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November 27, 2012
AgustaWestland continues to advance the development program for the AW169, as the third prototype has gone airborne for the first time from the manufacturer’s facility in Cascina Costa, Italy...
November 27, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has signaled the beginning of a new race to supply the next Presidential helicopter. The release by the Program Office (PMA-274) on Nov. 23, 2012, of draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) contract had been expected and is likely to be followed by a formal RFP around mid-FY13, according to the NAVAIR advisory...
November 26, 2012
The Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket), the authority responsible for maritime and aeronautical search and rescue (SAR) services in Sweden, has placed an order with AgustaWestland for seven AW139 intermediate twins. The AW139s will be outfitted for SAR missions and equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), allowing all-weather operations in icing conditions. The helicopters will...
November 20, 2012
El Dorado, Calif.-based Sequoia Helicopters has chosen the Becker Avionics airborne BD406 beacon decoder for its MD530F. The decoder will be used to improve search and rescue (SAR) operations for the El Dorado County Sherriff’s Department Aero Squadron, which uses the MD530F from Sequoia on a voluntary basis. The BD406 has the capability to track and...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
November 16, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 by 500 lbs. Regulatory...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 13, 2012
Eurocopter has secured the first operator of its new variant of the AS332 C1e Super Puma. Based in Ireland and South Africa, Starlite Aviation Group becomes the launch customer for the C1e with the purchase of two Super...
November 12, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is worth around €150 million...
November 9, 2012
Navicom Aviation Corp. has signed with Latitude Technologies to distribute its WebSentinel flight following system in Japan. Navicom, an...
November 8, 2012
Whippany, N.J.-based Breeze-Eastern has inked a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to design and qualify an upgraded hydraulic control box for the fleet of Eurocopter H-65 Dolphins. A production contract for over 100 units is expected to...
November 7, 2012
The use of helicopters to fight high-rise fires, defined as being over seven stories, can cause more harm than good if operators are not properly trained, according to Glenn Daley of the New York Police Department. Daley was one of several speakers at the “High-Rise Aerial Firefighting and Rescue” conference held during the fifth biennial Dubai Helishow on November 6. For example, he noted, the...
November 5, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Ralph Hicks as the investigator-in-charge of the probe into the crash of an Atlanta Police Department Hughes OH-6 on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to witnesses on the...
November 2, 2012
To meet the needs of the growing Latin American helicopter market, AeroSimulators has unveiled a new website focused on...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407. Air Methods, which operates...
November 1, 2012
It was in October, about nine years ago. Mike and I had just landed after a routine night patrol. As I was completing my post-flight inspection and he was returning the nozzle to the fuel pump, I saw a car stop on the road off the end of the runway. This wasn’t unusual, since people frequently stopped whenever they saw us outside, probably to see if we were going to takeoff. But that’s where...
November 1, 2012
Phoenix, Ariz.-based PHI Air Medical will be using the Dubai Helishow to meet with “other world-class organizations” in order to “expand our footprint into many new...
November 1, 2012
The Rescue 915 crew of the Canadian Forces’ 103 Search and Rescue Squadron. Canadian Forces used an AgustaWestland AW101 during an Arctic rescue in October 2011. AgustaWestland has awarded the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian...
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