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March 17, 2015
AgustaWestland recently delivered two new AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to Malaysian clients, configured for corporate and VIP transportation. To date, nearly 30 AW139s have been sold in Malaysia with aircraft in service with corporate customers, Weststar Aviation Services, Bomba and the Maritime Enforcement Agency. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Customers in Malaysia benefit from a wide...
March 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter has concluded its delivery of four Bell 412EPs to Heliservicio Campeche to support oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Heliservicio Campeche took delivery of the aircraft in December 2014. Heliservicio took delivery of their first Bell helicopter in 1991, and has since expanded its fleet to more than 35 Bell...
March 16, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries to develop two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). The LCH version is expected to enter service in 2020, and the LAH is targeted to enter service in 2022.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The two companies already have a...
March 16, 2015
AgustaWestland celebrated today the official opening of its new Regional Supply Center in Aberdeen, Scotland. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry. Located close to Aberdeen Airport, the new facility has been operational 24/7 since January of this year delivering spare parts to operators. The Supply Center supports a range...
March 13, 2015
Aviation Search Group has announced that, after a global search, Jeff Denomme has been named President of Alpine Aerotech. Mr. Denomme will succeed Jim Campbell, who is retiring after four years in the role. Denomme started his aviation career as an AME and has been a staple in the Canadian helicopter industry for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Alpine Aerotech, Mr. Denomme held executive leadership...
March 13, 2015
Rostec companies Russian Helicopters and Technodinamika, along with France’s Microturbo, have signed a trilateral memorandum on the joint development and production of a new auxiliary power unit (APU), Saphir 15, for the helicopter market. Under the memorandum, Russian Helicopters will become...
March 13, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have delivered the first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The KHI MCH-101, a license built version of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24A airborne mine hunting system and the Northrop Grumman AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection...
March 12, 2015
Multinational conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC) has announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for the corporation's Sikorsky Aircraft business, including a potential tax-free spinoff. "As part of the portfolio review announced last December, we are exploring strategic options for Sikorsky to determine the best way to enhance its long-term...
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...
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