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February 1, 2014
West Plains, Mo.-based Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has purchased 20 Bell 206L-4 helicopters as part of a fleet replacement program for its...
February 1, 2014
Istanbul’s Metropolitan Municipality in Turkey has issued a contract to Erickson Air-Crane covering firefighting services over a...
February 1, 2014
Russian Helicopters Mi-8MTV-1. Russian Helicopters is expanding flight coverage to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast with the delivery of two medium multirole...
February 1, 2014
BP Exploration Operating Company has granted a five-year contract to Bristow Helicopters for offshore support at installations in...
February 1, 2014
Eurocopter photo by Patrick Penna Waypoint Leasing has secured an agreement to provide new technology medium and heavy rotorcraft, including the Sikorsky S-92...
February 1, 2014
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 helicopters during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
February 1, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
February 1, 2014
EADS kicked off the New Year with a group rebranding that also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate...
February 1, 2014
Allan McArtor Allan McArtor, currently chairman of Airbus Americas, will take over from Sean O’Keefe as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Airbus Group, Inc, the company’s North American business unit, on March 1, 2014. McArtor will be a member of the Airbus Group Executive Committee. Prior to joining Airbus in 2001, McArtor served as head of the Federal Aviation Administration...
February 1, 2014
VG20 – A New NIR Absorbing Optical Filter Glass for Night Vision Compatible Displays, Controls or Other Illumination SCHOTT Advanced Optics is proud to announce VG20, an optimized filter glass for absorbing NIR radiation of LED or incandescent illumination for night vision compatible displays, controls or other illumination. In combination with numerous LEDs, the glass can be used for the colors...
February 1, 2014
If one could agree that you look to the displays in the cockpit to see the heartbeat of your aircraft, then the flight control system is surely where you’d look to find its temperament. The flight control system is only one element of the aircraft control loop, but without a doubt it’s the element most important to the pilot. It is through the flight controls that the pilot will work to...
February 1, 2014
Cabri in operation with a Swiss training provider. Since the first Guimbal Cabri G2 was delivered in 2008, the new piston single has progressively gathered acceptance among pilot training organizations. It seems the two-seater has achieved its main goal – providing a modern platform for ab initio helicopter training. Moreover, despite some teething troubles, operators appear happy with customer...
February 1, 2014
Safety remains the number one priority of the FAA. Among all types of operations, general aviation has for many years held the highest accident rate as well as the largest number of operational hours. Rotorcraft operations by U.S. registered general aviation rotorcraft and U.S. public use rotorcraft also feature noteworthy yearly accident counts, greater than that for air taxi, commuter, and large air...
February 1, 2014
Andrew Drwiega Leadership 101 is all about having the knowledge and decisiveness to make tough decisions when they are required. It is also about getting inside the enemy’s decision-making process so that you can always be ahead one step ahead (at least) of your adversary. In the face of a potentially unrelenting and damaging opponent, Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 1, 2014
Gulf AW139 undergoing maintenance. AgustaWestland secured orders for a total of 23 AW169s and AW189s during the recent Dubai Air Show, including configurations for the offshore, law enforcement and VIP/corporate markets. The largest order involves 15 AW189s going to Gulf Helicopters for offshore operations, making it the first Middle East operator to fly the AW189. The Qatar-based operator currently has a...
January 1, 2014
Switzerland may be known for many things; its financial institutions, fine chocolate, hand-made timepieces and tremendous scenery including one of the most foreboding mountains in Europe, the Eiger. But one thing that would not be on many lists would be an indigenous helicopter. So the unveiling of the first prototype of its light single-engine SKYe SH09 helicopter by Marenco Swiss Helicopter has already...
January 1, 2014
The outlook for 2014 remains filled with uncertainty, but most executives have high hopes for their segment of the rotorcraft market. As the books for the year 2013 are closed, businesses are bracing themselves for what 2014 might bring. So, a few weeks ago I spoke to the owners, executives or managers of a variety of companies throughout the rotorcraft industry, and asked them what they think 2014 has in...
January 1, 2014
estephens@accessintel.com In this month’s issue, we share what we call the “Executive Outlook.” It is a compilation of what the rotorcraft industry’s top executives think the year 2014 will bring to the helicopter world, including the “Rotorcraft Outlook Panel” (see page 18), which is a group of leaders from companies that participate in Rotor & Wing’s Annual...
January 1, 2014
By Lee Benson I seem to be stuck in a rut. My last several articles have related to concerns about regulatory overreach by bureaucrats or the new FAA Advisory Circular regarding heliports. I really try hard not to be a boring writer, but some issues need to be exposed. Granted this stuff is not near as interesting as “There I was at a 100-foot hover.” Recently, the FAA, without adhering to its...
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