This article discusses the growing number of civil helicopters operating in the United States and Canada and their equally growing application. In the operator market, fleet units are accelerating their growth, operators are upgrading to newer and more productive models, and aggressively promoting new applications in the areas of logging, heavy construction, and agriculture. It is noted that the four biggest factors in owned aircraft in the corporate market are construction and real-estate companies, forestry and distribution industries. Small to medium-size companies continue to provide the largest potential for single-engine helicopters. The petroleum industry and the sub-seas production systems in the future promise to extend the range required for helicopters. Pipeline construction also continues to provide a market for the helicopter industry. Another application is using the helicopter to leap frog the congested ports and provide uninterrupted deliveries. The Bell 222 gives some indication of the design trends over the next few years. The 222 has crashworthy fuel cells and breakaway fittings; each seat has six inches of energy absorption material; inside each of the rotor blades is a glass fiber strap; the fin is sized on the tail; dual hydraulics and dual systems throughout; low interior cabin noise; and, easy access to the engine and transmission.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Civil Aviation Organization

    Attn: Document Sales Unit, 999 University Street
    Montreal, PQ  Canada  H3C 5H7
  • Authors:
    • Jose, D K
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 33
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179829
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ICAO Bulletin, Public Information Office
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM