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April 1, 2013
Rotorcraft pilots love to talk shop. We chat about our helicopters and how they handle, regardless of whether they are a pleasure to fly, or are a handful. Sometimes you’ll catch us outstretching a steady clenched fist as we describe the “rock solid” hover tendencies of one model, or rapidly fluttering a hand as we speak of another which gets “squirrely” on approach to a...
April 1, 2013
The surprise resignation of Eurocopter’s CEO, Dr. Lutz Bertling, who sees a better future away from rotorcraft as president and chief operating officer of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, is an undisputable loss to the helicopter industry in general. Since his appointment in November 2006—replacing Fabrice Brégier, who moved “up the ladder” within EADS to become chief...
March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
March 26, 2013
Honeywell’s 15th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, released earlier this month, forecasts a market for 4,900-5,600 new civil helicopters from 2013 to 2017. The report identifies “very strong” demand over the next three years from all regions of the world, with delivery rates expected to reach 1,000 units per year. For 2016 and 2017, similar delivery rates are possible...
March 22, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich. used Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas as a backdrop for the introduction of a Garmin G1000H flight control option for its 480B light turbine aircraft. The fully integrated system is primarily a flight information source that provides terrain avoidance, collision awareness, weather and engine data on two, panel-mounted displays. “It’s already been flying and...
March 22, 2013
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has uncovered its “Project Zero” effort, which is tiltrotor a technology demonstrator (TD). The electrically powered aircraft has two integrated...
March 20, 2013
Eurocopter uncovered its EC135 T3 and P3 variants at Heli-Expo show in early March. The helicopters will come equipped with two new engine options—Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the T3 and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC206B3 for the P3...
March 19, 2013
Cobham, the avionics firm based in Mineral Wells, Texas, arrived at Heli-Expo 2013 with HeliSAS, the company’s sleek autopilot system specifically designed for the light helicopter market. Weighing in at a scant 15 lbs., the system, which was designed for Part 27-catagory helicopters in VFR conditions, is capable of providing hands-off flight for pilots across the pitch and roll axis. (Power and yaw...
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo in early March. TSI’s D Smith noted that “for the first time ever, we’re going to present an award to...
March 19, 2013
Walking through the long hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center during HAI’s Heli-Expo in early March, I didn’t have to go far to see some sort of ongoing safety event. Whether it was a class on accident prevention, HFACS or safety management systems (SMS), the show was overwhelmingly conspicuous with safety awareness. I was impressed with the number of members who wanted to learn more...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 14, 2013
Helicopter transportation services provider Metro Aviation announced a new partnership with Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Sierra Aeronautica, marking its entrance into the Brazilian helicopter completions market. The...
March 13, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has elected to offer the L-3 Aviation Products GH-3001 electronic standby instrument system (ESIS), Stormscope WX-500 lightning...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 12, 2013
Avincis Group and Eurocopter formalized a global framework agreement during Heli-Expo last week. The agreement includes the purchase of 10 EC145 T2s for emergency medical service (EMS)...
March 7, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received by March 6. Boeing, partner on the V-22...
March 7, 2013
In an unveiling that featured an almost Cirque de Soleil-style introduction with acrobats fitting for Las Vegas, Turbomeca took the wraps off its latest engine on Tuesday during Heli-Expo. Known as the Arrano—which translated from the Basque language means “eagle” and follows the Turbomeca tradition of naming engines...
March 6, 2013
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth N6001) has struck a partnership with Global Aviation Services (GAS), which will serve as a distributor of Donaldson...
March 5, 2013
U.K.-based BW Offshore has awarded Bond Offshore Helicopters a $24-million contract to provide crew change support for its limited...
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