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February 13, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for eleven helicopters valued at approximately €110 million (US $125 million). The contract includes a mix of AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super-medium twin engine helicopters that make up the AgustaWestland Family of helicopters spanning the 4 to 8 tonne helicopter categories. The helicopters...
February 12, 2015
I told a story about one of my past chief pilots in my last article. His opinion, as it related to training on light turbine helicopters, was as follows: point the thing in the middle where you want to go, push the thing on the left down to make the houses bigger, pull up to make them smaller and adjust the pedals accordingly. In a moment of deadline-induced hysteria, I said push down or pull up on the...
February 12, 2015
Ultra Electronics was won an $27.6 million (£18 million) contract to supply sonobuoys for the Royal Navy's (RN) Merlin AW101 maritime patrol helicopters. The contract is for two years with a further option for two years. The deal includes...
February 12, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fly in a wide area of North Dakota, which will give the industry more opportunities for research that could help integrate UAS into the National Airspace System. Two Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) awarded to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site greatly expand the airspace available for...
February 12, 2015
AgustaWestland has completed the delivery of the Italian Police’s AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. Deliveries began in mid-2013, and now eight aircraft are in service at five different bases in central and southern Italy: three aircraft are in Pratica di Mare close to Rome, two in Reggio Calabria and one each in Bari, Palermo and Fenosu. Photo courtesy...
February 11, 2015
Plenty of chatter this past year was devoted to the clear uprising of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. This tech is now within the purchasable grasp of the general public. It has spread, almost virally, and as a result has outpaced much of the development of rules for use in the National Airspace System. The FAA is scrambling to implement some sort of legal control over the use of...
February 11, 2015
Bell Helicopter has a signed agreement with Erickson Incorporated to assume product support responsibility of the Bell 214 B and ST models, including spare parts supply, technical assistance, maintenance training, and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. The agreement will extend the life of the Bell 214 aircraft and support a licensing agreement for Erickson to make, buy and distribute Bell...
February 11, 2015
CHC Group Ltd., the parent company of CHC Helicopter, announced that the board of directors has appointed Karl Fessenden chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors effective Feb. 9, replacing William Amelio, who will be leaving the company. Mr. Fessenden joins CHC from GE, where over his 20-year career at the company he...
February 11, 2015
At the 2nd National Airport Infrastructure Show and Civil Aviation held in Moscow at Crocus Expo on Feb. 10-12, Russian Helicopters will showcase the latest equipment for aircraft maintenance bases and service centers. Russian Helicopters currently offers its clients a modern after-sale support service, built on the principle of integrated logistics support for the full-life cycle of the helicopter...
February 10, 2015
With sensors increasingly being attached to dynamic components in new helicopters, maintainers are facing a massive increase in aircraft data. Sensor data is fed into the aircraft’s computers, and then downloaded to computers in the maintenance shop – providing not only information on immediate problem areas, but also significant data for trending. This allows a shift from time-based to...
February 10, 2015
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico...
February 9, 2015
As we were going to press with this issue, I happened to notice two different stories in the mainstream media, both about new startup companies offering helicopter shuttle services. One story was from the Jan. 20 edition of the New York Post, and you can access it from our website at Why take a taxi to the airport when you can take a helicopter? The other was posted the very next day on the Wall Street...
February 9, 2015
The Sikorsky S-70i is manufactured by PZL Mielec in Poland. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Contrary to the end-of-year rumblings that Sikorsky would withdraw its bid for the Polish military’s requirement for 70 medium-lift utility helicopters, when the announcement of the bidders was made by the Polish Armament Inspectorate on Dec. 30, 2014, Sikorsky’s name was present through subsidiary PZL...
February 9, 2015
Several times over the past couple of months, I was told horror stories about how great candidates for police pilot jobs were disqualified for employment by the polygraph during the application process. And the story was always the same: If it wasn’t because the applicant revealed that they had sampled a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) too many times or too recently, it was because they had lied...
February 6, 2015
Dr. Roman Sperl and Thomas Hütsch confirming the agreement for both companies to cooperate over the development of training systems and programs. Photo courtesy ADAC A new long-term partnership has been formed to develop synthetic training systems and training programs for helicopter operators in Germany and internationally. ADAC HEMS Academy and Reiser Simulation and Training will cooperate in...
February 6, 2015
PrecisionHawk, UAV manufacturer and Aerial Data Processing and Analysis Company, recently released its Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System (LATAS) to aid...
February 6, 2015
Metro Aviation recently obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 B3 with Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) capability, meeting the FAA’s 2020 deadline. “Metro had the opportunity to obtain the ADS-B STC in conjunction with a fleet order of AS350 B3s. Not only will future aircraft installations benefit from the STC, but we will be able...
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational courses, exhibitors, events and seminars that cover all aspects of the helicopter community including military...
February 5, 2015
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The arrangement will integrate efforts from...
February 5, 2015
Inside the Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center. Photos by Andrew Drwiega The Bavarian Mountain Rescue Center in Bad Tolz, southern Germany, is one of the world’s leading full-scale helicopter rescue training centers. Called the Center for Safeness and Training, it has been purposely built to provide the most challenging rescue environments – all from the comparative luxury of an indoor center where...
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