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October 1, 2014
An Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) EC225 Super Puma operated by Vancouver-based CHC Helicopter heads outbound from a platform. Photo by Anthony Pecchi, Provided by CHC   Aircraft leasing was, for years, the sole province of the fixed-wing, commercial airline world. But, in the last few years, rotorcraft leasing has gone from being a niche player to a multi-million dollar, highly competitive...
October 1, 2014
The Northrop Grumman upgrade UH-60V glass cockpit that will be installed into U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawks. Photo courtesy Northrop Grumman Redstone Defense Systems has selected Northrop Grumman to supply its integrated...
September 30, 2014
ARGUS International has entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC), also known has the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, that recognizes ARGUS’s support of PSAAC as the official...
September 30, 2014
ELITE Simulation Solutions has opened the first international ELITE Simulation Training and Safety Management Centers, known as ELITE Sim Centers, in Orlando, Fla. and in Dubendorf, Switzerland.  ...
September 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters and Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies (KRET), both part of State Corporation Rostec, have started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter kitted out with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite. Hovering tests will take places at the National Helicopter Building Centre in the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant flight-test complex. KBO-17 avionics have been fitted to the first test model of the...
September 29, 2014
The first group of third-year students at the Syzran campus of the Zhukovsky and Gagarin Air Force Academy's Military Training Centre have completed training on new Ansat-U helicopters designed and built at Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec). Previously Ansat-U helicopters were undergoing operation testing, and students were...
September 29, 2014
Australian company One Atmosphere hopes to have its Pegasus Aircraft Buoyancy System (ABS) certificated for use on civil helicopters within 12 to 18 months. Pegasus is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It can quickly float an aircraft up to 10 tons in weight from a depth of 10 meters and keep it afloat for four hours. The system...
September 29, 2014
Six unmanned aerial system (UAS) motion picture companies recently convinced the FAA that they could safely film TV and movie scenes with drones. The FAA granted numerous exemptions to Part 21 and 91 regulations. Airworthiness certification processes were waived and an “on-demand” maintenance schedule was accepted. Each company was required to submit both a detailed Motion Picture and...
September 29, 2014
Coptersafety's AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) has received EASA Level D certification from the Finnish CAA (Trafi) and is...
September 25, 2014
MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has been awarded the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award. It was presented in recognition of her entrepreneurial dedication to American industry through her company, Patriarch Partners. Only those who have participated in...
September 25, 2014
At a ‘sundown ceremony’ on August 28, the U.S. Marine Corps officially retired its UH-1N fleet after over 40 years of service. The ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans. The honor of presenting the aircraft during the ceremony was given to Marine Light Attack Squadron 773, Detachment A, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 49. Manufactured by...
September 24, 2014
The Australian Army now has the best available visual simulation for its AS665 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger training, according to Thales. The company has announced that it delivered ahead of schedule an...
September 24, 2014
Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) has been conducting flight trials of two unmanned helicopters in local rainforests to detect noxious weeds which are a threat to native plants and animals. The small, unmanned helicopters – which can fit into the back of a van – were developed by robotics researchers at CSIRO as part of Project ResQu, which...
September 23, 2014
Russian Helicopters, along with Concern Radio-Electric Technologies (KRET), has started testing the Mi-171A2 helicopter with the KBO-17 on-board avionics suite.  The suite, developed at KRET’s Ulyanovsk Instrument Manufacturing Design Bureau, allows the Mi-171A2 to operate safely at any time, day or...
September 18, 2014
Rotor & Wing spoke with Bristow Group CEO Jonathan Baliff about the state of the industry and of Bristow Group. Here is a small taste of what to expect. See the full interview in Rotor & Wing's Helitech International Show Daily, or watch for it via email at the end of the show. Rotor & Wing: What are the main changes you've seen in the past four years in the helicopter industry? Jonathan...
September 17, 2014
Bond Helicopters has received a multi-million dollar contract from the UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) to upgrade the mission systems of each of their seven EC135T2...
September 17, 2014
Bell Helicopter will be showcasing the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X this month at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (ADD) show in Tshwane, South Africa. Currently, there are more than 170 Bell 206 Jet Rangers operating in Africa, most of them over 20 years...
September 16, 2014
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) has presented One Atmosphere with its 2014 Eureka award in support of outstanding science for safeguarding Australia for its Pegasus helicopter emergency buoyancy system. The system is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system – like an air bag – that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It is...
September 15, 2014
Thales Australia has completed the upgrade of Australia’s Tiger helicopter full-flight mission simulator (FFMS) to deliver the highest levels of “out of the window” realism of any Tiger FFMS in the world, according to the manufacturer. Working with prime contractor Airbus Group Australia Pacific and customer Australian Army...
September 12, 2014
The Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG) used a Bell 429 to debut its VVIP MAGnificent luxury cabin interior design at the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On show for the first time in Latin America, Armando Sassoli, co-general manager...
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