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February 1, 2014
EADS kicked off the New Year with a group rebranding that also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate...
February 1, 2014
VG20 – A New NIR Absorbing Optical Filter Glass for Night Vision Compatible Displays, Controls or Other Illumination SCHOTT Advanced Optics is proud to announce VG20, an optimized filter glass for absorbing NIR radiation of LED or incandescent illumination for night vision compatible displays, controls or other illumination. In combination with numerous LEDs, the glass can be used for the colors...
February 1, 2014
S-92 on display at Sikorsky’s booth during Heli-Expo 2013. The resurgence of the civil rotorcraft market could be described as follows: the party has yet to begin, but the invitations have been mailed. The rotorcraft industry is showing improvement in several segments of the market, with the development of a new rotorcraft for the single-engine turbine category and the creation of new super mid-size...
February 1, 2014
MD902 Explorer in operation with Doha-based LifeFlight. In November 2013, Doha-based Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) used the biennial Dubai Airshow to announce an order for 15 new AgustaWestland AW189 helicopters, increasing its rotary wing fleet from 45 to 60 aircraft, a serious indicator that helicopter operations around the Middle East continue to be a growth industry. The first two of the...
February 1, 2014
The Indonesian Army is looking to make a huge leap forward in technology when it completes the buy of eight of the latest Boeing Apache AH-64Es in a deal so far worth $500 million. It comes to you gradually after you have been in downtown Jakarta for a while. Although there is the noise of 25 million people around you, especially on a Monday morning, when a 40-minute journey in most cities can take you...
February 1, 2014
Maj. Gen. Kevin Mangum, commanding general of U.S. Army Aviation, used a very apt metaphor when he said that in the degraded visual environment that is the sequestration budget – the Army leadership was still looking for the ground. The tempo for change was set after a visit to Army Aviation leaders last year by Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, when he stated: “We can’t afford to...
February 1, 2014
Cabri in operation with a Swiss training provider. Since the first Guimbal Cabri G2 was delivered in 2008, the new piston single has progressively gathered acceptance among pilot training organizations. It seems the two-seater has achieved its main goal – providing a modern platform for ab initio helicopter training. Moreover, despite some teething troubles, operators appear happy with customer...
February 1, 2014
Safety remains the number one priority of the FAA. Among all types of operations, general aviation has for many years held the highest accident rate as well as the largest number of operational hours. Rotorcraft operations by U.S. registered general aviation rotorcraft and U.S. public use rotorcraft also feature noteworthy yearly accident counts, greater than that for air taxi, commuter, and large air...
February 1, 2014
Maryland State Police operates a fleet of 20 aircraft. The newest nine are AgustaWestland AW139s equipped with the UTC model 4413-2-3 hoist system. The greatest attribute of the helicopter is its ability to take off and land using confined areas. But sometimes, an area can be too confined, or otherwise unsuitable, for even the most skilled pilot. Enter the hoist. Any operator that needs to lower and raise...
February 1, 2014
If one could agree that you look to the displays in the cockpit to see the heartbeat of your aircraft, then the flight control system is surely where you’d look to find its temperament. The flight control system is only one element of the aircraft control loop, but without a doubt it’s the element most important to the pilot. It is through the flight controls that the pilot will work to...
February 1, 2014
Douglas Nelms Helicopter activity at November’s Dubai Airshow may not have had the drama of the multi-billion dollar orders for Boeing and Airbus jetliners, but it did prove that Middle East helicopter operations are still a growth industry. While AgustaWestland signed orders for a total of 23 new AW169s and AW189s and Bell locked in an order for its new 412EPI, of note was the signing of contracts...
January 31, 2014
The Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (AR IAC) has issued a Certificate of Approval for HeliVert...
January 30, 2014
Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) have awarded initial...
January 30, 2014
The Korea Forest Service has a new service and maintenance center for its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters. Russian Helicopters participated in the opening of...
January 29, 2014
Much to its relief, and not after a small amount of hard lobbying, the U.S. Congress has decided to fund the acquisition of 20 UH-72A Lakotas from Airbus Helicopters. Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) made a budgetary decision to cancel the 21 of the 31 Lakotas remaining from a long-running acquisition program that had seen 290 aircraft delivered by Airbus...
January 28, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year,” said Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager, at a media gathering following the annual AUSA Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, DC. Pat Donnelly, JMR program director, said 50 Boeing employees were now based with Sikorsky in Connecticut and that the team was bonding as the JMR...
January 28, 2014
Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby stepped down as Program Executive Officer for Aviation on Friday, Jan. 27, handing over the role he has held since 2008 to newly promoted Brig. Gen. Bob Marion. Crosby also retired from the U.S. Army after 35 years of service. Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, presided over both ceremonies, making reference to...
January 27, 2014
Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has established its own repair station, Van...
January 22, 2014
B/E Aerospace has a reached a $200-million agreement with B/E Aerospace to provide...
January 22, 2014
Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced the winners of its 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards, and will recognize industry leaders during Heli-Expo. This year's winner's include the following: Archie Gray, senior vice president of aviation services at Air Methods Corp...
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