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September 1, 2012
AgustaWestland has a “deal with Russian Helicopters to develop a new technology 2.5-ton single engine helicopter for the export and internal markets,” said CEO Bruno Spagnolini, speaking on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. “This is a great opportunity to expand the cooperation that we already have with Russian Helicopters where we have established a joint venture for...
September 1, 2012
The Ka-62, a civil derivative of the military Ka-60, features new elements such as Turbomeca engines, a Transas avionics suite and a crashworthy fuel tank Russian Helicopters is planning on flying the Kamov Ka-62 medium twin in August 2013. The new helicopter, which bears some resemblance with the Eurocopter Dauphin, will be in the 12 to 15-passenger category. The manufacturer is targeting a very...
September 1, 2012
Joseph Ackerman Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis Joseph Ackerman, president and CEO of Elbit Systems, has announced plans to retire at the end of March 2013. Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis will succeed Ackerman in the position. Ackerman started at Elbit in 1982 and served as president for the last 16 years. Machlis is currently the executive vice president at Elbit and has worked at the company since 1991. Timothy Gowen...
September 1, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca has reached an agreement to provide its TM800 engine for the Eurocopter X4 future helicopter, the planned replacement for the AS365/EC155 Dauphin. The formal...
September 1, 2012
This MD600, along with the MD520N and MD Explorer, utilize the NOTAR anti-torque system. Pilot inputs, however, are the same as those for a conventional tail rotor system. It’s been a while—about 22 years—since certification was awarded for a helicopter design that then and now gets a second look from many who see it. Aviation enthusiasts stare at it and say, “Oh, I get it,”...
September 1, 2012
The Pilot’s Bill of Rights Act, authored by Rep. Samuel Graves (R-Mo.) with a concurring bill offered by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting President Obama’s signature. Now as long as the politicos that advise the president don’t identify 10 stray cats as a constituency that will support him if he vetoes the bill, it should be signed shortly...
August 31, 2012
Era Helicopters has selected Becker Avionics’ BD406 beacon decoders for its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139s. The unit decodes and...
August 29, 2012
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first Bell 429 equipped for emergency medical services to a European operator. Air Zermatt...
August 29, 2012
Precision Aviation Group (PAG) is stretching out with an expansion of its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. that opened in July. The maintenance and repair complex now encompasses more than 80,000 square feet and will incorporate PAG’s wheel, brake and nondestructive (NDT) shop, which currently fills 3,500 square feet. The company’s previous expansion in 2010 raised its square footage more than 50...
August 28, 2012
Triumph Instruments-Ft. Lauderdale, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, has signed with Spectrolab as an authorized service center for the Nightsun...
August 28, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released a guide entitled Decision Making for Single-Pilot Helicopter Operations. The free...
August 27, 2012
Augusta, Ga.-based Med-Trans has teamed up with AirMed to operate AirMed’s air medical services for Georgia and...
August 27, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained supplemental type certification for Eurocopter...
August 27, 2012
In response to the FAA’s request for specific night vision recommendations, industry leaders have established the Night Vision Advisory Council (NVAC). The...
August 24, 2012
Grand Prairie, Texas-based American Eurocopter has named the members of the 2012 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award Blue Ribbon Committee. The award recognizes air medical operators who have reached a high level of safety within its organization. Members of the committee include: Bill...
August 24, 2012
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho-based HeliWagon has delivered its remote controlled helicopter landing dolly to Duke Life...
August 23, 2012
AgustaWestland has partnered with AVIASUR to open a service center for maintenance and support in Santiago, Chile. The facility, located...
August 22, 2012
BLR Aerospace has received approval from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its...
August 22, 2012
Part 2: Post-Disaster Recovery The Navy In addition to an extensive assortment of fabricated floatels distributed throughout the Prince William Sound, many fitted with helicopter decks, and various “cruise vessel” facilities pulling contingency duty as housing for workers offshore, it was arranged for the U.S. Navy to provide for significant levels of support. Somewhat amazingly, 500-foot troop...
August 16, 2012
California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) has placed an order with American Eurocopter to purchase eight EC135s. The helicopters are part of a “standardization” effort to replace CALSTAR’s current...
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