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March 1, 2008
If you’re involved in any part of the U.S. civil industry, that headline got your attention. "Fed," as in a federal government employee — in this case, one for the FAA, is a term that can engender warm feelings among holders of airman, operator, and other certificates. Not warm and friendly feelings, but ones ranging from indigestion to steam blowing out your ears. Such feelings...
March 1, 2008
HONEYWELL AEROSPACE (www.honeywell.com and www.honeywell.com/missionready) is displaying its new AgustaWestland AW139 corporate helicopter, which is fitted with Honeywell’s Primus Epic cockpit and cabin systems...
March 1, 2008
CHC SCOTIA HAS ACHIEVED A breakthrough with a major rescue off the northwest coast of Scotland during the worst storm of 2008 so far. The company has been operating a Sikorsky Aircraft S-92 for the U.K. Maritime and Coast Guard Agency from Stornoway, an island base northwest of Scotland, since October. During the early hours of Feb. 1, the crew was sent to...
March 1, 2008
PRESIDENT BUSH’S CHOICE TO BE the next head of the FAA is slated to visit Heli-Expo. Robert Sturgell, nominated last October by Bush to succeed Administrator Marion Blakey, is to head up the contingent of FAA officials coming to Houston to discuss topics ranging from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast to user fees. Sturgell had...
February 29, 2008
AgustaWestland is working to certify an 882-lb (400-kg) increase in the max gross weight for its AW139 by the end of this year or early next. The medium twin's current certified MGW is 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). The move...
February 28, 2008
Two Turkish engineers have built a prototype of an unmanned helicopter for use in surveying and mapping disaster sites, Microsoft claims. The engineers, Oquz...
February 28, 2008
Eurocopter reports collecting "intentions to buy" for 111 orders for its new EC175 from 13 different customers and 120 bookings for the rest of its product line during the three days of Heli-Expo 2008...
February 27, 2008
MD Helicopters Chairman and CEO Lynn Tilton is still considering moving the manufacturer from its Mesa, Ariz. home because of a rent increase there, The Fort Worth...
February 27, 2008
AgustaWestland Grand owner Scott Kasprowicz plans to attempt a new speed record for an around-the-world helicopter flight. Kasparowicz in February set a record for a transcontinental U.S. flight from New...
February 25, 2008
Here's a round-up of other news from Heli-Expo 2008's first day in Houston. Check back occasionally for additional news: On Jan. 30, the EC225 received its type certification from the FAA. The way is now cleared for the commercial operation in the...
February 25, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft is seizing Heli-Expo as an opportunity to size up potential commercial and other applications for its X2 technology. The company interrupted development of the X2 program, and the march toward first flight, to bring the prototype aircraft to the show in Houston. Team leaders said it is one thing to describe the aircraft, aimed at achieving 250-kt-plus...
February 25, 2008
Rolls-Royce in late December won FAA type certification of its new 300-shp-class RR300, which will power Robinson Helicopter's first turbine, the five-seat...
February 20, 2008
San Diego's city council voted unanimously yesterday to buy a second firefighting helicopter for the city Fire-Rescue Dept. Fire officials expect the helicopter to be in service before seasonal...
February 19, 2008
AgustaWestland today is cutting the ribbon on the second major expansion of its factory at Philadelphia's Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The added, 250,000-sq-ft...
February 19, 2008
Helicopters flew a record number of rescue flights in Austria's Tyrol region on Feb. 17, the Viennese newspaper Wiener Zeitung...
February 15, 2008
Frank Robinson is trying to persuade his top engineers to accelerate development of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s new R66. Robinson will update the industry on the status of the program to field that...
February 13, 2008
Rolls-Royce is spooling up a streamlined facility for production of Model 250 and new, 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft at its Indianapolis site. The...
February 8, 2008
Proof of that came in the form of U.S. President Bush's visit Jan. 30 to mega-helicopter maker Robinson Helicopter Co. ("Mega" because it set a record for civil helicopter production with its 2007 total of 823.) White House staffers some time back were looking for a good setting for...
February 6, 2008
Maryland’s state police still wants new helicopters to replace its fleet of Eurocopter AS365s. The governor, Martin O’Malley, has allocated $33.6 million to start the process by...
January 30, 2008
Texas's Public Safety Dept. will use the Chelton Flight Systems Synthetic Vision EFIS on its most recently ordered Eurocopter AS350B2 AStars. Each of the...
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