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August 5, 2014
Boeing demonstrated the AH-64E and AH-6 to the media ‘up close and personal’ in the early morning desert sun When Boeing calls asking if you would like to join its pre-Farnborough/Le Bourget media briefing week, it is unwise to say “no.” The schedule is always hectic, crisscrossing the United States on variously timed early and late flights, but the agenda always makes the effort...
August 5, 2014
The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force (RAF) is running a competition asking the public to vote on their favorite public relations image of the year. Naturally, Rotor & Wing's favorite image will be...
August 5, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-05-2013] Southwest Airlines was recently fined $12 million by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for making faulty repairs to its Boeing 737 passenger jets and the unsafe transport of hazardous materials on commercial flights. Beginning in 2006, the Dallas, Texas-based airline conducted so-called...
August 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 8-5-2014] On Oct. 28, Virgin Atlantic will become the first European carrier to operate the Boeing 787-9, an aircraft that CEO Craig Kreeger says will make up 40 percent of its commercial fleet by 2018. Beyond the aircraft's highly publicized fuel efficiency, Virgin will also look to use the e-Enabling infrastructure in order to deploy an effective maintenance strategy for one of the most...
August 5, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-05-2014] ANA Holdings has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo), setting it on course to be the first operator of the re-engined A320 in Japan. For this new fleet, the...
August 5, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-05-2014] Western Global Airlines (WGA), a low cost, all-cargo carrier based in Sarasota, Fla., announced that it received final FAA certification and has...
August 5, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-05-2014] Middle East air cargo carriers are leading the pack when it comes to expansion in air cargo traffic, reporting a 7 percent growth in demand (measured in freight ton kilometers) in June, according to a report released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This brings the Middle...
August 5, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-05-2014] The Scorpion ISR/Strike Jet by Wichita, Kan., company Textron AirLand, LLC will participate in a number of promotional and demonstration...
August 4, 2014
The first two Cabris shipped to China (here with Chinese markings) will go to distributor Shanghai X-Square Aviation Co. Photo courtesy Helicopteres Guimbal Bruno Guimbal, founder and CEO of France-based Helicopteres Guimbal, shared with Rotor & Wing details on the Chinese certification of the Cabri G2 light single, obtained on June 16. The process, a validation of the EASA certification, lasted nine...
August 4, 2014
By Douglas Nelms On Dec. 7, 2011, an AS350-B2 operated by Sundance Helicopters crashed just outside Las Vegas, Nev., killing the pilot and four passengers. NTSB cited probable cause to be “inadequate maintenance of the helicopter.” Specifically, NTSB said the cause included (1) the improper reuse of a degraded self-locking nut, (2) the improper or lack of installation of a split pin, and (3)...
August 4, 2014
DRF Luftrettung, an air rescue organization based in Filderstadt, Germany, has received the first completed EC145 T2 from Airbus Helicopters. The new EC145 T2 will be based out of the...
August 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-04-2013] Exelis announced acquisition of German company Barco Orthogon, which designs and develops applications for Air Traffic Management (ATM). The technology designed by Orthogon allows airport operators...
August 4, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-04-2013] The E-Fan, an all-electric general aviation training aircraft developed by Airbus Group, was honored with the Personal Aircraft Design Academy (PADA) award at EAA’s 2014...
August 4, 2014
[Aviation Today 08-04-2014] Sagem has developed a new SFCO2 fuel and emissions management service in order to better control fuel consumption for airlines. According to the French aerospace and defense manufacturer, fuel accounts for 30 to 40 percent of an...
August 4, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-04-2014] General Dynamics received a new $25.4 million full-production contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) III Network Communications Element (NCE) for space vehicles seven and eight (SV 07-08). The Air Force's next-generation GPS III satellites will improve position, navigation and timing services and...
August 4, 2014
[Aviation Today 8-3-2014] Pilatus Aircraft has rolled its first PC-24 prototype out of the factory. The Switzerland-based airframe manufacturer said this will be the first of three prototypes that enter a flight test program that is scheduled to begin in Spring 2015.   Swiss National Day, when Pilatus Aircraft Ltd officially unveiled its first ever PC-24 prototype. Some 25,000 spectators watched...
August 1, 2014
A pair of CBP UH-60 Black Hawk pilots prepare to conduct morning patrols over Washington, DC. Photo courtesy CBP Aug. 9, 2013: Jeff Birks remembers vividly the day he received the urgent phone call for air support from the Salt Lake City FBI SWAT Team. Horseback riders in the mountains near Cascade, Idaho had sited James Lee DiMaggio, who had kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson from her Southern California...
August 1, 2014
A Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-64E working the Lodgepole wildland fire in Idaho in July 2013 releases a load of retardant. The material will help keep the trees from becoming fuel for the approaching flames. Photos by Kari Greer They come in many shapes and various sizes. They fly to places with odd names, like Soldotna, Coconino and Funny River. Then they linger amid flames and smoke that darken the skies...
August 1, 2014
View inside the Tiger Helicopters hangar. Photos by Andrew Drwiega You could not describe the airfield at Shobdon in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside as on the road to anywhere in particular. Located down an unassuming road that bears left at the bottom of a small hill towards the control tower, with two grass and one paved runways, it has the appearance of a small country flying club with a few...
August 1, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-01-2014] Spirit AeroSystems reports $1.8 billion total revenues for the second quarter of 2014, up 19 percent from the second quarter of 2013. Net income for the quarter was $143 million. The Wichita...
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