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April 8, 2014
The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings were this week removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL).   Sea King transport. Photo courtesy Royal Australian Navy   The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the...
April 8, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and compares the...
April 8, 2014
L-3 Communications Aerospace has received a $24.7-million modification to an existing U.S. Army...
April 8, 2014
Boeing has granted Lord Corporation a two-year contract to integrate and qualify an improved vibration control system (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Lord IVCS controls steady state and transient vibration, and the technology operates...
April 7, 2014
One of the United Kingdom’s busiest medical airlift providers – Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – has put its newest rotorcraft in operation: an Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2e, becoming the first fully-owned fleet member for this...
April 7, 2014
AgustaWestland's eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) for eight Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) fully configured and equipped with...
April 4, 2014
Kaman Aerosystems today announced delivery of its 1,000th H-60 helicopter cockpit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). The milestone UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter cockpit was incorporated into an H-60 airframe that underwent final assembly at Sikorsky’s...
April 4, 2014
Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to deploy a custom airborne mission suite for the Department’s four recently acquired Bell 429 Patrol helicopters. Developed from the ground up to...
April 3, 2014
Elite Simulation Solutions, in cooperation with Daedalus Technologies and Laminar Research, has introduced the newest addition to its fleet of helicopter training devices. From startup, run up to shut down, TH22 models the form, function...
April 3, 2014
Latitude Technologies has delivered to HeliQwest Aviation Inc., headquartered in Villeneuve (Edmonton), Alberta, and HeliQwest International Inc., headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, its full HFDM...
April 3, 2014
A Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk has joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the search is being coordinated. The Seahawk was...
April 2, 2014
Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on March 31 that Sikorsky Aircraft “will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act arising from the submission of inflated costs in the pricing of spare parts.” The allegation...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
April 2, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced China Star Aero signed purchase agreements for three 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft at Heli-Expo 2014. This was part of the nearly 200 total...
April 2, 2014
Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) intends to join Avincis Group, according to the companies. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search...
April 1, 2014
▶ R&W’s Question of the Month: What elements of a safety management system (SMS) work best for your operation? What operators have done a good job of implementing a strong SMS program? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Responses Online The following headlines and responses appeared on www.rotorandwing.com...
April 1, 2014
Michael Hotze AgustaWestland Philadelphia has appointed Michael Hotze as vice president, customer support and training. He will manage product support engineering, technical representatives, customer support managers, the fleet operations center (24/7 AOG help desk), Part 145, and customer training. Hotze previously worked in customer support at Bell Helicopter for 24 years, both for the domestic and...
April 1, 2014
500-32 Series Personal Locator Beacon with Speech Re-introducing the 500-32 Series Personal Locator Beacons; now available with full speech capability on the standard frequency of 121.5 MHz. The 500-32 retains it’s simple, compact 132mm x 72mm x 34mm lightweight form, weighing in at less than 370gms, making it one of the smallest and most effective beacons on the market. The PLBs are compatible with...
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