Promoted as the World’s Largest Helicopter Trade Show and Exposition, Heli-Expo 2013 will take place on March 5-7, 2013. The expo features include 650+ competitive exhibitors; 60+ helicopters on display; 50+ education opportunities including education courses, workshops, forums and seminars. For more information visit www.rotor.com
Dates: 4-7 March 2013
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center
Country: United States
Located in Sagle, Idaho, the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center showcases the historic achievements of early aviators and innovators who laid the groundwork for modern technology, particularly in relation to aviation. Visitors to the museum will find superbly restored and displayed aircraft from the private collection belonging to the cente’s founder, Dr. Forrest Bird, as well as a range of other aviation-related items, along with inventions within the medical field.
The aircraft collection includes a 1968 Bell 47 (G3B-2) which, with its bulbous cockpit allowing superb visibility, is an excellent search and rescue helicopter. The 1977 Bell IFR212 helicopter in the collection has been used extensively by Dr Bird in his aeromedical research and has been soundproofed to the extent that a stethoscope can be used while in flight. The collection contains two 1938 Piper J3C-65s – one on Edo straight floats and the other on wheels, with the latter being Dr Bird’s father’s airplane. The Piper on floats spends the summer on Lake Pend Orielle, with the winter months spent suspended from the ceiling in a helicopter hangar for the public to view.
A 1967 Alon A-2 has been completely restored with extra fuel capacity and folding wings being added at the time. The airplane can be transported by trailer with the wings folded, and be ready for flight within a few minutes of being unloaded. Other airplanes in the collection include a 1980 Cessna TU206G; a 1947 Republic RC-7 “Sea Bee”; a North American AT-6; a De Havilland DHC-1B-2-S5; a 1940 Boeing B75N1 Stearman; a 1927 WACO model GXE-10; and a 1939 Beech Aircraft Company model F-17-D “Staggerwing”.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame pays homage to innovative designers whose inventions have contributed to the welfare of their fellow human beings, with Dr Forrest M Bird being among these for his design of a fluid control device, respirator, and a pediatric ventilator credited with reducing respiratory-related infant mortality rates ten-fold.
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is open during the summer months Mondays to Saturdays between 8 am and 4 pm and on Mondays to Fridays during the winter. Entrance is free of charge and there is a gift shop and café for refreshments.
Taking place on the weekend of November 10-11, the Stuart Air Show presents a program jam-packed with excitement. Military acts include USAF Glider Demonstration, US Navy’s F18 Demonstration Team, A-10 and P-51 Heritage Flight, Navy Legacy Flight and the Navy Leap Frogs. Static displays include the Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone, Sikorsky S-61 and Sikorsky UH-60 tactical transport helicopters, as well as A-10 Thunderbolt II, AS-350 Light Enforcement Helicopter, Boeing AH-64 Apache, and C-17 Globemaster III to mention just a few. For more information visit www.stuartairshow.com
Dates: 10-11 November 2012
Venue: Witham Field
Country: United States
The use of aircraft in warfare dates as far back as the 1790s when French forces used an observation balloon to watch the movements of Austrian troops in the Battle of Fleurus. A similar type of “lighter than air” flyer was also used during the U.S. Civil War and in World Wars I and II.
However, with the development and perfection of “heavier than air” flying machines during World War II, military aviation has become a crucial and sophisticated part of modern warfare. This in turn has created great advantages for the U.S. military and its contractors.
Today’s military aircraft are broken down into seven main categories, each with its own specific attributes and distinct role in battle.
Ground-Attack Aircraft – These planes provide support for friendly ground troops. They carry either conventional or nuclear weapons behind enemy lines to attack enemy ground targets. Attack helicopters are a prime example of ground-attack aircraft.
Fighters – Destroying enemy aircraft during air-to-air combat is the main role of a fighter. These planes are fast, very maneuverable, and can carry a variety of weapons such as machine guns and guided missiles. Some of the modern fighters can attack even while a great distance away from the enemy.
Bombers – Heavier and less maneuverable than fighters, bombers generally carry large supplies of weapons to be dropped on ground targets. Some single-engine bombers can be operated by a single pilot while those with two or more engines are operated by crews of two or more.
Multirole Combat Aircraft – These are fixed-wing aircraft that can operate in the role of a bomber or fighter, depending on what is needed.
Reconnaissance Aircraft – The role of these planes is to gather intelligence about enemy troops and their movements through the use of special electronic gear. This includes photographic and infrared sensors, radar, and sonar—all of which can warn of an enemy’s approach. Along with reconnaissance aircraft, intelligence is now also gathered by spy satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles such as drones.
Transports – As the name implies, this type of plane moves troops and supplies to where they are needed. Cargo can be unloaded either on the ground or dropped by parachute. This category also includes aerial tankers that refuel other planes in flight as well as helicopters and gliders that can bring human or mechanical cargo where other planes cannot.
Experimental Aircraft – From these designs, the aircraft of the future will grow. Experimental planes are built to test advanced concepts in aviation and propulsion as well as aerodynamics and structure.
Throughout the remainder of the 21st century, the use of aviation in the military will continue to expand with the development of ever more sophisticated aircraft and weaponry, leading to the ultimate goal of keeping our troops safe in all situations. Governments and international agencies can depend upon private contractors like including DynCorp, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Boeing to both service and operate those aircraft at home and abroad.
Article Contributed by: Tanya Smith
Those who are passionate about aviation should not miss out on the opportunity to visit the Hiller Aviation Museum when in San Carlos, California, U.S.A. It is located at the San Carlos Airport, and was founded in 1998 by Stanley Hiller Jr. The Hiller Family are not only known for owning Hiller Aircraft Corporation, considered a pioneer of the helicopter, but also for their support of the museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, as well as preserving the history of the helicopter and various other aircraft.
