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May 24, 2012
Alaska-based North Slope Borough’s SAR Aviation Unit has selected Night Flight Concepts for...
May 23, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has announced a final call for nominations for its second annual Night Vision awards, which will be presented on July 12 during the Airborne...
May 23, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and U.S. FAA have published emergency airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring operators of the Eurocopter EC135 to inspect the main rotor hub (MRH) after a crack was discovered during a...
May 18, 2012
Russian Helicopters took the wraps off a new variant—the medium-category, multi-role Kamov Ka-62—on Thursday during HeliRussia 2012. Intended for the cargo transport, EMS, offshore, SAR and corporate sectors, the helicopter will feature a five-bladed...
May 17, 2012
The California Department of Fire Protection and the U.S. Marine Corps took part in the fifth annual Wildland Firefighting Exercise...
May 16, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Microturbo has conducted the initial flight trials of the e-APU60 auxiliary power unit as part of AgustaWestland’s efforts to certify the AW189. The in-flight...
May 15, 2012
EADS subsidiary Eurocopter has announced plans to showcase its X3 (X-cube) hybrid demonstrator in the U.S. starting in June. The first stop on the summer tour will be American Eurocopter headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas on June 20, said Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during...
May 15, 2012
The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met on Monday to discuss preliminary findings of last week’s Eurocopter EC225 ditching in the North Sea. Fourteen people on board the Bond Offshore-operated helicopter escaped without injury after the pilots experienced a loss of gearbox oil...
May 11, 2012
Portland, Ore.-based Max-Viz is reporting a 35 percent uptick in 2011 shipments of its EVS-1500 enhanced vision system for rotorcraft over the previous year. The company...
May 11, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over a second EC225 to Airtelis, a subsidiary of French public utility, RTE (Electricity Transmission...
May 11, 2012
Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on Thursday at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo Coco took the aircraft through its paces along...
May 10, 2012
The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has signed a multi-year contract with Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight...
May 9, 2012
Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas. The May 1 roundtable discussion was part of a three-day event from AHS International that featured AgustaWestland’s Dr. James Wang...
May 9, 2012
Tempe, Ariz.-based Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has obtained EASA certification for its Bell 206B/L composite tail rotor blades. FAA...
May 8, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s Military...
May 7, 2012
Eurocopter has received an order for an additional eight EC145s from the Kazakhstan government. The octuplet is part of a...
May 7, 2012
Peoria, Ill.-based OSF Aviation, a division of OSF HealthCare, has received the first of four Eurocopter EC145s outfitted with...
May 2, 2012
Kelowna, Canada-based Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing (AEM) has agreed to provide the Turkish National Police with its...
May 1, 2012
Florida's Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) has chosen Becker Avionics' DVCS6100 digital audio...
May 1, 2012
I know that some of you must think that I’m an anarchist. I have BMW-ed—that’s “bitched, moaned and whined” in California speak—about most of the regulators of aviation at one point or another. Whether it’s the FAA or the NTSB, I have my concerns. After 40-plus years in the helicopter business I have seen instances of abuse of power that reinforces Lord...
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