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October 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 12, 2012
Nagoya, Japan will host several Eurocopter variants during the 2012 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, which runs through...
October 10, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters is planning to host a free public safety helicopter symposium on March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. The...
October 9, 2012
Australasia’s first Robinson R66 in flight over Sydney. Imported by Heliflite, the region’s longest-serving R66 distributor. Australia’s helicopter industry is set to have its first representative body since the collapse in 2008 of the former Helicopter Association of Australasia (HAA) with the formation of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA). The move couldn’t...
October 9, 2012
  Mi-8 (left) and Mi-26 trainers   The UTair Training Center in Tyumen dates back to 1967, when it was a training facility unit for the Tyumen Civil Aviation Department. Later it developed into a Personnel Training Center (PTC) and was registered as a non-commercial partnership that soon grew into one of the largest civil aviation training centers in Russia. UTair Aviation and its subsidiaries...
October 8, 2012
Eurocopter EC175 in flight. Watching an EC175 test aircraft performing a series of climbs, turns and hovers at a satellite airfield cum-training ground near Eurocopter’s Marignane headquarters showed not only an aircraft well on the way to certification, but talking to its flight test crew revealed the continuing headlong development rush that has been a company trademark since its inception in 1992...
October 5, 2012
You’re at work again. The mission of the day involves a longer flight than usual, so you decide to brush the rust off your autopilot skills and engage some upper modes. It is a bumpy day, but the system appears to be handling it well. Suddenly a severe gust of wind catches you, kicks the autopilot offline, and almost gives you some impromptu unusual attitude training. You grab the controls, reacting...
October 5, 2012
Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods Corp. has opened the doors of its 14,000-square-foot center dedicated to aviation, medical and maintenance training technology. The facility, located in...
October 3, 2012
Going against the grain of other regulatory agencies around the globe and the requests of Bell 429 operators in the U.S., FAA has denied a request from Bell Helicopter to increase the max gross weight of the 429 from 7,000 to 7,500 lbs. Transport Canada approved the weight increase in January 2012, with several others nations giving the go-ahead through the course of 2012. In July, Argentina joined 10...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
October 1, 2012
Augusta, Ga.-based Med-Trans has teamed up with AirMed to operate AirMed’s air medical services for...
October 1, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained supplemental type certification...
October 1, 2012
Helicopter undergoing work at Metro’s completions facility in Shreveport, La. I met Todd Stanberry early in the morning a few hours before an impending hurricane was due to arrive in Central Louisiana. Todd explained that he was Metro Aviation owner Mike Stanberry’s son and that he would be conducting a tour of the facility. During the tour, Todd related the story of how his father started...
October 1, 2012
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center has received FAR Part 142 approval for its training program for the AgustaWestland AW139. The approval gives Era Group subsidiary the ability to issue pilot certificates following ground instruction and training in the flight simulator training device...
October 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters and CAE have agreed to work together toward developing training and simulation programs for pilots, mechanics and other operators of Russian-built...
October 1, 2012
In the early days of civilian EMS helicopter activities it was comparatively easy to identify that aviation operators were creating many of their own safety problems by promoting their product as a function of trying to fulfill sometimes excessively optimistic marketing promises through consequently intensified operational heroics. This translated into “getting the patient flown, no matter...
September 28, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407...
September 28, 2012
Morgantown, Pa.-based Keystone Med-Flight has won the Helicopter Association International's Operator Safety Award for 2011. The...
September 21, 2012
Ontario, Canada-based Dart Helicopter Services has expanded its Hawkesbury office and now houses its Canadian divisions at a new corporate...
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