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March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - The North American CEOs of two helicopter contractors told Rotor & Wing they believe the Army's controversial Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI) is here to stay. "It seems like, considering the actions the Army's taking, that it's a done deal," AgustaWestland North America CEO Robert LaBelle said Monday here on the eve of the Helicopter Association...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - On Tuesday, March 3 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson declared 2014 a successful year for the company. Though overall production and decreased from 523 helicopters in 2013 to 329 helicopters in 2014, Robinson believes that this was due in part to the company catching up on the back line of R66 Turbine airframes it had been trying to...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - At HAI Heli-Expo yesterday, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company's UK search and rescue contract. Bristow Helicopters was awarded the 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow's SAR fleet...
March 4, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Passengers all over the world are eager for airlines to make their Personal Electronic Devices (PED) even more personal while traversing the skies, according to Sita’s 2015 air transport industry insight report. The yearly report, entitled “The Future is Personal,” examines whether passenger expectations, airport infrastructure and airline business models...
March 4, 2015
A Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopter will be infused with more autonomous technology. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sikorsky an $8 million contract for Phase 1 of the Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. ALIAS aims to develop and insert new...
March 4, 2015
Sikorsky S-29 in the UK coastguard fleet. Photo: Rockwell Collins [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Beginning in April, Bristow Helicopters will be beefing up Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the United Kingdom alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency with its Sikorsky S-92 and AugustaWestland AW189 helicopter fleet. The...
March 4, 2015
NATS control tower at Heathrow airport. Photo: NATS [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] NATS and Lockheed Martin have entered a strategic partnership to help support NATS’ deployment of the next generation of Air Traffic Control...
March 4, 2015
Bahrain International Airport. Photo: Bahrain International Airport [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] Aireon and India’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), the Airports Authority of India (AAI), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the potential deployment of Automatic Dependent...
March 4, 2015
A Honeywell flight management system. Photo: Honeywell [Avionics Today 03-04-2015] A recently released market report regarding Flight Management Systems (FMS) finds that NextGen will bolster growth in the industry going forward. The Research and Markets...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. Turbomeca (Safran) and Rotortrade have announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2015 a further step in their cooperation with the launch of a specific warranty program that will cover Turbomeca- powered pre-owned helicopters sold by Rotortrade Services worldwide. According to Franck Saudo, Turbomeca...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has announced that Tuncang Investment Co.,Ltd. has been appointed an official, non-exclusive distributor for the SW-4 light single engine helicopter in China. The distributorship agreement includes a commitment  for ten SW-4s which will be manufactured by PZL-Świdnik in Poland. In the future Tuncang could also be appointed an...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland announced today it has entered into an agreement with Life Flight Network, the United States’ largest not-for-profit air ambulance provider, for up to ten additional aircraft. The agreement includes four firm orders and two options for AW119Kx EMS-configured helicopters and preliminary agreements for up to five AW109...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan announced today that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015.  This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system programme...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that Clark McGinn, Global Head of Aviation Financing at CHC Leasing, will join Waypoint as Senior Vice President of Sales in the second quarter of 2015. McGinn will be responsible for leading the Company’s origination, sales and business development...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Alpine Helicopters have agreed to renew a Fleet Operator Agreement supporting the Canadian company’s M250-powered fleet. Alpine Helicopters, based in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, has been providing year-round world class helicopter services since 1961. Alpine specializes in tourism sightseeing, helicopter skiing and commercial...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrengthTM technology. Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - FreeFlight Systems announced today that they are extending the Radar Altimeter product line to add a Level B capable system to meet the stringent design safety requirements for Part 29 rotorcraft.  The FreeFlight Systems FRA-5500 Radar Altimeter maintains the same form, fit, and functionality of the popular RA-4X00 series line of TSO’d Radar Altimeters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has announced that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has been selected by Miami Dade County to provide dynamic component MRO support for the Miami Dade Police Air Support Unit for their fleet of Airbus Helicopters...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - It has been 16 years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight. Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age.  Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility in Shreveport, La. for a total...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has started final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center.  Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight...
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