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December 29, 2015
  The maritime Surion shown on its first flight last January. Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace Industries   Korea Aerospace Industries has completed development of the...
December 24, 2015
    Era Group says it has taken delivery of its first two AgustaWestland AW189s following work on “technical acceptance” issues for the aircraft. The Houston, Texas-based offshore and...
December 23, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Bristow Group   Offshore oil and gas support leader Bill Chiles is to be honored next month during the Living Legends of Aviation awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. The CEO emeritus of Bristow Group and current chairman of the international flight safety group HeliOffshore, Chiles will...
December 23, 2015
Leaders of New Zealand’s aviation and farmer communities are pressing their campaign to remove suspended wires that pose hazards to helicopters and other agricultural aircraft.    The New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Assn. launched the "Down to the Wire"...
December 22, 2015
Robertson Fuel Systems will be sold to the aerospace and electronics firm HEICO Corp. Private-equity investment firm American Securities LLC said it had reached a definitive agreement to sell the provider of fuel containment and ballistic tolerance systems for $255 million and expects to close the deal by Feb. 19, 2016. The sale is subject to U.S. anti-trust reviews...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
December 18, 2015
A sought-after high-altitude pilot, a team that improved IFR procedures for Boston HEMS and members of the largest maritime rescue ever recorded are among the rotorcraft industry professionals recognized this year by Helicopter Assn. International.  HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, exemplify the best of...
December 17, 2015
The Kashmir valley. Photo courtesy of Harsha Narasimhamurthy / CC BY 2.0 Helicopter tourism now will be offered for the first time in Kashmir to boost the local economy and to improve public perceptions of that Northwestern Indian region—long the object of a three-country dispute.  The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has been granted approval to offer helicopter tours over the city of...
December 17, 2015
Image courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Robinson Helicopter’s development of a lighter R44 is not a sign that the smaller R22 (with which the company was launched) may be phased out. There had been some speculation the two-seat R44 Cadet, which pares 200 lb from...
December 16, 2015
State-owned aviation companies in Russia and China expect a contract by the middle of 2016 regarding their advanced heavy-lift helicopter (ALH) concept, rather than in 2015 as previously believed.   According to Sputnik...
December 15, 2015
Waypoint Leasing has closed an agreement to provide multiple aircraft for offshore support services in Brazil by Omni Taxi Aereo, the Limerick, Ireland-headquartered lessor said. The deal is with...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 10, 2015
One of Canada's largest air ambulance operators is scrapping plans to sell its 10 AgustaWestland AW139s, citing a weakened used-helicopter market resulting from the slump in oil prices, according...
December 10, 2015
One of India’s top trauma-care centers is moving ahead with plans for an elevated helipad following the government’s approval of the site for the private-use, VFR-only facility, according to The Economic Times of India. The Jai Prakash Narayan...
December 10, 2015
Amref Flying Doctors has extended its subscription coverage for medevac services to locations in Uganda following successful talks with Uganda’s chamber of commerce. The organization has long provided Maisha Air...
December 9, 2015
“We don’t have the luxury of not looking under every rock,” said CHC Group CFO Lee Eckhert Wednesday while explaining that the company is scrutinizing its entire operation amid an oil-market downturn that promises to be even more protracted than was envisioned just three months ago.    Eckhert and Karl...
December 8, 2015
Oil prices have hit lows not seen since the 2009 global financial crisis as investors await updates from two major offshore helicopter support firms. CHC Group was scheduled to post fiscal 2016 second-quarter results today after U.S. financial markets close. Early on Dec. 10...
December 7, 2015
AgustaWestland owner Finmeccanica has rejected a Boeing bid to buy its U.K. helicopter unit, according to a Dec. 6 report by The Sunday Times. The London newspaper, citing industry sources, said the U.S. aerospace and defense...
December 7, 2015
Photo courtesy of Korean Aerospace Industries Ltd. / CC BY 2.0 South Korea's national forestry service has ordered a firefighting version of Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s twin-engine utility Surion, the manufacturer said...
December 3, 2015
Photo by Anthony Pecchi, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters’ 11-ton H225 has become the first foreign “heavy-class” helicopter certified by Russia’s...
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