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February 12, 2016
Sierra Industries and the SkyWay Aviation Group recently celebrated the completion of several deliveries of custom-modified Bell 407GX Special Mission helicopters to their new home base. Outfitted for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, these sophisticated rotorcraft are now being utilized by their new owners in helping to protect...
February 8, 2016
Composites industry organization JEC Group will award JEC Innovation Awards to 28 companies and/or individuals, among them a German-based company for its tool in rotor blade...
February 4, 2016
Tradewind International, LLC, of Janesville, Wisconsin, recently accepted two large parts inventories from Erickson, Inc., and Toll Remote Logistics. The combined inventories account for more than 2,000 parts. Inventory additions include parts for the Bell 204, 205, 206 and 212 in new, overhauled...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 27, 2016
The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, France, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes.   The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of 2015, allowing the...
January 27, 2016
Cool City Avionics has announced management changes that reflect the progress being made in the certification of its various SAS and autopilot systems for the helicopter and fixed-wing markets.   Jeffrey Kelly has been named chairman, president and CEO of Cool City Avionics. Kelly has been President of Kelly Aerospace since 2002 and will retain that position as well as his new position with Cool City...
January 26, 2016
A thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy developed at Rice University has proven effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade. The coating by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour may be an effective real-time de-icer for aircraft, wind turbines, transmission lines and other surfaces exposed to winter weather, according to a new paper in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and...
January 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft has earned a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification under Regulation A+. Investors interested in supporting development of the new TriFan 600 aircraft will now be able to purchase...
January 22, 2016
RAMM Aerospace is now offering frameless seat cushions for the Bell 206/407 aircraft, eliminating the 206/407 seat frame for all forward-facing passenger...
January 20, 2016
Finmeccanica Security & Information Systems Division plans to replace the old air traffic control radars at 12 Canadian...
January 15, 2016
FEC Heliports will be exhibiting its new portable battery-powered rechargeable LED helipad lighting system, HEMS-Star, at this year's Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, next month. The system, which is a...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of All Metal MS Robinson helicopter owners and operators now have the option of purchasing a maintenance stand by Las Vegas-based All Metal MS. The company Monday announced...
January 8, 2016
  Pratt & Whitney Canada's products include the PW200-series engine, which powers the AW169 and other aircraft. Photo courtesy of P&WC   Pratt & Whitney Canada this month will start paying off Canada and its province of Quebec to end royalty payments on future engine sales, its parent company told investors this week.    But the company is staying put in Longueuil, Quebec...
January 5, 2016
  A 2009 NASA cutaway photo illustrates the contact gears of a helicopter transmission. Photo courtesy of NASA Glenn Research Center   Small, high-tech U.S. businesses have until Feb. 17 to solicit U.S. Army funding to develop and demonstrate a helicopter transmission that does not require physical contact among its gears to convert engine power to rotor thrust for new installations and...
December 30, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Triumph Group   Triumph Group has appointed a veteran Raytheon and Lockheed Martin executive as its new president and CEO effective Jan. 4, following an eight-month search by its board of directors that the company called extensive.    Daniel Crowley, who also will serve as a director of the Berwyn, Pennsylvania-headquartered company, which designs...
December 22, 2015
Robertson Fuel Systems will be sold to the aerospace and electronics firm HEICO Corp. Private-equity investment firm American Securities LLC said it had reached a definitive agreement to sell the provider of fuel containment and ballistic tolerance systems for $255 million and expects to close the deal by Feb. 19, 2016. The sale is subject to U.S. anti-trust reviews...
December 16, 2015
The Arrius 2R. Photo by Philippe Stroppa, courtesy of Turbomeca Certification of the Bell 505 appears on target for 2016 following type certification of Bell Helicopter’s first Turbomeca engine. The French company recently received EASA approval of its Arrius 2R, a 504-shp turbine that reduces...
December 11, 2015
The Turkish Light Utility Helicopter program will feature a turboshaft engine supplied by the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company, according to a formal agreement penned Dec. 10.   The Honeywell and Rolls-Royce joint venture will contribute its CTS800 turboshaft engines...
December 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University The FAA should “expedite its work” in developing data on the actual risks posed by midair collisions of manned aircraft with small unmanned ones, all 26 members of a U.S. task force urged the agency, according to their Nov. 21 report on small drone registration. As those members wrestled with the question of the lower weight limit that should...
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