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March 5, 2014
New York City-based charter and tour operator Liberty Helicopters has taken delivery of two AS350B2 AStars purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The first went into service in December and the...
March 3, 2014
Shree Airlines has received the first of five AS350 B3e rotorcraft ordered last year from Airbus Helicopters, expanding the Nepal-based operator’s capabilities for passenger transport and utility missions...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
February 3, 2014
New runways at Heathrow (inline, offset or displaced), a second strip at Gatwick or a whole new hub built on a greenfield site to the east of the nation’s capital. Whatever option the British government selects as the most promising answer to London’s chronic airport congestion, it isn’t likely to involve helicopters. At a January conference in central London, more than 400 delegates were...
February 1, 2014
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 helicopters during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
January 16, 2014
Russian Helicopters is expanding flight coverage to the regional government of Sakhalin Oblast with the delivery of two medium multirole Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters scheduled for...
December 18, 2013
Switzerland may be known for many things; its financial institutions, fine chocolate, hand-made timepieces and tremendous scenery including one of the most foreboding mountains in Europe, the Eiger. But one thing that would not be on many lists would be an indigenous helicopter. So the unveiling of the first prototype of its light single-engine SKYe SH09 helicopter by Marenco Swiss Helicopter has already...
November 1, 2013
After 12 months of informal cooperation, the U.S.-based brokerage Avpro and European brokerage Heli Asset have announced the creation a new division within Avpro dedicated to helicopter sales and acquisitions. The move was confirmed at the annual...
October 23, 2013
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual Conference and Exposition opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, drawing thousands of attendees, plus more than 1,000 exhibitors and 97 display aircraft. Rotorcraft OEMs and systems providers represented at the show...
October 23, 2013
Bell Helicopter used the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exposition as the backdrop to introduce a version of its 429 with wheeled landing gear. The “429 WLG,” as it has been dubbed, is similar...
October 4, 2013
Adding to a string of recent regional firsts, the Bell 407GX has entered service with its first operator based in Switzerland. The handover comes shortly after the first Bell 429 took flight as part of a UK-based fleet with National Grid, as well as the first 429 in VIP configuration with TJ Morris Ltd.   National Grid 429. Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopters  ...
October 3, 2013
Chinese investment firm Reignwood Investment Co. purchased 12 Bell helicopters during the Aviation Expo China 2013. The agreement includes the sale...
October 3, 2013
French manufacturer Helicopteres Guimbal has unveiled numbers on the cost of a Cabri G2 overhaul. The first examples of the two-seater were overhauled last summer at the Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence, after 2,200 flight hours. For each of the two 2010 Cabris operated by Jonkoping, Sweden-based flying school Northern Helicopters, the downtime was six weeks, according to the...
September 26, 2013
West London Heliport, promising to be the new location for helicopters heading to the south east of England, is the rebranded name of PremiAir Aviation International’s Blackbushe airport in Surrey. The location is 30 miles south west of London. Graham Avery, PremiAir chairman, was keen to position Blackbushe as a cheaper alternative to Battersea Heliport with facilities that would offer helicopter...
September 26, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based...
September 23, 2013
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first 407GX to see service in Russia with maintenance and pilot training center Helidrive of Saint Petersburg...
September 10, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from September 5 to 8 in Tianjin. According to Mathias Senes, commercial director for Marenco, the company is moving...
September 3, 2013
Russian Helicopters is ready to bring the VIP version of its Mi-171 to the corporate transportation market after receiving type...
July 9, 2013
Brazilian helicopter operator Atlas Taxi Aereo has taken delivery of a Mil Mi-171A1 from Russian Helicopters. Atlas Taxi Aereo's new helicopter will be the first Mi-171A1 to feature the...
July 3, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
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