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November 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has initiated an upgrade program for the 412EPI, with a focus on improving the helicopter’s Category A certification and increased...
November 1, 2013
AirframesS-97 fuselage arrived at Sikorsky on September 20. Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a...
November 1, 2013
Experts from NASA, FAA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have chosen six companies to participate in the Advanced Composites Project from a list of 20 proposals. The project falls under the Integrated Systems Research Program at NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The...
November 1, 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...
November 1, 2013
Part of the around-the-world flight of the Robinson R66. A pair of Robinson R66 turbine helicopters completed a six-week around-the-world flight on Sept. 15, an expedition organized by Moscow-based Robinson dealer Aviamarket. The...
November 1, 2013
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will 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 flying in...
November 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new helicopters from MD as the Middle Eastern nation...
November 1, 2013
MQ-8C ground tests. The U.S. Navy’s first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter has completed ground testing and engine runs during its initial testing at Naval Base Ventura Country Point Mugu, Calif. Northrop Grumman engineers...
November 1, 2013
Elbit Systems has received a follow-on contract to supply its Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) systems for the Republic of Korea Army’s Surion helicopter. The Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH), otherwise known as the Surion, is a joint venture between Korean...
November 1, 2013
Civil and military rotorcraft operators will require 16,126 new helicopters worth $193.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Teal Group’s annual world rotorcraft review released September 24 at the Helitech International 2013 conference in London. The 10-year forecast projects civil users will...
November 1, 2013
National Grid Bell 429. National Grid Bell 429. 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...
November 1, 2013
Interior view on the show floor of Helitech International 2013 at ExCel. 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...
November 1, 2013
British military flying in Germany came to a close October 4 with the departure of the last Westland Lynx Mk9A of 1 Regiment Army Air Corps (1AAC) from Gütersloh airfield in northern Germany. The AAC departure marks the end of British military flying in Germany since the end of World War II, as well as bringing to a close 1AAC’s residency in Gütersloh...
November 1, 2013
Kratos MTDS. Sikorsky Aircraft has granted an $8.5-million contract to Kratos Defense & Security Solutions related to maintenance training systems for the CH-53K. The agreement involves a Maintenance Training Device Suite (MTDS) and a...
November 1, 2013
EC145T2. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Eurocopter invited Rotor & Wing to participate in the demonstrations to customers of its EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters just prior to the Helitech exhibition in late September at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter variant in the company inventory...
November 1, 2013
London-based Avincis Group made a splash during Helitech International 2013 in late September. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter and Eurocopter, as well as engine manufacturer Turbomeca. Avincis CEO James Drummond...
November 1, 2013
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Vertical Aviation has received approval from Robinson Helicopter to serve as an R66 service...
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...
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