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January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 8, 2013
American Eurocopter had received an order from Geisinger Health System for another EC145. The helicopter will join...
January 7, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to provide five Bell 429s that will enter service with Turkey’s General Directorate of...
January 4, 2013
Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip...
January 2, 2013
The Philippine Navy will receive three AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopters following the signing of a Dec. 20 contract between the Philippine Armed Forces and AgustaWestland at the Department of National Defense (DND). The acquisition is valued at around $33.6 million and includes logistical support. According to a statement from the DND, in November 2012 the Naval Helicopter Acquisition Project (NHAP)...
January 1, 2013
We have all heard about “the bridge to nowhere.” What about a bridge to somewhere? Somewhere can be improved aviation capabilities en route to the U.S. Army’s Aim Point 2030. The challenge is with aviation leadership’s willingness to actually be the honest broker and analyze the benefits of the bridging technology available to them. A 200-plus-knot cruise speed for a Black Hawk...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
December 31, 2012
American Eurocopter has secured an order from Air Methods for 22 helicopters, 10 of which are the upgraded “T2” version of the EC130 that was uncovered at Heli-Expo in February 2012. The order...
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $4.8-million contract to Honeywell for the installation of the company’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) across the USCG’s fleet of MH-60T helicopters. The USCG order is for 42 Zing HUMS 1230 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits. Data collected from sensors located around the...
December 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
December 20, 2012
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a £258-million contract to extend the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) program to the expected end of service of the helicopter type in 2016. The SKIOS extension has been necessary following the need to rebid the search and rescues-helicopter (SAR-H) project. The military were...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 14, 2012
Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has acquired REACH Medical Holdings, which includes its Air Medical Services...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 11, 2012
FAA has granted certification for the Model TH-100 rotary wing trainer from Elite Simulation Solutions of Oviedo, Fla. The device...
December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 28, 2012
Stakes are getting ever higher as government rotary wing contract awards often have far-reaching positives for American defense contractors. In the works are programs to replace the Army’s scout helicopter (Armed Arial Scout) and the Air Force’s combat search and rescue (C-SAR) helicopters (Combat Rescue Helicopter—CRH). The scout replacement is now in round three after the...
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