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Faster Than Any Rotorcraft In It's Class... And Possibly Faster One of the true "reveals" of the 2008 HAI Trade Show was Sikorsky's surprising (but delightful) decision to pull their X2 research aircraft off the line (where it is preparing for first flight) and bring it to the show. This was the first major public venue in which the on-again, off-again development project that could change the nature of rotorcraft design had seen the light of day. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is designed to demonstrate how a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining desirable helicopter attributes, including excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering and autorotation safety, and a seamless and simple transition to high speed. "The X2 Technology Demonstrator is an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. As we continue to work to prove out and mature the technologies that will allow the X2 Technology Demonstrator to become a viable product, we are focused on testing its limits and finding out where this technology will take us," said Jeffrey P. Pino, Sikorsky President. "This could be a 'game changer' in the industry. We are diligently pursuing this as a research project. We are testing the limits and pioneering this exciting innovation." In development at Sikorsky for several years, the X2 Technology Demonstrator sports fly-by-wire flight controls, counter-rotating rigid rotor blades, hub drag reduction, active vibration control, and an integrated auxiliary propulsion system. Peter Grant, Sikorsky Senior Manager of Advanced Programs, noted the X2 Technology Demonstrator has continued to make progress toward first flight. "Throughout 2007, the aircraft made excellent additional build and subsystem test progress, re-entering vehicle ground testing in November 2007. Extensive test instrumentation is also being installed as preparation for its first flight," Grant said. As ANN reported, Sikorsky Aircraft first announced X2 Technology in June 2005. After being grounded in 2006 during a 10-week machinists strike, Sikorsky resumed development of the X2 next-generation helicopter last year. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is built as a rapid prototyping collaboration effort with Sikorsky subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft. The project is solely funded by Sikorsky. FMI: www.sikorsky**** Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, ALL Rights Reserved.
20 Mar 2008
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Aero-TV: Helicycles Aloft -- BJ Schramm's Legacy (Part One) Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot. The designer of the much lauded Rotorway heli series, it was BJ's dream to build the ultimate little single helicopter for the sport enthusiast... but to give it the kind of reliability that had not heretofore been associated with sport helicopter kits. The Helicycle folks sum up BJ's fascination with rotorcraft, thusly, "Having flown many types of helicopters both piston and turbine powered, for over 30 years and having constructed, from scratch, over a dozen prototype helicopters from one to four seats; it was B.J. Schramm's desire to create a personal single seat helicopter which embodies all desirable features that could be engineered into a single machine." This was near the time that the horrific death toll of a shoddily manufactured Mini-500 kit-copter was really escalating, and a known and reliable expert like BJ was just what the sport helicopter business needed to restore some respectability to an industry traumatized by alleged con-man Dennis Fetters (a.k.a. Mohammed Al Faris and God knows what other aliases he used) and the tragedies brought on by his death-trap. That was then... and when BJ was just about done with all he could do to make the machine the best that he could, even to the point of pioneering a truly lovely turbine installation, something unfortunate happened and BJ "went home" to meet God -- who was truly the cornerstone of everything he did. Since then, family members and fans of BJ have kept the Helicycle alive and in production, while dozens are now flying safely and racking up hours right and left. The Helicycle costs less than $40K to purchase, including the Modified Solar T62 turbine 160 derated to 90 hp. The single seat bird allows for pilots of up to 220 lbs max, a Gross Weight of 850 lbs, and an Empty Weight of 500 lbs. Fuel Capacity is 21 gallons (16 + 5 reserve). A Helicycle's range (with reserve) is 160 miles, and boasts a Rate of Climb of 900 fpm, as well as a Hover IGE of 9500 ft. The Service ceiling is 11,000 ft and the bird cruises (with doors) at approximately 95 mph, though it has a max level speed of 110 mph at Sea level. ANN caught up with three Helicycle builder/flyers at the recent Lee Bottom Fly-In... three guys of varying experience and backgrounds, who all built the same helicopter and now enjoy the occasional group flight to find a bit of adventure. Let's let them tell you what BJ's genius and passion, via the creation of the Helicycle, means to them... Aero-TV Tells the Tale of Three Helicycle Builder/Flyers (Part One)! FMI: www.helicycle****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
15 Jan 2009
