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April 1, 2014
Frank Lombardi The Power Required curve is not typically included in the rotorcraft flight manual, but contains a wealth of information and can help to explain some of the mannerisms of the helicopter. It plots the amount of engine power required to maintain level flight at various airspeeds for a given weight and altitude (see figure). It can be created by recording a series of airspeed and power settings...
April 1, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
April 1, 2014
EC175 full flight simulator. Courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters plans to provide a new level of support for the EC175 rotorcraft in North America, with a Level D full-flight simulator located in the United States as part of a commitment to operators serving the offshore oil and gas industry. The Level D full-flight simulator will be...
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
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior...
April 1, 2014
Andrew Drwiega Good news on the Science and Technology (S&T) front in terms of pushing forward the performance envelope for vertical takeoff and landing combined with speed and range. The U.S. Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) announced in mid-March that Boeing and Karem Aircraft will now join Sikorsky and Aurora Flight Sciences in the Phase 1 of DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane...
March 13, 2014
Vector Aerospace subsidiary Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has signed a five-year, exclusive MRO support...
March 10, 2014
Jeff Pino, the ex-Sikorsky Aircraft President 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 pinnacle of one of the world major helicopter manufacturers, his experience leads...
March 10, 2014
With the increasing demand for greater comfort in helicopter operations, manufacturers are increasingly turning to active vibration control systems (AVCS) to reduce the vibrations being produced by the rotor and transmission systems within the aircraft. Sikorsky has already put active vibration control on its S-76D, and Bell Helicopter will add Lord...
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
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 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter has formed a registered company in Japan, Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. To support the company’s efforts in the region, Richard Thornley will assume the role of managing director of Bell Helicopter in Japan. In this new position, Thornley is responsible for marketing and sales...
March 4, 2014
Able Aerospace Services has announced that Able Aerospace Inc. has been named as the exclusive distributor for Northwest...
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 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 3, 2014
Avpro has reached as agreement with Bell Helicopter reached an agreement to purchase three new 505 Jet Ranger X...
March 3, 2014
Air Methods Corporation’s United Rotorcraft division has received contracts totaling up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed operator in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete several airframes for a variety of missions. United Rotorcraft will reconfigure four Bell 430 aircraft for the Ecuadorian Navy. Two helicopters will be converted from a...
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