THE QUEST FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE HELICOPTER FIELD

Almost without exception, the leading helicopter manufacturers are experiencing boom times. The toy of thirty years ago has become a vital aviation tool today, although there are still areas where fixed-wing aircraft are considered better-suited; for example, there has been no significant penetration of the conventional airline market. Technically, the helicopter can be considered "mature" and much of the research now under way concentrates on fine-tuning--getting a few percentage points more efficiency here and a few more there, increasing reliability and trimming manufacturing costs. In the marketplace, military sales growth has levelled off, but the civil sector is showing remarkable potential. These and other aspects of the helicopter today are examined.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 399-402
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 33
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00177449
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 1978 12:00AM