The idea of establishing the museum was thought of during the 1970s, but to bring their dreams to life a museum building and research centre had to be designed, enabling it to house a variety of exhibits and aircraft. The museum is truly a unique treat for aviation enthusiasts, as it has over forty-five displays to explore, and each display provides detailed information of the vehicle on display. Some of the exhibits include a part of a Boeing 747 (forty-five feet), the homebuilt airplane by Burt Rutan called the Rutan Defiant, the Hiller XH-44, the uncompleted Boeing 2707 (which was to be the Concord’s competition), the “Honeymoon” Fairchild (James Ricklef and the Hiller Flying Platform, which is an 1955 experimental aircraft). The Hiller Aviation Museum also hosts an event called the Vertical Challenge Airshow, which highlights helicopters, with other events including the Remember When World War II Trainer Aircraft Day, Noon Years Party for Kids and the Lecture Series.
Amongst the host of exhibits that range from vintage displays all the way through to futuristic prototypes, visitors will find the Restoration Shop that has large windows, enabling visitors to see the work that is ongoing in regard to restoring exhibits and new additions. One of the most popular features of the Hiller Aviation Museum is the Flight Sim Zone that is enjoyed by visitors of all ages, as it allows visitors to get into the cockpit of numerous aircraft and enjoy the excitement of a realistic simulated flight. The Hiller Aviation Museum is most definitely an adventure, and visitors will be mesmerized by the variety of displays and exhibits featured by the museum.
The National Aeronautics Association states that the Collier Trophy is awarded to the person or organization that has shown “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” The award was named in honor of Robert J. Collier, who was not only the publisher of the Collier’s Weekly Magazine but also president of the Aero Club of America, assisting in forging a future for air sports.
In the year 1911 Collier commissioned an award he named the Aero Club of America Trophy. Sadly Collier passed away in 1918. The Aero Club of America dissolved in 1922, and the National Aeronautics Association took over the award and renamed it. In 1944, the name of the trophy became official and the original trophy has been put on display in the U.S. National Air and Space Museum.
This prestigious award is handed out annually by the president of the NAA, and this year’s winner was Sikorsky Aircraft. It is also the hundredth time the award has been handed out. The Sikorsky X2 helicopter is most definitely a worthy winner.
The Sikorsky X2 is a twin rotor helicopter that is able to reach speeds of up to two hundred and eighty-eight miles per hour, or two hundred and fifty knots. There were four significant features that the engineering and design team wanted to achieve with the Sikorsky X2, namely low vibration, speed, a low work load for the pilot and a low auditory signature. Many shortcomings of high speed helicopters were minimized with the technology used for the Sikorsky X2 by using main rotors that counter rotate. At present the X2 is being designed for the Armed Aerial Scout program run by the army as a light attack aircraft, which will be known as the X2 Raider. The possibilities for the new helicopter are endless, as it could also be looked at for air rescue missions or an aircraft to respond to accident sites.
Vice President of the Sikorsky Research and Engineering division commend that receiving the Collier Trophy was a great honor and that “As the X2 Technology program transitions to its first application, we are confident that the X2™ design has a tremendous future and is scalable for a variety of rotorcraft sizes and applications. This recognition is warm acknowledgement of the great things that can be achieved when the spirit of innovation and dedication to the task are the foundation.”
The 38th Annual Bensen Days is a celebration of rotorcraft hosted by Sunstate Wing and Rotor Club. Gyroplanes are a fascinating combination of helicopter and airplanes, with some major advantages. These aircraft cannot spin or stall like airplanes. They are constantly in autorotation, making them 100% controllable and easy to land, in contrast to the helicopter. If you’d like to find out more about these aircraft, Bensen Days is your opportunity to do so. Visitors to the event will be able to see 80 operating gyroplanes and static displays, as well as chat to instructors. Visit the Bensen Days website for more information.
Date: 6 – 10 April 2011
Venue: Wauchula Municipal Airport
Country: United States of America
If helicopters are your business, or simply interest you, then head to Heli-Expo 2011. Visitors to Heli-Expo can expect over 600 exhibitors, 65 helicopters on display, the HAI Safety Symposium, Mentoring Programs, HAI Job Fair, HAI Education Workships, committee meetings and plenty of networking opportunities.
Date: 5 to 8 March 2011
Venue: Orange County Convention Center
Country: United States of America
Be sure not to miss the thrills of the 2010 Stuart Air Show. There will be a number of exciting performances and displays including the US Army Special Ops “Black Daggers” Parachute Team, USAF Heritage Flight, USN Legacy Flight, A-10 “Warthog” Formation Flyover, USN F-18 Demonstration and much more. There will also be static displays, helicopter rides and abundant entertainment for children and adults.
Date: 13 & 14 November 2010
Time: 9am to 5pm
Venue: Witham Field
Country: United States of America
The Military and Flying Machines Show, will be hosted at the Damyns Hall Aerodrome on the 7th and 8th of August 2010. The show will honor the Battle of Britain, which took place seventy years ago, in 1940, and will feature vintage aircraft and vehicles from that era. Visitors to the show can look forward to parades aerial displays and ground exhibitions of aircraft such as the WW2 Spitfire, Messerschmitt 108, Stearman Biplane, Bell “MASH” Helicopters and much more. Vehicles including jeeps and armored trucks will also be on display.
The show is a wonderful journey into history and aviation enthusiasts should not miss out on this adventure. For more details regarding ticket prices and performers, visit the official website at www.militaryandflyingmachines.org.uk
Date: 7 – 8 August 2010
Venue: Damyns Hall Aerodrome
City: Upminster, Essex
Country: United Kingdom