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April 1, 2014
The North Sea, in many respects, is the epicenter of civil helicopter operations in the world. Since the ignition of the oil exploration boom in the area a half-century ago, Norway and the UK have become the primary users of helicopters, operating nearly 70 percent of the total fleet in Europe and 95 percent of airframes with more than 18 passenger seats. In the Norwegian and UK Continental Shelf sectors...
April 1, 2014
AgustaWestland’s booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti wants to “keep the speed of the company at the highest value possible but like when you drive a car, if you start exceeding its performance, then there must be a safety device to ensure you do not lose control. We have to ensure that we have the ability to keep the company safe.” Romiti...
April 1, 2014
CAE 3000 Series. Photo courtesy of CAE After a long lean period when high-end Level D full-flight simulators were out of reach of most operators’ budgets and low-end “broomstick and a bucket” limited-capability flight training devices seemed the norm, helicopter training equipment is now every bit as sophisticated as that used for airline pilot training, if not moreso, particularly the...
April 1, 2014
Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project was jointly announced in March 2008 with a Statement of Intent signed in January...
April 1, 2014
The 999 Emergency Rescue Center (999 Center), a subsidiary of the Beijing Red Cross Foundation, has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters China for the purchase of one Airbus Helicopters EC135 P2e, with an option for another similar unit. The light twin-engine helicopter is...
April 1, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines will begin the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters this week. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson...
March 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, La. The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell...
March 28, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, signed contracts with countries across Latin America in 2013 for 41 helicopters to be delivered in 2014-2016. The...
March 28, 2014
Rockwell Collins recently delivered its HF-9087D radio to Helibras, marking the first radio...
March 27, 2014
Government and military sales of FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability systems are taking off, up 30 percent over two years, according to officials at BLR Aerospace. Some 200 of the 600 FastFin systems in operation worldwide are...
March 27, 2014
The success of Airbus Helicopters is closely linked to the quality of its collaboration with partners. Integrating partners into its industrial process makes up part of Airbus Helicopters’ strategy and contributes to the success of the objectives outlined in its transformation plan, which...
March 27, 2014
Lord now offers a re-bond repair for the Bell 412 Spindle Bearing. According to Rodolphe Leroy, manager global sales, business development and marketing, Lord Aerospace Aftermarket, Lord has implemented several changes to help lower direct operating costs (DOCs) for operators, as well as ease...
March 26, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions are available – the Spider S3 which costs...
March 26, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached an agreement with China's Avicopter to jointly produce 1,000 new generation EC175/AC352 rotorcraft.     Photo, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters   The production agreement was signed at...
March 25, 2014
Another Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, Flight Lt. Charlie Lockyear, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for operations in Afghanistan with Master Aircrew (MACR) Bob Sunderland receiving a Mention in Dispatches during the same action. While on a mission in May 2013 to insert...
March 25, 2014
A recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) covers the exploration of Sikorsky’s further potential participation in the Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Institute, which is scheduled to open in September. Under the MoU, Sikorsky’s participation may include providing expertise in maintenance training and technical know-how, including “train-the-trainer” proficiency, as well as...
March 25, 2014
Inaer France, part of the Avincis Group, has won a six-year contract to provide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) for France’s Centre and Haute-Normandie regions. The French Ministry of Health is currently undertaking a new operating procedure based on...
March 24, 2014
Mark Gassaway, founder and President of Aerocomputers, passed away on Monday, March 17. He will be missed by his many friends in the aviation community. Mark was both a pilot and an engineer. These combined interests led to the foundation of Aerocomputers in 1993. Aerocomputers went on...
March 24, 2014
Fourteen years of accident data reveal that total U.S. civil helicopter accidents have decreased about 25 percent since the International...
March 24, 2014
Since its opening in 2012, the Helicopter Flight Training Center has seen continuous expansion, and recently added its first full motion simulator.  The EC135 P2+ Level D Full Flight Simulator arrived from FlightSafety International’s DFW...
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