To fulfill its NASA contract to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, the company says it is on track with plans to use a United Launch Alliance Atlas V to lift its next Cygnus pressurized cargo carrier to the station this fall....More
Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Marion Blakey is leaving her position to become CEO and president of RRNA at the company’s Reston, Virginia, headquarters, and chair its U.S. board of directors....More
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Aviation Week & Space Technology
In an uncertain business environment, there are nonetheless several helicopters and a commercial tiltrotor in development. Bell Helicopter has returned to the light single-turbine market it once dominated with the Model 206 JetRanger and is developing the five-seat Model 505 Jet Ranger X, seen here in flight test near Montreal, with certification expected by year-end. Bell Helicopter photograph by Pierre Seager. Also in this issue are reports on flight tracking, Japan’s defense exports and the Single European Sky.
With a swath of new helicopters entering service and more in the pipeline, engine manufacturers are pushing ahead with new developments and readying new powerplants for service. Thanks largely to a downturn in sales of single- and twin-engine light helicopters, 2014 was not a strong year, yet it is in this market segment that a significant proportion of engine development is underway.