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May 21, 2015
Bell Helicopter has received approval from Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the national civil aviation authority of Brazil, for three of its products applicable on Bell 407 platforms to be distributed through its Aeronautical Accessories brand. Specifically designed for the Bell 407GXP, the Expanded Area Instrument Panel replaces the standard...
May 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters’ H145M has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness authority, clearing the way for the military type approval and initial two deliveries of the multi-role twin-engine military rotorcraft before the end of the year. The first customer is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces), who has ordered 15 rotorcraft to be operated by the...
May 21, 2015
Agustín Rossi, Defense Minister of the Republic of Argentina, has announced the country's interest in buying more airframes from Russian Helicopters. Rossi recalled that, in 2011, Argentina purchased two Mi-171E helicopters to supply polar stations in Antarctica, and to perform search and rescue operations. “Currently, we are studying the possibility of purchasing more,” the minister...
May 21, 2015
The last week was one of highs and lows for the Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor. On May 16, U.S. special-operations troops were flown into southeastern Syria to kill a senior Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) leader there. Reportedly, CV-22s from the Air Force Special Operations joined Sikorsky Aircraft MH-60 Black Hawks in carrying the commandos on that mission. Described as the first successful raid by American...
May 20, 2015
At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2015, Bell Helicopter received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Atlas Air Service, of Lower Saxony, Germany, for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. Atlas Air Service has been an Independent Representative for Bell Helicopter since Oct. 2014. Bell Helicopter executives shake hands with Atlas Air Service, photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter...
May 20, 2015
REACH Air Medical Services has announced its planned acquisition of Summit Air Ambulance from Texas Next Capital, based in San Antonio, Texas. Summit is headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, and uses medically configured helicopters and airplanes to transport injured patients from accident scenes and community hospitals to higher levels of care. Flight medics and nurses provide an ICU...
May 20, 2015
Crane Aerospace & Electronics, a segment of Crane Co., has announced the appointment of Mike Clark to Vice President of Microwave Components & Integrated Assemblies. In this role, Clark will be responsible for driving customer satisfaction, continued growth and strategic direction of the Microwave business along with overseeing the operations at the Beverly, Mass. design...
May 19, 2015
Becker Avionics International and Telegenix Inc. have partnered in the field of voice communication systems for Air Traffic Control (ATC) operations. On certain product lines, the two companies will combine their capabilities and expertise in mission critical systems in order to...
May 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter will showcase the first Bell 429 to be installed with the VVIP luxury interior by Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group at this year’s EBACE...
May 19, 2015
Able Aerospace, Inc. has received FAA approval on five new rotory-wing PMAs, including the following: Boot: PN 4RP-340-102-101 (Bell 412) Disk: PN 9440791-1AA...
May 18, 2015
The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating a May 17 MV-22 accident in Hawaii that killed one Marine and injured 21 others on the tiltrotor. The Marine Corps said the MV22 from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) had a "hard landing" at about 1140 local time during routine training at Bellows Air Force Station near...
May 15, 2015
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May 14, 2015
Erickson Incorporated has appointed Glenn Johnson to the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Johnson will serve as a Director and will replace Gary Scott as Audit Committee Chairman. Mr. Johnson joins the Board with more than 30 years of aviation experience obtained through roles of increasing...
May 14, 2015
The FAA today announced a public outreach campaign for the National Capital Region around Washington, D.C. to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald-Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) are a No Drone Zone. “Federal rules prohibit any aircraft from operating in the Flight Restricted Zone around our nation’s capital without...
May 14, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has used an H175 helicopter to fly low-noise IFR approaches to the heliport of Toulouse-Blagnac airport in southwestern France, culminating a seven-year project devoted to environmentally-friendly helicopter approach procedures. The procedures were flown using accurate lateral and vertical guidance provided by EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the European...
May 13, 2015
Global MRO service provider Vector Aerospace has added EASA certification to its Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder (CVFDR) FAA STC applicable to AS332 C, L and L1 helicopters.   Photo courtesy of Vector Aerospace The new CVFDR STC further enhances the mission capability profile of the venerable AS332L helicopter platform and is one of the only FAA and...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 13, 2015
The FAA’s pursuit of joint research efforts on unmanned aerial systems use in populated areas and beyond line of sight highlights both the weaknesses and potency of UAS threats to helicopter markets. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) May 6 at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta, Ga. The agency’s CRADA with cable news...
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator’s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely translated ideas of Darwin, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that will survive, but those who can best...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
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