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May 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters is breaking further into the Middle Eastern market by supplying the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry and Kazakhstan Border Service with Mi-171 helicopters for use in border patrol, search and rescue missions and personnel and cargo transport. The Border Service has already received its Mi-171Sh, which will be used in routine patrols of the Kazakh border and also to transport special...
May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered its first Bell 429 helicopter to Switzerland-based Heli-Alps which offers corporate transport, sightseeing tours and aerial photography. This is the first Bell 429 to be configured for VIP transport in Switzerland and was customized...
May 21, 2014
The Lockheed Martin Kestrel autopilot has received its commodity jurisdiction, allowing for quick, affordable deployments for international markets. The Kestrel autopilot and a version of the vertical takeoff and lift Indago system are no longer restricted by International Traffic in Arms...
May 19, 2014
Life Flight Network (LFN) is planning to base an air medical helicopter at Pappy Boyington Field in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. LFN provides critical care transportation for seriously ill or injured patients throughout the Pacific...
May 19, 2014
The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the seven-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its Category A performance and mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus...
May 16, 2014
Rockwell Collins has released a new version of its Service First customer support app for commercial transport and business aviation, which provides direct access to the company’s customer support, sales and marketing resources...
May 15, 2014
Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) presented its new briefcase receiver (BCRx) at AUVSI 2014. The BCRx is a COFDM (DVB-T-compliant) diversity receiver/monitor integrated into a ruggedized, portable IP66-rated briefcase. BCRx ensures reliable reception of COFDM-modulated microwave transmissions via maximal-ratio combining technology that takes advantage of its integrated dual antennas to...
May 14, 2014
Sikorsky is planning to develop its first product to feature Matrix Technology by converting a retired UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter into an optionally piloted variant capable of a wide range of missions. With the autonomous Black Hawk, Sikorsky plans to build on the success of its Matrix Technology and Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) autonomy programs to deliver a new level of mission flexibility...
May 13, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations in the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched aboard an...
May 12, 2014
Infinity Helicopter Leasing has leased two new AgustaWestland AW109SPs to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. The AW109SP is configured as fully IFR and NVG...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 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...
May 6, 2014
Technology is, and always will be, one of the cornerstones of Rotor & Wing’s editorial coverage, and the May issue is dedicated to the subject. It is often said that military technology is 10 years ahead of civil/commercial technology. Around 10 years after the cancellation of the Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche program in 2004, the world is experiencing a period where commercial applications are...
May 6, 2014
A trip to one of the many aviation conferences that highlight vertical lift machines will reveal the fast-paced progress of rotorcraft technology. The desire to fly higher, faster, farther, and longer in rotary wing machines has become an increasingly important design point to many large manufacturers. The small Wichita Falls, Texas-based aviation research and development firm of Carter Aviation...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 6, 2014
The optionally piloted “me too” club grew by one on March 11 when Sikorsky Aircraft demonstrated its own optionally piloted U.S. Army UH-60MU Black Hawk (OPBH) for the first time. The flight took place at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sikorsky revealed in an announcement on April 21. Known within Sikorsky as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter...
May 5, 2014
The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of Air Ambulance operations in the UK, announced that Magpas has joined the association as a full member after meeting the necessary membership criteria and...
May 5, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft participated in a transfer ceremony of an S-76A helicopter maintenance trainer to Canadore College earlier today for use as a hands-on training aid for students in the School of Aviation...
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