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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...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - The North American CEOs of two helicopter contractors told Rotor & Wing they believe the Army's controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is here to stay. "It seems like, considering the actions the Army's taking, that it's a done deal," AgustaWestland North America CEO Robert LaBelle said Monday here on the eve of the Helicopter Association...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - On Tuesday, March 3 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson declared 2014 a successful year for the company. Though overall production and decreased from 523 helicopters in 2013 to 329 helicopters in 2014, Robinson believes that this was due in part to the company catching up on the back line of R66 Turbine airframes it had been trying to...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - At HAI Heli-Expo yesterday, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company's UK search and rescue contract. Bristow Helicopters was awarded the 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow's SAR fleet...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. Turbomeca (Safran) and Rotortrade have announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 a further step in their cooperation with the launch of a specific warranty program that will cover Turbomeca- powered pre-owned helicopters sold by Rotortrade Services worldwide. According to Franck Saudo, Turbomeca...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has announced that Tuncang Investment Co.,Ltd. has been appointed an official, non-exclusive distributor for the SW-4 light single engine helicopter in China. The distributorship agreement includes a commitment  for ten SW-4s which will be manufactured by PZL-Świdnik in Poland. In the future Tuncang could also be appointed an...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today it has entered into an agreement with Life Flight Network, the United States’ largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, for up to ten additional aircraft. The agreement includes four firm orders and two options for AW119Kx EMS-configured helicopters and preliminary agreements for up to five AW109...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan announced today that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015.  This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system programme...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that Clark McGinn, Global Head of Aviation Financing at CHC Leasing, will join Waypoint as Senior Vice President of Sales in the second quarter of 2015. McGinn will be responsible for leading the Company’s origination, sales and business development...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Alpine Helicopters have agreed to renew a Fleet Operator Agreement supporting the Canadian company’s M250-powered fleet. Alpine Helicopters, based in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, has been providing year-round world class helicopter services since 1961. Alpine specializes in tourism sightseeing, helicopter skiing and commercial...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrengthTM technology. Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - FreeFlight Systems announced today that they are extending the Radar Altimeter product line to add a Level B capable system to meet the stringent design safety requirements for Part 29 rotorcraft.  The FreeFlight Systems FRA-5500 Radar Altimeter maintains the same form, fit, and functionality of the popular RA-4X00 series line of TSO’d Radar Altimeters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has been selected by Miami Dade County to provide dynamic component MRO support for the Miami Dade Police Air Support Unit for their fleet of Airbus Helicopters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - It has been 16 years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight. Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age.  Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility in Shreveport, La. for a total...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has started final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center.  Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight...
March 4, 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 Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has signed an accordance to provide Rolls-Royce M250 engine overhaul support to Helisul Taxi Aereo Ltda. Vector Aerospace will provide Helisul...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. - Microturbo (Safran) and Bel Air Aviation A/S are pleased to announce the signature of a Support By the Hour (SBH) agreement for the e-APU60 on the AW189 helicopter. Bel Air operates a fleet of two AW189 in the Oil & Gas sector. This five-year SBH agreement will provide Bel Air a fixed amount per flight hour used service with a full maintenance for the e-APU60...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received a FAA STC for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode FDM system on Sikorsky S-76...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – North Flight Data Systems, LLC (NORTH), now a department of Outerlink Global Solutions, has received Transport Canada approval of their AS350/EC130 FAA STC for the installation of their lightweight flight data recorders.  The first Canadian installations of the integrated flight data system will be performed on the EC130 and AS350, owned and operated by...
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