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April 17, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach™ for the S-92® helicopter. Rig Approach is a first-of-its-kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms. Rig...
April 16, 2015
  Let’s face it. We have all become quite accustomed to the idea that we can get just about anything our little heart desires within a 24-hour period as long as we are willing to throw enough money at it to make it happen. With one glaring exception: aircraft parts. The more we devote to the topic of finding hard-to-find parts, the more we realize how deep and complex the issue truly is. My...
April 16, 2015
  ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429) From Aerospace Optics, manufacturer of the best-in-class VIVISUN® line of pushbutton switches comes the new NEXSYS ARINC 429 to Discrete Signal Converter (SR429). ARINC Signal Converters bridge the gap between the digital data bus and the myriad of equipment driven by a discrete electrical signal. The SR429 is designed to provide up to 23 discrete...
April 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 429 to Saudi Geological Survey (SGS). The aircraft is configured to perform utility roles in the Middle East.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Saudi Geological Survey is an earth science organization serving its community to create a healthy environment. The organization places...
April 15, 2015
In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, France, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters for charter and utility missions, with a special focus on pilgrimage heli-tours. The first H125 will arrive in India by the end of the month, followed by the second in early May.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Heritage Aviation has been...
April 15, 2015
Bristow Group has named Carl Dixon as its government portfolio director. Dixon will lead Bristow’s activity to build its global search and rescue (SAR) business, engaging with governments and public sector institutions around the world. Dixon has a military background; as Air-Vice Marshal, he served as Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter Command since 2011, with responsibility for 16,500 people from the...
April 15, 2015
Helicopters could regain a key spaceflight role if the United Launch Alliance prevails. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin partnership that provides satellite launches proposes replacing its current Atlas heavy launcher with a new rocket—the Vulcan. The main reason? Cost. All of an Atlas is discarded (once its payload is set free). That’s pricey, and...
April 14, 2015
The FAA has proposed a $1.54 million civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating Eurocopter EC130 helicopters on dozens of flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Air Methods operated two helicopters on 70 passenger-carrying flights for compensation or hire, over...
April 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has contracted with Group Desarrollo Infaestructura, SA de CV (GDI) who is contracted with Transcanada Corporation’s Mexican Subsidiary, Transportadora de Gas del Noreste for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to businesses and citizens in Mexico. The agreement will guarantee the use of an S-64 E Aircrane to assist in the...
April 14, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation this week at the global general aviation tradeshow, AERO Friedrichshafen, from April 15-18 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Subject matter experts from Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation will be available at Booth A3-127 to discuss a broad range of commercial and general...
April 13, 2015
 Tom Ridge The Honorable Tom Ridge has joined AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation’s Board of Directors. Ridge, the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has significant public and private sector expertise that will allow him to take an active role in advocating for and raising the profile of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation...
April 13, 2015
Less than twelve months after its corporate rebranding, Airbus Group Australia Pacific has delivered the region's first H145 helicopter. The delivery culminates a program preparing the helicopter to its new owner’s requirements, with aircrews...
April 13, 2015
AgustaWestland has launched the second edition of its “Flydeas for the City” initiative, within the framework of the ‘Energy for Creativity’ Exhibition-Event that was officially opened today by INTERNI magazine in Milan. The initiative invites design studios to compete for the chance to develop an all new, advanced corporate cabin interior for the AW609 TiltRotor. It highlights...
April 13, 2015
FreeFlight Systems has released ADS-B View 2.0 – a free NextGen aviation iPad app that provides graphical weather, traffic and textual data to the aircraft pilot and crew. Weather and traffic information is received by the RANGR ADS-B system, transmitted to the tablet via WiFi, and overlayed on the ADS-B View map. “As with the previous version, and in keeping with the ‘Free Weather and...
April 10, 2015
Nothing is more essential to aircraft operations than completing the mission safely. In an airliner’s world, air traffic controllers maintain separation of airplanes from each other and from some obstacles. But down in the obstacle-rich environment of the helicopter, where air traffic control assistance is absent more often than present, the rotorcraft pilot needs to “see and avoid”...
April 10, 2015
  Many moons ago, I was flying in support of the Glomar Explorer, a spy ship developed by the CIA under the Nixon administration to retrieve a Russian sub that had sunk in 1968 about 1,000 miles from Hawaii. The details of this fascinating, eye-opening story is in the book Red Star Rogue by Kenneth Sewell. We were supporting the ship during its sea trails about 50 miles offshore. The Glomar company...
April 10, 2015
Airbus Group has announced that Chris Emerson, a veteran Airbus Group executive, has been appointed President and Chief Executive of Airbus Helicopters Inc. effective June 1. Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, which includes oversight of both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. In his new roles, Emerson will replace Marc Paganini, who has accepted a...
April 10, 2015
Bell Helicopter has signed a contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the supply of seven Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The aircraft will support the CCG’s maritime security and fisheries activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of Canadian waters. The aircraft were signed for by the Honourable...
April 10, 2015
Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov and a delegation from Indonesia headed by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sofyan Djalil visited Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, on April 9. The delegation was met by Interim President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters, CEO of Kazan Helicopters Vadim...
April 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter and Textron Aviation Inc. have announced their joint participation in the tenth bi-annual LAAD Defence and Security International Exhibition, held April 14 to April 17 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Subject matter experts from both companies will be available at Booth #J.20 to discuss a broad range of aerospace, special mission and defense capabilities. The exhibition...
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