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November 7, 2014
M250-C47E engine. Graphic courtesy Rolls-Royce Rotor & Wing recently sat down with Jason Propes, SVP Helicopters & Light Turboprop Engines at Rolls-Royce to get an update on the status of their C47E engine program - the latest iteration of the venerable M250 - which was announced at Heli-Expo in 2013, and for which they recently received certification. R&W: Can you give us a brief update on the...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 6, 2014
I once heard a well-known and highly experienced leader of a very large petroleum services helicopter enterprise postulate that, “If it weren’t for the people and the equipment, this business would be easy.” It turns out that despite a constantly advancing evolution of helicopter development, avionics breakthroughs that consistently outpace all conventional industry expectations, and...
November 6, 2014
The StartStick weighs less than 15 lbs., but can crank a variety of single- and twin-engine helicopter models. Photo courtesy ABS Aviation Battery Systems’ StartStick is an external start battery capable of cranking a wide range of helicopters. And at 10 lbs. for the standard unit and 13 lbs. for the StartStick Fleet, the weight and size make it small enough to be stowed under the seat of the...
November 6, 2014
HeliOffshore is a not-for-profit industry association founded by five operators in the oil and gas sector: Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era and PHI Inc. The idea behind the establishment of the organization came from a joint operators review of helicopter safety, born out of a spate of accidents in the North Sea, in addition to a safety review conducted by the European Helicopter Operators...
November 6, 2014
Erickson has signed an agreement with Agip Oil Ecuador to provide transport of people and equipment for oil and gas exploration and production to the Villano Oil Field. The one-year deal follows the September announcement by Agip of the discovery of an oil...
November 5, 2014
Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, and General Dennis Via, commanding general, Army Materiel Command were grilled by the media about the who’s and why’s of defense cutbacks at this year’s annual Association of the United States Army (AUSA) gathering in Washington, D.C. Shyu, who is often praised by Army individuals for ‘getting...
November 5, 2014
An Airbus Helicopter EC155 B1 in Marshall, Minn. Photo courtesy Metro Aviation Just like the helicopters that Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) systems are installed in, there is no single solution for every user’s needs. Each system has its own unique capabilities just as each manufacturer has its own approach. But to be a viable solution in the...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
November 5, 2014
PT Dirgantara has signed a new agreement to acquire 11 Airbus Helicopters AS565 MBe Panthers for use in naval anti-submarine warfare missions. Deliveries of the new rotorcraft are scheduled within...
November 4, 2014
Ray Prouty, the dean of helicopter aerodynamics and a long-time Rotor & Wing columnist and Vertiflite contributor, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 26. Prouty began his career as an aerodynamicist at Hughes until 1954 when he moved on to work for Sikorsky. He...
November 4, 2014
EC135. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first helicopter to China dedicated for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). China is one of the world’s fastest-growing helicopter markets and continued growth is expected following the relaxation of airspace regulations. Airbus is already well-established in the country, with customers in the utility, police and...
November 4, 2014
Airbus Helicopters' relationship with Indonesia is taking center stage this week at Indo Defence 2014. The French rotorcraft manufacturer said its exhibit during the trade show this week will focus on its...
November 4, 2014
Global helicopter leasing company Waypoint Leasing announced an agreement with First Reserve to acquire a "portfolio of 31 in-demand, new technology aircraft." Included in the portfolio are 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11...
November 3, 2014
Maverick Aviation Group, parent company of Maverick Helicopters, Mustang Helicopters and Maverick Airlines, has expanded with the addition of its eighth Airbus Helicopters EC-130 T2. Designated as the launch client of the T2 airframe, Maverick...
November 3, 2014
The National EMS Pilots Association has created a management tool that can save numerous lives and millions of dollars for less than the cost of a full tank of fuel on an average air medical helicopter. The Cultural Health Assessment and Mitigation Program for Safety (CHAMPS) is a survey-based tool...
November 1, 2014
These Diamond J, Inc. torque and turbine outlet temperature gauges installed in a Bell 206B3 catch everything, including this 103 percent for one second torque. Photo by Mark Colborn “The engine quit,” is a common claim or perception by pilots following an uncontrolled descent into terrain. A recent International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) analysis, however, determined that many accident...
November 1, 2014
Maintaining a PT6 turboshaft engine. Photo courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada The bridge between a manufacturer simply supplying an engine to a customer versus committing to it with the operator was brought into the modern era by Rolls Royce’s Power by the Hour (PBH) concept in the early 1980s. While PBH has become a regular feature of supplier/owner maintenance agreements, Safran subsidiary...
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