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February 25, 2015
 Bell Helicopter's Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s second flight test vehicle has successfully achieved its first flight. The Bell 505’s flight test vehicle one completed its first flight in November of last year, and the program has quickly progressed, performing additional flight tests and numerous practice autorotations.    Photo courtesy Bell Helicopter “We are so excited to...
February 24, 2015
Becker Avionics International is pleased to announce the introduction of a new ADS-B based tracking and surveillance system for flight and ground operations. The ADS-B Traffic Localization and Surveillance System (ATLASS) is a state-of-the-art, stand-alone ADS-B traffic monitoring system that provides a recognized air and ground situational...
February 24, 2015
Northern California helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS), has announced the opening of a new regional helicopter support location at the Provo, Utah airport. The satellite maintenance facility will support a broad range of helicopter maintenance capabilities for multiple helicopter model...
February 24, 2015
On the eve of its 60th Anniversary in 2015, Whirly-Girls International, an organization dedicated to promoting women in helicopter aviation, named Guidance Aviation its Level 1 sponsor. Guidance Aviation has committed a total of $18,000 in cash donations to be evenly distributed over the next three years to support the Whirly-Girls' plans to revamp its current website and enhance its reach to future female...
February 24, 2015
AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC (AWAS), an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland joint venture, is expanding its range of support solutions serving the growing fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in the Middle East. A three stage capability expansion plan will further grow AWAS’ range of support services in line with the continued expansion of the regional helicopter fleet...
February 24, 2015
International helicopter pilot organization, Twirly Birds, has announced the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Les Morris award as Nancy Miller Livingston Stratford. Stratford received her helicopter rating in 1947 after serving as an airplane pilot for seven years. As the...
February 24, 2015
Elbit Systems (Booth 5028) will present a range of unique and cutting-edge solutions for the commercial helicopter market at this year’s Heli-Expo.  The company will introduce a new display concept depicting “out of cockpit boundaries” solutions for helicopters - the company’s wearable head-up display (HUD) and helmet mounted display (HMD) technology combined with the...
February 24, 2015
HAI is again highlighting the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge, which features more than 53 safety education events that will help attendees learn industry best practices including safety tools and techniques to apply while on the job. Some of these courses include sessions such as “Aviation Law: What Pilots Need to Know,” “Updates in FAA Medical...
February 24, 2015
Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems has announced a new remote high flow regulator for use with composite fiber-wrapped cylinders, designed specifically to meet the requirements of medevac helicopter operators. The regulator is designed to provide regulated oxygen pressure to pilots, passengers, fill...
February 24, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 outfitted to perform utility roles in the Middle East by Saudi Geological Survey. The company will use the aircraft to support geological mapping, mineral exploration and many other sustainable management activities.  The aircraft was signed for by Dr. Zohair A. Nawab, President of SGS in a formal signing ceremony at International...
February 24, 2015
Airbus Press Event March 3 – 7:30am Hyatt Regency Hotel, Meeting Room U News Conferences - Room S-220B March 3 9:00 – Sikorsky Aircraft 10:00 – Avpro, Inc. 11:00 – Erickson Incorporated 2:00 – Robinson Helicopters 3:00 – RMCI, Inc. 6:30 – Twirly Birds...
February 24, 2015
FRASCA International, Inc. of Urbana, Ill. will be displaying two helicopter flight simulators at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 (March 3-5, in Orlando, Fla. - booth #5031). Both simulators are newly developed and feature enhanced training features and technology. FRASCA's new TruFlite R44 Flight Training Device (FTD) is a high fidelity simulator for the Robinson R44 helicopter. “Last year during the HAI...
February 23, 2015
The Royal Thai Army has acquired six of Airbus Helicopters' light-utility EC145 T2 airframe, the newest and most powerful model in the EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016...
February 23, 2015
Bristow Group Ltd. has opened a new 23,000 square-foot helicopter terminal at its Galliano base in Louisiana that offers increased security and greater conveniences for passengers, including expanded check-in, waiting and customer service areas, increased baggage handling and more parking. The terminal will serve as a temporary facility for Bristow’s operations through 2015 while the company...
February 23, 2015
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has won the Ministry of Trade and Industry award for best integrated corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. The certificate was awarded by Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov on Thursday, Feb. 19. Russian Helicopters’ HR policy is dedicated to improving living and working conditions for its staff. The company creates new...
February 20, 2015
 Airbus Helicopters recently reinforced their presence in the Middle East to support the region's rotorcraft– which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training. As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical...
February 20, 2015
Bell Helicopter's affiliate company McTurbine, Inc. has received authorization from Honeywell International to serve as a Licensed Repair Facility for the Honeywell T53 series engine. Under this...
February 20, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Rotorcraft Directorate will host the 2015 International Rotorcraft Safety Conference April 21-23, 2015, at the Hurst Conference Center in Hurst, Texas. The conference will feature presentations, exhibits, break-out sessions and speeches from major people in the helicopter community. The purpose of the conference is to reduce the national helicopter accident rate...
February 19, 2015
Vector Component Services, a division of Vector Aerospace UK (owned by Airbus Helicopters) will share a £420 million (approximately $650 million) order that extends the support program for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of 60 Boeing Chinook CH-47 heavy-lift...
February 19, 2015
New Zealand helicopter manufacturer Composite Helicopters International (CHI) has filed a type certificate application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for three helicopter models featuring its EvoStrength composite technology. The helicopters are the entry level, Rolls-Royce RR300-powered KC630; the high-powered, high-altitude, Honeywell LTS101-powered utility version, the KC650; and the...
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