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March 1, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290...
March 1, 2014
Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) have awarded initial certification of the Bell 429 WLG. The helicopter was first unveiled at the National...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has established its own repair station...
March 1, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols...
March 1, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AgustaWestland AW189. First deliveries are expected during February, with Bristow Helicopters anticipating the first at their Norwich base for operations on oil rig support in the southern North Sea. The Bristow helicopter (show in image) is serial 49007 and is seen here in full colors with the British registration...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has received orders from the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior for two MD 530F aircraft. The Bolivian National Police will operate the aircraft to provide additional airborne security...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices. The unveiling occurred at Heli-Expo...
February 28, 2014
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), distributor of NVIS equipment, gave Rotor & Wing a look at the next step in night vision technology at the company’s Heli-Expo booth. ASU demonstrated new unfilmed image intensifier tubes (made by...
February 28, 2014
Over 150 Russian-made helicopters are currently involved in UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations around the world. Speaking at the Russian Hour conference at Heli-Expo 2014, representatives of Russian Helicopters...
February 27, 2014
EuroAvionics has acquired LCX Systems of Sarasota, Fla. EuroAvionics designs, produces and markets certified avionics systems and ground tools that interface with a wide range...
February 27, 2014
Marc Paganini, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters in the U.S., spoke briefly at a luncheon held for their airborne law enforcement customers on February 26. Paganini acknowledged the company’s name change and noted that the law...
February 27, 2014
The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba, Public...
February 27, 2014
Rotary-wing aeromedical retrieval services in New South Wales, Australia, will undergo a major restructure this year with the closure at the end of March of the tender process for a new Helicopter Retrieval Network. The restructure is aimed at ensuring the service can cope with an expected 23 percent increase in demand by 2022. A fleet of 15 helicopters (10 operational and five back-up) of various types...
February 27, 2014
Rotorcraft Services Group (RSG) company, RSG Products, Inc., is teaming with Heli-One to produce, support and co-market critical supplemental type certificates (STCs) within the Heli-One catalogue. The two companies also will collaborate on development of new-generation STCs.Initial available...
February 26, 2014
Because of the timing of this year’s Heli-Expo occurring at the end of February, the deadlines for the March print edition fell into “no man’s land” – that is, going to press right before the show started, and then coming out right after the show ends. Most of the news heading into the show was under embargo as we went to press, so a number of the stories that come from the...
February 25, 2014
According to the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), both Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engines had flamed out on the Scottish police Airbus Helicopter EC135 T2 that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow last November with 10 fatalities. However they have also discovered that there was fuel in the main onboard tank. A Special Bulletin issued by the AAIB on Febraury 14, 2014, stated...
February 25, 2014
Among one of first workshops to open at Heli-Expo 2014 on Monday, Feb. 24, was a military-to-civilian transition seminar. Stacy Sheard, Sikorsky production test pilot and former Army aviator, filled a room to maximum capacity as she ran a...
February 25, 2014
Helinet Technologies has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to develop and support a technology upgrade of the microwave downlink system utilized by the department's Air Support Division (ASD). The existing...
February 25, 2014
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed engine maintenance contracts with four U.S. emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operators that will keep their fleets flying...
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