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April 11, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered the last two of five Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) EC135 rotorcraft to Mercy Life Line in Springfield, Mo. Mercy’s transition to all EC135P2+ Single Pilot IFR (SPIFR) aircraft began in 2012...
April 10, 2014
AgustaWestland will provide the Armed Forces of Malta with a second AW139, with delivery expected in June 2015. The helicopter is equipped with a...
April 10, 2014
Erickson Air-Crane has secured a new contract with Pluspetrol Peru Corp., a leading exploration and production company with a significant...
April 10, 2014
Under an expanded contract, Northrop Grumman Corporation will build five additional U.S. Navy MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters, which allow ship commanders to extend their intelligence-gathering capabilities far beyond...
April 9, 2014
With an increase in the number of vessels entering the polar circle in the Arctic, most search and rescue (SAR) specialists agree it is a matter of when, not if, an accident happens then many lives will be in grave danger. The point was being made by several speakers at the start of IQPC’s Search and Rescue Europe conference (April 8-9) held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Maj. Gen. Stig Nielsen, commander...
April 9, 2014
G&G Aviation is now the Italian sales representative for MD Helicopters’ range of single and twin engine helicopters. The product...
April 9, 2014
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the autonomous aerial cargo/utility system (AACUS) is...
April 8, 2014
The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings were this week removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL).   Sea King transport. Photo courtesy Royal Australian Navy   The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the...
April 8, 2014
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has released a follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis from 2011. The report, conducted by the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team (JHIMDAT), analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents from 2009 to 2011, and compares the...
April 8, 2014
L-3 Communications Aerospace has received a $24.7-million modification to an existing U.S. Army...
April 8, 2014
Boeing has granted Lord Corporation a two-year contract to integrate and qualify an improved vibration control system (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Lord IVCS controls steady state and transient vibration, and the technology operates...
April 7, 2014
One of the United Kingdom’s busiest medical airlift providers – Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – has put its newest rotorcraft in operation: an Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2e, becoming the first fully-owned fleet member for this...
April 7, 2014
AgustaWestland's eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) for eight Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) fully configured and equipped with...
April 4, 2014
Kaman Aerosystems today announced delivery of its 1,000th H-60 helicopter cockpit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). The milestone UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter cockpit was incorporated into an H-60 airframe that underwent final assembly at Sikorsky’s...
April 4, 2014
Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to deploy a custom airborne mission suite for the Department’s four recently acquired Bell 429 Patrol helicopters. Developed from the ground up to...
April 3, 2014
Elite Simulation Solutions, in cooperation with Daedalus Technologies and Laminar Research, has introduced the newest addition to its fleet of helicopter training devices. From startup, run up to shut down, TH22 models the form, function...
April 3, 2014
Latitude Technologies has delivered to HeliQwest Aviation Inc., headquartered in Villeneuve (Edmonton), Alberta, and HeliQwest International Inc., headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, its full HFDM...
April 3, 2014
A Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk has joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the search is being coordinated. The Seahawk was...
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