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February 27, 2014
The three agencies that make up Metro Air Support of St. Louis were presented with a plaque signifying their satisfactory completion of the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation (ALEA) program. The Standards for Law Enforcement Aviation Units were developed and are maintained by the ALEA Commission, Inc. dba, Public...
February 27, 2014
During Heli Expo 2014, Ramco Systems reached a memorandum of understanding with Turbomeca to develop compatibility solutions between...
February 26, 2014
Because of the timing of this year’s Heli-Expo occurring at the end of February, the deadlines for the March print edition fell into “no man’s land” – that is, going to press right before the show started, and then coming out right after the show ends. Most of the news heading into the show was under embargo as we went to press, so a number of the stories that come from the...
February 26, 2014
At his company’s annual “state-of-the-nation” briefing to journalists in Paris during January, new Airbus Helicopters President & CEO Guillaume Faury was less informative, less detailed and more cautious than his predecessor, Dr. Lutz Bertling. The usual document – which last year contained 28 pages of presentation notes – was replaced with one that contained only four...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo, Anaheim – During the afternoon on Tuesday AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Dancers from Circque du Soleil, whose representation of rugged dance, heralded the unveiling...
February 26, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has increased its S-92 order book with Sikorsky Aircraft by eight units. Milestone is already one of the world’s largest S-92 owners, and has increased its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The forward orders are scheduled to deliver over the next five years, with 15 scheduled for completed...
February 26, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its Entry Into Service program for the S-76D line of aircraft. The program includes customer training, service, support and focused customer communication, as well as the tracking of customer...
February 26, 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 Heli-Expo in Anaheim, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed...
February 26, 2014
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million, with delivery scheduled to...
February 26, 2014
On January 30 of this year, Airbus Helicopters successfully obtained EASA Type Certification on the EC175 powered by the PT6C-67E. Designed for the medium-sized twin market, the engine is equipped with the latest...
February 26, 2014
The new EC225e version of Airbus Helicopters’ workhorse Super Puma product line was formally launched Tuesday, offering an enhanced rotorcraft that responds to operators’ requirements for extended-range missions – particularly in support of deep-water oil and gas airlift missions. Details on the EC225e were outlined at Heli-Expo 2014, along with the...
February 26, 2014
Guidance Louisiana of Baton Rouge has launched a new Robinson Helicopter Dealership. On Friday, February 21, the dealership became official when Chief Pilot, Matt Cavenagh, received delivery of a new 2014 Robinson R66 from the...
February 26, 2014
Turbomeca, a Safran company, is bringing its entire proximity network to bear in supporting customers of Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat, short light single engine helicopter. In a first-ever collaboration between the two corporations, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will receive power from Turbomeca’s latest Arrius 2R gas turbine.   Turbomeca Arrius 2R. Graphic courtesy of...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. – 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 production...
February 26, 2014
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 TH180 is designed primarily as a training...
February 26, 2014
[Aviation Today Feb. 26, 2014] Honeywell is forecasting demand for up to 5,500 civilian-use helicopters through 2018, according to the avionics manufacturer's 16th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook released at Heli-Expo 2014. ...
February 26, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 26, 2014] Universal Avionics has unveiled the cursor control for the display system on its new avionics package for the Next Generation MD Explorer flight deck.  The display control is...
February 26, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 26, 2014] Pacific Aerospace selected the FreeFlight Systems RA-4500 radar altimeter system for its P-750 XSTOL short-takeoff and landing aircraft.  The selection...
February 26, 2014
[Avionics Today Feb. 26, 2014] Curtiss-Wright brought a range of its innovative commercial and defense avionics solutions to Heli-Expo 2014, proving one of the oldest American companies is still breaking ground with industry firsts.  First established in 1929 as the result of a merger between early aeronautical innovators the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss, founder of the Curtiss Aeroplane and...
February 25, 2014
According to the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), both Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engines had flamed out on the Scottish police Airbus Helicopter EC135 T2 that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow last November with 10 fatalities. However they have also discovered that there was fuel in the main onboard tank. A Special Bulletin issued by the AAIB on Febraury 14, 2014, stated...
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