NTSB investigators looking into the crash of an air ambulance on
approach to the airport in Rawlings, WY, last week say they're
struck by the similarities between that accident and another air
ambulance mishap in Colorado in 2003. "We are looking for common
threads," said investigator David Bowling. He told the Denver Post
there could be an issue of pilot preparation.
Although Forecast1 Says Market Will Be Flat For Next
Although civil helicopter deliveries began rising in 2003 and
registered further gains in 2004, this market will remain
relatively flat during the next 10 years, according to Forecast
International's "World Commercial Rotorcraft Market." Current
shipments are receiving a major boost from the piston-powered
Robinson Helicopter models, the two-seat R22 and the four-place
R44. It should be noted, though, that annual output, which totaled
just under 1,250 shipments in 2004, will fall off gradually through
2011 before rising to about 1,000 deliveries in 2013.