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Three Guys, Three Helicycles... Way Too Much Fun Some years ago, it was my pleasure and privelege to get to know a gentle, sweet man by the name of BJ Schramm. Uncommonly talented in all things rotary-wing related, BJ had a gift for rotors and was a truly great human being, to boot. The designer of the much lauded Rotorway heli series, it was BJ's dream to build the ultimate little single helicopter for the sport enthusiast... but to give it the kind of reliability that had not heretofore been associated with sport helicopter kits. The Helicycle folks sum up BJ's fascination with rotorcraft, thusly, "Having flown many types of helicopters both piston and turbine powered, for over 30 years and having constructed, from scratch, over a dozen prototype helicopters from one to four seats; it was B.J. Schramm's desire to create a personal single seat helicopter which embodies all desirable features that could be engineered into a single machine." This was near the time that the horrific death toll of a shoddily manufactured Mini-500 kit-copter was really escalating, and a known and reliable expert like BJ was just what the sport helicopter business needed to restore some respectability to an industry traumatized by alleged con-man Dennis Fetters (a.k.a. Mohammed Al Faris and God knows what other aliases he used) and the tragedies brought on by his death-trap. That was then... and when BJ was just about done with all he could do to make the machine the best that he could, even to the point of pioneering a truly lovely turbine installation, something unfortunate happened and BJ "went home" to meet God -- who was truly the cornerstone of everything he did. Since then, family members and fans of BJ have kept the Helicycle alive and in production, while dozens are now flying safely and racking up hours right and left. The Helicycle costs less than $40K to purchase, including the Modified Solar T62 turbine 160 derated to 90 hp. The single seat bird allows for pilots of up to 220 lbs max, a Gross Weight of 850 lbs, and an Empty Weight of 500 lbs. Fuel Capacity is 21 gallons (16 + 5 reserve). A Helicycle's range (with reserve) is 160 miles, and boasts a Rate of Climb of 900 fpm, as well as a Hover IGE of 9500 ft. The Service ceiling is 11,000 ft and the bird cruises (with doors) at approximately 95 mph, though it has a max level speed of 110 mph at Sea level. ANN caught up with three Helicycle builder/flyers at the recent Lee Bottom Fly-In... three guys of varying experience and backgrounds, who all built the same helicopter and now enjoy the occasional group flight to find a bit of adventure. Let's let them tell you what BJ's genius and passion, via the creation of the Helicycle, means to them... Aero-TV Tells the Tale of Three Helicycle Builder/Flyers (Part Two)! FMI: www.helicycle****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
20 Apr 2011
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This is a compilation of videos from TheButterflyLLC**** website, demonstrating the awesome capabilities of the Butterfly-series of gyros designed by Mr. Larry Neal.
10 Jul 2007
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A Flying Motorcycle Video.
11 Jul 2007
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News story about a Flying Motorcycle
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I recorded myself while I was flying helicopter Agusta 109
7 Feb 2009
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The Heli Industry Seems Better Equipped Than Most To Ride Out The Economy No one has to tell you that the aviation world is getting clobbered... by the economy, awful press and some truly poor lawmaking. In a world where it seems we have no end of hazards to be wary of, the last thing we needed was a few more. but, then again, we simply persevere. Most prominent among the aero-survivors at this early point in the eco-debacle, is the helo industry... which seems to be staying fairly healthy despite the miasma that surrounds us. That was particularly evident at the recently concluded HAI Heli-Expo, which ANN attended in Anaheim, California. Heli-Expo 2009 came to a close in Anaheim on Tuesday, February 24th, with all indicators pointing to a record breaking show, according to the folks at HAI. While a total of 17,373 participates attended the show over all three days last year, Heli-Expo had attracted 17,321 by only the second day this year - with final attendee figures tallying a most positive 17,995. Five-hundred and eighty-five exhibitors showcased their products and services. Sixty-five helicopters were displayed on the showroom floor. Exhibitor space covered 259,400 net square feet and featured avionics, accessories, components, and related products, all under one roof! Exhibitors reported high activity at their booths, and vendors were able to interact with thousands of attendees on the floor. HAI committee meetings and educational seminars were well attended, and this year’s Heli-Expo Job Fair was also a success, with 35 employers and more than 550 jobseekers participating. The Heli-Expo job fair allowed jobseekers to meet with employers and discuss opportunities in the international helicopter community. Following voting for the HAI Board of Directors, the newly elected winners are David Chevalier, CEO of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; Mark Gibson, Vice President of Timberland Logging; and Torbjorn ("TC") Corell, Chief Pilot of Southern California Edison. The new members of the executive committee of the Board of Directors are Mark Gibson, Chairman; David Chevalier, Vice Chairman; Art Ashton, Treasurer; and Gale Wilson, Assistant Treasurer. The “Salute to Excellence” Awards Banquet was held Monday night in the Marquis Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott. The highlight of the banquet was a video paying tribute to award winners, recognizing their outstanding contributions to the international helicopter community. Heli-Expo 2010 will take place in Houston, Texas February 21-23, 2010. Mark your calendars! Aero-TV Takes A Very Positive Look At Heli-Expo 2009! FMI: www.rotor****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
