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March 10, 2015
Guillaume Faury, president and CEO, Airbus Helicopters acknowledged that his company had been through a challenging year of change in 2014. During his first full year in charge, he had to contend with the fallout and reputation management from the North Sea accidents, as well as a corporate change and realignment with the Airbus brand away from the runaway brand that had been Eurocopter. The organization...
March 10, 2015
Bristow Group has raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 (formerly EC175) to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. This endorsement was formalized during a signing ceremony at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. It expands upon Bristow’s initial order agreement, announced two years ago. Deliveries of the H175s will...
March 10, 2015
Able Aerospace Services has launched a new service line providing Level 1 bearing inspection and Level 2 bearing overhaul and repair for the Bell 206 and 407. The company plans to add additional aircraft bearings services in the coming months.   Photo courtesy of Able Aerospace Services “Able prides itself on being a one-stop, value-add solution for its...
March 10, 2015
Era Group Inc., one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, will present at the Sidoti and Company 19th Annual Emerging Growth Research...
March 10, 2015
The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfill commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government.   UH-72A Lakotas on flightline at...
March 9, 2015
Image courtesy Airbus Helicopters. Even with next-generation airframes coming off the assembly line, some OEMs are revamping their internal processes. Airbus Helicopters, whose X4 is arguably the most highly anticipated design of 2015, has made its own safety contribution by publishing the first helicopter flight crew operation manual (FCOM) for the EC225 LP for offshore missions. This airframe is a...
March 9, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of oil and gas...
March 9, 2015
AgustaWestland has appointed Heliconia Industrie Sarl as an Authorized Service Center for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Morocco. Heliconia, an official distributor of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in Morocco since early 2014, with two offshore-configured AW139s already in service and a contract for two additional helicopters, will provide a range of support and maintenance services from...
March 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed agreement for the sale of four Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by Air Evac Lifeteam for HEMS missions. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter "It’s extremely...
March 9, 2015
LCI Helicopters, the helicopter leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into an agreement with SQN Capital Management, LLC (SQN), an independent asset manager headquartered in New York City, to manage a fleet of seven recently acquired helicopters. LCI Helicopters will offer a range of services to SQN including asset management, insurance, rent collection, maintenance oversight, inspections and...
March 6, 2015
Enstrom pilot Bill Taylor lifts the newly-designed Enstrom TH180 into the air for its first flight on Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of Enstrom Helicopters   HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Enstrom Helicopter’s newly designed, two-seat TH180 recently completed a successful first flight.The single-engine piston, which will be marketed primarily as an entry-level rotorcraft trainer and...
March 6, 2015
Brad Hayden Robotic Skies, an international network of service centers for commercial UAS, has gotten off to a promising start. Today, after one year in business, the company has nearly 60 repair stations across the globe, including its most recent one in South Africa. The company also recently completed its first repair and return-to-service of a service-drone G4 1.4 UAS. Rotor & Wing sat down with...
March 6, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced that SECO International of Japan has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The announcement was made as part of a formal signing ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s booth during HAI Heli-Expo 2015, in Orlando, Fla.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was designed based on extensive input from a Customer...
March 6, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Marenco Swiss Helicopter (MSH) has selected the Sagem (Safran) ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics/instrument package for its new SKYe SH09 single-engine utility helicopter.   Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons Developed and produced by Sagem, the ICDS 8A Primary Flight Display & Engine Monitoring System increases situational...
March 6, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015. This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all...
March 5, 2015
On the aviation side, the Army is requesting nearly $4.6 billion for its aircraft portfolio in FY ’16, up 9.6 percent from the nearly $4.2 billion enacted this year. The service is also requesting $820 million in aircraft modifications, down from the $878 million enacted in FY ’15. This funding request notably includes $49 million in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding while the no...
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - MD Helicopters has experienced growth in its military helicopter business while its competitors' sales have declined, according to company CEO Lynn Tilton. "We're sort of on the 'other end' of the wave," Tilton told an audience Tuesday here at the Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Heli-Expo show. "I hope it will continue, though, and not be...
March 5, 2015
FRASCA International, Inc, of Urbana, Ill. has contracted with international helicopter transportation operator HNZ Group Inc. of Montreal, Canada for the supply of an AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device (FTD). The AS350B FTD will be installed inside the airport terminal at Edmonton International Airport and will be used for initial and recurrent training for pilots flying demanding missions in remote...
March 5, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The agreement compliments Bell Helicopter’s Mission Critical Support (MCS) program for the Bell 505 – a pay-as-you-fly program designed to provide a predictable monthly cost, help...
March 5, 2015
Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode™ Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system on Sikorsky S-76 Series helicopters. The...
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