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February 28, 2014
The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo cover rotorcraft that range from the EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the...
February 28, 2014
The 2014 “Moral Courage Award” was presented to three recipients at HAI’s Heli-Expo during the Safety Committee’s Town Hall Meeting. The Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)’s Aviation Safety Division is the proponent of the award, presented by D. Smith, senior air safety investigator...
February 28, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet...
February 28, 2014
Over 150 Russian-made helicopters are currently involved in UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations around the world. Speaking at the Russian Hour conference at Heli-Expo 2014, representatives of Russian Helicopters...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has sold its first helicopter into China, with the purchase of an MD500E to Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation and Avion Pacific, MD’s sales distributor in China...
February 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter revealed the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a full-size mock up of the Bell 525 Relentless in search-and-rescue configuration at Heli-Expo...
February 28, 2014
Airlines and operators in the United States are reluctant to upgrade their aircraft avionics due to a lack of clearly defined long-term benefits of key NextGen initiatives, according to a new report from the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Inspector General (IG). These upgrades are necessary to enable the FAA to increase National Airspace System (NAS) capacity and help airspace users save fuel.  ...
February 28, 2014
Skymark Airlines has become the first Japanese operator of the Airbus A330. Japan's third largest airline received two A330-300s from Airbus and will begin operating the new aircraft on routes between...
February 28, 2014
The Air Strato electrically powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed its first takeoff and landing. Designed by European aerospace company ARCA Space, the Air Strato completed a short flight reaching an altitude of 82 feet and then...
February 28, 2014
Rwanda Air has received its first dual-class Q400 NextGen turboprop from Bombardier. Mike Arcamone, president of Bombardier's commercial aircraft division calls Africa one of the...
February 28, 2014
Florian Guillermet has been appointed the new deputy executive...
February 28, 2014
Northrop Grumman's Australian subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Australia Pty Limited, has completed its acquisition of Australian aerospace and defense company Qantas Defence Services.    The acquisition will allow Northrop Grumman to...
February 27, 2014
During Heli-Expo on February 25, Rolls-Royce held a ceremonial signing event involving Eagle Copters of Calgary, Canada. Tim McGrath, Rolls-Royce vice president of customer business, and Eagle Copters President Mike O’Riley, formalized a long-term fleet agreement between the two companies which will...
February 27, 2014
All Metal Maintenance Stands has finalized moving into a new 40,000-square-foot facility in Las Vegas, Nev. The move took place in January 2014, and the company has been 100 percent operational there since February 1. The new facility will be a key element in the company’s goal to enhance service and the “customer...
February 27, 2014
“Land and Live” is a new safety initiative revealed HAI during Heli-Expo 2014. This is a follow-up to last year’s HAI safety promotion “Just Land the Damn Helicopter.” This initiative focuses on the decision-making process to either not depart at all on a flight or to terminate a flight with a precautionary landing due to weather conditions, fuel concerns, mechanical concerns...
February 27, 2014
Rotary-wing aeromedical retrieval services in New South Wales, Australia, will undergo a major restructure this year with the closure at the end of March of the tender process for a new Helicopter Retrieval Network. The restructure is aimed at ensuring the service can cope with an expected 23 percent increase in demand by 2022. A fleet of 15 helicopters (10 operational and five back-up) of various types...
February 27, 2014
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has completed AW609 tiltrotor flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, allowing the certification testing phase to commence as it makes progress toward FAA certification in 2017. This was achieved with the first two test aircraft, which have now together flown almost 1,000 hours, with over a third in the last...
February 27, 2014
Precision Helicopters (Booth 7311) is taking delivery of its first new-generation training helicopter, the Guimbal Cabri G2, which is the first of this type in the U.S., during Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Precision’s Managing Director...
February 27, 2014
MD Helicopters has released details of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the...
February 27, 2014
Amur Finance Company has formed a new subsidiary, Amur Helicopter Financial Services (Amur HFS). Amur HFS will address an unfilled need in the marketplace by offering a complete suite...
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