Skip to main content

Helicopters

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

8.

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation if economic helicopters are now available; and if he will provide a service between London and the West Riding.

No, Sir. Some years of research and development work are required before an economic helicopter becomes available. A service between London and the West Riding operated with the helicopters now available for passenger carriage would not contribute to that development programme.

Is the Minister aware that in this respect the West Riding has always been a neglected area?

As it is becoming increasingly obvious that, both for military and civil purposes, helicopters tend to be the machines of the future, will the Minister see whether he can arrange with his colleague in the Air Ministry for more research into these matters and for the development to be speeded up?

A lot of work is proceeding on helicopters and we are all most anxious to see them develop as quickly as possible.

If it is necessary to develop twin-engined helicopters before progress can be made, can the Minister say what steps are being taken?

The present rules are that single-engined helicopters cannot fly over built-up areas. That is a necessary safety rule. A British designed twin-engined helicopter has flown, but it will be some time before it goes into active use.