This article discusses the capabilities, economy and performance requirements of commerical and public service helicopters. Public service needs especially in the area of law enforcement work are highlighted. Lower external noise, night-vision devices, and improved hovering capability on hot days are examples of areas in which helicopters could be improved. It is noted that public service is one of the fastest growing operating fields for helicopters. The need for civilian heavy-lift operations include better engine specific fuel consumption, head-up displays, improved overall helicopter reliability, improved means for static dissipation, improved quality control for spare parts, and improved flight manuals. Other suggestions include increasing the cruise efficiency of helicopters, reducing helicopter vibration, using fly-by-wire control systems to enhance safety, dynamic systems designing to fail safe, and future large civil wide-body helicopters should have three engines for safety of operations.

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    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Wetmore, W C
  • Publication Date: 1978-5-22

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  • Accession Number: 00177387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Aviation Week and Space Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM