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April 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached a framework agreement with Avicopter covering a thousand EC175. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has reached an agreement with China’s Avicopter to jointly produce 1,000 new...
April 28, 2014
AW609 rotors tilting. Photo by Ernie Stephens The idea of a flying machine that will take off and land vertically, then achieve airplane speeds, has been around since the development of engine-driven aircraft. Several designs have been toyed with, but arguably the most successful have fallen into one of two categories: a hybrid using a main rotor and propellers, or vectored thrust (i.e., a tilting rotor)...
April 28, 2014
Genesys Aerosystems Group has acquired Chelton Flight Systems and S-TEC Corporation in a management buyout. Key customers include AgustaWestland, Airbus Military, Air Medical Group Holdings, Bell Helicopter, Carson Helicopters, Embraer, Grob Aircraft, Sikorsky, Textron AirLand, and commercial, military, and government fleets around the world. Chelton Flight Systems, founded in 1997, developed the...
April 28, 2014
The Victorian Government and Ambulance Victoria awarded Australian Helicopters with a 10-year contract to supply new AgustaWestland AW139s. The agreement also includes a dedicated back-up aircraft to maintain services when heavy aircraft maintenance is required...
April 28, 2014
Five British servicemen were killed on April 26 when their AgustaWestland Lynx Mk9A helicopter crashed in Afghanistan near Kandahar air base. Twenty-four hours later, it was still unclear what caused the twin-engine utility helicopter based at RAF Odiharn in Hampshire to come down. It is the third largest loss of...
April 28, 2014
Cobham Aerospace Communications’ RT-5000P radio has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for installation and use by USFS Cooperators in wild land fire situations.  Effective immediately, agencies cooperating with the USFS, including airborne law enforcement, airborne emergency medical service, State National Guard, U.S. Military, and other first responders may install the...
April 25, 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...
April 25, 2014
David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products in Bolingbrook, Ill., has purchased a customized Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to be used in business travels for his...
April 25, 2014
Kaman Aerospace Group has moved into its new RWG bearings facility in Hochstadt, Germany. The move occurred from March to April and operations are currently at full production. RWG, part of the Kaman Specialty Bearings...
April 25, 2014
Boeing received a $103-million firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for advance...
April 24, 2014
Leicester-based academy Helicentre Aviation will be taking enrollments for a BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice Degree/Higher Apprenticeship which will allow graduates to obtain the degree alongside their professional helicopter...
April 24, 2014
S-70B Seahawk launches as a refueling probe is transferred while both ships are deployed in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Photo courtesy of RAN Two recent tragic incidents have revealed the challenges of searching for, and rescuing people from, aircraft or vessels that get into difficulties in the maritime environment. In the case of Malaysian Airlines MH370, the challenge was actually tracking...
April 24, 2014
AgustaWestland has inked distribution agreements for its AW139 with both Saudi Aramco and Heliconia Aero Solutions. Saudi Aramco has placed an order for one additional...
April 24, 2014
Overhaul Support Services has received a $7.4 million firm-fixed-price contract for the Drag Brace Landing for the Black...
April 24, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has demonstrated the optionally piloted flight of a Black Hawk helicopter, a significant step toward providing autonomous cargo delivery functionality to the U.S. Army.  The Optionally Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) Demonstrator, known as Sikorsky’s Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter (MURAL) Program...
April 24, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has delivered an S-76D to Yunnan Jingcheng Group, the first S-76D to operate in China. The aircraft is configured for transportation of corporate and government VIPs. Jingcheng also flies a Sikorsky S-92 for use in transporting corporate and government...
April 24, 2014
AgustaWestland's autorotation trials for the AW609 TiltRotor program have been completed successfully. Between the end of March and early April 10 dedicated flight hours saw more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane mode to helicopter mode flown from the Arlington (Texas) facility in the USA. The tests were flown under auspices of FAA and covered the full wind-milling and...
April 23, 2014
Velocity Aerospace Group acquired Calif.-based EDN Aviation, a move that is expected to expand the company’s repair and...
April 23, 2014
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) with a supplemental...
April 23, 2014
The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) received approval from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to conduct Bell 412EP/Bell 412EPI B1.3 and B2 Part 147 technical training at the Bell Helicopter...
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