RESEARCH REQUIREMENTS TO REDUCE CIVIL HELICOPTER LIFE CYCLE COST

The problem of the high cost of helicopter development, production, operation, and maintenance is defined and the cost drivers are identified. Helicopter life cycle costs would decrease by about 17 percent if currently available technology were applied. With advanced technology, a reduction of about 30 percent in helicopter life cycle costs is projected. Technological and managerial deficiencies which contribute to high costs are examined, basic research and development projects which can reduce costs include methods for reduced fuel consumption; improved turbine engines; airframe and engine production methods; safety; rotor systems; and advanced transmission systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Vertol Company

    Surface Transportation Systems Department, P.O. Box 16858
    Philadelphia, PA  United States  19142
  • Authors:
    • Blewitt, S J
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 58 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00185787
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-145379
  • Contract Numbers: NAS1-13624
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1979 12:00AM