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March 12, 2015
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announces the hiring of Frank DeFeo as its Director of Business Development. DeFeo will be responsible for securing new Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) partnerships, growing DACs ECD manufactured products and acquiring...
March 12, 2015
Aero Products Component Services, an Arizona based Bell Helicopter Customer Service facility has announced the unveiling of its aircraft decommissioning service. As legacy model aircraft continue to age, many operators make the decision that, instead of selling...
March 11, 2015
Since the U.S. Airways landing on the Hudson River in New York, “bird strike” is one of those electrically charged buzz-phrases guaranteed to command the immediate attention of all pilots, perhaps especially operators of helicopters, who are largely consigned to spending the majority of their working lives flying at bird-rich altitudes. Many of us have bird near-miss stories, and quite a few...
March 11, 2015
On Feb. 5, Erickson Incorporated announced that it had initiated a drastic corporate restructuring process to, “create significant new efficiencies and cost reductions, improve profitability, and enhance the Company’s overall competitive position.” This process also meant that the company would lay off approximately 150 of its employees, primarily in its United States offices. Rotor &...
March 11, 2015
At the recent Customer Advisory Board (CAB), AgustaWestland launched a dedicated Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG) to focus on AW139 component reliability analysis and to provide AW139 customers with the most reliable data. Developed by the AW139 Product Support Engineering group, this initiative further enhances the level of service that AgustaWestland provides to the...
March 11, 2015
On the evening of Tuesday, March 10, an Army National Guard helicopter went down off the Gulf Coast of Florida. The UH-60 Black Hawk, carrying seven U.S. Marines and a crew...
March 11, 2015
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (CPI Aero®) has been selected as a winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council’s 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards recognize world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders that distinguish themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enable their companies to anticipate and respond to...
March 11, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-11-2015] Loong Airlines, based in China’s Zhejiang Province, has selected Thales Avionics Topflight Flight Management System (FMS) to equip their fleet of 30 Airbus A320s, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2018. Loong...
March 10, 2015
Many in our industry fear unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will replace regular helicopter operations—a valid concern. Qualified pilots will always shuttle passengers from point to point, and fly to the middle of nowhere in the dead of night to pick up an accident victim. I do not believe the general public will ever accept pilotless aircraft for regular passenger flights, even though many new aircraft...
March 10, 2015
FEC Heliports Rapid Deployment Battery-Operated Helipad Lights FEC Heliports have improved the specification of their rapid deployment battery-operated helipad lights. The high intensity LED lights are now available with wireless control enabling the operation of color, intensity and flash pattern through a remote key fob. If used in conjunction with FEC’s Remote Lighting Controller, pilot operation...
March 10, 2015
Guillaume Faury, president and CEO, Airbus Helicopters acknowledged that his company had been through a challenging year of change in 2014. During his first full year in charge, he had to contend with the fallout and reputation management from the North Sea accidents, as well as a corporate change and realignment with the Airbus brand away from the runaway brand that had been Eurocopter. The organization...
March 10, 2015
Bristow Group has raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 (formerly EC175) to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. This endorsement was formalized during a signing ceremony at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. It expands upon Bristow’s initial order agreement, announced two years ago. Deliveries of the H175s will...
March 10, 2015
Able Aerospace Services has launched a new service line providing Level 1 bearing inspection and Level 2 bearing overhaul and repair for the Bell 206 and 407. The company plans to add additional aircraft bearings services in the coming months.   Photo courtesy of Able Aerospace Services “Able prides itself on being a one-stop, value-add solution for its...
March 10, 2015
Era Group Inc., one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, will present at the Sidoti and Company 19th Annual Emerging Growth Research...
March 10, 2015
The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfill commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government.   UH-72A Lakotas on flightline at...
March 9, 2015
Image courtesy Airbus Helicopters. Even with next-generation airframes coming off the assembly line, some OEMs are revamping their internal processes. Airbus Helicopters, whose X4 is arguably the most highly anticipated design of 2015, has made its own safety contribution by publishing the first helicopter flight crew operation manual (FCOM) for the EC225 LP for offshore missions. This airframe is a...
March 9, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of oil and gas...
March 9, 2015
AgustaWestland has appointed Heliconia Industrie Sarl as an Authorized Service Center for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Morocco. Heliconia, an official distributor of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in Morocco since early 2014, with two offshore-configured AW139s already in service and a contract for two additional helicopters, will provide a range of support and maintenance services from...
March 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed agreement for the sale of four Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by Air Evac Lifeteam for HEMS missions. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter "It’s extremely...
March 9, 2015
LCI Helicopters, the helicopter leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into an agreement with SQN Capital Management, LLC (SQN), an independent asset manager headquartered in New York City, to manage a fleet of seven recently acquired helicopters. LCI Helicopters will offer a range of services to SQN including asset management, insurance, rent collection, maintenance oversight, inspections and...
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