23 Mar 2009
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A Unique View On A Unique Job.... Talk about a job that DOES ivolve some heavy lifting -- ask Kenny Chapman about what he does to fight the scourge of fire via one of the most incredible flying machines ever built... the Sikorski/Erickson Air-Crane. Talk about a purpose-built aircraft. The Erickson Aircrane is the epitome of a machine built for one thing, and one thing only -- to HAUL nearly anything that can fit under its massive frame. Yet for a helicopter with such a singular purpose, the Aircrane is an incredibly versatile vehicle... performing fire suppression, civil protection, construction, and timber harvesting missions, among other tasks no other aircraft could perform in quite the same way. Originally conceived as a civilian version of the Sikorsky CH-54A "Tarhe," the S-64A Skycrane was the first helicopter built as a flying crane with an aft-facing pilot station, that gives the pilot an unobstructed view of the load being carried. Perhaps most impressively, that station also has full positive control of the aircraft during precision operations -- meaning the pilot can manipulate the aerial platform as needed, much as a ground crane operator controls the boom. In military service, the twin-engined CH-54 "Tarhe" performed with an outstanding service -- supporting the Army's First Cavalry Division, Airmobile in Vietnam by retrieving over 380 damaged aircraft, saving an estimated $210 million. In 1971, Erickson Lumber Company leased an S-64E Skycrane helicopter from Sikorsky Aircraft and renamed the company Erickson Air-Crane. This occurred two years after the FAA announced a Standard Transport Category certification of the aircraft for loads up to 20,000 pounds -- an STC Erickson later purchased outright, along with tooling and the aircraft's type certificate. By 1993, Erickson Air-Crane became the manufacturer and support facility for all S-64 parts and components... and also produced the first FAA-certified S-64F model on January 12 of that year. In 2007, the FAA presented Erickson Air-Crane with the full Production Certificate, which allows the company to manufacture newly built Erickson S-64s under the Erickson-owned H6EA TC. Today, Erickson Air-Crane owns and operates a fleet of 18 Aircranes throughout the world... and has plans to ramp up operations even more. Come Join Aero-TV For A Chat With A Guy Who Lifts Tons At A Time -- Via The Erickson Air-Crane! FMI: www.ericksonaircrane****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
17 Apr 2009
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Red Bull Gives You... Rotors? So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh. As noted in our 2008 Oshkosh coverage, how he got there is enough to write a book on. It almost seems that he was born into aviation, although Chuck will say he was never pushed into it. For him, his father (a flight instructor) was "my greatest inspiration." This ignited the fire... but it was rotorcraft that gave him that feeling of a "magic carpet ride." Fast forward several years... to when energy drink company Red Bull asked him if he could make a helicopter perform aerobatics. Chuck needed some time to ponder the notion, but he soon came around to the idea. However, it took one-and-a-half years to convince the FAA, and several modifications to his helicopter, to make that dream a reality. Besides the aerobatic certificate, Chuck also has an aerobatic move named after him -- similar to the Lomcevak, called (naturally) the "Chuckcevak." So what drives Chuck to do what he does? "I really want young kids to see what I'm doing, take that experience and take their own dreams and say what can I do that is as big as that is in aviation." And what's next for Chuck in all his endeavors? Chuck is working on making additional modifications to his aircraft so he can hover upside down. "It's going to take a lot of work and even though I know how to do it, it's going to take a lot of nerve to do it, and I'm just not there mentally yet," said Chuck. Come See One Of The Most Amazing Helicopter Flyers in The World... On Aero-TV! FMI: www.redbullusa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
16 Dec 2008
