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January 14, 2015
GE Aviation has been selected by Guangzhou Hangxin Company/AVICopter to provide the Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for their AC313 helicopter fleet in China. “GE will provide comprehensive on-board and ground support analysis capabilities for the aircraft build, certification and in-service requirements,” said Alan Caslavka, president of Avionics &...
January 13, 2015
Precision Flight Controls, Inc. (PFC) has entered an agreement with Ryan Aerospace Pty Ltd of Southport, Australia to develop and produce helicopter aviation training devices. Systems simulating the Robinson R22, R44, R66 and Bell Jet Ranger 206 and 407 model helicopters will be the first systems developed. PFC will distribute the new systems through their worldwide...
January 13, 2015
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has been contracted by the U.S. Army to provide two Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainer (MBRAT) Virtual Immersive Environment (VIE) training systems with the CH-47F Chinook Avionics configuration. The order is valued at approximately $1.4 million, including life cycle support services...
January 13, 2015
Boeing recently delivered a maintenance training system to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) that will help prepare technicians to keep the RCAF’s CH-147F Chinook helicopters mission ready. The Chinook Maintenance Trainer...
January 12, 2015
AgustaWestland’s new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-metric ton class helicopter has entered full-scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first customers scheduled to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The AW169 flight test program, using...
January 12, 2015
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, Helicopter Industry International (HAI) will host a forum to give members and other industry leaders an opportunity to interact directly with government regulators. The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) are co-sponsoring the event. High-level executives from the FAA Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification offices will...
January 9, 2015
When we last got your input for our State of the Rotorcraft Market study 18 months ago, it was easy to see where the big competition in the market for new aircraft sales was going to be. While the air medical segment continued to show the strongest buying signals overall, the study showed a significant uptick in plans to purchase new aircraft among corporate and offshore operators. Of those two, there was...
January 9, 2015
So the troops are coming back from Afghanistan and the mission is over. Really? Haven’t we heard this somewhere before? On Aug. 31, 2010, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) confirming: “We’ve removed nearly 100,000 U.S. troops from Iraq. We’ve closed or transferred to the Iraqis hundreds of bases. And we have moved millions of pieces of equipment out...
January 9, 2015
Photo courtesy VDOS Global The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies in various industries. Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, and Clayco all received one exemption, and Woolpert received two. These companies will use UAS to aid in aerial...
January 8, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Able Aerospace with the parts manufacturer approval (PMA) of a new tail rotor fan shaft replacement part for the Bell 407...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
January 8, 2015
Originally designed for use by military forces, SEI Industries’ High-Pressure Aviation Refueling System (HPARS) is now available for civilian commercial use.   Photo courtesy SEI Industries   Best defined as a durable, portable method of fueling and de-fueling jet fuel to and from aircraft and fuel tanker trucks, the HPARS uses a self-priming centrifugal pump...
January 7, 2015
I once enjoyed the privilege of spending the cold, dark midwinter months in Deadhorse on Alaska’s North Slope, qualifying for civilian IFR competency in Bell 212s, and proving along the way that unexpected safety challenges await in all environments. This exercise was accomplished as a byproduct of participation in one of the most interesting rotory-wing operations imaginable, wherein Alaska’s...
January 7, 2015
Bell Helicopter has appointed Matthew J. Hasik to the position of executive vice president, commercial business, succeeding Danny Maldonado who has been selected as president and CEO of Textron Financial.   Barry Kohler, president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada since 2009, is now executive vice president, customer service and support, replacing Eric Cardinali who has been selected to lead global...
January 7, 2015
Less than two weeks after receiving its Transport Canada certification, Eagle Copters Ltd. has received Federal Aviation Administration certification for its Eagle 407HP program. Eagle Copters specializes in sales, leasing, product development and engineering, and is a Bell Platinum Customer Service provider. Its Eagle 407HP is a conversion...
January 7, 2015
Thales-owned company LiveTV Satellite Communications and distributor Greenwich AeroGroup have achieved another joint milestone in in-flight integration by demonstrating their LiveAero connectivity solution on a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter in flight. Sikorsky chose the two companies to install and deliver LiveAero to Sikorsky S-92 custom-equipped helicopters for use primarily in search and rescue missions...
January 7, 2015
Avionics producer Garmin has unveiled Night Vision Goggles (NVG) capable versions of its GTR 225 COM and GNC 255 NAV/COM radios, as well as the new GWX 70H solid-state weather radar, all of which are optimized for helicopter operations. The NVG capable GTR 225 and GNC 255 radios offer an internal frequency database, which makes it simple to find frequencies associated with an airport or facility. By...
January 6, 2015
Bell Long Ranger used for utility work. Photo by Dennis Pierce After writing several articles on SMS and as a member of the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) SMS Committee, I set out to find out which operators and flight schools are actually using SMS in their daily operations. I know that most of the larger operators have a formal safety management system, or SMS, but it’s the smaller...
January 6, 2015
Airbus Helicopters X4. Graphic courtesy Airbus Helicopters While most major players in the helicopter industry are keeping their powder dry before revealing their future plans at the world’s largest helicopter convention, Heli-Expo (March 2-5, Orlando, Fla.), there are a number of trends that are worth watching in the year ahead. In particular, there is still a need to drive new helicopter platforms...
January 6, 2015
Photo courtesy ING Robotic Aviation The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) has selected ING Robotic Aviation’s Responder rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system to aid with research into systems integration and specific UAV applications. ING Robotic...
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