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October 17, 2014
The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has acquired eight Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters to replace its existing fleet of Hughes 500Ds. According to...
October 17, 2014
AgustaWestland announced the sale of two AW169s in the U.K. and an AW189 in Denmark. The AW169s will be used for corporate transportation by...
October 17, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued certification of the Arrius 2B2plus turboshaft engine. Designed for light...
October 15, 2014
An AgustaWestland AW101 on display at this year’s Farnborough airshow. Photo by Andrew Drwiega Although still conducting its investigation into whether senior managers from Finmeccanica’s subsidiary AgustaWestland paid bribes to win a defense contract for 12 AW101 Merlin VIP helicopters, Reuters news agency reports that the...
October 15, 2014
Boeing AH-64. Photo by Ernie Stephens Reuters is reporting that India is nearing a deal to acquire AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Boeing. The deal, believed to be worth $2.5 billion, will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi more military resources to “meet the challenges posed by China and Pakistan." The 22...
October 15, 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...
October 15, 2014
Edward Bolton Jr., the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be a featured speaker during the Opening Session of NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on Oct. 22. During his address, Bolton, whose office is responsible for leading the modernization of the nation’s airspace through the implementation of the Next Generation Air...
October 15, 2014
On Oct. 23, The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will once again host its Careers in Business Aviation Day at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014). This dedicated career day, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will feature education sessions and tours, and is open to middle school, high school and college students across the U.S. who...
October 15, 2014
Elbit Systems will be presenting several products at their booth during the NBAA 2014 show. The company will be demonstrating existing products, and will also be launching some of their new merchandise.  The...
October 15, 2014
Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), based in Boise, Idaho, U.S., announced this morning at Helitech International that the company has signed a new sales and service agreement with Vienna, Austria-based Helikopter Air Transportation GmbH (HeliAir). With the agreement, ASU will train HeliAir technicians on night vision goggle cockpit modifications at their maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in...
October 15, 2014
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) revealed this morning that United States Congressman William Shuster (R-9-PA) will serve as a keynote speaker for the Opening General Session of the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla. Shuster serves as chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, a role that includes legislative...
October 15, 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has a new agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply the nacelle structures for its V-280 Valor. Along with supplying the nacelle structures, IAI has become a member of Team Valor, a group of...
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...
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