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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...
February 28, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet...
February 28, 2014
As hundreds of attendees gathered at Bell Helicopter’s booth at Heli-Expo, the company shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions. “With the Bell 525 Relentless we are delivering a generational shift in pilot situational...
February 28, 2014
The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo cover rotorcraft that range from the EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has sold its first helicopter into China, with the purchase of an MD500E to Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation and Avion Pacific, MD’s sales distributor in China...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has handed over a new MD500E to Nome, Alaska-based Bering Air, one of the largest rotary wing fleet operators in Western Alaska. The new MD500E will provide support for the...
February 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter revealed the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a full-size mock up of the Bell 525 Relentless in search-and-rescue configuration at Heli-Expo...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has chosen Honeywell Aerospace's LASEREF VI navigation system for the EC145 T2 and EC645 T2 family. The LASEREF inertial reference unit (IRU) allows...
February 27, 2014
Rotary-wing aeromedical retrieval services in New South Wales, Australia, will undergo a major restructure this year with the closure at the end of March of the tender process for a new Helicopter Retrieval Network. The restructure is aimed at ensuring the service can cope with an expected 23 percent increase in demand by 2022. A fleet of 15 helicopters (10 operational and five back-up) of various types...
February 27, 2014
EuroAvionics has acquired LCX Systems of Sarasota, Fla. EuroAvionics designs, produces and markets certified avionics systems and ground tools that interface with a wide range...
February 27, 2014
Responding to customer needs for faster spares parts deliveries, Breeze-Eastern Corp. (Booth 602) is planning to set up a new spare parts distribution system supported by significantly increased inventory levels. Effective immediately, commercial customers will work directly with...
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