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March 9, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the document with a group of oil and gas...
March 9, 2015
AgustaWestland has appointed Heliconia Industrie Sarl as an Authorized Service Center for the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter in Morocco. Heliconia, an official distributor of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in Morocco since early 2014, with two offshore-configured AW139s already in service and a contract for two additional helicopters, will provide a range of support and maintenance services from...
March 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed agreement for the sale of four Bell 206L-4s to Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), one of the largest independent providers of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in the world. The aircraft will be operated by Air Evac Lifeteam for HEMS missions. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2016.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter "It’s extremely...
March 9, 2015
LCI Helicopters, the helicopter leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into an agreement with SQN Capital Management, LLC (SQN), an independent asset manager headquartered in New York City, to manage a fleet of seven recently acquired helicopters. LCI Helicopters will offer a range of services to SQN including asset management, insurance, rent collection, maintenance oversight, inspections and...
March 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-09-2015] Kitron AS will develop a Test Program Set (TPS) for evaluating and troubleshooting F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft avionics under a development contract awarded by Northrop Grumman. Under the four-year, $2 million contract, the...
March 9, 2015
MobileVue, part of the airfield monitoring solution Exelis will provide to LAX. Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 03-09-2015] Exelis will provide its airfield monitoring solutions to Los Angeles...
March 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-09-2015] With the five-year projected demand for helicopters expected to remain flat in 2015, there’s plenty of civilian rotorcraft in the global fleet ripe for avionics upgrades within the next several years. This is especially true considering that 2013 was considered a peak year for sales of rotorcraft airframes. During Heli Expo 2015, Avionics Magazine caught up with...
March 9, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-09-2015] The National Supervisory Authorities (NSAs) responsible for regulating civil aviation in nine North European states have agreed to work together to support the Borealis program, a major initiative delivering Free Route Airspace (FRA) across Northern Europe. The effort looks to further Single European Sky initiatives significantly. Diagram of how the...
March 9, 2015
Co-pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard board the Solar Impulse 2 for the first leg of the round-the-world flight. Photo: Solar Impulse [Avionics Today 03-09-2015] Solar Impulse 2, the first completely solar powered aircraft, lifted off from Abu Dhabi early Monday morning, effectively beginning its round-the-world flight. Scheduled to land back in Abu Dhabi by late June or early August of this...
March 6, 2015
Enstrom pilot Bill Taylor lifts the newly-designed Enstrom TH180 into the air for its first flight on Feb. 6. Photo courtesy of Enstrom Helicopters   HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Enstrom Helicopter’s newly designed, two-seat TH180 recently completed a successful first flight.The single-engine piston, which will be marketed primarily as an entry-level rotorcraft trainer and...
March 6, 2015
Brad Hayden Robotic Skies, an international network of service centers for commercial UAS, has gotten off to a promising start. Today, after one year in business, the company has nearly 60 repair stations across the globe, including its most recent one in South Africa. The company also recently completed its first repair and return-to-service of a service-drone G4 1.4 UAS. Rotor & Wing sat down with...
March 6, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced that SECO International of Japan has entered into a letter of intent to order 10 Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. The announcement was made as part of a formal signing ceremony at Bell Helicopter’s booth during HAI Heli-Expo 2015, in Orlando, Fla.   Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was designed based on extensive input from a Customer...
March 6, 2015
Air traffic queue. Photo: Exelis [Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Changi Airport Group has awarded a contract for Exelis to deploy its Osyris pre-departure sequence planner at Singapore Changi Airport. When implemented, the two entities aim for the Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) software to achieve favorable gate...
March 6, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Marenco Swiss Helicopter (MSH) has selected the Sagem (Safran) ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics/instrument package for its new SKYe SH09 single-engine utility helicopter.   Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons Developed and produced by Sagem, the ICDS 8A Primary Flight Display & Engine Monitoring System increases situational...
March 6, 2015
[Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Esterline reported results for its first fiscal quarter, ended Jan. 30, a 13-week quarter in which sales totaled $446.3 million. Sales are down slightly when compared with results from the same quarter 2014, in which sales totaled $485.9...
March 6, 2015
Delta MD-88 aircraft like the one that skidded off the runway Thursday morning. Photo: Wikipedia [Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Delta Air Lines flight 1086 lost hold of the runway Thursday morning during landing at New...
March 6, 2015
Workers at Prestwick ATC Center. Photo: NATS Press Office [Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Airlines can now choose their own direct routes through parts of Scottish airspace with the introduction of a new technique to cut flying times and up fuel...
March 6, 2015
Viva Aerobus aircraft. Photo: Viva Aerobus [Avionics Today 03-06-2015] Viva Aerobus Airlines, based in Apodaca, Mexico, is extending its contract for heavy maintenance services with Pulsar Aviation Services for...
March 6, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kaigai Corporation of Japan have announced that Shizuoka Air Commuter has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions for Toyama Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in summer 2015. This latest purchase is part of the Doctor Heli system program, which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all...
March 5, 2015
On the aviation side, the Army is requesting nearly $4.6 billion for its aircraft portfolio in FY ’16, up 9.6 percent from the nearly $4.2 billion enacted this year. The service is also requesting $820 million in aircraft modifications, down from the $878 million enacted in FY ’15. This funding request notably includes $49 million in overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding while the no...
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