1978 aircraft and helicopter trends, costs, models, and comparisons are presented in this article. In general, 1978 aircraft prices have risen 10% over 1977 prices. The average single engine aircraft will cost 8.4% more this year than last. With both jets and helicopters, prices have generally risen 15% to 20%. But when viewed in terms of aircraft capabilities offered for the money, the 1978 dollar provides more. Subtle improvements in cost and capabilities at a price have made aircraft selection an extremely complex task. In higher performance aircraft as well, performance numbers and capabilities are rising making it more difficult to make a decision. The following aircraft models are reviewed: single-engine, multi-engine piston, multi-engine turbocharged, piston engine pressurized, turboprop, and turbojet/turbofan. The real restraints on the helicopter industry in 1978 will be from manufacturing limitations and government regulation rather than from any primary market pressures. Several trends are developing in the market place which will shape the industry for the next decade. Emphasis on operational cost reductions will continue. Rotor blades, hubs, transmission and all other dynamic parts will become more durable. Rising acquisition costs will severely squeeze the smaller operator and accelerate the trend toward larger commercial heilcopter operating companies. Increased competition will provide buyers with a larger selection of models, requiring greater care in purchasing decisions. Expanded government involvement by FAA, OSHA and the courts. Lastly, an urgent need for public-use heliports will continue. The following helicopter models are reviewed: Piston helicopters, single-engine turbine, and multi-engine turbine.

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    Ziff Davis Publishing Company

    1 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

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  • Accession Number: 00174010
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Ziff Davis Publishing Company
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 18 1978 12:00AM