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October 15, 2014
Edward Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a featured speaker during the Opening Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22. During his address, Bolton, whose office is responsible for leading the modernization of the nation’s airspace through the implementation of the Next Generation Air...
October 15, 2014
On Oct. 23, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will once again host its Careers in Business Aviation Day at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014). This dedicated career day, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will feature education sessions and tours, and is open to middle school, high school and college students across the U.S. who...
October 15, 2014
Elbit Systems will be presenting several products at their booth during the NBAA 2014 show. The company will be demonstrating existing products, and will also be launching some of their new merchandise.  The...
October 15, 2014
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), based in Boise, Idaho, U.S., announced this morning at Helitech International that the company has signed a new sales and service agreement with Vienna, Austria-based Helikopter Air Transportation GmbH (HeliAir). With the agreement, ASU will train HeliAir technicians on night vision goggle cockpit modifications at their maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in...
October 15, 2014
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) revealed this morning that United States Congressman William Shuster (R-9-PA) will serve as a keynote speaker for the Opening General Session of the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla. Shuster serves as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, a role that includes legislative...
October 15, 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has a new agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply the nacelle structures for its V-280 Valor. Along with supplying the nacelle structures, IAI has become a member of Team Valor, a group of...
October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering prototype helicopter that will be the conforming article for FAA ground and flight testing is currently undergoing...
October 15, 2014
Avincis has finalized its order for two Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3s. The U.K.-based civil aviation services provider's subsidiary Bond Air Services will operate the two aircraft...
October 15, 2014
Beijing Automotive Industrial Corp. (BAIC) of China has signed a $511 million order for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters. Under the multi-year contract...
October 14, 2014
AgustaWestland will be exhibiting its market leading range of commercial helicopters at Helitech International 2014 alongside a range of the company’s latest customer support and training solutions. AgustaWestland, which has the most modern range of twin-engine helicopters of any manufacturer, will be exhibiting the all-new AW169 in emergency medical service configuration alongside the market leading...
October 14, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for...
October 14, 2014
Bell Helicopter has made the first Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) sale in Europe. The aircraft will also be outfitted with the world’s first Bell 429 MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). Customers can customize the cabin interior of the Bell 429 MAGnificent to a variety of seating configurations, and choose from...
October 14, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group, already a force in rotorcraft leasing, will become more powerful in early 2015 when GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) closes on its $1.775 billion purchase of the Dublin-based lessor. Milestone Founder and Chairman Richard T. Santulli summed up what becoming part of the...
October 13, 2014
This year, Helitech International will feature exhibitors from countries including Australia, Ukraine, Russia, New Zealand and 13 European nations. More than 40 companies from North America will be participating, including eight companies making their first appearance in Amsterdam. To date, there are 35 first-time exhibitors from nine different countries.  Genesys Aerosystems, based in Mineral Wells...
October 13, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators around the world, has raised an additional $300 million in term loans to refinance existing assets previously funded under its Revolving Credit Facility. BNP Paribas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities acted as lead...
October 13, 2014
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a global provider of satellite tracking and communication solutions for maritime, land mobile and aviation assets, is showcasing two new satellite communication solutions at Helitech International.  The first model that will be displayed, the Hawkeye...
October 13, 2014
Sandel Avionics has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Sandel ST3400H HeliTAWS system. Sandel HeliTAWS meets all requirements specified in the EASA’s ETSO-C113: airborne multipurpose electronic...
October 13, 2014
We recently sat down with Jason Propes, SVP Helicopters & Light Turboprop Engines at Rolls-Royce to get an update on the status of their C47E engine program - the latest iteration of the venerable M250 - which was announced at Heli-Expo in 2013, and for which they received certification just last month. R&W: Can you give us a brief update on the status of the C47E program? Propes: Sure - One...
October 10, 2014
Legend has it that I showed up for my interview at the police aviation unit wearing a pocket protector. I categorically deny this. At that time, there existed a crusty, weathered Vietnam-Era instructor pilot who was heard to say, “I don’t care where you put that dweeb, just don’t put him on my team.” Well, you know how that request was answered. He had to live with me for years. I...
October 10, 2014
ADAC helicopters receive service at the operation’s maintenance facility. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Thomas Gassmann, director of business development and sales at the ADAC HEMS Academy at Bonn airport in Germany, runs ADAC’s annual international networking event for EC135/EC145 operators, now in its third year. The HEMS Academy provides what it claims is the world’s first civilian...
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