Helicopters to Squeeze Out UUAP Shareholders March 23

Turbomeca Gives Operators a Boost March 28

Watch and Wait: Leadership Won’t Race into the Breach April 4

Brooks: Debt Biggest Threat to National Security April 11

Lightning Detection: Stormscope and Strikefinder April 18

IHST: 30% Lower Accident Rate ‘Step in the Right Direction’ April 25

Crosby Calls for ‘Marriage’ of S&T, Program Management May 16

Eurocopter Preps for First Upgraded EC130T2 Delivery May 31

Russian Helicopters Continues Latin Expansion June 6

A2D Deliveries Start as Army Replenishes OH-58 Fleet June 13

Eurocopter to Push Speed Envelope with X3 June 21

DoD Stresses Need for Previously Unseen Cooperation if Future Vertical Lift Ambition is to Take Off June 27

NASA Seeks Electronics Fix for Rascal Research Helicopter July 11

Australia Plans Aerial Firefighting Future July 18

Skeptics to Smiles: Eurocopter Woos DC Military Operators July 25

Russian Medium Twin KA-62 to Fly in One Year Aug. 1

CAE 3000 Series S-76C++ Simulator Heads to China Aug. 8

Milestone Orders 19 S-92s, Bell 407GX Enters Africa Aug. 15

Exxon Valdez Disaster Recovery, Boeing Tests Unmanned Little Bird Aug. 22

FAA Announces SMS Requirement, PAG Increases Space Aug. 29

PZL Takes Wraps Off Optionally Piloted SW-4 Solo Sept. 5

Russian Helicopters Secures Large Fleet Order from China Sept. 12

Northrop-AgustaWestland Enters Marine One Round Two Sept. 19

Designer of Electric Helo Reflects on 2011 Flight Tests Sept. 26

FAA Declines Bell 429 Weight Increase, Approves R66 Police Variant Oct. 3

MSP Receives First AW139 as Part of Fleet Upgrade Oct. 10

Sikorsky Strengthens Bond with Offshore, HEMS Operator Oct. 17

Bell, EADS Detail AAS Proposals; AgustaWestland Secures UK Funding Oct. 24

Countdown to Dubai Helishow: 2,000-Plus Visitors, 100 Exhibitors Expected Nov. 1

Experts Discuss High-Rise Aerial Firefighting at Dubai Helishow Nov. 7

Russian Helicopters Rachel Concept Advances; NHV Buys 10 EC175s Nov. 15

Military Insider

Hold the Front Page/Insider's Notebook                    Month

Industry, Working With or Against U.S. Army: a Toe-to-Toe Discussion at AUSA January

Boeing Hosts Annual Review January

UK Apaches Confirm Littoral Capability Over Libya but Center Stage Reserved for Typhoons February

Finmeccanica 2011 Results: Helicopter Orders Take a Hit from ‘On Hold’ Government Contracts February

‘Gray Hairs’ With Nothing to Prove Strive for Future Vertical Lift Solution March

ARSOAC Commander Mangum Talks of Transformation in Special Forces Aviation March

Armed Aerial Scout Comes Second to Future Vertical Lift Development April

NATO-Russian Project Kicks Off Afghan Air Force Maintainer Training in Russia April

UK Ab-initio Crewman Add Virtual Gunnery to CRM Skills May

A Day at the (Motor) Races Beats the Recession May Money for Old Rope: Demise of the Manned Helicopter? June

Cassidian Displays Tanon Rotary UAS at Eurosatory June

Spagnolini Bonds with Russian Helicopters as the Bear Looks Over His Shoulder July

Bell-Boeing Continues Push to Sell V-22 to International Militaries July

USMC Looks at K-Max in Afghanistan to September 2013; Wider Mission Profile Possible August

Why the Chinook Still Sells at 50 August

Apache Pilot With a Difference; He’s Been a JTAC as Well September

Eurocopter Delivers First of 40 Upgraded CH-53GAs to Germany September

Apache Block III now AH-64E; DAB Approves Full-rate Production October

Industry Gives Army AAS Testers

Thumbs-Up October

Helicopter Safety & Training

Headline                                                          Month

Plan Annual Training with Safety in Mind, NTSB to Host Search and Rescue Forum July

UTair Training Center Profile, CAE 3000 Series S-76 Sim Heads to China, Rotorcraft Training Guide August

