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March 4, 2014
U.S. Helicopters has purchased two AS350B2s from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Delivered in July and December of 2013, the two B2s will service news stations in two of the top five U.S...
March 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter has formed a registered company in Japan, Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. To support the company’s efforts in the region, Richard Thornley will assume the role of managing director of Bell Helicopter in Japan. In this new position, Thornley is responsible for marketing and sales...
March 4, 2014
Able Aerospace Services has announced that Able Aerospace Inc. has been named as the exclusive distributor for Northwest...
March 4, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has signed a purchase contract for eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the two companies’ framework...
March 4, 2014
United Technologies company Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Milestone Aviation Group have reached a $75-million, 15-year agreement under which P&WC will offer its Flexible...
March 3, 2014
The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has purchased an Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e to serve as a flying scientific laboratory. Ordered in December 2013 and scheduled for delivery this summer...
March 3, 2014
Avpro has reached as agreement with Bell Helicopter reached an agreement to purchase three new 505 Jet Ranger X...
March 3, 2014
Air Methods Corporation’s United Rotorcraft division has received contracts totaling up to $5.5 million with the Ecuadorian Navy, AgustaWestland, and an unnamed operator in the Middle East to design, manufacture, certify and complete several airframes for a variety of missions. United Rotorcraft will reconfigure four Bell 430 aircraft for the Ecuadorian Navy. Two helicopters will be converted from a...
March 3, 2014
Rolls-Royce has launched a 24/7 Operations Center for its civil helicopter engines to deliver round-the-clock support for its global customer base. The new center is the focal point of a series of improvements to the customer...
March 1, 2014
Honeywell SVS alerting system. Photo courtesy of Honeywell From any helicopter pilot or owner’s perspective, these are some amazing times. Especially when you look at all the capabilities that are available today. From synthetic vision, to terrain and obstacle awareness, to infrared-based enhanced vision systems (EVS); to GPS navigation, traffic, weather and just about anything else you want, the...
March 1, 2014
Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions but the most important and most common are communications or navigation. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions, but the most important and perhaps most common are communications or navigation. There are several ways to accomplish this via transmission or reception of radio waves: VFR, IFR, ILS or...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
The Korea Forest Service has a new service and maintenance center for its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters. Russian Helicopters...
March 1, 2014
▶ R&W’s Question of the Month: In your view, what was the biggest story to come out of Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Do you have comments on the rotorcraft industry or recent articles and viewpoints we’ve published? Send them to: Editor, Rotor & Wing, 4 Choke...
March 1, 2014
Lee Benson is a retired helicopter pilot who’s flying career started in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and concluded as Chief Pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Lee’s 15,500 hours of flying and 40 years of Military, commercial and government flying operations afford him a very broad background in the helicopter world. In 2008 he started a consulting company and is contracted to...
March 1, 2014
Houston Texas, known for its heat and humidity, has really received a curveball from the weather gods this year, including sleet, ice and freezing rain. Texans who live and work along the Gulf Coast are not used to sequences of icing conditions; perhaps one per year at the most. This global warming is really treacherous. Looking out the window at the icy mess outside made me think about some of my weather...
March 1, 2014
Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for Era Helicopters in Anchorage, Alaska. My supervisor at Era was Lou Earhart, one of the nicest, most professional people I’ve ever had the blessing to work for or around. I considered Lou to be a consummate professional pilot. Then one day he told me about a mistake he had made. While ferrying a Jet Ranger up to Anchorage from Bell, the helicopter...
March 1, 2014
Ever since the beginning of police aviation, law enforcement agencies have studied, implemented, de-implemented, and studied again the merits of delivering deadly force from helicopters. The name of the department escapes me, but I recall there being an agency out west that kept MP5 submachine guns in locking racks aboard their aircraft. They even made it a point to conduct regular airborne target practice...
March 1, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year, according to Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager for vertical lift programs. She reported on the manufacturer’s progress in January during a media gathering following the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Pat Donnelly, Joint...
March 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has inked an agreement with the New York Police City Department for four Bell 429s. The helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the citizens of...
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