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October 1, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet. The...
October 1, 2013
Booth at China Expo AgustaWestland Photo AgustaWestland has reached a distributorship agreement at the China Helicopter International Exhibition, making Sino-US its non-exclusive distributor of civil helicopters in China. The agreement excludes sales of...
October 1, 2013
Ray Duquette has succeeded John Lenyo as president and general manager of CAE USA, based in Tampa, Fla. He reports to CAE board chairman Gen. Michael E. Ryan, U.S. Air Force (Ret). Gene Colabatistto, group president of CAE’s Military Products, Training and Services division, said of Duquette: “As a former U.S. military officer and long-time veteran of the U.S. defense industry, his strong...
October 1, 2013
Transaero Inc. – Your Source for Generation III Night Vision Goggles Transaero Inc. is pleased to announce its expanded international distribution partnership with Exelis Inc. Through this agreement, Transaero will now to inventory, market and sell Exelis’ F4949 Aviator Night Vision Imaging System throughout the United States and to select international markets. With exceptional reliability...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
October 1, 2013
New competitors have recently enlivened a market dominated by Boeing’s Spectrolab, and Helitech 2013 provided Rotor & Wing with an opportunity to examine Thommen’s HSL-1600 and Trakka Corp.’s Trakkabeam A800 – two very different solutions to the same set of problems. The HSL-1600 looks the more conventional of the two with its large diameter parabolic reflector that forms the...
October 1, 2013
To many non-aviation types, one helicopter looks just like any other. Usually differences in design can be most obvious to those who spend their lives in and around helicopters. Yet some features and their purpose might be more subtle. “Hinge offset” is one of those features that might not be very notable to most. But it turns out to be one of the more important design considerations, having...
October 1, 2013
Despite the global economy’s ups and downs, lowered economic growth projections by the World Bank – part of this seeming to be slowly getting back to their tracks – plus internal domestic challenges, no response for the helicopter industry seems to be as dynamic as Brazil’s. The diversity in applications, possibilities and current fleet distribution poses challenges and...
October 1, 2013
Attending a big defense exposition such as the recently held DSEI in London is no bad thing. The mainstream media had one central line of interest: Syria. The prospect of missile strikes in retaliation for President Assad’s widely alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people was on everyone’s mind. Afghanistan is yesterday’s news, despite the fact that according to Gen. Joseph...
September 30, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Quality Aviation Instruments (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters uncovered plans to establish a component repair facility in...
September 27, 2013
Bell Helicopter has selected aerospace and defense industry filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson to provide engine protection on the 525 Relentless. Under the contract, Donaldson will begin...
September 27, 2013
BLR Aerospace has received EASA certification to install its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system on the Bell 412. The FastFin System, which provides...
September 27, 2013
Announced at Helitech International 2013, the multi-aircraft, multi-year framework agreement between AgustaWestland and Milestone Aviation Group is a further indication of the industry’s acceptance of 100 percent lease finance as a business model and of the young finance company’s strengthening position of trust as a reseller for OEMs. Rotor & Wing caught up with Milestone’s managing...
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...
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