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December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 6, 2012
AgustaWestland has sold another AW169 and AW139 to corporate/VIP provider Kaan Air. The purchase from the Turkish operator comes two months after an order for two...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW169 makes its entrance in Turkey thanks to a recent order by Kaan Air. AgustaWestland...
September 14, 2012
Turkey-based Kaan Air has placed an order for two AgustaWestland AW169s and one AW139. The sale...
September 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over a pair of 407GXs to New York-based Helicopter Flight Services. The delivery represents the...
September 1, 2012
The Rachel project aims at replacing the Mi-8/17 in the 22,000- to 26,000-lb category. Russian Helicopters has completed a “feasibility study” for a Mi-8/17 replacement, dubbed the...
August 14, 2012
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation has agreed to buy 19 more S-92s from Sikorsky Aircraft. The contract follows an order for three S-92s placed in February 2012 at Heli-Expo. The combined 22-helicopter order...
August 1, 2012
What do Al Pacino, a squirrel and a moose, the “human operating system,” rogue management, graphical world charts, lions and bears, dangerous behavior, SMS toolkits and safety videos all have in common? OK, maybe those last two gave it away, but they’re all subjects that have appeared in the International Helicopter Safety Team’s recent “Safety Notes” campaign. Over the...
July 20, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over the 500th AW139 to Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services. The delivery—which represents the 13th helicopter as part of...
July 16, 2012
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Vertical Aviation has received FAA approval to add a...
July 10, 2012
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland uncovered plans at Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday to develop a single-engine light helicopter in the 2.5-ton class. The 50/50...
July 1, 2012
The EC130T2 features improved air conditioning, doors and seats, among other enhancements. At maximum cruise speed, it flies at 127 kts. Photos by Eurocopter EASA certification of the Eurocopter EC130T2 light single—a major upgrade from the EC130B4—is imminent. The first example is scheduled to go to sightseeing operator Maverick Helicopters by the end of the year. FAA certification is expected...
July 1, 2012
Northwest Territories, Canada-based Det’on Cho has sold its 51 percent equity in Trinity Helicopters to Donnie and Joan...
July 1, 2012
Garmin G1000H and NVG Modifications from Aero Dynamix Aero Dynamix, Inc. is an industry leader and principle innovator of integrated Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) solutions for commercial and military aircraft. ADI is a full-line distributor and certified repair station for Garmin Avionics and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Garmin products that do not compromise on the Garmin factory...
June 1, 2012
AgustaWestland AW169 takes off from the company’s plant in Italy. AgustaWestland Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on May 10 at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo...
May 30, 2012
EASA certification of the Eurocopter EC130T2 light single—a major upgrade from the EC130B4—is imminent. The first example is scheduled to go to sightseeing operator Maverick Helicopters by the end of the year. FAA certification is expected in time for this U.S. delivery. The Marignane, France-based manufacturer says it has listened to operators to improve the original EC130. The EC130T2 is...
May 22, 2012
AgustaWestland has certified UTair as an authorized service center for the AW139. The Russian operator has agreed to purchase 10 AW139s for passenger transport, corporate and VIP missions from...
April 1, 2012
Chile is home to an expanding AgustaWestland GrandNew fleet, with two recent purchases from corporate operators. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has expanded its presence in Chile with Santiago-based Naviera...
April 1, 2012
The sixties were great. I wasn’t old enough to fly then, but several of the aircraft I flew were of that vintage—the UH-1, OH-58, C-130 and the B727. (I won’t mention the Cessna 150, TH-55 or the T-37). Many didn’t have radar and the aircraft that did had a single monochrome display that was not integrated into a flight management system. In the industrial heyday of their prime...
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