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September 26, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
September 26, 2013
West London Heliport, promising to be the new location for helicopters heading to the south east of England, is the rebranded name of PremiAir Aviation International’s Blackbushe airport in Surrey. The location is 30 miles south west of London. Graham Avery, PremiAir chairman, was keen to position Blackbushe as a cheaper alternative to Battersea Heliport with facilities that would offer helicopter...
September 26, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based...
September 25, 2013
Sikorsky autonomous research aircraft (SARA) near the company’s Development Flight Center in Florida. Courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft (Helitech Stand E60) will promote its Matrix Technology research program, launched during the summer to develop systems and software that will improve flight safety for all types of VTOL aircraft. Matrix Technology aims to give both rotary and...
September 25, 2013
Outside of Helitech, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it is to review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter...
September 25, 2013
Kicking off the opening day of Helitech on Tuesday, Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet, executive vice president of global business and services, said that the manufacturer’s market share in the UK “was something special in Eurocopter.” With new president and CEO Guillaume Faury unable to fly to London as flights were cancelled due to fog, Maudet hosted a press briefing in...
September 25, 2013
London-based Avincis Group (Stand G50) is taking Helitech International 2013 by storm. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group (Stand E80) and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland (Stand J60), Bell Helicopter/Textron (Stand E10) and Eurocopter (Stand P30), as well as engine...
September 24, 2013
The board of directors of Russian Helicopters has promoted Alexander Mikheev to CEO of the helicopter manufacturer, replacing Dmitry Petrov, who will take a role within Rostec State Corp. Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which...
September 24, 2013
Reed Exhibitions is taking something of a punt with this year’s Helitech International Exhibition & Conference at the ExCel in London, and rivals will closely scrutinize its figures. Ever since its launch in the 1980s, Europe’s answer to Heli-Expo has made a feature of its low-key, rural setting. First at Redhill in Surrey, where weather played havoc with several days-worth of show-time...
September 24, 2013
Visit Stand L41 to discover how Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems keep corrosive salt away from your engines. Salt-laden environments degrade a turboshaft engine’s performance, raise maintenance costs and impair helicopter capabilities. Ingested...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter is showcasing the 429 to European operators during Helitech International 2013. Photo courtesy of Bell Explore Bell Helicopter’s 429 light twin, both on static display at Stand E10 and outside the exhibition hall, where a second airframe will be available for flight demonstrations throughout the show. Yet to make a deep impact in the UK, the 429 is pitched squarely at the para-public...
September 24, 2013
Helispares (Stand N40 at Helitech International 2013) has teamed up with Freedom Aero and Can West components to offer their services into Europe. Freedom Aero is a repair station specializing in starter generator overhaul and exchange and, together with...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 24, 2013
An AW189 flight training device (FTD) has entered serviced at AgustaWestland’s Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. AgustaWestland and CAE joint...
September 23, 2013
FEC Portable LED Helipad Lights The FEC Portable LED Helipad Lights are an advanced battery powered, re-chargeable, microprocessor controlled light designed for rapid deployment in temporary and emergency situations to provide safe and effective marking. The lights have a number of operating modes: steady visible or infrared (IR), steady visible and infrared and a number of flash patterns in the above...
September 23, 2013
Russian Helicopters (Stand G10) plans to showcase its multi-role Kamov Ka-32A11BC and the Ka-62 medium twin during Helitech. The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotor system has number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and...
September 23, 2013
Milestone Aviation Group (Stand J50) has closed on a $300-million credit facility, to be used for acquiring and leasing helicopters valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92, Eurocopter EC225 and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 types. Said Milestone Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli: “We structured this...
September 23, 2013
New Zealand’s Spidertracks (Stand D70) is celebrating its return to Helitech with a stand featuring its range of portable GPS tracking units, including the newly released Spider S5. When carried aboard a helicopter, Spider relays position information to its website (also being shown), from where operators...
September 23, 2013
Lightspeed Aviation (Stand L50) is promoting its Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets during Helitech International...
September 23, 2013
Universal Avionics (Helitech Stand N80) will show its Airborne Datalink System, the UniLink UL-801...
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