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November 4, 2014
EC135. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first helicopter to China dedicated for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). China is one of the world’s fastest-growing helicopter markets and continued growth is expected following the relaxation of airspace regulations. Airbus is already well-established in the country, with customers in the utility, police and...
November 4, 2014
Airbus Helicopters' relationship with Indonesia is taking center stage this week at Indo Defence 2014. The French rotorcraft manufacturer said its exhibit during the trade show this week will focus on its...
November 4, 2014
Global helicopter leasing company Waypoint Leasing announced an agreement with First Reserve to acquire a "portfolio of 31 in-demand, new technology aircraft." Included in the portfolio are 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11...
November 3, 2014
Maverick Aviation Group, parent company of Maverick Helicopters, Mustang Helicopters and Maverick Airlines, has expanded with the addition of its eighth Airbus Helicopters EC-130 T2. Designated as the launch client of the T2 airframe, Maverick...
November 3, 2014
The National EMS Pilots Association has created a management tool that can save numerous lives and millions of dollars for less than the cost of a full tank of fuel on an average air medical helicopter. The Cultural Health Assessment and Mitigation Program for Safety (CHAMPS) is a survey-based tool...
November 1, 2014
These Diamond J, Inc. torque and turbine outlet temperature gauges installed in a Bell 206B3 catch everything, including this 103 percent for one second torque. Photo by Mark Colborn “The engine quit,” is a common claim or perception by pilots following an uncontrolled descent into terrain. A recent International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) analysis, however, determined that many accident...
November 1, 2014
Maintaining a PT6 turboshaft engine. Photo courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada The bridge between a manufacturer simply supplying an engine to a customer versus committing to it with the operator was brought into the modern era by Rolls Royce’s Power by the Hour (PBH) concept in the early 1980s. While PBH has become a regular feature of supplier/owner maintenance agreements, Safran subsidiary...
November 1, 2014
Powered by a single Rolls-Royce 250-C20W turbine engine, the Enstrom 480B can be an entry-level turbine, or outfitted for higher-level duties. Photo by Ernie Stephens Turbine helicopters have come a long way since 1958 when Charles Kaman had his engineers remove the piston engine from his HH-43 Huskie and replaced it with a T53-L-1B powerplant, making it the world’s first turbine helicopter to go...
October 31, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply its armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters. According to Sikorsky, part of United...
October 31, 2014
Boeing has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six Danish defense companies to further pursue business opportunities in a range of activities that encompass defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration. The companies are: Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defense Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma. Although these are elements of...
October 30, 2014
The Australian Government has formally announced the Boeing Defense Australia/Thales Australia team as the successful bidders for the new helicopter training program for the Australian Army and Navy. The delayed Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) will be based at HMAS Albatross in Nowra, New South Wales. Boeing and Thales are proposing the use of 15 Airbus Helicopter...
October 30, 2014
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a purchase agreement for a new EC135 P2e from Airbus Helicopters UK. The aircraft will join...
October 30, 2014
Russian Helicopters has completed the delivery of Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters to the Afghan National Army. Since the contract between Rosoboronexport and the U.S. Department...
October 29, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) officials working from a Royal Navy (RN) warship, HMS Argyll, have uncovered a haul of cocaine valued at more than $16 million that was hidden onboard a private yacht transiting...
October 29, 2014
ACR Electronics has upgraded its MS-2000(M) series of military LED distress lights to the MS-2000(M2) family comprising three types: the MS-2000(M2) Strobe, the Doublefly and the Waterbug.   Photo courtesy ACR Electronics The lights...
October 29, 2014
Airbus Defense and Space and DCNS have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a ship-based helicopter UAS capability. This technological partnership will help to speed up the market release of the TANAN vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) tactical helicopter UAS, as it takes into account the naval sector’s requirements and the aircraft’s efficient integration onto all types of armed...
October 28, 2014
CHC Helicopter has had its longstanding contract with Total E&P UK renewed by an additional seven years with options for a further two years. The new agreement will run from November 2015. CHC operates two Sikorsky S-92 and two...
October 28, 2014
All British and United States Marine Corps (USMC) troops have now left the Camp Bastion – Leatherneck operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and handed over to the 215 Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA). A joint force of helicopters and aircraft made the final transfer of personnel to Kandahar on Monday, October 27 after the...
October 28, 2014
Two North American sheriff aviation departments have purchased Bell 407GXs from Bell Helicopter. One of the aircraft was purchased by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona, and the other by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s department in California. The two sheriff...
October 27, 2014
The U.S. Army received its 300th CH-47F Chinook helicopter from Boeing this month. Boeing delivered the Army's latest Chinook 75 days ahead of schedule, with a modernized airframe featuring the Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS)...
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