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February 24, 2015
Airbus Press Event March 3 – 7:30am Hyatt Regency Hotel, Meeting Room U News Conferences - Room S-220B March 3 9:00 – Sikorsky Aircraft 10:00 – Avpro, Inc. 11:00 – Erickson Incorporated 2:00 – Robinson Helicopters 3:00 – RMCI, Inc. 6:30 – Twirly Birds...
February 24, 2015
FRASCA International, Inc. of Urbana, Ill. will be displaying two helicopter flight simulators at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 (March 3-5, in Orlando, Fla. - booth #5031). Both simulators are newly developed and feature enhanced training features and technology. FRASCA's new TruFlite R44 Flight Training Device (FTD) is a high fidelity simulator for the Robinson R44 helicopter. “Last year during the HAI...
February 23, 2015
The Royal Thai Army has acquired six of Airbus Helicopters' light-utility EC145 T2 airframe, the newest and most powerful model in the EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016...
February 23, 2015
Bristow Group Ltd. has opened a new 23,000 square-foot helicopter terminal at its Galliano base in Louisiana that offers increased security and greater conveniences for passengers, including expanded check-in, waiting and customer service areas, increased baggage handling and more parking. The terminal will serve as a temporary facility for Bristow’s operations through 2015 while the company...
February 23, 2015
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has won the Ministry of Trade and Industry award for best integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. The certificate was awarded by Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov on Thursday, Feb. 19. Russian Helicopters’ HR policy is dedicated to improving living and working conditions for its staff. The company creates new...
February 20, 2015
 Airbus Helicopters recently reinforced their presence in the Middle East to support the region's rotorcraft– which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training. As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical...
February 20, 2015
Bell Helicopter's affiliate company McTurbine, Inc. has received authorization from Honeywell International to serve as a Licensed Repair Facility for the Honeywell T53 series engine. Under this...
February 20, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Rotorcraft Directorate will host the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference April 21-23, 2015, at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations, exhibits, break-out sessions and speeches from major people in the helicopter community. The purpose of the conference is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate...
February 19, 2015
Vector Component Services, a division of Vector Aerospace UK (owned by Airbus Helicopters) will share a £420 million (approximately $650 million) order that extends the support program for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of 60 Boeing Chinook CH-47 heavy-lift...
February 19, 2015
New Zealand helicopter manufacturer Composite Helicopters International (CHI) has filed a type certificate application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for three helicopter models featuring its EvoStrength composite technology. The helicopters are the entry level, Rolls-Royce RR300-powered KC630; the high-powered, high-altitude, Honeywell LTS101-powered utility version, the KC650; and the...
February 19, 2015
AgustaWestland announced today that the Croatian Police has placed an order for one AW139 intermediate twin-turbine helicopter. With this order, the AW139 will enter for the first time in the country, replacing an older model following a competitive tender issued by the Croatian Ministry of Interior. The AW139 was chosen by the customer after a comprehensive evaluation process of competing bids. The...
February 19, 2015
The long-term engine of choice for the X4, the prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ new medium class twin-engine rotorcraft, will be an uprated Turbomeca Arrano engine.   Photo courtesy of Turbomeca (Safran) Airbus Helicopters has been running with two turboshaft...
February 18, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced its presence at Aero India 2015, Feb. 18-22, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The state-of-the-art Bell 407GT tactical light commercial helicopter is an ideal aircraft for armed reconnaissance surveillance, bringing together the Garmin G1000H flight deck with precision weapons capability. The aircraft offers a highly flexible and configurable modern weapons system to...
February 18, 2015
Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group, will award an annual scholarship in honor of Chief Executive Officer Emeritus William (“Bill”) E. Chiles for his contribution to creating a safer global helicopter transport community. The scholarship award covers full tuition at Bristow Academy for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) CFI helicopter rating to any graduate of the Bristow...
February 18, 2015
Earlier this month, Sikorsky Aircraft employees assembled and donated 50 bicycles to patients at Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center.   Photo courtesy Sikorsky The bicycles were assembled during Sikorsky’s Worldwide Sales Conference held recently in Miami, Fla., and were donated to 50 patients from Miami Children’s Hospital Doral Outpatient Center who were chosen by the...
February 17, 2015
The Indian government is to divest itself of its 51 percent shareholding in Pawan Hans, the national helicopter company of India, according to a report published on Feb. 10 by the Economic Times in India. The other 49 percent is owned by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Pawan Hans was incorporated in 1985 mainly to provide rotorcraft support services to the offshore...
February 17, 2015
Airbus Helicopters Inc, part of Airbus Defense and Space, has been awarded a $220.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for 41 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. The helicopters will be built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. plant and all deliveries are scheduled for...
February 17, 2015
Extended range fuel systems for Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters will be supplied to the governments of Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) agreements according to a contracting announcement from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)...
February 16, 2015
In a surprise announcement on Sunday morning, transportation authorities released a provisional ruling on the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta held a teleconference on February 15, announcing the release of the anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making...
February 13, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Brazilian Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) today celebrated the launch of the Collaboration for Rotorcraft Innovation to accelerate the development of rotorcraft technologists in Brazil. The initiative aims to increase undergraduate exposure to rotorcraft principles as part of a well-rounded aerospace engineering education, in a country whose military...
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