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January 9, 2015
When we last got your input for our State of the Rotorcraft Market study 18 months ago, it was easy to see where the big competition in the market for new aircraft sales was going to be. While the air medical segment continued to show the strongest buying signals overall, the study showed a significant uptick in plans to purchase new aircraft among corporate and offshore operators. Of those two, there was...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
December 31, 2014
Three companies have signed a tripartite agreement on strategic partnership: state corporation Rostec, Italian industrial group Finmeccanica and the Rosneft oil company. Under the agreement, the HeliVert plant near Moscow, a joint enterprise between Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland and Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will begin producing medium commercial AW189 helicopters for Russia and the...
December 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters' new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls has received an additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR), authorizing it for commercial passenger transport operations. Commercial deliveries are due to start in 2015.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters This confirms that the Ansat meets aviation...
December 29, 2014
Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service, and will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone currently has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet with 55 S-92 helicopters and 31 S-76 aircraft including four S-76D helicopters.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The new generation S-76D...
December 22, 2014
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has revealed plans to carry blood starting Jan. 2015, making roadside blood transfusions available for the first time ever in its service area. GNAAS will become one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform the life-saving procedure after forging links with another charity and one of the North East’s leading hospitals. The air...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
November 26, 2014
The Swedish Defense Material Administration (FMV) has selected CybAero to conduct Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) test and demonstration flights. According to Cybero...
November 26, 2014
GrandView Aviation announced the hiring of Christian Venuto as its new charter sales executive. In her new role, Venuto will assist Director of Sales and...
November 25, 2014
Russian Helicopters has begun flight testing the first prototype of its multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. The first Mi-171A2 prototype will be tested for its in-flight operability and safety...
November 25, 2014
The Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina has selected the Trakka A800 helicopter searchlight to assist with helicopter patrol...
November 24, 2014
Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems announced a supplier agreement with Bangalore, India-based Dynamatic Technologies. Under the seven-year agreement, Dynamatic will become the single source supplier of major...
November 24, 2014
Delford Michael Smith, founder of Evergreen Helicopters, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2014. Smith will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the commercial helicopter industry, partnering with longtime friend Quay Jorgensen to form Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. in 1960. He also served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War.     Del...
November 21, 2014
United Rotorcraft has completed a 6,600 square foot aircraft painting facility in Decatur, Texas. The new facility features a paint booth that can accommodate 35 to 40 aircraft paint completion projects per...
November 21, 2014
Bell Helicopter has awarded a contract extension to Kaman Aerospace Group to continue...
November 20, 2014
Tranberg AS has announced the worldwide product launch of its new CHLite Helideck Lighting Solution. The solution is ATEX certified and suitable for Zone 1 and 2 Marking: Ex II 2G Ex mb...
November 19, 2014
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed Brian Wynne as its new president and CEO, to replace the retiring Michael Toscano. Wynne is...
November 19, 2014
The British Helicopter Association has awarded Starspeed Director Simon Mitchell its Eric Brown Award. The award is given to the individual considered to have made the most significant contribution to the British helicopter industry during the past year. It is named after Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, MA, FRAeS, RN (Ret’d), a...
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