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March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Latitude Technologies’ authorized reseller, Maxcraft Avionics, has received a FAA STC for installation of Latitude’s award-winning IONode FDM system on Sikorsky S-76...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – North Flight Data Systems, LLC (NORTH), now a department of Outerlink Global Solutions, has received Transport Canada approval of their AS350/EC130 FAA STC for the installation of their lightweight flight data recorders.  The first Canadian installations of the integrated flight data system will be performed on the EC130 and AS350, owned and operated by...
March 3, 2015
One of the cardinal rules of engineering says that anything made by man can be broken. And one of the cardinal rules of man is that when something is broken, you should try to fix it. But if it can’t be fixed, you’ll just have to get a brand new one. In the aviation world, virtually everything that makes a machine fly can break, so there must be ways to replace those items once they fail, or...
March 3, 2015
The Finnish army has now received 20 NH-90s, although availability rates have caused concern. Photo courtesy of NH Industries “We started our helicopter force from virtually zero, and we have faced a lot of challenges,” said Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) speaking on the second day of the International Military Helicopter conference in London (Jan...
March 3, 2015
The USDA Forest Service has awarded Latitude Technologies the contract to supply Operation Loads Monitoring Systems (OLMS) for deployment by the US Forest Service on government and contractor aircraft engaged in aerial...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
March 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-03-2015] The Pro Line Fusion is one of the most popular integrated avionics platforms in fixed wing airframes. Now, Rockwell Collins is bringing the system to the commercial helicopter market, displaying a flyable mock version with prototype software at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando, Fla. This transfer requires development of the system to handle a wider range of missions than it currently...
March 3, 2015
Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom Datalink service. Photo: Satcom Direct [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Satcom Direct’s FlightDeck Freedom data link service now enables Future Air Navigation System (FANS) testing to troubleshoot or validate FANS capabilities and crew...
March 3, 2015
Sikorsky has extended its iFly Sikorsky iPad application to include support for S-76D helicopters. The app replicates common performance calculations outlined in helicopter model-specific flight manuals. Photo: PRNewswire [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Sikorsky is expanding its iFly Sikorsky  iPad application to include support for...
March 3, 2015
China Eastern Airlines aircraft in flight. The airline took hits from yen depreciation in 2014. Photo: Wikimedia [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] A recent report on the China air transport and airport...
March 3, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-03-2015] The Whitcraft Group has signed a 10-year, $234 million contract to supply parts and assemblies to Pratt & Whitney for the next generation PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine family. Whitcraft is the latest...
March 3, 2015
Bombardier CS300 in flight. Photo: Bombardier [Avionics Today 03-03-2015] Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft program reached a major milestone with the maiden flight of the CS300 airliner on Friday. The...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – In one of the industry’s most anticipated events, Airbus Helicopters today presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark. As the first product introduced with the Airbus Helicopters corporate identity and its new numbering...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has announced that numerous California law enforcement agencies have recently purchased or taken delivery of new AS350 B3e AStars, continuing Airbus Helicopters leadership in law enforcement helicopter sales. Recent AS350 B3e customers include the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Riverside...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Maverick Helicopters, based in Las Vegas, Nev., continues to expand its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. Maverick Helicopters took delivery of five H130 T2s (previously EC130 T2s) in 2014 and has ordered eight for delivery in 2015. The H130 fleet serves Maverick Helicopters Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour business. In February the company became the first to achieve...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Robinson Helicopter Company have signed a new, 10-year agreement to supply at least 1,000 RR300 engines to power R66 aircraft. The Rolls-Royce RR300 has been the exclusive engine on Robinson’s R66 gas-turbine helicopter since it entered service in 2010. Rolls-Royce has delivered more than 800 RR300 engines to meet the growing global demand for...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Bell Helicopter have signed a long-term agreement to install upgraded M250 engines in new Bell 407GXP helicopters, boosting power and fuel efficiency. Deliveries of M250-C47B/8 engines for Bell 407GXP helicopters will include a factory installed Value Improvement Package (VIP) kit, which will increase “hot and high” power by up to 8...
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