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November 1, 2013
A range of international operators at Helitech agreed that the certification process stipulated by authorities to allow helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators to use night vision goggles (NVGs) in Europe needs to be quicker and more streamlined. While all confirmed that safety had to be the main consideration whether operators were conducting day or night missions, it was unanimously agreed...
November 1, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market. Roberto Garavaglia, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for strategy and...
November 1, 2013
Example of the Garmin G1000H panel for the Bell short light single (SLS). Bell Helicopter 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...
November 1, 2013
Gulf Helicopters AW139. Quality Aviation Instruments (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters have agreed to establish a component repair facility in Doha, Qatar...
November 1, 2013
Cockpit flight simulator. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) is requesting industry assistance as it searches to develop systems to help keep helicopter crews from being hit by man-operated hostile ground fire. Locating and avoiding ground fire is one of the biggest challenges any helicopter crew can face when flying above an operational environment. Training synthetically...
November 1, 2013
Cabri G2 in flight. French manufacturer Helicopteres Guimbal has unveiled numbers on the cost of a Cabri G2 overhaul. The first examples of the two-seater were overhauled last summer at the Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence, after 2,200 flight hours. For each of the two 2010 Cabris operated by Jonkoping, Sweden-based flying school Northern Helicopters, the...
November 1, 2013
The board of directors of Russian Helicopters has promoted Alexander Mikheev to CEO. He replaces Dmitry Petrov, who will take a role within Rostec State Corp. Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which is part of Rostec. Mikheev is the former deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, a division of conglomerate Russian Helicopters. Rostec CEO Sergey Chemezov noted in a statement that the strategy for...
November 1, 2013
Max-Viz EVS System from Astronics   An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed-wing EMS fleets for approximately half the cost of night vision goggles (NVGs) with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications and hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency. Max-Viz EVS can give your pilots and aircraft...
November 1, 2013
This is being written during the fifth day of the U.S. Federal government shutdown and our politicians are at 110 percent of N1 political spin mode. My personal politics are somewhat to the right of Attila the Hun, but I hope that my prejudice does not seep into this message. A political pundit stated the other day that “I do not understand the political right’s (conservative) complaint that...
November 1, 2013
The long-running and painful (to both sides) Canadian Maritime Replacement Program may be heading toward a solution after the Canadian government took the drastic step of bringing to a meeting those involved – and rivals – to try and force an answer. According to The Canadian Press, a meeting was staged at the beginning of October between Canadian Defense and Public Works officials and...
October 30, 2013
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition from Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. Below are some of his photos along with links to stories from the show...
October 24, 2013
Eurocopter’s EC145 has been a popular aircraft in both the military and public service sectors. But Ron Pratte, a businessman and helicopter pilot residing in the Phoenix area, had one of the twin-turbine aircraft built...
October 16, 2013
According to Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Helitech International 2013, the move from rural Duxford airfield to ExCel in London resulted in a 12 percent increase in attendance. (See Rotor & Wing’s Helitech Post-Show Wrap digital...
October 4, 2013
Adding to a string of recent regional firsts, the Bell 407GX has entered service with its first operator based in Switzerland. The handover comes shortly after the first Bell 429 took flight as part of a UK-based fleet with National Grid, as well as the first 429 in VIP configuration with TJ Morris Ltd.   National Grid 429. Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopters  ...
October 4, 2013
During Helitech, engine maker Turbomeca made public a contract with the Netherlands Air Force involving overhauls for a fleet of Makila 1A2...
October 2, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
October 1, 2013
Mi-35M flight test. Photos by Andrew Drwiega For a journalist who was brought up during the Cold War, when NATO and Soviet Bloc forces were layered in depth either side of Churchill’s Iron Curtain, witnessing the transformation that has taken place within Russia over the last decade has been a revelation. (See more photos from the Rostvertol visit.) A decade ago when I travelled to Kazan city to view...
October 1, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators returned their helicopters back to service in late August. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in...
October 1, 2013
LCI-provided Weststar AW139. Photo courtesy of LCI Leasing rotorcraft is in vogue. Owning a helicopter these days can be an expensive, long-term investment, according to several lessors. “Most of the new operating leasing entrants focus mainly on the new mid to heavy turbine ships from the manufacturers, but the pre-owned marketplace is gaining traction as well,” notes Charles McGuire, managing...
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