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January 21, 2005

NTSB Examines Similarities In Air Ambulance Mishaps

Both Impacted Ridges On Final

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.

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Eurocopter Continues To Dominate Civil Helicopter Marketplace

Although Forecast1 Says Market Will Be Flat For Next Decade

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.

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