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November 11, 2014
The Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X completed its first flight with the Arrius 2R engine. Turbomeca, the manufacturer of the Arrius 2R engine, indicates FAA, EASA and Transport Canada engine type...
November 10, 2014
The development program for the U.S. Army’s latest Apache AH-64E attack helicopter is being planned to ensure that the aircraft will be fit for maritime operations, said Colonel Jeffrey Hager, U.S. Army attack helicopter project manager. “We need to extend the radar and broaden the bandwidth to pick up small and medium ships in various sea states,” Hager explained. He added that the main...
November 10, 2014
A team of aviation hobbyists from Canberra, Australia, has won this year’s UAV Outback Challenge, successfully delivering water to a pretend lost hiker in the Australian outback. The competition, which was launched in 2007, is designed to demonstrate potential civil applications for unmanned aerial vehicles. The competition is run by Queensland’s University of Technology and Australia’s...
November 10, 2014
 EC135 T3/P3. Photo by Charles Abarr, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified Airbus Helicopters’ new EC135 T3/P3, continuing the development history of the EC135 airframe. Following in the footsteps of the EC135 T2+/P2+, the EC135 T3/P3 sets new standards in terms of...
November 10, 2014
La Jolla, Calif.-based global voice and data service provider Blue Sky Network is bringing the fleet tracking and communications capabilities of its web-based portal, SkyRouter, to mobile phones and tablets. The company has introduced the new SkyRouter Mobile App for iOS devices...
November 10, 2014
AgustaWestland has expanded its presence in both South East Asia and Latin America, with new helicopter contracts in both regions. The rotorcraft manufacturer announced new contracts for three AW139s with various Indonesian operators and two AW139s with Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia.      AgustaWestland, Helistar de...
November 7, 2014
Integrating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS) is arguably the most difficult task the FAA has ever been assigned. Aviation regulations were promulgated for manned aircraft, so new regulations and stringent guidance from the FAA is required. UAS pilots and crews will need to be certificated. Control stations, data links and UAS’s must comply with stringent...
November 7, 2014
M250-C47E engine. Graphic courtesy Rolls-Royce Rotor & Wing recently sat down with Jason Propes, SVP Helicopters & Light Turboprop Engines at Rolls-Royce to get an update on the status of their C47E engine program - the latest iteration of the venerable M250 - which was announced at Heli-Expo in 2013, and for which they recently received certification. R&W: Can you give us a brief update on the...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 6, 2014
I once heard a well-known and highly experienced leader of a very large petroleum services helicopter enterprise postulate that, “If it weren’t for the people and the equipment, this business would be easy.” It turns out that despite a constantly advancing evolution of helicopter development, avionics breakthroughs that consistently outpace all conventional industry expectations, and...
November 6, 2014
The StartStick weighs less than 15 lbs., but can crank a variety of single- and twin-engine helicopter models. Photo courtesy ABS Aviation Battery Systems’ StartStick is an external start battery capable of cranking a wide range of helicopters. And at 10 lbs. for the standard unit and 13 lbs. for the StartStick Fleet, the weight and size make it small enough to be stowed under the seat of the...
November 6, 2014
HeliOffshore is a not-for-profit industry association founded by five operators in the oil and gas sector: Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era and PHI Inc. The idea behind the establishment of the organization came from a joint operators review of helicopter safety, born out of a spate of accidents in the North Sea, in addition to a safety review conducted by the European Helicopter Operators...
November 6, 2014
Erickson has signed an agreement with Agip Oil Ecuador to provide transport of people and equipment for oil and gas exploration and production to the Villano Oil Field. The one-year deal follows the September announcement by Agip of the discovery of an oil...
November 5, 2014
Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and General Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command were grilled by the media about the who’s and why’s of defense cutbacks at this year’s annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) gathering in Washington, D.C. Shyu, who is often praised by Army individuals for ‘getting...
November 5, 2014
An Airbus Helicopter EC155 B1 in Marshall, Minn. Photo courtesy Metro Aviation Just like the helicopters that Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) systems are installed in, there is no single solution for every user’s needs. Each system has its own unique capabilities just as each manufacturer has its own approach. But to be a viable solution in the...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
November 5, 2014
PT Dirgantara has signed a new agreement to acquire 11 Airbus Helicopters AS565 MBe Panthers for use in naval anti-submarine warfare missions. Deliveries of the new rotorcraft are scheduled within...
November 4, 2014
Ray Prouty, the dean of helicopter aerodynamics and a long-time Rotor & Wing columnist and Vertiflite contributor, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 26. Prouty began his career as an aerodynamicist at Hughes until 1954 when he moved on to work for Sikorsky. He...
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