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March 26, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached an agreement with China's Avicopter to jointly produce 1,000 new generation EC175/AC352 rotorcraft.     Photo, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters   The production agreement was signed at...
March 26, 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 are available – the Spider S3 which costs...
March 25, 2014
Inaer France, part of the Avincis Group, has won a six-year contract to provide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) for France’s Centre and Haute-Normandie regions. The French Ministry of Health is currently undertaking a new operating procedure based on...
March 24, 2014
Mark Gassaway, founder and President of Aerocomputers, passed away on Monday, March 17. He will be missed by his many friends in the aviation community. Mark was both a pilot and an engineer. These combined interests led to the foundation of Aerocomputers in 1993. Aerocomputers went on...
March 24, 2014
Fourteen years of accident data reveal that total U.S. civil helicopter accidents have decreased about 25 percent since the International...
March 21, 2014
R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010. The helicopter was...
March 20, 2014
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust in New Zealand is facing a massive cut in its local government funding, threatening future operations and the replacement of its aging helicopters. The trust provides the Westpac Rescue service, operating two BK117 helicopters on rescue missions in the greater Auckland region. The service, which has been running for more than 40 years, has seen its funding from the...
March 19, 2014
Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has announced that a joint team from ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the world's first AW189 full-flight simulator (FFS) to Level D, the highest qualification for...
March 18, 2014
Erickson Air-Crane announced today that it had signed a new contract with Hunt Oil Exploration and Production Company of Peru. The four-year deal consists of two years with two optional one-year extensions. Beginning in April of...
March 18, 2014
Metro Aviation recently completed and delivered an EC155 to a corporate customer in Brazil.  The aircraft was...
March 17, 2014
Announcing a new event for Offshore/Onshore Aviation - a 2 day conference & exhibition 2 & 3 November 2014, Armed Officers Club, Abu Dhabi.  MENA HST have teamed up with world-class aerospace event...
March 17, 2014
A ground-breaking ceremony on March 12, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Inverness...
March 14, 2014
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.   Scott's Bell 47 on display at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega   This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft powerplant to the...
March 14, 2014
SkyTrac is pleased to announce the award of the Hydro One Networks helicopter operations support contract. Hydro One, wholly owned by the Ontario government, is a transmission and distribution company that delivers electricity to people and businesses all across Ontario and is...
March 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered a Mi-8AMT helicopter (also known as the Mi-171 for the foreign markets) to...
March 10, 2014
With the increasing demand for greater comfort in helicopter operations, manufacturers are increasingly turning to active vibration control systems (AVCS) to reduce the vibrations being produced by the rotor and transmission systems within the aircraft. Sikorsky has already put active vibration control on its S-76D, and Bell Helicopter will add Lord...
March 10, 2014
Jeff Pino, the ex-Sikorsky Aircraft President who "retired" in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the pinnacle of one of the world major helicopter manufacturers, his experience leads...
March 7, 2014
AgustaWestland has received an order from SevenBar for an EMS configured GrandNew to operate in an air medical transport capacity. Additionally, the SevenBar paint scheme was displayed on the newly-unveiled...
March 7, 2014
CAE is designing and manufacturing a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk full-mission simulator intended for the Mexican Federal Police. ACADEMI, a security services...
March 7, 2014
Australian company StopRotor Technology says it has “attracted significant interest from industry” in progressing development of its innovative Hybrid RotorWing design, which can fly as a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and transition between the two. The Sydney-based company declines to comment on development proposals, but general manager Deanne Watkins says it is also looking to work with...
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