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June 26, 2014
From Boeing’s facility in St. Louis—“Customers need innovation, ideas and affordability. They want more capability at the right time and the right price,” said Chris Chadwick, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, speaking as Boeing was preparing to attend the Farnborough airshow in July. He stated that the company’s general attitude was now to take a...
June 25, 2014
Three helicopter manufacturers have recently introduced new luxury interiors. Bell Helicopter is offering a VVIP cabin designed by Mecaer Aviation Group on the Bell 429 light twin, AgustaWestland is studying a “cocoon seat” concept for the AW169 medium twin and Airbus Helicopters has added customization options to the EC135 Hermes. AgustaWestland has tapped designer Francesca Lanzavecchia to...
June 25, 2014
Australian helicopter charter operator Air Melbourne has launched a Heli-Express service linking Melbourne’s general aviation airport, Moorabbin Airport (MBW), with the central business district and the city’s international airport. The company operates three twin-engine, eight-seat AgustaWestland AW109s seven days a week. The flight between Moorabbin and...
June 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter’s Aeronautical Accessories brand is now supplying North Flight Data Systems’ voice, video and flight data recorders. The system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet requirements of the omnibus helicopter safety rule issued by FAA earlier this year. FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate...
June 24, 2014
Revolution Aviation, a flight training school based at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, Calif., claims to be the first flight school in the United States to offer instruction on helicopters, fixed-wing platforms, and remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), more commonly known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Mark Robinson, founder of Revolution Aviation, wanted to open a school where anyone...
June 24, 2014
The U.S. Naval Systems Command has granted a contract worth $115.7 million to Sikorsky Aircraft related to the procurement of nine MH-60Rs for the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization. The agreement...
June 23, 2014
Orlando, Fla.-based Moog Integrated Defense Systems has introduced what it calls its Gen3 Weapons System, which made one of its first public appearances aboard an MD-530G light attack helicopter at Heli-Expo 2014. Although the company says it can be used aboard any airborne military platform, it is quick to add that it was designed to be the optimum size and weight for light attack helicopters and...
June 23, 2014
Guidance Aviation opened its Prescott, Ariz. helicopter training facility to local Girl Scouts as a part of the organization’s 2014 Discover Aviation Camp...
June 23, 2014
French helicopter maker Helicopteres Guimbal has obtained a validation type certificate for the Cabri G2 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The approval became official in mid-June after an...
June 20, 2014
CHC Helicopter has received a helicopter transportation contract UK-based energy company Statoli Limited. Under the five-year...
June 19, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e AStar to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter was built in the...
June 19, 2014
EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots. EagleMed...
June 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first fully “built-in-Brazil” EC725 to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in the company’s cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence...
June 18, 2014
Aero Dynamix has been granted an EASA NVG STC on its Bell 412EP. This is the first of two 412EP’s Aero Dynamix will modify for the Faroe Islands...
June 18, 2014
Bond Helicopters Australia has extended a leasing and support agreement with helicopter lessor Vector Financial Services for two Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Pumas as Bond establishes and grows its business in the region. The Super Pumas have been used to launch Bond’s business in Australia, which was established late last...
June 18, 2014
Three new MH-60R tactical operational flight trainers (TOFT) built for the U.S. Navy by CAE USA have been declared ready-for-training and have entered service for the Navy. The TOFTs are located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., Naval Station...
June 18, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 to Northwest MedStar. This is the third delivery by Metro Aviation in the past year, making a total of seven rotorcraft in the Spokane, Wash...
June 17, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard used a Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk for two rescues off the Alaskan coast last week. On June 10, a Kodiak crew medevaced an injured mariner from a vessel in the Gulf of Alaska...
June 17, 2014
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Navy demonstrated a new multimode maritime surveillance radar on the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter that is expected to enhance long-range imaging and search capabilities for Navy commanders...
June 17, 2014
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS), an executive helicopter operator based in Baltimore, Md., recently upgraded its fleet by adding a new Bell 407 to its...
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