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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...
April 1, 2014
CAE 3000 Series. Photo courtesy of CAE After a long lean period when high-end Level D full-flight simulators were out of reach of most operators’ budgets and low-end “broomstick and a bucket” limited-capability flight training devices seemed the norm, helicopter training equipment is now every bit as sophisticated as that used for airline pilot training, if not moreso, particularly the...
April 1, 2014
The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba...
April 1, 2014
Jeff Pino. Jeff Pino, the ex-president of Sikorsky Aircraft 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...
April 1, 2014
Erickson S-64. Photo courtesy of Erickson Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a media briefing related to Heli-Expo. Following the acquisitions last year of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia, the company’s share price rose from $8 to $21 per share (a 163 percent growth). The group now...
March 28, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed contracts with countries across Latin America in 2013 for 41 helicopters to be delivered in 2014-2016. The...
March 28, 2014
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its HF-9087D radio to Helibras, marking the first radio...
March 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, La. The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell...
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