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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...
March 5, 2013
Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International (Booth 5601) is looking to continue its recent success in the helicopter full flight simulator (FFS) market...
March 5, 2013
Flightcell International is introducing DZMx—which it calls the world’s smallest satellite communication and tracking system—at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las...
March 5, 2013
Becker Avionics has reached an agreement to partner with Helibras, Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Brazil, to provide its DVCS6100 digital audio system for the Brazilian Army Aviation fleet of AS550 A2 Fennec and...
March 5, 2013
Don Nichols, who founded Heli-Mart (Booth C5111), has retired from his position as president, the MD authorized service center (ASC) announced at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. Ed Brown, who has operated Heli-Mart along with Nichols, assumed full ownership of the company on...
March 5, 2013
John Fenton is the new president of Greenwich AeroGroup do Brazil. He will be charged with...
March 5, 2013
Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. is introducing a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS) option in its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Eurocopter EC135 series. The completions provider also...
March 5, 2013
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth C2025) is expanding its agreement to supply Bristow Academy (Booth C4328) with night vision imaging systems (NVIS) and...
March 5, 2013
Greenwich AeroGroup (Booth 4711) subsidiary Helivia Aero Taxi has appointed Capt. Renato Clark as operations director. Clark has more than 25...
March 5, 2013
The expectation of a battle royale between the press and the management team from AgustaWestland at the company’s press conference on the eve of the opening of Heli-Expo in Las Vegas over the alleged Indian AW101 scandal in India did not materialize. Instead, newly appointed CEO Daniele Romiti (since February 21) and longstanding employee Roberto Garavaglia, senior vice president of marketing...
March 5, 2013
Breeze-Eastern CEO Brad Pedersen is making a concerted effort toward improving his company’s logistics structure and customer support. “We have to have our supply base prepared and ready,” he told Rotor & Wing on Monday during Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. “It is a mindset change and we want to change the expectations of our customers.” Peterson said that customer expectations...
March 5, 2013
At a press conference on Monday at HAI’s Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison said that while the partnership with Boeing on the V-22 remains intact, the OEM would now be taking the lead in tiltrotor development for the Joint Multi Role (JMR) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL), where Boeing has partnered with Sikorsky. “We still have the same strong relationship with Boeing today on V-22...
March 4, 2013
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce promises engine displays, support applications and interactive learning tools for Heli-Expo attendees who visit Booth N4717. The company also promises news of its latest developments, and programs to power a very old helicopter model. “One of the things we’re rolling out at the booth is the industry’s first support app,” said Greg Fedele, senior vice...
March 4, 2013
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Astronics Corp.’s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) for retrofit installations on Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. Astronics Executive Vice President Elliot...
March 4, 2013
Even as HAI’s Heli-Expo—the annual gathering of the international helicopter industry—was working up to its official opening on Tuesday, March 5 at the convention center in Las Vegas, there was evidence that real-life helicopter operations were still a daily occurrence for the search and rescue unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Force.   Photos by Andrew Drwiega Shortly after...
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