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July 30, 2013
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for...
July 12, 2013
Several of the helicopter industry's major manufacturers will exhibit at the upcoming Helitech International 2013 show. Russian Helicopters is the latest confirmation, joining AgustaWestland...
July 11, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has incorporated an AgustaWestland AW109SP GrandNew into its emergency medical services (EMS) fleet. The GrandNew features a synthetic vision...
July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
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...
July 2, 2013
Nonprofit helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operator CareFlite has placed an order for four Bell 407GX helicopters. CareFlite also flies AgustaWestland AW109s and Bell 222s, in addition to a fixed-wing service using a King Air 90.   Interior view of the Garmin G1000H panel on the Bell 407GX. Photos courtesy of Bell...
July 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters has wrapped up a series of test flights with its Kamov Ka-226T multi-purpose helicopter in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The test flights were conducted in...
July 1, 2013
Back in 2011, while attending the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference in New Orleans, I saw a brand new Virginia State Police (VSP) Eurocopter EC145 on display. It had recently been completed by Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., and was loaded with all of the latest gear for flying air medical missions. While driving through southern Virginia – technically a...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
Nepal’s Shree Airlines is set to acquire eight helicopters from Eurocopter to address a variety of missions, including search and rescue (SAR), disaster relief, heli tourism and other aerial missions. The company, which has been established eight years, claims to be the first to operate a private fleet of five Russian-built Mi-17s. It now believes that the lighter Ecureuil...
July 1, 2013
The SKYe SH09 from Marenco Swisshelicopter will feature a fuel filtration system from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense under an...
June 28, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on...
June 25, 2013
Rockwell Collins has introduced a new avionics product line, dubbed HeliSure, in a bid to improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots. While some of the products are already known, such as helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), others are in an early development phase. New sensors should thus enhance obstacle detection. “We...
June 13, 2013
Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) subsidiary Reach Air Medical Services and Air Evac are forming a new partnership, based at a site...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 1, 2013
AgustaWestland is making its expectations for success in the North American market very clear. With opportunities in the U.S. government markets expected to top $20 billion over the next 15 years, according to AgustaWestland North America Chairman and CEO R. Scott Rettig, the company seems bullish in the face of sequestration issues and its own internal problems. AgustaWestland – at least its North...
June 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans April 30 to build the AW169 at its 275,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was revealed during a media...
June 1, 2013
  Think back to the first time you saw a multi-function display (MFD) screen in a cockpit. For me, it was around 1987, when I saw a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle on static display at an air show. The high-tech fighter had a head-up display and thermal imaging system, too. That was all exceptionally impressive to me, a lowly student pilot with just a few hours in a Robinson R22. It might have...
June 1, 2013
  By the end of June, Le Bourget will be transformed, once again, into the aviation industry’s largest trade show. Helicopter manufacturers including AgustaWestland, AVIC, Bell, Boeing, Enstrom, Eurocopter, HAL, KAI, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and others will join the many service and equipment suppliers from the rotorcraft industry, in addition to the miles of fixed-wing aircraft displays...
June 1, 2013
My father was a U.S. Navy hero in World War II, so at an early age I had developed a keen appreciation for several aspects of seamanship, and became, largely in an effort to please my dad, something of a junior knot-tying expert. I pursued this admittedly arcane activity with great energy, memorizing a respectable vocabulary of useful knots, and precisely how to tie them. I could deliver rote verbal...
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