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Red Bull Gives You... Rotors? So what makes pilot Charles "Chuck" Aaron's airshow act so special? Well, all you had to do was watch his HELI-AEROBATIC act at Oshkosh to know that something SERIOUSLY DIFFERENT had come to Wittman Field. The Red Bull BO-105 CBS, made by Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm (MBB), blew everyone away with a routine rarely seen anywhere, much less at world-class airshow like Oshkosh. As noted in our 2008 Oshkosh coverage, how he got there is enough to write a book on. It almost seems that he was born into aviation, although Chuck will say he was never pushed into it. For him, his father (a flight instructor) was "my greatest inspiration." This ignited the fire... but it was rotorcraft that gave him that feeling of a "magic carpet ride." Fast forward several years... to when energy drink company Red Bull asked him if he could make a helicopter perform aerobatics. Chuck needed some time to ponder the notion, but he soon came around to the idea. However, it took one-and-a-half years to convince the FAA, and several modifications to his helicopter, to make that dream a reality. Besides the aerobatic certificate, Chuck also has an aerobatic move named after him -- similar to the Lomcevak, called (naturally) the "Chuckcevak." So what drives Chuck to do what he does? "I really want young kids to see what I'm doing, take that experience and take their own dreams and say what can I do that is as big as that is in aviation." And what's next for Chuck in all his endeavors? Chuck is working on making additional modifications to his aircraft so he can hover upside down. "It's going to take a lot of work and even though I know how to do it, it's going to take a lot of nerve to do it, and I'm just not there mentally yet," said Chuck. Come See One Of The Most Amazing Helicopter Flyers in The World... On Aero-TV! FMI: www.redbullusa****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2008, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
12 Dec 2008
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Aero-TV: Sikorsky X2 Update -- Progress On An Advanced Rotorcraft The Coolest Rotorcraft EVER??? Possibly the most avidly anticipated briefing of Heli-Expo 2009, was the official Sikorsky update of the truly innovative X2 program. Just last year, Sikorsky proved that it's one incredibly cool -- and equally unusual -- flying machine... and, it works! Sikorsky successfully completed the first flight of its X2 Technology Demonstrator, in late August, maneuvering the prototype aircraft through hover, forward flight, and a hover turn, in a test flight that lasted approximately 30 minutes. Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck conducted the test flight at Sikorsky’s Schweizer Aircraft Corp. rapid-prototyping facility in Horseheads, NY, and was a headliner at the HAI 2009 briefing before a packed house of rotornauts. The first-flight milestone culminated more than four years of design, development and testing of the Demonstrator aircraft’s suite of technologies that are intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. The X2 Technology Demonstrator is designed to establish that a helicopter can cruise comfortably at 250 knots, while retaining such desirable helicopter attributes as excellent low speed handling, efficient hovering, and safe autorotation, combined with a seamless and simple transition to high speed. Just last month, the program leaped ahead again as the X2 successfully ground tested the aircraft with the pusher propeller installed and spinning for the first time. The test, conducted January 23, used the fly-by-wire pitch control system with the rotating, high-speed pusher propeller for the first time since the demonstrator's first flight on August 27, 2008. "The high-speed pusher prop produced the expected amount of thrust and the testing went according to plan," said Steven Cizewski, X2 Program Manager. "In addition, the pusher prop's drive system and oil distribution system checked out well. In all, we are pleased with this milestone and look forward to finishing the tests in Elmira, NY as we prepare to move the demonstrator into its next phase of testing in West Palm Beach." Sikorsky Vice President of Research & Engineering Mark Miller said, "This ground test milestone effectively completes Phase I of the four-phase X2 Technology development test program. We are looking forward to completing the remainder of the envelope expansion phases, and achieving 250 knots at the completion of Phase IV by the end of the year." The X2 Technology demonstrator combines an integrated suite of technologies intended to advance the state-of-the-art, counter-rotating coaxial rotor helicopter. Sikorsky announced its initiative to develop an integrated suite of technologies called X2 Technology in June 2005. The project is funded solely by Sikorsky. Aero-TV Gets An Update on The Innovative Sikorsky X2 Program! FMI: www.sikorsky****, www.aero-tv****, www.youtube****/aerotvnetwork, *******twitter****/AeroNews Copyright 2009, Aero-News Network, Inc., ALL Rights Reserved.
6 Nov 2009
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The new THOMMEN STRATOTIMER 2” and 3’’ is a highly advanced Multi-function Chronograph for Aeronautical applications. It is especially designed for modernization programs and new build of all Aircraft/Rotorcraft types. The integrated ARINC 429 interface protocol, mounting, backlighting (and dimming) exceeds the DO-160 category/section and the required Certification level of similar products. The display of the STRATOTIMER can be quickly set to full color, NVIS Green or NVIS Red. Flight Time Function (Start / Stop / Reset), Flight Timer Mode, Sweep Second Hand, UTC Time, Elapsed Time and Elapsed Time Status, Flight Time and Flight Time Statu s, Alarm (FT), Mode Status and Plus/Minus Change, Setup Menu, Master Status and Elapsed Time Function (Star / Stop / Reset). The Display can be set to “Full Color”, “NVIS Green” and “NVIS Red” as necessary for the mission. The STRATOTIMER is available as 2” and 3” Multi-function Chronograph
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