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October 1, 2013
MX-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging system from L-3. L-3 Wescam photo The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has issued an acquisition...
October 1, 2013
Mi-35M flight test. Photos by Andrew Drwiega For a journalist who was brought up during the Cold War, when NATO and Soviet Bloc forces were layered in depth either side of Churchill’s Iron Curtain, witnessing the transformation that has taken place within Russia over the last decade has been a revelation. (See more photos from the Rostvertol visit.) A decade ago when I travelled to Kazan city to view...
October 1, 2013
As pilots and safety professionals, we see the acronym IHST all the time, but do we really know what it represents? Some of us actually know what it means and what they do, but not everyone is are aware of the mandate the International Helicopter Safety Team has within the rotary wing community. I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Fred Brisbois, co-chair of IHST’s U.S Safety...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
September 27, 2013
Bell Helicopter has selected aerospace and defense industry filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson to provide engine protection on the 525 Relentless. Under the contract, Donaldson will begin...
September 27, 2013
BLR Aerospace has received EASA certification to install its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system on the Bell 412. The FastFin System, which provides...
September 25, 2013
Outside of Helitech, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it is to review North Sea helicopter operations together with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). According to the CAA statement, the review “will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter...
September 25, 2013
A range of international operators agreed on the second day of Helitech International 2013 in London that the certification process stipulated by authorities to allow helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators to use night vision goggles (NVGs) in Europe needs to be quicker and more streamlined. While all confirmed that safety had to be the main consideration whether operators were conducting...
September 25, 2013
Kicking off the opening day of Helitech on Tuesday, Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet, executive vice president of global business and services, said that the manufacturer’s market share in the UK “was something special in Eurocopter.” With new president and CEO Guillaume Faury unable to fly to London as flights were cancelled due to fog, Maudet hosted a press briefing in...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter has opened a new maintenance center in Kent, England with the signing of a purchase agreement by Heli-Charter to acquire the first Bell 429 configured for helicopter air...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 23, 2013
 AgustaWestland has handed over the first of seven AW139s to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Sweden's maritime and aeronautical services provider is...
September 19, 2013
The UK’s Prince William, otherwise known as Flight Lt. William Wales, Royal Air Force, has completed his tour of duty as a search and rescue pilot with C Flight, 22 Squadron. His tour ended on September 10 with no incidents...
September 18, 2013
Eurocopter has launched localizer performance with vertical (LPV) guidance using the helicopter landing pad at its headquarters in Germany, the first helipad in Europe to make use of the GPS guided instrument approach...
September 17, 2013
A MRH90 full flight and mission simulator (FFMS) from CAE is now operational at the Australian Army’s Aviation Training Center Oakey in Queensland. The Australian Defence Force has approved...
September 16, 2013
Eurocopter’s UK subsidiary has delivered an EC135 in the P2i variation to Devon Air Ambulance, a HEMS charity...
September 16, 2013
Transport Canada has approved Aerolite's EMS cabin configuration for AgustaWestland AW109S and SP models.      AW109SP EMS interior. Photo...
September 11, 2013
Portland, Ore.-based Simplex Aerospace has reached an agreement with the Changhe manufacturing facility in China to develop a Fire Attack system specifically for the Avicopter AC313. The tank for the...
September 11, 2013
Dallas, Texas-based Med-Trans Corp. has added a second location to its Life Air Rescue program in Natchitoches, La. The 24-hour helicopter EMS program will...
September 4, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators have already returned their helicopters back to service. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in the...
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