Era Training Center Receives AW139 Approval, Enstrom Hands Over Last Thai 480B Trainer September

TSI Plans Moral Courage Award, AgustaWestland Delivers 1st AW119Kx, AMTC Expects Record Attendance October

Bristow Target Zero Earns Safety Award, Bell Teams with SAIT on Canadian Maintenance Training November

Highlights from the Print Magazine


Headline                                        Page #

Annual Reports & Executive Outlook 23

Boeing Offers AAS Competitor to Military Forces in the Middle East 12

AgustaWestland Takes 609 Controls 12

Bell Aims Armed 407 Variant at Foreign Militaries 14


AgustaWestland AW189 Takes Maiden Flight 12

At the Controls: Sikorsky S-92 & S-76D 32

Heli-Expo Preview: What to Expect 38

Night Vision Mod Market Flourishes 44

Prepping for the Ditch 48

Spanish Scenarios Test Personnel Recovery Techniques 56


Bell 525 Relentless, Eurocopter EC130T2 Debut at Heli-Expo 12

AgustaWestland AW609 Gets Back on Track (Again) 13

A Modern Love Affair: Lynn Tilton and the U.S. Army 16

Recovery: Real or Imagined? 28

South America Rises: Oil & Gas Moves Economy 34

Transforming Old Into New: Avionics Upgrades 38

UK SAR: Reworking the Model 42


Russian Helicopters CEO: Steady Global Growth 42

Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm 46

Army’s ITEP Gets New Impetus M6

Army 12th: Flying the Brass M12

Is Lynx Wildcat Wild Enough? M18


Watch and Wait: U.S. Army Aviation Leadership Targets Aim Point 2030 12

MD Uncovers ‘Lethal’ MD540F 13

EADS Enhances 72X Lakota for AAS Bid 13

Investing in the Future 26

Russian Offshore Industry: Operators Compete for Utility 32

XP Services: Expanding the Envelope 36

CHC Safety & Quality Summit 40

Sharing Air: Unmanned Aircraft in Commercial Airspace 44


AAS Comes Second to Future Vertical Lift 12

AW169 Goes Airborne for the First Time 13

Sikorsky President Jeff Pino to Retire as Industry Undergoes ‘Change in Tone’ 13

Operator Profile: PHI’s Focus on Safety 28

Innovation, Collaboration Essential to Future Success 32

Thinking Ahead: Mission Planning for Europe 36


X3 Travels Around U.S. to Conduct Operator Demos 12

A2D Deliveries Start as Army Deals with OH-58 Shortage 13

Soaring Eagles: U.S. Park Police Aviation Division 24

Farnborough 2012: Flying Through Europe’s Woes 50

Q&A with Army Aviation PEO Tim Crosby 54

Future Vertical Lift: Have Plan, Need Money M8

Science & Technology Roadmap: Q&A with Bill Lewis M12


Australia Plans Aerial Firefighting Future 12

Operator Profile: Era Training Center 22

Pilot Report: Exciting, Experimental, Exceptional X3 27

2012 Rotorcraft Training Guide 30

Seeing Beneath the Surface: NDT for Helicopters 38

Hot Blade 2012: Europeans Train in Portugal 44


Sim Report: CAE 3000 Series S-76C++ Full-Motion Trainer 12

NOTAR: More Than What It Appears to Be 26

Green Shoot Success: Army Qualifies First Afghan Pilots In-Country 30

Surviving DVE: Q&A with Tony Potts 34

Robinson Pilot Safety Training: Essential for Reducing Risks 38

Manned or Unmanned: How About Both? 42


Ding, Ding: Seconds Out for Round Two of ‘Marine One’ and CRH (CSAR-X) 10

Russian Helicopters Secures Orders for 52 Mi-171s, 18 Ka-226s 11

Operator Profile: Metro Aviation 24

EC175: Survival of the Fittest? 42

New Australian Body Set to Grapple with Growing Pains 46

Flight Simulation, Training Find Oasis at UTair 50

NACRA’s T-Rex Lives! M8


FAA Certifies S-76D; Bond S-92 Completions Begin 12

Dubai Serves as Souk for Robust Middle East Helicopter Market 28

London’s Olympic Guardian Angels 34

Why Engine Maintenance Matters 38

Airborne & On the Grid: In-Flight Connectivity 42


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