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April 11, 2014
Air BP opened its new fuel farm at Den Helder Airport (DHR) in the Netherlands, which represents a $1.4-million investment and follows Air BP’s take-over of fuel operations at the airport in September 2012. The facility will provide a fit for purpose fuel farm serving core business customers including CHC Helicopters Netherlands, NHV, HeliHolland and DanCopter as they transport offshore personnel to...
April 10, 2014
Erickson Air-Crane has secured a new contract with Pluspetrol Peru Corp., a leading exploration and production company with a significant...
April 9, 2014
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the autonomous aerial cargo/utility system (AACUS) is...
April 7, 2014
AgustaWestland's eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before...
April 3, 2014
Elite Simulation Solutions, in cooperation with Daedalus Technologies and Laminar Research, has introduced the newest addition to its fleet of helicopter training devices. From startup, run up to shut down, TH22 models the form, function...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
April 2, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced China Star Aero signed purchase agreements for three 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft at Heli-Expo 2014. This was part of the nearly 200 total...
April 2, 2014
Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) intends to join Avincis Group, according to the companies. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search...
April 1, 2014
The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
April 1, 2014
Before the curtain fell Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo. The launch of the 505 Jet Ranger X drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new short light single (SLS) helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525...
April 1, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has increased its S-92 order book with Sikorsky Aircraft by eight units. The company has increased its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The...
April 1, 2014
AgustaWestland’s booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti wants to “keep the speed of the company at the highest value possible but like when you drive a car, if you start exceeding its performance, then there must be a safety device to ensure you do not lose control. We have to ensure that we have the ability to keep the company safe.” Romiti...
April 1, 2014
Of course it’s preposterous to think that the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow could be summed up in less than say, 10,000 words, but due to space constraints, there’s a lot of material that didn’t make it into the April print edition of Rotor & Wing. That’s why we created our Post-Show Wrap digital edition, for more news and photos from the show. The Wrap can be found...
April 1, 2014
MD530G at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton believes, or rather “dreams,” of taking her once-ailing company forward to rapid manufacturing and production of existing and new helicopters. A self-confessed “obsessive for technology and innovation,” Tilton believes that one of the ways to get her company back into the mainstream of helicopter...
April 1, 2014
Enstrom TH180. By Frank Lombardi At Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., pulled the wraps off of a brand new design – a two-seat, piston helicopter. The aircraft, dubbed the TH180, shares the same general shape of the larger three- and five-seat Enstrom products, but scaled down to accommodate just two people. “The...
April 1, 2014
Scott’s Bell 47 during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega One announcement during Heli-Expo 2014 that brought the past right up to the present was that which saw engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce signing a multi-engine contract with Scott’s Bell 47, the owner of the Bell 47 type certificate since 2009. This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft powerplant to the Bell 407GT-6...
April 1, 2014
Thales Avionics 2020. Graphical image courtesy of Thales Group One of the most jaw-dropping pieces of technology on display at Heli Expo was Avionics 2020; which can legitimately be described as a new generation cockpit for helicopters. Basically it is an intuitive, all touchscreen cockpit display that Thales marketing director Richard Perrot demonstrated. Using only...
April 1, 2014
The North Sea, in many respects, is the epicenter of civil helicopter operations in the world. Since the ignition of the oil exploration boom in the area a half-century ago, Norway and the UK have become the primary users of helicopters, operating nearly 70 percent of the total fleet in Europe and 95 percent of airframes with more than 18 passenger seats. In the Norwegian and UK Continental Shelf sectors...
April 1, 2014
Garmin booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi Peek into the cockpit of any aircraft on the ramp today, and you will be hard-pressed to find one whose panel does not contain a GPS, the common reference to global positioning system. At a time seemingly not long ago, GPS was a new device that, to the pilots on the front end, was not much different than the terrestrial-based LORAN navigation systems...
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