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March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
March 28, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
March 26, 2013
While any helicopter accident is one too many, it’s hard not to feel a visceral reaction when you hear of an EMS team going down while attempting to save the lives of others. In November 2011, the Interior Minister of Mexico, Francisco Blake Mora, lost his life along with seven others in a rotorcraft accident. Credited with making major strides in the government’s war on drug cartels, Blake...
March 26, 2013
Honeywell’s 15th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, released earlier this month, forecasts a market for 4,900-5,600 new civil helicopters from 2013 to 2017. The report identifies “very strong” demand over the next three years from all regions of the world, with delivery rates expected to reach 1,000 units per year. For 2016 and 2017, similar delivery rates are possible...
March 26, 2013
UK Department of Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that Bristow Helicopters is the final winner of the long awaited, and fought for, UK Search & Rescue helicopter contract worth £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion). It will run from April 2015 until 2026, with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea Kings being retired from service and all military crews standing down after 70 years...
March 21, 2013
StandardAero has received a five-year maintenance contract from Air Methods for its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 engines. The announcement was made at the Heli-Expo show in early March. The contract covers Air Methods’ current fleet of 53 engines, which will add about 20 engines...
March 21, 2013
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program to challenge industry engineers to dream up “novel concepts” for the next generation of vertical lift. During a conference call with reporters, VTOL X-Plane Program Manager Ashish Bagai said that one of the main objectives is to “not just revisit existing methods...
March 20, 2013
Eurocopter uncovered its EC135 T3 and P3 variants at Heli-Expo show in early March. The helicopters will come equipped with two new engine options—Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the T3 and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC206B3 for the P3...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 14, 2013
Helicopter transportation services provider Metro Aviation announced a new partnership with Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Sierra Aeronautica, marking its entrance into the Brazilian helicopter completions market. The...
March 13, 2013
Air Medical Holdings Group has placed an order for 30 Bell 407GX and 206L4 helicopters. The two companies did not detail the number for each type, but reports indicate a breakdown of 24 407GXs and six 206L4s. During a press conference at...
March 12, 2013
Avincis Group and Eurocopter formalized a global framework agreement during Heli-Expo last week. The agreement includes the purchase of 10 EC145 T2s for emergency medical service (EMS)...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 7, 2013
In an unveiling that featured an almost Cirque de Soleil-style introduction with acrobats fitting for Las Vegas, Turbomeca took the wraps off its latest engine on Tuesday during Heli-Expo. Known as the Arrano—which translated from the Basque language means “eagle” and follows the Turbomeca tradition of naming engines...
March 5, 2013
Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. is introducing a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS) option in its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Eurocopter EC135 series. The completions provider also...
March 4, 2013
Even as HAI’s Heli-Expo—the annual gathering of the international helicopter industry—was working up to its official opening on Tuesday, March 5 at the convention center in Las Vegas, there was evidence that real-life helicopter operations were still a daily occurrence for the search and rescue unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Force.   Photos by Andrew Drwiega Shortly after...
March 4, 2013
Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has brought a Lloyd Helicopters-operated Sikorsky S-76 to Las...
March 1, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth N3712) plans to discuss the progress of its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo. The helicopter has received a total of 35 orders through early 2013, with deliveries targeted to begin in 2015. The company will announce the appointment of one distributor and representative for the Asia-Pacific region, according to Mathias Senes, commercial and strategy director. “We are working very...
March 1, 2013
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth N3718), based in Longueuil, Quebec, has been designing and manufacturing powerplants since the late 1950s. Since then, its line of helicopter engines—such as the PT6 and its new PW210—have found their way aboard many of yesterday’s and today’s most advanced rotorcraft. Rotor & Wing spoke with Richard Dussault...
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