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May 5, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft participated in a transfer ceremony of an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer to Canadore College earlier today for use as a hands-on training aid for students in the School of Aviation...
May 2, 2014
The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect. At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.” The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope. Not perfect, but well within the standards. He let out a sigh of relief...
May 1, 2014
The U.S. Navy has granted Northrop Grumman a low-rate initial production contract to deliver FlightPro Gen III mission computers in support of AH-1Z and UH-1Y Marine Corps helicopters. Under the $10.6-million contract, Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers for H-1 helicopter flight tests, system integration laboratories and training. The FlightPro mission computer is known for...
April 30, 2014
North Texas-based CareFlite's fleet now includes four Bell 407GX helicopters, with two aircraft currently in the field and others preparing to enter service later this year. These aircraft will transport ill or injured patients to critical...
April 30, 2014
Synthetic vision systems, such Rockwell Collins’ Helisure, can be an invaluable feature for pilots who must fly in mountainous terrain where visibility can be reduced by clouds and precipitation with little advanced warning. Photo courtesy of Rockwell Collins Helicopter avionics have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Technology that was once reserved for military fighters, corporate jets and...
April 30, 2014
Elsewhere in this issue of Rotor & Wing you may have read my piece on synthetic vision systems (SVS). As I was compiling it, the point was driven home that glass cockpits rule the day. Sure, they all have a primary display containing basic flight instrumentation, such as an airspeed indicator and altimeter. But it’s the other portions of the system that can be tailored to the needs of the...
April 29, 2014
Critical-care airlift services from Turkey’s THK Gokcen Aviation are now at their full-up capability following completion of Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of EC135 to this commercial arm of the Turkish Aeronautical...
April 29, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, discussed a broad range of issues to do with restructuring and upgrading its production capacities and streamlining its management processes at a meeting of the company’s Collegium on 24 April. The Collegium – held at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company – also discussed the production...
April 29, 2014
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens flew the AW609 tiltrotor in Arlington, Texas...
April 28, 2014
The Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria awarded Australian Helicopters with a 10-year contract to supply new AgustaWestland AW139s. The agreement also includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft maintenance is required...
April 28, 2014
Cobham Aerospace Communications’ RT-5000P radio has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for installation and use by USFS Cooperators in wild land fire situations.  Effective immediately, agencies cooperating with the USFS, including airborne law enforcement, airborne emergency medical service, State National Guard, U.S. Military, and other first responders may install the...
April 24, 2014
AgustaWestland has inked distribution agreements for its AW139 with both Saudi Aramco and Heliconia Aero Solutions. Saudi Aramco has placed an order for one additional...
April 24, 2014
AgustaWestland's autorotation trials for the AW609 TiltRotor program have been completed successfully. Between the end of March and early April 10 dedicated flight hours saw more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane mode to helicopter mode flown from the Arlington (Texas) facility in the USA. The tests were flown under auspices of FAA and covered the full wind-milling and...
April 22, 2014
Hayes Ambulance and Metro Aviation have teamed up to add an air ambulance helicopter to the company’s existing fleet...
April 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a Bell 407GX that will be used for sightseeing tours, VIP transport and...
April 18, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase a range of commercial and military helicopters at the 14th Defence Services Asia exhibition...
April 18, 2014
Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, is pleased to announce it will cohost the Airbus Helicopters East...
April 17, 2014
Aerochine Aviation purchased five Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft, made official during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and...
April 16, 2014
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for Sikorsky Aircraft’s S-76D, allowing Sikorsky to begin delivering the commercial helicopter to customers in China. The S-76D is the latest S-76 model to be validated by CAAC having been preceded by S-76A and S-76C. More than 30 Sikorsky S-76 aircraft currently operate in China. Yunnan...
April 14, 2014
CHC Helicopter’s AW139 fleet has reached 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving more than 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years...
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