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February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 15, 2013
Eurocopter has extended its footprint in Central America with the opening of manufacturing center of excellence in Querétaro, Mexico. The center will manufacture structural metallic components and will provide 200 specialized jobs. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was at the ceremony with other senior government...
February 13, 2013
The Night Vision Awards selection committee is accepting nominations through Friday, Feb. 15 for the 2013 candidates that will be honored at an “award show” during Heli-Expo, a change in format for this year’s event. Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU)’s Hannah Gordon, director of sales and marketing, explains that...
February 12, 2013
Italian Police have arrested Giuseppe Orsi, Finmeccanica’s chief executive and chairman who was previously CEO of AgustaWestland, over allegations of bribery concerning an Indian helicopter contract. He denies any wrongdoing. The case being investigated involves the sale of 12 AW101s to the Indian Air Force for VVIP transportation. The contract for the aircraft, valued at around €560 million...
February 11, 2013
European air rescue provider DRF Luftrettung is reporting a total of 38,748 helicopter missions during 2012, up from 38,366 in 2011. Founded...
February 11, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted ground-level approval for night vision goggles (NVG) operations on a Bond Offshore Helicopters Eurocopter EC135...
February 7, 2013
London-based Avincis Group, parent company of Bond Aviation Group, Inaer, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS), has received its first Sikorsky S-92 as part of a 16-helicopter order placed in December 2011. The first S-92 will...
February 6, 2013
AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and Thales are among the helicopter manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Aero India 2013, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. In the days leading up to the show, various exhibitors released details about...
February 1, 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 the helicopters with an EMS interior—including an articulating...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland conducted a flight demonstration of the U.S.-based AW189 prototype (P2) on December 6 in Arlington, Texas before heading to Alaska for cold weather trials through spring 2013, at which point it will fly back to Italy to rejoin the other four testbed helicopters in the fleet (P1 and P3-P5). Photos by Randy Jones AgustaWestland is in the midst U.S. flight tests of the AW189 that will continue...
February 1, 2013
Corporate-configured Beijing Capital Helicopter’s EC135P2+. Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took...
February 1, 2013
Graphic illustration of the Ka-62 in Atlas livery. Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir...
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...
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