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June 11, 2014
There is an impressive variety of tugs and dollies available for every conceivable type of rotary wing operation: wheels, manually controlled dollies, electric and gas-powered tugs, and powered platforms – some with wireless remote control. When maneuvering on a ramp or in and out of a hangar there is equipment that will pull, push, lift and perform the task at hand safely and efficiently. Some units...
June 11, 2014
An Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is simply a device that, when activated in the event of an unplanned landing or accident, sends out a distress signal pinpointing your location. It’s the one device that you hope you never need, but in the event that you do you want it to work perfectly. There are several things to consider when looking at ELTs. Most older ELTs, which were notoriously...
June 11, 2014
One of the inevitabilities encountered in gaining rotary-wing aviation experience, when compared to indulgence in the relative orderliness of most fixed-wing flying, is the endless cavalcade of random safety challenges which are absolutely guaranteed to befall the virtuous pilot, however cautious and conservative that individual might aspire to be. Early recollections of Coast Guard operations, as...
June 11, 2014
The U.S. Army has awarded Evergreen Helicopters of McMinnville, Ore. a $10.6 million modification to an existing contract to...
June 11, 2014
Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy have completed successful tests of the unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout simultaneously with the MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter for the first time. The capability demonstrates how a mix of aircraft can increase a ship commander's intelligence-gathering capabilities aboard the...
June 11, 2014
CAE has signed an agreement with African-based Caverton Helicopters to provide training center operation services over six years. The pioneer training center will be located in Lagos, Nigeria and is scheduled to be ready for operation in...
June 10, 2014
To virtually no one’s surprise, the upcoming end to a decade of war has resulted in a serious drop in the U.S. President’s fiscal year 2015 military budget, with little hope for increases over the next half-decade or so. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) budget request for FY15 is $495.6 billion, compared to the FY14 budget of $615.10 billion. From that, the Army is asking for $120.5...
June 10, 2014
While contemplating how to encompass several thoughts about recent events into one article, an old English wedding custom came to mind involving old, new, borrow and blue (I got married in December 2013 so some matrimonial themes have still not been swept from my consciousness). Something Old: Continuity with the past. This month I visited Sikorsky in Stratford, Conn. and had the privilege of being showed...
June 10, 2014
Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region on possible purchases following a recent successful tour of the EC175 and EC145 T2 in the region. Asia is an area where Airbus sees great potential for its products and the manufacturer has been focused on growing its business in the region for some time, it acknowledges. The manufacturer has been particularly...
June 9, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter - a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin - will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service’s...
June 9, 2014
Quebec Provincial Police have confirmed that three prisoners used a helicopter to escape from the Orsainville detention center in Quebec City. The breakout occurred during the evening hours of June 7, launching a manhunt that covers a wide swath of eastern Canada and the United States. “A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three...
June 9, 2014
AgustaWestland and Havelsan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and jointly market and sell their complementary training products and capabilities. Witnessed by the Turkish Undersecretary for Defense...
June 9, 2014
UTair Group has restructured the insurance program for its helicopter fleet, covering and expanding the number and types of insurance risks. The new policy provides hull coverage on helicopters of the Mil family, including Russian-built Mi-8AMT/MTV, Mi-171 and Mi-26 helicopters and the Kamov...
June 6, 2014
Bell Helicopters has boosted its presence in the Chinese helicopter market following the recent signing of a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a new Bell 407GX. As the company’s first helicopter, it will be used for sightseeing, VIP transport and agriculture support. The latest sale in China follows a number announced by Bell this year, including two 407GXs to...
June 6, 2014
EuroTec Canada and SkyTrac Systems have successfully captured and transmitted data from a helicopter vehicle engine monitoring device (VEMD) into engineering units...
June 6, 2014
The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.   Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked...
June 6, 2014
Heli-One has opened a new hangar in Rzeszow, Poland which will benefit customers in the Europe and the Middle East and who operate “heavy” helicopters. Heli-One, a subsidiary of CHC Helicopter, is an independent provider of...
June 6, 2014
Sikorsky Innovations, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft, has crowned a team from Danbury High School as the winner of the 2014 annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Challenge. Sikorsky Innovations co-sponsors the competition with Connecticut Corsair, a volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of education and Connecticut businesses, and Connecticut Innovations, an organization...
June 5, 2014
New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority is reviewing safety awareness training involving Robinson helicopters in the country over the next 12 to 15 months after a recently-released final report into a fatal accident involving a R22 in April 2011 raised safety concerns. On April 27, 2011, an instructor and a student died when an R22 crashed during a cross-country training flight in the Southern Alps...
June 5, 2014
Shadin has delivered its DO-178 Level A custom AIS-360 data converter less than 30 days after initial contact by customer Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. Enabled by the Avionics Interface...
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