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January 1, 2014
The outlook for 2014 remains filled with uncertainty, but most executives have high hopes for their segment of the rotorcraft market. As the books for the year 2013 are closed, businesses are bracing themselves for what 2014 might bring. So, a few weeks ago I spoke to the owners, executives or managers of a variety of companies throughout the rotorcraft industry, and asked them what they think 2014 has in...
January 1, 2014
By Lee Benson I seem to be stuck in a rut. My last several articles have related to concerns about regulatory overreach by bureaucrats or the new FAA Advisory Circular regarding heliports. I really try hard not to be a boring writer, but some issues need to be exposed. Granted this stuff is not near as interesting as “There I was at a 100-foot hover.” Recently, the FAA, without adhering to its...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
December 31, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 rotorcraft during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
December 30, 2013
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) will provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) support for Blackcomb Aviation's fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 engines...
December 27, 2013
The Norwegian government has placed a $1.6-billion order for 16 AgustaWestland AW101s to meet its all weather search and rescue (SAR) service requirement. Under the...
December 27, 2013
Brazilian operators have resumed using the Eurocopter EC225, which means that now all operators using the...
December 26, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has granted a $105.3-million contract to Sikorsky Aircraft for modifications on eight...
December 26, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has issued an $11.2-million extension to Bell Helicopter as part of the H-1 upgrade effort for the U.S. Marine...
December 20, 2013
Colorado Heli-Ops crossed a trio of significant milestones on Nov. 19, flying its 1,000th overall helicopter tour with the first...
December 20, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued an $18.5-million contract to Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter Textron to supply contractor logistics...
December 19, 2013
The third prototype of the Mi-38 transport helicopter equipped with TV7-117V engines has completed its first flight. Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian...
December 18, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered the first batch of four S-70i helicopters to the Brunei Ministry of Defense, including two during the recent Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
December 18, 2013
Rolls-Royce has agreed to support the AE 1107C engines for the Bell-Boeing V-22 fleet operated by the U.S. Marine...
December 18, 2013
Switzerland may be known for many things; its financial institutions, fine chocolate, hand-made timepieces and tremendous scenery including one of the most foreboding mountains in Europe, the Eiger. But one thing that would not be on many lists would be an indigenous helicopter. So the unveiling of the first prototype of its light single-engine SKYe SH09 helicopter by Marenco Swiss Helicopter has already...
December 17, 2013
Hawke Aerospace Holdings has hired Jim Fisher as president of its Uniflight subsidiary in Grand Prairie, Texas, which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for...
December 17, 2013
Germany's Landespoliz Baden Württemberg is the first law enforcement operator to order the Eurocopter EC145 T2 twin-engine helicopter. The German state police force...
December 16, 2013
Shreveport, La.-based Metro Aviation has reached an agreement with Avstar Media to provide a computer-based training program for Metro operators. The...
December 16, 2013
Waypoint Leasing has secured an agreement to provide new technology medium and heavy rotorcraft, including the Sikorsky S-92 and AgustaWestland AW139, to oil and gas operator...
December 13, 2013
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts has completed a night vision goggle (NVG)...
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