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May 13, 2014
As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013. It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents. Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow this western and southern trend. Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents by State – 2008 through...
May 13, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load and winching and rappelling operations in the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched aboard an...
May 13, 2014
Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing has closed on a five-year term loan facility with a Goldman Sachs-led group. The helicopter lessor will use the funding to refinance six existing helicopters under Waypoint’s $385 million revolving credit facility, consisting of AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky S-76C++ and S-92 variants. The $72.5-million term loan “allows us to recycle our revolving...
May 13, 2014
DAC International has announced that the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil (ANAC) in Brazil has approved its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Trig Avionics TT22 transponder with the FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS/GPS sensor for the ADS-B Out compliance for use with the Sikorsky S-76 A/B/C...
May 12, 2014
Columbia Helicopters has added a known quantity to its board of directors – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William T. "Tim" Crosby (Retired). Crosby retired after serving almost 35 years in the U.S. Army, most recently as program executive officer (PEO) for U.S. Army Aviation. His service included a...
May 12, 2014
The U.S. Navy has awarded Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft the contract to build the next fleet of helicopters for the President of the United States. The $1.24-billion VXX Presidential Helicopter Replacement contract calls for the testing and delivery of six FAA-certified S-92s specially modified for the mission, as well as two training simulators for the Marine Corps unit that will operate them...
May 12, 2014
Northrop Grumman and Yamaha have agreed to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The new system, called the Rotary-Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with autonomous control and...
May 12, 2014
Infinity Helicopter Leasing has leased two new AgustaWestland AW109SPs to Airmedic, a Canadian air medical operator headquartered in Brossard, Quebec. The AW109SP is configured as fully IFR and NVG...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 9, 2014
Greenwich AeroGroup announced that Matrix Aviation completed the merger with its sister company Professional Aviation Associates. The merger positions the combined companies to provide customers one point of contact with...
May 9, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has been awarded a $7.9 million firm-fixed-price delivery order against a previously...
May 9, 2014
Advanced Tactics has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed...
May 8, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 2014
The latest Arrius engine, the Arrius 2R, completed its first rotations on May 5. The engine, destined for Bell Helicopter’s Jet Ranger replacement, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, is designed to deliver performance and power within the 500 shp...
May 8, 2014
China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has certified the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter on April 29. China joins more than 50 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. that have...
May 8, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft was chosen by the U.S. Navy to build the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President. With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract to modify, test and deliver six FAA-certified S-92s and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into late 2020, the fixed price...
May 7, 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 SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
May 7, 2014
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has completed delivering system development versions of its Engine Air Particle Protection System (EAPPS) to Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K program that will provide the next-generation heavy-lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The 12 Engineering Development Models delivered by Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, support the system...
May 7, 2014
The Boeing Company awarded a contract to L-3 Display Systems to provide production Multi-Purpose Displays (MPDs) for the AH-64 Apache helicopter. The...
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