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May 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has inked a cooperation agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia to allow Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to provide laboratory equipment to the Aviation Technical College, formerly part of Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College. The Aviation Technical College was spun off from Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College in early 2014 under an Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 29, 2014
My last column dealt with describing the power required by the rotor to produce optimum results in various stages of flight. This sparked a bunch of interesting conversations that have become the basis for this month’s topic: varying the rotor RPM. Many of today’s helicopters are operated at a constant rotor RPM, but there are benefits to varying RPM in flight. It allows for a greater portion...
May 29, 2014
[Source: Rotor & Wing] The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH)...
May 28, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities...
May 27, 2014
Airbus Helicopters BO105 have completed a total of 8 million flight hours. With the introduction of its hingeless main rotor head, the BO105 paved the way for the bearingless rotor systems of today’s helicopters. In total, more than 1,400 BO105 helicopters...
May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered its first Bell 429 helicopter to Switzerland-based Heli-Alps which offers corporate transport, sightseeing tours and aerial photography. This is the first Bell 429 to be configured for VIP transport in Switzerland and was customized...
May 21, 2014
The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms...
May 19, 2014
Life Flight Network (LFN) is planning to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. LFN provides critical care transportation for seriously ill or injured patients throughout the Pacific...
May 19, 2014
The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the seven-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its Category A performance and mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus...
May 16, 2014
Rockwell Collins has released a new version of its Service First customer support app for commercial transport and business aviation, which provides direct access to the company’s customer support, sales and marketing resources...
May 15, 2014
Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) presented its new briefcase receiver (BCRx) at AUVSI 2014. The BCRx is a COFDM (DVB-T-compliant) diversity receiver/monitor integrated into a ruggedized, portable IP66-rated briefcase. BCRx ensures reliable reception of COFDM-modulated microwave transmissions via maximal-ratio combining technology that takes advantage of its integrated dual antennas to...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky is planning to develop its first product to feature Matrix Technology by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide range of missions. With the autonomous Black Hawk, Sikorsky plans to build on the success of its Matrix Technology and Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) autonomy programs to deliver a new level of mission flexibility...
May 13, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations in the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched aboard an...
May 12, 2014
Infinity Helicopter Leasing has leased two new AgustaWestland AW109SPs to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. The AW109SP is configured as fully IFR and NVG...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions...
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