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December 31, 2014
On Dec. 16, the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman successfully flew an MQ-8C Fire Scout for the first time from the guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham, off the Virginia coast. After more than a year of land-based testing at Point Mugu, California, the MQ-8C Fire Scout grew its sea legs, making 22 takeoffs and 22 precision landings while operated from the ship's ground control station.  ...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
December 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters' new light multirole commercial Ansat with hydro-mechanical controls has received an additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC AR), authorizing it for commercial passenger transport operations. Commercial deliveries are due to start in 2015.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters This confirms that the Ansat meets aviation...
December 29, 2014
FlightSafety International will soon offer simulator training for the Airbus EC145 helicopter. Currently under design and development, the new FS1000 simulator for the EC145 is expected to receive Level D qualification and enter service early in 2016. The new FS1000 is equipped with FlightSafety’s VITAL 1100 visual system and Crewview glass mirror with a 200 x 60 degree field of view and 60-inch...
December 29, 2014
Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first Sikorsky S-76D helicopter to operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service, and will be on lease from Milestone Aviation Group. Milestone currently has 86 Sikorsky aircraft in its fleet with 55 S-92 helicopters and 31 S-76 aircraft including four S-76D helicopters.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The new generation S-76D...
December 26, 2014
In November and December, Russian Helicopters delivered eight new Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. At an official ceremony marking their integration into the Peruvian Air Force, the helicopters were well received by Peru's leadership.   Photo courtesy Russian Helicopters During his speech at the Air Force base in Callao, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala Tasso...
December 24, 2014
AgustaWestland has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for its AW189 search and rescue (SAR) variant, paving the way for delivery of aircraft for the UK's SAR program. The range of kits for SAR missions now EASA certified for the AW189 include the following: a dual rescue hoist with camera system; search radar; high definition FLIR system; searchlight; increased capacity fuel...
December 23, 2014
A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m. (EST), Dec. 21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring...
December 23, 2014
Leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry and hobbyist groups, along with the federal government, have launched a new education campaign titled “Know Before You Fly,” which provides prospective operators with the information and guidance they need to fly safely and responsibly. The effort is being spearheaded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems...
December 23, 2014
Gulf Coast Avionics has completed a full digital upgrade on a Bell 412EP helicopter operated by the National Air and Navy Service of Panama. “When this 412 arrived in our shop last August, it looked every bit like a helicopter that had worked long and hard. As you can imagine, its original analog avionics and instruments were becoming unreliable and difficult to repair," said Rick Garcia, Gulf...
December 22, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has finished delivering three airframes to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET): the first NH90 GSPA tactical transport helicopter, and two new Tiger HAD-E combat helicopters. All three airframes were assembled in the Spanish plant in Albacete, and are supported by an Industrial Participation Plan that fully involves the Spanish industry, headed by Airbus Helicopters Espana, in the...
December 22, 2014
Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has revealed plans to carry blood starting Jan. 2015, making roadside blood transfusions available for the first time ever in its service area. GNAAS will become one of only a few air ambulances in the world to perform the life-saving procedure after forging links with another charity and one of the North East’s leading hospitals. The air...
December 19, 2014
On Dec. 18, DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), a Montreal-based designer and manufacturer of flight management, navigation and other high-tech avionics systems. Under the...
December 19, 2014
North Flight Data Systems (NORTH FDS) has entered into an agreement with Phoenix Heli-Flight to equip their EC130 and AS350B3 helicopters with their integrated flight data system. NORTH FDS has applied to Transport Canada for validation of their AS350/EC130B4 FAA STC, which will cover AS350B3 and EC130B4 installations. The first Canadian installations will be performed on Phoenix Heli-Flight’s...
December 19, 2014
AgustaWestland has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on offset contracts with four major companies in the Polish industrial sector representing various regions and areas of expertise. The official signing ceremony was held on Dec. 18, 2014 at the headquarters of...
December 18, 2014
The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) has received renewal for Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Part 147 certification and approval to conduct six new technical training courses at the Bell Helicopter Singapore Service Center. The CAAS approval expands the BTA’s ability to provide regulated maintenance courses in the Asia Pacific region. The certification...
December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 18, 2014
Rockwell Collins has received a $420 million, four-year contract from the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for continued deliveries of the ARC-210 advanced airborne software defined radio (SDR) system. The system is...
December 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016. The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with...
December 17, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), Dec. 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, Calif. The MQ-8B Fire Scout was operated...
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