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October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering prototype helicopter that will be the conforming article for FAA ground and flight testing is currently undergoing...
October 15, 2014
Avincis has finalized its order for two Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3s. The U.K.-based civil aviation services provider's subsidiary Bond Air Services will operate the two aircraft...
October 15, 2014
Beijing Automotive Industrial Corp. (BAIC) of China has signed a $511 million order for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters. Under the multi-year contract...
October 14, 2014
AgustaWestland will be exhibiting its market leading range of commercial helicopters at Helitech International 2014 alongside a range of the company’s latest customer support and training solutions. AgustaWestland, which has the most modern range of twin-engine helicopters of any manufacturer, will be exhibiting the all-new AW169 in emergency medical service configuration alongside the market leading...
October 14, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for...
October 14, 2014
Bell Helicopter has made the first Bell 429 Wheeled Landing Gear (WLG) sale in Europe. The aircraft will also be outfitted with the world’s first Bell 429 MAGnificent luxury cabin interior created by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group (MAG). Customers can customize the cabin interior of the Bell 429 MAGnificent to a variety of seating configurations, and choose from...
October 14, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group, already a force in rotorcraft leasing, will become more powerful in early 2015 when GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) closes on its $1.775 billion purchase of the Dublin-based lessor. Milestone Founder and Chairman Richard T. Santulli summed up what becoming part of the...
October 13, 2014
This year, Helitech International will feature exhibitors from countries including Australia, Ukraine, Russia, New Zealand and 13 European nations. More than 40 companies from North America will be participating, including eight companies making their first appearance in Amsterdam. To date, there are 35 first-time exhibitors from nine different countries.  Genesys Aerosystems, based in Mineral Wells...
October 13, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators around the world, has raised an additional $300 million in term loans to refinance existing assets previously funded under its Revolving Credit Facility. BNP Paribas, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., RBC Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities acted as lead...
October 13, 2014
Blue Sky Network (BSN), a global provider of satellite tracking and communication solutions for maritime, land mobile and aviation assets, is showcasing two new satellite communication solutions at Helitech International.  The first model that will be displayed, the Hawkeye...
October 13, 2014
Sandel Avionics has received European Technical Standard Order (ETSO) authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Sandel ST3400H HeliTAWS system. Sandel HeliTAWS meets all requirements specified in the EASA’s ETSO-C113: airborne multipurpose electronic...
October 13, 2014
We 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 received certification just last month. R&W: Can you give us a brief update on the status of the C47E program? Propes: Sure - One...
October 10, 2014
Legend has it that I showed up for my interview at the police aviation unit wearing a pocket protector. I categorically deny this. At that time, there existed a crusty, weathered Vietnam-Era instructor pilot who was heard to say, “I don’t care where you put that dweeb, just don’t put him on my team.” Well, you know how that request was answered. He had to live with me for years. I...
October 10, 2014
ADAC helicopters receive service at the operation’s maintenance facility. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Thomas Gassmann, director of business development and sales at the ADAC HEMS Academy at Bonn airport in Germany, runs ADAC’s annual international networking event for EC135/EC145 operators, now in its third year. The HEMS Academy provides what it claims is the world’s first civilian...
October 10, 2014
The European Helicopter Association (EHA) will hold its Rotorcraft Seminars in Amsterdam on Oct. 15, 2014 during Helitech International, which will take place at the RAI from Oct. 14-16, 2014. The program will feature a keynote address from Norbert Lohl, certification director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), among additional speakers addressing topics in the rotorcraft industry such as the...
October 10, 2014
M International has announced that representatives from three of their world-class portfolio companies, Keystone Turbine Services, Airborne Engines and MINT Turbines will be exhibiting at stand L77 from October 14 to 16 during the 2014 Helitech International Expo and Conference held at the RAI Center in Amsterdam.  During the exhibition, these companies will have representatives available to answer...
October 10, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will present an EC145 T2 airframe at Helitech International. The next-generation helicopter, ideal for emergency medical services (EMS) and law enforcement/parapublic missions, is a twin-engine, four-ton-class...
October 9, 2014
Well, friends, I saw something that confused me so much I had to read it three times to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood. But I hadn’t. There was actually an article in the August 31 edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that said several politicians are “pushing to scale back the 1033 program.” The Defense 1033 Excess Property program puts surplus military equipment into the...
October 9, 2014
Helicopter operator PHI has achieved Level 4 (the highest level) of the FAA’s voluntary Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. PHI has used an integrated SMS for over a decade which enabled it to enter the FAA’s voluntary program...
October 9, 2014
Life Air Rescue, an air medical service located in Shreveport, La., has received an Airbus Helicopters EC135 from Metro Aviation. The rescue service was formed in 1993 when Life Air 1 and Air...
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