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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...
October 1, 2013
Bristol Belvedere approaching mountain base (Army Sioux on ground). Photo by Mike McKinley As a largely clandestine war in a far-off land, the Borneo campaign was one of the least discussed and written-about military actions post-World War II. Fought in the steamy jungles of Borneo from 1962-66, British and Commonwealth counter-insurgency (COIN) operations saw off the hostile forces of neighboring...
October 1, 2013
R&W’s Question of the Month:  What more needs to be done to improve the safety record of the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) community? What role should organizations like FAA and the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) play in the efforts to reduce accidents?   Heliport AC Drama I very much enjoyed Lee Benson’s commentary in the May (see page 48...
October 1, 2013
Claudio Agostini has been engaged with helicopter market competitive intelligence for more than 20 years. He has been writing for Rotor & Wing about helicopters in Latin America since 1999. He has also been engaged with local helicopter events and seminars since 2002, and regularly provides support in some areas to the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots (ABRAPHE) in São Paulo, where he...
October 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com For anyone who thinks, in this current U.S. climate of budget restrictions, debt ceilings and sequestration, that it’s a waste of time and/or taxpayer money to drop a helicopter for the sake of science, I beg to differ. The results from a recent helicopter fuselage crash test will yield safety advancements for a number of organizations involved with aviation operations. NASA...
October 1, 2013
An accident investigation recently revealed once again – this time in the densest of urban settings – that helicopters are marvelous as aircraft, but are thoroughly misplaced when forced into unsolicited duty as boats. Most helicopter designs feature lots of machinery located topside, which usually produces a dramatic tendency for the aircraft to roll inverted almost any time the surface of...
October 1, 2013
V-22 aerial refueling exercise. The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August...
October 1, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the...
October 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to appoint Lockheed Martin as a “tier one” member of the V-280 Valor program. The Hurst, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron plans to incorporate additional partners into the tiltrotor program the coming months. The V-280 is...
October 1, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin unmanned K-Max helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet...
October 1, 2013
  Prototype at Marenco facilities. Marenco Swisshelicopter photos Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s...
October 1, 2013
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has obtained re-certification as an overhaul and repair center for the Sikorsky S-76 and S-61 lines. The Canadian MRO is also an...
October 1, 2013
Ansat at MAKS 2013. Courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the...
October 1, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army’s Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101...
October 1, 2013
MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging system from L-3. L-3 Wescam photo The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition...
October 1, 2013
Erickson Air-Crane has chosen Blue Sky Network’s SkyRouter and D1000 Series for S-64s used in aerial firefighting operations. SkyRouter is a...
October 1, 2013
The Kamov Ka-62 made its initial public debut at MAKS 2013 in Zhukovsky, Russia. On the opening day of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2013), Russian Helicopters advanced its relationship with engine manufacturer Turbomeca and took an order for five Kamov Ka-62s and five Mil Mi-171A1s. The event ran from August 27 through September 1 near Moscow, featuring more than 850 participating...
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...
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