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October 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Scheduled commercial helicopter services have been tried in many markets around the world, but few have succeeded. One major exception is found in Hong Kong, the former British Crown colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997 to become a special administrative region or SAR, for short. Operating out of a smartly designed three-story terminal complex within the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has officially launched its U.S. customer service and fleet operations center (CSFC). The facility, located at the company’s Grand Prairie site, will serve as a global service and logistics network, along with sister fleet operations facilities in Europe (in La Durane, France) and Asia (Hong Kong, China). The CFSC opening followed an event in...
September 1, 2009
PUBLIC SAFETY A rapid response and quick thinking by Ultra Helicopters pilot Wayne Norris saved his life and that of a passenger, following a fast-spreading engine fire in a Bell 204C helicopter (the 204C is an early civilian version of the UH-1). Norris was doing long-line work, hoisting a water bucket over Easterville, Manitoba in Canada on June 15, 2009, when he noticed "dark...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report on the I-70 helicopter crash in Maryland that resulted in the deaths of the pilot and three passengers. The Robinson R44 helicopter struck a guy wire that crossed I-70 near Boonsboro the night of July 23 and crashed just off the roadway. Advanced Helicopter Concepts (AHC), a nonprofit charity and helicopter pilot...
September 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Rolls-Royce has secured an agreement to provide its RR300B1 engine for RotorWay International’s new Eagle 300T helicopter. The development of the RR300-B1, the...
August 1, 2009
NEWS Cougar Helicopters Flight 491 lost tail rotor drive about a minute before it crashed into the ocean off Newfoundland on March 12, killing 17 of the 18 people on board. The aircraft’s flight data recorder had stopped working but investigators were able to piece together information from the health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) and flight control computer. Canada’s Transportation Safety...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s official — the Bell 429 light twin helicopter has received certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With the FAA having also granted its certification, the floodgates are open and Bell is scheduled to begin delivering 429s to its North American clients. According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s X2 Technology demonstrator has completed two test flights that included full engagement of the unique propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight. The X2 Technology...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OBSERVATION After sitting in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the EC135 has a new owner — Dam Helicopters of British Columbia, which purchased the helicopter for about $2.23 million. Dam Helicopters’ BO105 LS will be inspecting power lines, surveying for natural resources, conducting EMS missions and...
August 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE Hold your horses — NASA does not have approval to spend $26.1 million on rotary wing research — at least not yet. Recent media reports quoted NASA aerospace engineer Odilyn Maria as saying the agency would spend...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Bell Helicopter has filed its own lawsuit against Eurocopter. The suit comes after a June 16 incident at this year’s Paris Air Show. According to Reuters, a French bailiff turned up at Bell’s booth armed with legal...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SERVICES Skywater Estates of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides a unique perspective of luxurious Florida properties; the company uses helicopters to fly well-heeled customers to premium real estate. Skywater is co-owned by Larry Morales and real estate broker Ree Fritz Cole. They sell luxury residential property throughout the state, and are branching into business properties as well...
June 11, 2009
Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration this past Saturday. The company...
June 1, 2009
This year’s 100th show could prove to be a not-to-be-missed event. On June 15, the 2009 "Salon de L’Aéronautique et de L’Espace" will open, becoming the 48th Paris Air Show and celebrating its 100 anniversary since starting as a small exhibition for aeroplanes in the Grand Palais of Paris, just off the Champs Elysées. It is also believed to be the 85th anniversary...
June 1, 2009
Operators overwhelmingly send the Robinson R44, the four-seat descendant of the R22, to the head of the light piston helicopter class. It’s been called everything from a "kiddie copter" to the best all-around helicopter ever designed. See it once, and you will not mistake it for anything else. Fly it once, and you will not forget it. But whatever you do, do not call the Robinson R44 a...
June 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Sky Shuttle Helicopters’ first two AW139 medium twin helicopters have entered service in Hong Kong. The company provides regular passenger service to Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, using AW139s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. Until last year, Sky Shuttle was known as Heli Express, which itself grew out of East Asia Airlines and Helicopters...
May 22, 2009
In a press released issued by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) dated May 21, the organization commended the House of Representatives for “passing legislation that will fund the Federal Aviation...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
April 7, 2009
The Globe and Mail, Canada’s second largest daily newspaper, claims to have obtained official documents showing that during its initial design certification process, the Sikorsky S-92’s main rotor gearbox failed to pass the FAA’s standard “run-dry” tests. During the test, the manufacturer must prove that the...
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