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July 9, 2014
Other than Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson, with the passing of Charles Kaman in 2011, there is no one alive more iconic to the helicopter industry than Sergei Sikorsky. Currently serving as global ambassador for the Stratford, Conn.-based United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, Sergei is the son of company founder Igor Sikorsky, inventor of the world’s first mass-produced helicopter...
July 9, 2014
The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) aims to become a performance-based regulator over the next two years following the findings of a report into a series of helicopters accidents in the North Sea, the last of which resulted in four fatalities. Following the crash of the CHC Scotia AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WSNB) on its approach to Sumburgh, in the Shetland Isles, on Aug. 23, 2013, CAA conducted a...
July 9, 2014
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW206B3 engine, chosen to power the Airbus Helicopters EC135 P3, has received certification from Transport Canada and is expected to enter service in the first quarter of 2015. The engine design, based on the PW206B2, features an automatic start and automatic sharing between both engines.  The PW206B3 is the most...
July 9, 2014
[Aviation Today July 9, 2014] Boeing has had a busy week leading up to the 2014 Farnborough Air Show. The airframe manufacturer finalized a $56 billion 777X order, delivered its first 787-9 Dreamliner and signed an agreement to establish a new Asia Pacific region aircraft maintenance services company.    777X   Emirates finalized its $56 billion order for 150 777X aircraft placed during...
July 9, 2014
[Avionics Today July 9, 2014] During the recent semi-annual NAVFEST military exercise at White Sands Missile Range, the U.S. Air Force demonstrated advanced anti-jamming and security capabilities of a new military code GPS signal. The design of Raytheon's MAGR 2000-S24 allows M-code avionics upgrades without the replacement of the...
July 9, 2014
[Avionics Today July 9, 2014] AeroVironment reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $8.1 million, a turnaround from a $795,000 loss reported during the same period a year ago. Tim Conver, CEO of AeroVironment, said the jump is the result of strong demand for its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  Total UAS sales for the quarter increased nearly 42 percent to $60...
July 8, 2014
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has released a highly critical report on Australia’s acquisition and entry into service of the NH Industries MRH90 multi-role helicopter for the Army and Navy. The Australian Government ordered the MRH90 – an Australian variant of the NH90 assembled in Brisbane by Australian Aerospace – over the competing Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk in 2004 and...
July 8, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has reached purchase agreements for 123 civil helicopters with three customers from China: Fujian Xinmei General Aviation Co. (GAC), Guangdong Baiyun GAC and Yunnan Fengxiang GAC. The helicopters ordered include light single-engine helicopters from the company’s Eurecil family as well as the EC135. These companies will use the...
July 8, 2014
Chief Phil Perlini of the Grayslake (Ill.) Police Department and his officers were monitoring the festivities at the town’s July 4th fireworks display when they saw something very unusual. It was a remote controlled helicopter flying near the multi-color pyrotechnic bursts, apparently in an effort to capture the event on the video camera it carried. “It came out of nowhere,” Perlini told local...
July 8, 2014
[Avionics Today July 8, 2014] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is launching the latest study in a project spanning four North American cities analyzing factors that lead to unhealthy air quality conditions.  NASA's latest study will bring a King Air research aircraft and a P-3B to Boulder, Co., to examine what factors lead to ozone levels in summer that exceed national...
July 8, 2014
[Avionics Today July 8, 2014] Etihad Regional is the launch customer for airframe manufacturer ATR's onboard iPad Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) mount system.   The system features an integrated power interface module which provides a holding platform for the EFB, as well as connectivity to aircraft power for charging. Etihad Regional, formerly...
July 8, 2014
[Avionics Today July 8, 2014] Skyservice Business Aviation has signed a five year agreement with Star Navigation Systems Group to add the Star Airborne Data Services (Star-ADS) aircraft tracking solution to its fleet of Learjet 45s.   Star Navigation estimates the contract to be...
July 7, 2014
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW210S engine. Photos courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada During a media briefing at Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters where President Paul Adams and other executives reflected on the state of the aviation industry, Rotor & Wing had a chance to interview Richard Dussault, vice president of marketing for Pratt & Whitney Canada (the unit that produces...
July 7, 2014
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a notice of proposed rule-making aimed at improving the safety of helicopter external sling load, winching and rappelling operations throughout the country. The move follows a number of safety incidents involving such operations in Australia in recent years. In 2013, a man died after falling 30 meters (98 feet) as he was being winched...
July 7, 2014
Following the delivery of two Ka-32A11BCs to Sino-Russian Helicopter Technology Company, based in Qingdao, China, Russian Helicopters has signed an additional contract with China’s Lectern Aviation Supplies for a Mi-26TS heavy transport...
July 7, 2014
[Avionics Today July 7, 2014] European airlines and operators are flying a combined 60,000 nautical miles  more than they should be on a daily basis, according to a new report from Air Traffic Management (ATM) organization Eurocontrol.  There are an estimated 8,000 flight plans filed by European operators daily that feature routes that are longer than the best route available, Eurocontrol...
July 7, 2014
[Avionics Today July 7, 2014] The FAA has issued an initial Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a new flight deck designed by Rockwell Collins as a modernized retrofit for Boeing 757s and 767s.   Rockwell Collins' 757/767 flight deck retrofit. Photo, courtesy...
July 7, 2014
[Aviation Today July 7, 2014] Central Asia presents a big regional market opportunity for the Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft, according to a Bombardier senior executive. The Canadian airframe manufacturer is currently showcasing its Q400 in the region, including a demonstration flight conducted for Air Kazakhstan.  Bombardier's Q400...
July 3, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to the aviation section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford, Fla. Read more about the helicopter’s mission profile at rotorandwing.com Various helicopter manufacturers showcased their products during Rotortech 2014, which took place on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 24-25, keen to gain a larger...
July 3, 2014
I just returned from attending HeliRussia 2014. This was the sixth year in a row that I have attended. Think of HeliRussia as a one-third scale version of Heli-Expo. Some of the main differences would be a lot more helicopters with counter-rotating main rotor systems and some ugly helicopters. Now when I say ugly, I don’t mean ugly like the MBB BO105 that I used to fly, which is maybe not as...
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