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March 6, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, is continuing to modernize its production capacity under the Federal Targeted Program Developing the Military Industrial Complex in the Russian Federation 2011-2020.   In this latest phase of modernization, the Ulan-Ude Aviation...
March 5, 2014
New York City-based charter and tour operator Liberty Helicopters has taken delivery of two AS350B2 AStars purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The first went into service in December and the...
March 5, 2014
Turbomeca (Safran) announces the conclusion of a major support contract with ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH. A new 10-year Support By the...
March 5, 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...
March 4, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has signed a purchase contract for eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the two companies’ framework...
March 4, 2014
United Technologies company Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Milestone Aviation Group have reached a $75-million, 15-year agreement under which P&WC will offer its Flexible...
March 4, 2014
U.S. Helicopters has purchased two AS350B2s from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Delivered in July and December of 2013, the two B2s will service news stations in two of the top five U.S...
March 3, 2014
Shree Airlines has received the first of five AS350 B3e rotorcraft ordered last year from Airbus Helicopters, expanding the Nepal-based operator’s capabilities for passenger transport and utility missions...
March 3, 2014
The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has purchased an Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e to serve as a flying scientific laboratory. Ordered in December 2013 and scheduled for delivery this summer...
March 1, 2014
During the period when English sailors began to rule the seas from wooden ships, navigation was not considered a particularly desirable duty, since it often resulted in the hanging of the aspiring pilot from the yardarm, with the outgoing candidate left to dangle for days as a reminder to the next volunteer that being inaccurate would not be warmly received. Latitude was a fairly well understood concept...
March 1, 2014
Houston Texas, known for its heat and humidity, has really received a curveball from the weather gods this year, including sleet, ice and freezing rain. Texans who live and work along the Gulf Coast are not used to sequences of icing conditions; perhaps one per year at the most. This global warming is really treacherous. Looking out the window at the icy mess outside made me think about some of my weather...
March 1, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols...
March 1, 2014
Honeywell SVS alerting system. Photo courtesy of Honeywell From any helicopter pilot or owner’s perspective, these are some amazing times. Especially when you look at all the capabilities that are available today. From synthetic vision, to terrain and obstacle awareness, to infrared-based enhanced vision systems (EVS); to GPS navigation, traffic, weather and just about anything else you want, the...
March 1, 2014
Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions but the most important and most common are communications or navigation. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions, but the most important and perhaps most common are communications or navigation. There are several ways to accomplish this via transmission or reception of radio waves: VFR, IFR, ILS or...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year, according to Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager for vertical lift programs. She reported on the manufacturer’s progress in January during a media gathering following the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Pat Donnelly, Joint...
March 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has inked an agreement with the New York Police City Department for four Bell 429s. The helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the citizens of...
March 1, 2014
The Korea Forest Service has a new service and maintenance center for its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters. Russian Helicopters...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices. The unveiling occurred at Heli-Expo...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
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