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May 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has inked a cooperation agreement with the government of the Russian Republic of Buryatia to allow Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant to provide laboratory equipment to the Aviation Technical College, formerly part of Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College. The Aviation Technical College was spun off from Ulan-Ude Engineering Teaching College in early 2014 under an Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant...
May 29, 2014
My last column dealt with describing the power required by the rotor to produce optimum results in various stages of flight. This sparked a bunch of interesting conversations that have become the basis for this month’s topic: varying the rotor RPM. Many of today’s helicopters are operated at a constant rotor RPM, but there are benefits to varying RPM in flight. It allows for a greater portion...
May 29, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and UTair have extended their training agreement past an original three-year arrangement. Through this program, pilots and technical personnel are trained on the Ecureuil-family rotorcraft and also...
May 29, 2014
[Source: Rotor & Wing] The Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Safety has decided to incorporate the Star Safire 380HDc sensor from FLIR Systems into its fleet of AgustaWestland AW101s. The helicopters will be part of the country’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH)...
May 29, 2014
Metro Aviation has achieved Level 4 of FAA's safety management system (SMS) pilot project in the 14...
May 28, 2014
Riding on a bus with a group of journalists through the swamplands near Sikorsky Aircraft’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., we drove past an area packed with alligators, wild boars, fire ants and other creatures. While we didn’t see any wild boars, there were six or seven gators off the side of the road and mounds of fire ants that served to remind visitors to watch their...
May 28, 2014
Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing has closed on a five-year term loan facility with a Goldman Sachs-led group. The helicopter lessor will use the funding to refinance six existing helicopters under Waypoint’s $385 million revolving credit facility, consisting of AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky S-76C++ and S-92 variants. The $72.5-million term loan “allows...
May 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, have signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The 10-year service agreement with a volume of...
May 28, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the software update of Sikorsky’s S-92. The newly certified update to the avionics management system (AMS), version 8.0, provides display enhancements to existing functionality to support several important S-92 mission capabilities...
May 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has signed a long-term maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) contract with the NATO Support Agency (NSPA) to support the German Federal Police’s fleet of EC135 rotorcraft. The NSPA is NATO’s Integrated Logistics and Services Provider Agency, which executed the procurement process for the service contract on behalf of the German Federal Police. This service contract...
May 28, 2014
EADS North America, Inc. has secured a $33.8-million modification to an existing contract to increase funds and...
May 28, 2014
During a media briefing at Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters where President Paul Adams and other executives reflected on the state of the aviation industry, Rotor & Wing had a chance to interview Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada (the unit that produces helicopter, business jet and turboprop engines). During his briefing, Adams pointed to two defining...
May 27, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will introduce its newly personalized Hermes EC135 T2e in new colors, and this year’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Airbus Helicopters will showcase opportunities for additional...
May 27, 2014
King’s Casino has purchased a Bell 407GX, which features the Garmin G1000H cockpit. This sale marks the first...
May 27, 2014
AAR has won a contract that expands its component repair support of the Boeing Company’s Helicopter Recapitalization Program for the U.S. Army. Under a five-year general terms agreement on Multi Year II, AAR will overhaul multiple components on the CH-47...
May 27, 2014
Airbus Helicopters BO105 have completed a total of 8 million flight hours. With the introduction of its hingeless main rotor head, the BO105 paved the way for the bearingless rotor systems of today’s helicopters. In total, more than 1,400 BO105 helicopters...
May 23, 2014
Dart Aerospace has partnered with Heliatica LLC, a private company based in Russia that will distribute Dart’s aftermarket products in IAC countries such as Russia. Working with Heliatica, Dart’s auxiliary fuel tank...
May 23, 2014
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training has been awarded a $38.5-million contract for a delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering...
May 23, 2014
    Airbus Helicopters has given an AS350 to the British Columbia Institute of Technology...
May 23, 2014
Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has launched its 5th Entrepreneurial Challenge, a competition to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the vertical flight market. As part of the “Front End of Innovation 2014” conference, Sikorsky unveiled a new set of challenge questions and updated rules as it...
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