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August 1, 2014
View inside the Tiger Helicopters hangar. Photos by Andrew Drwiega You could not describe the airfield at Shobdon in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside as on the road to anywhere in particular. Located down an unassuming road that bears left at the bottom of a small hill towards the control tower, with two grass and one paved runways, it has the appearance of a small country flying club with a few...
July 31, 2014
Bell and TRU Simulation + Training jointly announced at Farnborough that they have signed an agreement for the relatively unknown simulator manufacturer to develop and manufacture the new Bell 525 Full Flight Simulator (FFS), designed for Level D certification from both FAA and EASA/JAA. If you have never heard of TRU Simulation + Training before now, you are not alone. The company was formed in April this...
July 30, 2014
Russia’s Moscow Health Department has awarded Airbus Helicopters with a contract to deliver two specially-designed EC145 helicopters to be used for air...
July 30, 2014
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has received a new Bell 429 from Bell Helicopter, the first of four airframes to be delivered by the end of 2015...
July 29, 2014
The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled locally in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and 2006 under Project AIR 9000 Phases 2, 4 and 6. Phase 2 called for a squadron of 12 to provide extra mobility for forces on operations, while Phase 4 and 6 required 28 helicopters to replace the...
July 25, 2014
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has enlisted AgustaWestland to integrate, test and install the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (FASGW) Heavy and Light missile systems onto 28 Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The contract, worth approximately $150 million, was announced at the Farnborough...
July 24, 2014
The San Antonio Police Department recently put two Airbus Helicopters EC120 helicopters into service, adding to their current...
July 23, 2014
Airbus Helicopters conducted demonstrations of the EC135 T3/P3, the enhanced version of the existing EC135. The three-day demo, which consisted of 14 customer and operator flights, launched from the...
July 23, 2014
Italy-based Elitaliana has singed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of two HEMS-configured AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker helicopters, with delivery...
July 23, 2014
PaR Systems, an aerospace manufacturing, material handling, automation, and robotic solutions company, has created a new friction stir welding process for a range of applications. Called the I-RoboSTIR solution, the...
July 22, 2014
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSSAAT) has ordered an AgustaWestland AW 169 twin-engine helicopter for emergency medical service missions...
July 22, 2014
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has added three new dealers in the U.S. and the Czech Republic. The dealers include: DSA in the Czech Republic, Hi-Tech Helicopters, Inc. in Elkin, N.C....
July 22, 2014
Kongsberg Defence Systems has agreed to extend and increase the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of components for AgustaWestland airframes including the NH90 helicopter. The protocol, signed by the two companies...
July 21, 2014
Australia has released new guidance material on helicopter landing sites as part of its efforts to bring standards in line with those of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The new guidance material is also designed to help helicopter operators transition to new Australian regulations that are under...
July 21, 2014
MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz., has added Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, Ga., as the newest authorized service center for its line of turbine rotorcraft. A subsidiary of Precision Aviation Group (PAG), PAS becomes the 46th maintenance location for the estimated 2,500 MDHI aircraft currently in operation. Customers are now able to obtain maintenance, parts...
July 18, 2014
Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has delivered the final four Russian Helicopters Mi-171E transport helicopters to Poly Technologies in China. The successful transfer of these rotorcraft...
July 18, 2014
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association officially welcomed members to its 44th annual conference and exposition in Phoenix on Thursday. Immediately after the ribbon cutting, its 1,300 registered attendees were ushered into one of the Phoenix Convention Center’s huge exhibition halls, where aircraft manufactures, equipment suppliers and services providers...
July 17, 2014
Just as the Pentagon saw the advantages of using remotely piloted vehicle systems (RPVS), also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to serve soldiers on the battlefield, law enforcement agencies saw a system that could just as easily serve officers out in the community. Builders of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – the animal you get when you bring a UAV, optics, and other features together into...
July 17, 2014
The Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) has granted military certification to AgustaWestland’s AW149 multirole military helicopter. Over the past few months, the AW149 has...
July 17, 2014
The U.S. Army will test Kaman’s K-Max unmanned coaxial helicopter in two trials over the coming months, said Terry Fogarty, general manager of Kaman Aerospace’s UAS product group, speaking at Farnborough Airshow. The first autonomous technologies trial will take place next week (end of July) at Fort Benning, Ga., with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD)...
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