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December 19, 2014
North Flight Data Systems (NORTH FDS) has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Heli-Flight to equip their EC130 and AS350B3 helicopters with their integrated flight data system. NORTH FDS has applied to Transport Canada for validation of their AS350/EC130B4 FAA STC, which will cover AS350B3 and EC130B4 installations. The first Canadian installations will be performed on Phoenix Heli-Flight’s...
December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 18, 2014
Rockwell Collins has received a $420 million, four-year contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for continued deliveries of the ARC-210 advanced airborne software defined radio (SDR) system. The system is...
December 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016. The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with...
December 15, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced today that its fleet of Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has recently passed the milestone of 250,000 flight hours. Since entering service in 2007, the V-22 has seen extensive service within the US Military. It was used heavily in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of...
December 12, 2014
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will begin the production of Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) in a new facility located near Bangalore, India in three and a half years according to reports in the Indian media. The Hindu online reported that HAL received documents for 610 acres of land around the town...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 11, 2014
AgustaWestland is under contract to deliver four new helicopters to customers in Italy, Vietnam and Japan. The first helicopter, an AW169, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2015 to the Italian transport company HoverFly Srl. The helicopter will perform passenger transport missions from the company’s base near Rome. The new AW169 will replace HoverFly’s aging AS365, providing greater...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
December 9, 2014
On Nov. 15, 2014, the FAA approved the R66 Turbine Marine, a variant of Robinson Helicopter Company’s R66 Turbine equipped with pop-out floats. The pop-out floats add approximately 65 pounds to the helicopter’s empty weight...
December 8, 2014
The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey successfully demonstrated its forward-firing capability at the United States Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz. Initial design work for the forward...
December 8, 2014
The Indian Navy has chosen Sikorsky to fulfill their Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for maritime roles including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). Negotiations for the production of 16 S-70B SEAHAWK helicopters are...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including...
December 4, 2014
European helicopter management, charter, and training company Starspeed has boosted its capability for off-airfield landings with the purchase of two GL3 Portable Approach Path Indicators. Designed by Bauertech Instruments...
December 4, 2014
This NVIS-compatible panel is made by Rogerson Kratos. It is installed aboard a Bell 429 that was on display at the Airborne Law Enforcement Assoc. conference in July, 2014. Photo by Ernie Stephens Night vision imaging systems (NVIS) can improve the safety of flying at night dramatically. But the enhanced safety can only be realized with proper implementation of the entire system, and not just the goggle...
December 3, 2014
New Zealand’s Composite Helicopters International has confirmed it plans to continue development of the KC-518 Adventourer despite the all-composite helicopter recently suffering a second crash in its flight-testing program. The KC-518, which has been under development for a couple of years, is described by Composite Helicopters as the world’s first all-composite frameless helicopter. The...
December 3, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation. The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
December 1, 2014
FDC/Aerofilter manufactures this PMA filter for the Bell 206L-1, L-3 and L-4. Image courtesy of FDC/Aerofilter Protecting the power plant from the worst effects of the ingestion of particles has always been a problem. But when United States military helicopter forces began operating in the dusty environments of Iraq, and then the even worse and oft quoted “talcum powder” environment experienced...
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