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February 1, 2013
Bell 525 Relentless in the hangar at the manufacturer’s facility in Amarillo, Texas. During an update session with Larry Timmesch, vice president of Commercial Programs at Bell Helicopter, along with David King, chief engineer on the Bell 525 Relentless, it became apparent that the company is committed to bringing the Relentless into the “super-medium” twin market. The first helicopter...
February 1, 2013
American Eurocopter displayed a Lewis Energy-operated EC145 in Orlando to showcase the corporate/VIP market during the NBAA Convention from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with the top executives of the major helicopter manufacturers, Rotor & Wing conducted an exclusive interview with American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini that covered a wide range of...
February 1, 2013
The Las Vegas Convention Center is the venue for Heli-Expo 2013, the annual gathering of the worldwide helicopter industry, hosted by Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association International (HAI). Thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of helicopters will converge in Nevada from March 4-7. HAI President Matt Zuccaro says that Heli-Expo, the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow, is...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
February 1, 2013
The conscientious helicopter pilot is almost always engaged in active accommodation of at least two completely separate sets of safety challenges. The first, of course, is the actual accomplishment of physical safety. The licensing and qualification mechanisms conventionally observed in U.S. helicopter operations ensure that legitimately experienced pilots are expected to be technically competent to safely...
February 1, 2013
Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Japan delivered two EC135s in late January. The National Police Agency (NPA) has received an EC135T2 that will enter service with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for missions around the Tokyo prefecture. NPA’s...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland’s fourth AW169 prototype completed its maiden flight Thursday at the manufacturer’s plant in...
January 30, 2013
Bell Helicopter has submitted a “petition for reconsideration” to the U.S. FAA, insisting the Bell 429 light twin should be allowed to operate at 7,500 lbs., instead of the FAR 27 limit of 7,000 lbs. According to the manufacturer, 14 countries have granted the requested exemption. The FAA and Europe’s EASA have not. After the denial of exemption Bell received from the FAA in August, the...
January 25, 2013
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has granted a multi-million-pound contract to Bond...
January 24, 2013
Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland has reached an agreement to establish a joint venture with South American airline giant Embraer. The memorandum of understanding opens up the possibility of manufacturing AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both...
January 18, 2013
Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took delivery of its first VIP-configured Eurocopter EC135 P2...
January 18, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified the Turbomeca Arriel 2E engine, which is scheduled for entry into service at the...
January 17, 2013
Mineral Wells, Texas-based Chelton Flight Systems (dba Cobham Commercial Systems) has obtained an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its HeliSAS stability augmentation system and...
January 16, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, HeliVert, has conducted the initial flight of the first Russian-produced...
January 9, 2013
Dallas, Texas-based Med-Trans Corp. is planning to expand air medical...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 8, 2013
American Eurocopter had received an order from Geisinger Health System for another EC145. The helicopter will join...
January 4, 2013
Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
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