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February 25, 2014
On the opening day of Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Thales uncovered its Avionics 2020 new-generation helicopter cockpit. Modeled on the principles behind Avionics 2020 for fixed-wing aircraft presented at the 2013 Paris Air Show, this cockpit represents the new-generation in helicopter avionics. Avionics 2020 is the result of a number of partnerships, spearheaded...
February 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo on Tuesday at 11:00 am (Pacific). The launch drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new SLS helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525 Relentless and on the military side, the...
February 24, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 will mark the first major rotorcraft industry event for the new corporate identity of Airbus Helicopters (Booth 523), with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes. To be announced is Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded version of its EC225 Super Puma: the EC225e. This new variant responds to operator...
February 24, 2014
During Heli-Expo, Turbomeca (Safran) is displaying its principal product lines: Arriel, Arrano, Ardiden 3 and RTM 322 at Booth 2814. The line-up is completed by the latest Arrius 2R, selected by Bell Helicopter to power its new SLS (Short Light Single) helicopter. The Arrius 2R is the latest member of a 3,000-strong engine family. This new engine version delivers performance and power within the 450-550...
February 24, 2014
Kaman Aerospace (Booth 4922) continues to expand its reach as a helicopter support powerhouse, now doing business with major OEMs such as Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky, MD Helicopters, and Lockheed Martin, among others. The company’s Aerosystems group provides tip-to-tail services and components, with the ability to handle virtually any aspect of aerospace design and manufacturing requirements. Jim...
February 24, 2014
Vector Aerospace (Booth 5906) has announced that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA), is offering a full range of AS350, AS355 and EC130B4...
February 24, 2014
FlightSafety International is installing a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 simulator in Dallas, Texas. Training is expected to begin in April 2014 following FAA Level D qualification...
February 24, 2014
Trakka Corp. has delivered a new searchlight to Heli-Linth in Switzerland, which has now been successfully installed on the...
February 19, 2014
Dr. Joseph Estrera is the new Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Advanced Technology at Boise-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU). He will be responsible for new product development in aviation, ground, and emerging market...
February 19, 2014
The traditional “Russian Hour” returns to Heli-Expo on February 26 hosted by the Helicopter Industry Association of Russia (Booth 3903) and Russian...
February 19, 2014
Source: Vector Aerospace Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (Booth 5906), a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace, will present a custom-modified integrated cockpit at Heli-Expo in Anaheim. The cockpit consists of two Sagem 10-inch MFD (EI...
February 19, 2014
Source: Advanced Helicopter Services Woodland, Calif.-based Advanced Helicopter Services (Booth 2715) has acquired Cascade Airframe Repair, a longtime helicopter...
February 19, 2014
Source: Columbia Helicopters Columbia Helicopters has acquired three Boeing CH- 47D Chinooks from the U.S. government. These aircraft will expand the...
February 19, 2014
FAA has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Ascent Aerospace for the Ascent 50001C helitank system for the Bell 212. Forest fire...
February 7, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols, EMS and SAR operations during the XXII...
February 1, 2014
S-92 on display at Sikorsky’s booth during Heli-Expo 2013. The resurgence of the civil rotorcraft market could be described as follows: the party has yet to begin, but the invitations have been mailed. The rotorcraft industry is showing improvement in several segments of the market, with the development of a new rotorcraft for the single-engine turbine category and the creation of new super mid-size...
February 1, 2014
MD902 Explorer in operation with Doha-based LifeFlight. In November 2013, Doha-based Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) used the biennial Dubai Airshow to announce an order for 15 new AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters, increasing its rotary wing fleet from 45 to 60 aircraft, a serious indicator that helicopter operations around the Middle East continue to be a growth industry. The first two of the...
February 1, 2014
The Indonesian Army is looking to make a huge leap forward in technology when it completes the buy of eight of the latest Boeing Apache AH-64Es in a deal so far worth $500 million. It comes to you gradually after you have been in downtown Jakarta for a while. Although there is the noise of 25 million people around you, especially on a Monday morning, when a 40-minute journey in most cities can take you...
February 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, used a very apt metaphor when he said that in the degraded visual environment that is the sequestration budget – the Army leadership was still looking for the ground. The tempo for change was set after a visit to Army Aviation leaders last year by Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, when he stated: “We can’t afford to...
February 1, 2014
Keith Cianfrani is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master aviator and Army instructor pilot, rated in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He holds a master’s degree in aerospace safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Keith is a certificated flight instructor and has flown commercial aircraft for more than 20 years in and around the New York City area.   Andrew Drwiega...
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