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March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
March 4, 2015
You’re sitting in the hangar “fat, dumb and happy,” as my boss used to say, when you hear the sound that sends chills through your entire body every single time. It’s that terrified cry for back-up coming over the radio that signals something is so wrong, the officer on the other end can’t even pretend to be calm. Within minutes, you’re en route with the collective...
March 4, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX airframes to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican Armed Forces, the FAM covers the entire country, with 18 military air bases located across...
March 4, 2015
 The North American CEOs of two helicopter contractors told Rotor & Wing they believe the Army's controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is here to stay.   "It seems like, considering the actions the Army's taking, that it's a done deal," AgustaWestland North America CEO Robert LaBelle said Monday here on the eve of the Helicopter Association International's...
March 3, 2015
One of the cardinal rules of engineering says that anything made by man can be broken. And one of the cardinal rules of man is that when something is broken, you should try to fix it. But if it can’t be fixed, you’ll just have to get a brand new one. In the aviation world, virtually everything that makes a machine fly can break, so there must be ways to replace those items once they fail, or...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 3, 2015
Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The confirmation comes the same...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
March 2, 2015
DJI S-900 with DJI A2 Flight Controller. Photo by Mark Colborn Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. Who would guess that small consumer drones would create such a buzz? But apparently it was the event to attend. Left: Author’s hobby drone: a DJI F550 hexacopter with 2-axis gyro-stabilized GoPro Hero 3 camera. Center: DJI NAZA...
March 2, 2015
Bob Stenberg When money is tight—which, if we’re being honest with ourselves, is almost universally the case in this industry—aerospace buyers focus inward on cost centers rather than outward on the cutting edge. And with the latest drop in oil prices and U.S. defense spending, rotorcraft operators may forgo the next best ride and instead look for subtler ways to extend the life of their...
March 2, 2015
Last year, Avinco completed a total of 25 helicopter transactions in all ranges and mission types in Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Australia, Europe and Africa. Among these sales were the last two BO105s from its 17-strong portfolio acquired from the German Police. In disposing of this fleet, Avinco demonstrated its ability to manage the re-deployment of a large portfolio to a new life...
March 2, 2015
Aspen Avionics, Booth 3164, received overwhelming market acceptance of its Evolution Flight Display System for helicopters. The company has sold more than 500 Evolution Flight Displays to both Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and in the aftermarket. In addition to being a factory option for Robinson’s R22, R44 Raven I, R44 Raven II, and R66 helicopters, 13 STCs produced by avionics shops in...
March 2, 2015
Guidance Aviation has announced that this year's #HeliYeah Photo Sweepstakes will launch Tuesday, March 3 and run through Thursday, March 5 at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla. #HeliYeah's creator and main sponsor, Guidance Aviation, will be joined by BOSE, Rotorcraft Pro Magazine, and ForeFlight. To enter the daily photo sweepstakes, post a picture from Heli-Expo 2015 to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with...
March 2, 2015
 VIH Aerospace (VIHA), provider of global helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will be exhibiting at Heli-Expo 2015, Booth 3837.   VIHA will attend this year’s Heli-Expo with its  helicopter sales, production and management team to discuss customer requirements related to delivery of value-driven helicopter...
March 2, 2015
Latitude Technologies, a global supplier of flight data management, flight following, and Satcom solutions for helicopter operators, will be showcasing its complete product family at Heli-Expo 2015 at Booth...
March 2, 2015
At this year's Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter will showcase several updated aircraft and programs, including its progress on its newest products, the Bell 525 Relentless and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Bell's opening event, occurring at 12:00 p.m. in Booth 337 on March 3, will introduce new product upgrades for several...
March 2, 2015
For the first time, Greenwich AeroGroup and LiveTV Satellite Communications will be demonstrating the Safe Triage system and video transmission via LiveAero at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. Demonstrations of the system will be available at Greenwich AeroGroup’s booth #1546. The Safe Triage system is a touch screen medical device with a built-in knowledge base. It can secure real-time vital sign information and...
March 2, 2015
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA), will be featuring an AS350 Primary Fuel Tank static display at their booth #3212 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla., March 3-5. Designed in cooperation with Robertson Fuel Systems LLC, the direct replacement Primary Fuel Tank features multiple safety...
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