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March 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed agreement for the sale of four Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by Air Evac Lifeteam for HEMS missions. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter "It’s extremely...
March 9, 2015
LCI Helicopters, the helicopter leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into an agreement with SQN Capital Management, LLC (SQN), an independent asset manager headquartered in New York City, to manage a fleet of seven recently acquired helicopters. LCI Helicopters will offer a range of services to SQN including asset management, insurance, rent collection, maintenance oversight, inspections and...
March 6, 2015
Enstrom pilot Bill Taylor lifts the newly-designed Enstrom TH180 into the air for its first flight on Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of Enstrom Helicopters   HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Enstrom Helicopter’s newly designed, two-seat TH180 recently completed a successful first flight.The single-engine piston, which will be marketed primarily as an entry-level rotorcraft trainer and...
March 6, 2015
Brad Hayden Robotic Skies, an international network of service centers for commercial UAS, has gotten off to a promising start. Today, after one year in business, the company has nearly 60 repair stations across the globe, including its most recent one in South Africa. The company also recently completed its first repair and return-to-service of a service-drone G4 1.4 UAS. Rotor & Wing sat down with...
March 6, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced that SECO International of Japan has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The announcement was made as part of a formal signing ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s booth during HAI Heli-Expo 2015, in Orlando, Fla.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was designed based on extensive input from a Customer...
March 6, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Marenco Swiss Helicopter (MSH) has selected the Sagem (Safran) ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics/instrument package for its new SKYe SH09 single-engine utility helicopter.   Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons Developed and produced by Sagem, the ICDS 8A Primary Flight Display & Engine Monitoring System increases situational...
March 6, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015. This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all...
March 5, 2015
On the aviation side, the Army is requesting nearly $4.6 billion for its aircraft portfolio in FY ’16, up 9.6 percent from the nearly $4.2 billion enacted this year. The service is also requesting $820 million in aircraft modifications, down from the $878 million enacted in FY ’15. This funding request notably includes $49 million in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding while the no...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - MD Helicopters has experienced growth in its military helicopter business while its competitors' sales have declined, according to company CEO Lynn Tilton. "We're sort of on the 'other end' of the wave," Tilton told an audience Tuesday here at the Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Heli-Expo show. "I hope it will continue, though, and not be...
March 5, 2015
FRASCA International, Inc, of Urbana, Ill. has contracted with international helicopter transportation operator HNZ Group Inc. of Montreal, Canada for the supply of an AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD). The AS350B FTD will be installed inside the airport terminal at Edmonton International Airport and will be used for initial and recurrent training for pilots flying demanding missions in remote...
March 5, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The agreement compliments Bell Helicopter’s Mission Critical Support (MCS) program for the Bell 505 – a pay-as-you-fly program designed to provide a predictable monthly cost, help...
March 5, 2015
Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system on Sikorsky S-76 Series helicopters. The...
March 5, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Erickson Incorporated's President and CEO Udo Rieder announced his intentions to retire from the company (including from his membership in the board) effective March 31, 2015. The board of directors has appointed Jeff Roberts as new President and CEO of Erickson effective April 1, 2015. Both the outgoing and incoming CEOs were available at the expo to answer questions, and Rotor...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Turbomeca (Safran) companies across the world have finalized Support By the Hour (SBH) contracts with numerous operators flying a wide range of missions. At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Canadian operator Coast to Coast signed an SBH contract with Turbomeca Canada covering the Arrius 1A engines in its AS 355...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Airbus Helicopters Inc., U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, is collaborating with Ultra Electronics-Flightline Systems, of Victor, N.Y. to evaluate the first comprehensive and integrated Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) system to evaluate the potential to make these systems standard equipment on Part 27 and light Part 29...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) will provide the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) with modification, repair and overhaul services for their Bell 212 helicopter...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Cadorath Distribution announced it has solidified their long-term commitment towards their support of Bell Helicopter light and medium helicopters by making significant investments into their spares support inventory in early 2015. In addition, with a combined investment into the Rolls-Royce M250 line of engines, Cadorath Distribution looks to provide nose-to-tail...
March 4, 2015
Last month, the Department of Defense (DoD) released its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Presidential Budget request which came in at $534.3 billion, divided accordingly: Army $126.5 billion; Navy $161 billion; and Air Force $153.9 billion. Procurement is allocated a 20 percent share of the budget at $107.7 billion. Among the objectives is the rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, although security and...
March 4, 2015
You’re sitting in the hangar “fat, dumb and happy,” as my boss used to say, when you hear the sound that sends chills through your entire body every single time. It’s that terrified cry for back-up coming over the radio that signals something is so wrong, the officer on the other end can’t even pretend to be calm. Within minutes, you’re en route with the collective...
March 4, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of 15 Bell 407GX airframes to the Mexican Air Force (FAM) with deliveries to begin this year. The aircraft will be configured for a variety of parapublic missions. As the primary aircraft operating branch of the Mexican Armed Forces, the FAM covers the entire country, with 18 military air bases located across...
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