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September 24, 2013
Helispares (Stand N40 at Helitech International 2013) has teamed up with Freedom Aero and Can West components to offer their services into Europe. Freedom Aero is a repair station specializing in starter generator overhaul and exchange and, together with...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 24, 2013
An AW189 flight training device (FTD) has entered serviced at AgustaWestland’s Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. AgustaWestland and CAE joint...
September 23, 2013
FEC Portable LED Helipad Lights The FEC Portable LED Helipad Lights are an advanced battery powered, re-chargeable, microprocessor controlled light designed for rapid deployment in temporary and emergency situations to provide safe and effective marking. The lights have a number of operating modes: steady visible or infrared (IR), steady visible and infrared and a number of flash patterns in the above...
September 23, 2013
Russian Helicopters (Stand G10) plans to showcase its multi-role Kamov Ka-32A11BC and the Ka-62 medium twin during Helitech. The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotor system has number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and...
September 23, 2013
Milestone Aviation Group (Stand J50) has closed on a $300-million credit facility, to be used for acquiring and leasing helicopters valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92, Eurocopter EC225 and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 types. Said Milestone Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli: “We structured this...
September 23, 2013
New Zealand’s Spidertracks (Stand D70) is celebrating its return to Helitech with a stand featuring its range of portable GPS tracking units, including the newly released Spider S5. When carried aboard a helicopter, Spider relays position information to its website (also being shown), from where operators...
September 23, 2013
Lightspeed Aviation (Stand L50) is promoting its Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets during Helitech International...
September 23, 2013
Universal Avionics (Helitech Stand N80) will show its Airborne Datalink System, the UniLink UL-801...
September 23, 2013
Frasca International (Helitech Stand G14) says that Bristow Helicopters has received dual qualification for its Sikorsky S-76 full flight simulator (FFS). It will be the third certified...
September 23, 2013
SkyTrac’s (Helitech Stand K84) line-up of flight following and satellite communication solutions include the portable data-only DSAT-300, a fully installed ISAT-200R that is voice and data...
September 23, 2013
Full flight simulation for smaller helicopter types (the Eurocopter EC135 and EC145, for example) mainly used in HEMS and law enforcement may still be a novelty, but demand is growing by the day. Only a few simulation centers...
September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega (shown sitting at far left) chaired the 2011 Helitech Conference, which focused on the role of the offshore wind farm industry. A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European...
September 23, 2013
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)   Tuesday, Sept. 24:   Keynote Address 14:05 - 14:25, South Gallery Rooms A vision for the future of the rotorcraft sector, the opportunities and the challenges, against the backdrop of ongoing European-wide initiatives and the regulatory environment. Moderator: Vittorio Morassi, Chairman, European Helicopter Association Speaker: Dr. Norbert Lohl, Certification...
September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing: What is your focus at Helitech? Olivier Andries: Three engines are going to be at the booth. The first is the Makila engine, which powers the Super Puma, EC225 and EC725 helicopters, many for the offshore and military markets. The second line is the RTM322, which is a big step forward for us. We have announced the acquisition of the Rolls-Royce share of this program, which is a key...
September 23, 2013
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held 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 in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
September 19, 2013
Bell Helicopter (Booth E10) is planning to put the spotlight on the 429 light twin at Helitech 2013 with one example on static display and another putting on flight demonstrations throughout the show. Bell describes the 429 as the 21st century standard for light twins, “delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins, with comfort and cost management.” The 429...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53 through a Bell-Boeing V-22 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Folding blades and tail sections are perhaps the most physical attributes of a helicopter, especially in the military, that has been prepared for service at sea, usually for ship-borne operations where hanger space is at a premium. However focusing on just those two elements ignores the accumulation of...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company “took the red pill” on August 13 with the official launch of the endeavor at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC.   Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor...
September 1, 2013
On July 23rd the British Royal Navy announced that its 824 Squadron had become the first to be equipped with five AgustaWestland AW101 HM Mk2 helicopters delivered through a 25-year contract known as the Merlin Capability Sustainment Program (MCSP). The lead unit to upgrade to Merlin Mk2 is 824 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), and will be followed by 829 NAS, 814 NAS and finally 820 NAS.   The...
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