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April 1, 2015
Papillon Helicopters of Boulder City, Nev., will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of its golden helicopter on April 16. The Airbus H130 T2 (formerly EC-130 T2) – christened “Copter 50” – will commemorate the company’s standing as the world’s largest and oldest-running helicopter tour operator. Copter 50 will be gold with stripes and the company’s...
April 1, 2015
Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps' (NASC) fleet of 10 AS365 Dauphins will be covered by Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Infinite Fleet Availability services under a five-year agreement valued at 54.5million Euros. HCare Infinite will provide NASC with a full fleet management service backed by an availability commitment across three bases in the country. Airbus Helicopters will perform all...
April 1, 2015
Aeryon Labs Inc., manufacturer of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), is the first Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) sUAS provider to be granted statewide approvals by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for research and public safety applications. Kansas State University Salina (KSU) and the Michigan State Police (MSP) have been granted authority to use Aeryon sUAS throughout their respective...
April 1, 2015
The U.S. Army has upgraded its CH-47F fleet with the new Required Navigation Performance-Area Navigation (RNP-RNAV) system from Rockwell Collins. The upgrade for CH-47F Chinooks equipped with Rockwell Collins’ Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) was most recently fielded with the Minnesota/Iowa National Guard, as well as the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. The...
March 31, 2015
Breeze-Eastern Corporation, the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, has delivered more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. The system's unique Reactive Overload Clutch (ROC) feature is a next-generation improvement over standard slip-clutch technology used by other manufacturers...
March 31, 2015
Following the delivery of three Dauphins this month, two Japanese law enforcement agencies have signed contracts for new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin airframes. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the EC155) to be deployed by the Kagawa Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ variant for the Fukuoka...
March 31, 2015
The Army's new Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is the service's "number one" priority, according to its acquisition chief. Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Heidi Shyu said Monday the Army wants a new turbine engine so its helicopters can fly in high and hot conditions anywhere in the world. ITEP's increased range, she said, will also save the Army...
March 31, 2015
New York City-based L-3 Communications has been selected to upgrade the U.S. Army’s UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters to the UH-60V configuration. The company reports that the L-3 DS will provide its newest generation 10.4-inch digital electronic instrument panel displays for the UH-60V cockpit...
March 31, 2015
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges against Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, and her New York-based firms accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) funds they manage. According to the SEC’s Enforcement Division, Tilton and her Patriarch Partners firms have breached their fiduciary duties and...
March 30, 2015
The first shipment of UH-72A Lakota helicopters began arriving at the Army’s flight training facility at Fort Rucker, Ala., during the week of March 23, according to Army spokesperson Lisa Eichhorn. They will soon become the primary rotorcraft trainer for Army, thus beginning the phase-out out of the TH-67 Creek, the military designation for the Bell 206B Jet Ranger...
March 30, 2015
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) commissioned the 814-foot DDH-183 Izumo in Yokohama on March 25, making it the largest helicopter aircraft carrier ever built. The 21,495-ton ship – the first of two planned for its class – has a flight deck that can launch and recover any rotorcraft, including U.S. Marine Corps V-22 Osprey tilt rotors, which are...
March 30, 2015
United Rotorcraft, an Air Methods Division, has received a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint. The...
March 27, 2015
Airbus Group has delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and fielded to Fort Rucker, Ala. in...
March 27, 2015
On March 26, 2015 in Tessara, the Italian Army took delivery of an additional NH90 Tactical Transport...
March 27, 2015
Bristow Group Inc., provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, presented at the Scotia Howard Weil 43rd Annual Energy Conference in New Orleans, La. on March 24, 2015. A transcript of the...
March 26, 2015
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group is producing the transparencies for the S-97 RAIDER™ rotorcraft prototype rolled out by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. PPG designs and manufactures the transparencies at its Sylmar, Calif., facility, and has delivered ship sets to Sikorsky for two S-97 prototypes. The 14-square-foot windshields are constructed with polycarbonate laminates for high-impact...
March 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced multiple letters of intent (LOIs) with three Middle Eastern operators. The company received a LOI from BBM Inc. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a Bell 525 Relentless, from K Aircraft Leasing for two Bell 525s, and...
March 26, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) covering the third five-year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The latest contract, valued at approximately £580 million (approximately €790 million), provides a comprehensive availability-based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period of...
March 25, 2015
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has chosen Vector Aerospace to to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the department's three Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Pumas. The inspection will also include...
March 25, 2015
Avionica, a satellite communications equipment manufacturer known for its multiple safety certifications for airliners, has installed its suite of mini-Quick Access Recorders (miniQAR) on more than 75 helicopters, and most are streaming data over the company’s 3G/4G cellular module.      Avionica miniQAR III installed on an EC635. Photo courtesy of...
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