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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...
April 2, 2014
Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on March 31 that Sikorsky Aircraft “will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act arising from the submission of inflated costs in the pricing of spare parts.” The allegation...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
April 2, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced China Star Aero signed purchase agreements for three 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft at Heli-Expo 2014. This was part of the nearly 200 total...
April 2, 2014
Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) intends to join Avincis Group, according to the companies. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search...
April 1, 2014
Of course it’s preposterous to think that the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow could be summed up in less than say, 10,000 words, but due to space constraints, there’s a lot of material that didn’t make it into the April print edition of Rotor & Wing. That’s why we created our Post-Show Wrap digital edition, for more news and photos from the show. The Wrap can be found...
April 1, 2014
▶ R&W’s Question of the Month: What elements of a safety management system (SMS) work best for your operation? What operators have done a good job of implementing a strong SMS program? Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below. Responses Online The following headlines and responses appeared on www.rotorandwing.com...
April 1, 2014
Lease Corporation International has reached an agreement to acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to...
April 1, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has agreed to a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet of 28 Bell 206-L4...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
April 1, 2014
Jeff Pino. Jeff Pino, the ex-president of Sikorsky Aircraft who “retired” in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the...
April 1, 2014
Before the curtain fell Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo. The launch of the 505 Jet Ranger X drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new short light single (SLS) helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525...
April 1, 2014
MD530G at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton believes, or rather “dreams,” of taking her once-ailing company forward to rapid manufacturing and production of existing and new helicopters. A self-confessed “obsessive for technology and innovation,” Tilton believes that one of the ways to get her company back into the mainstream of helicopter...
April 1, 2014
Enstrom TH180. By Frank Lombardi At Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., pulled the wraps off of a brand new design – a two-seat, piston helicopter. The aircraft, dubbed the TH180, shares the same general shape of the larger three- and five-seat Enstrom products, but scaled down to accommodate just two people. “The...
April 1, 2014
Scott’s Bell 47 during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega One announcement during Heli-Expo 2014 that brought the past right up to the present was that which saw engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce signing a multi-engine contract with Scott’s Bell 47, the owner of the Bell 47 type certificate since 2009. This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft powerplant to the Bell 407GT-6...
April 1, 2014
Erickson S-64. Photo courtesy of Erickson Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a media briefing related to Heli-Expo. Following the acquisitions last year of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia, the company’s share price rose from $8 to $21 per share (a 163 percent growth). The group now...
April 1, 2014
Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced Tuesday as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the...
April 1, 2014
Thales Avionics 2020. Graphical image courtesy of Thales Group One of the most jaw-dropping pieces of technology on display at Heli Expo was Avionics 2020; which can legitimately be described as a new generation cockpit for helicopters. Basically it is an intuitive, all touchscreen cockpit display that Thales marketing director Richard Perrot demonstrated. Using only...
April 1, 2014
AW109 Trakker at Heli-Expo. By Andrew Drwiega, International Bureau Chief During Heli-Expo AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Performers, whose representation of...
April 1, 2014
Michael Hotze AgustaWestland Philadelphia has appointed Michael Hotze as vice president, customer support and training. He will manage product support engineering, technical representatives, customer support managers, the fleet operations center (24/7 AOG help desk), Part 145, and customer training. Hotze previously worked in customer support at Bell Helicopter for 24 years, both for the domestic and...
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