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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...
August 16, 2012
Michigan-based Beaumont Health System is partnering with PHI Air Medical to launch an air medical service using a Eurocopter EC135 based at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The twin-engine, six-place helicopter known as “Beaumont...
August 15, 2012
The University of Michigan Health System’s Survival Flight program has begun flying a new Eurocopter EC155, with two additional...
August 15, 2012
Aside from the many more commonly publicized extremes of scale noted in conjunction with Alaska’s Exxon Valdez oil spill, aviation activities in the disaster’s aftermath were undertaken in a quantity, and at an undeniably high quality, previously unknown to industrial emergency operations involving large scale logistics support. Exxon, finding itself suddenly thrust into the epicenter of a...
August 14, 2012
The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum hosted an event dedicated to helicopters on August 11 at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport in Virginia. Helicopters on display...
August 8, 2012
Canada-based CAE has been in the business of developing simulation training since 1947, delivering more than 120 helicopter synthetic training devices, modeling a variety of helicopters from nine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in both the civil and military markets. On July 20, CAE hosted Rotor & Wing at company headquarters in Montreal for the unveiling of the first full-motion 3000 Series...
August 3, 2012
American Eurocopter has handed over an EC145 to the University of Utah’s AirMed program. The EMS...
August 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters is planning on flying the 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 aggressive price, at $8.5 million. Four aircraft will fly in the test program, according to Anatoly Mezhevov, deputy executive sales director. Interstate Aviation...
August 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters has completed a “feasibility study” for an Mi-8/17 replacement, dubbed the Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). CEO Dmitry Petrov said market research conducted...
August 1, 2012
What do Al Pacino, a squirrel and a moose, the “human operating system,” rogue management, graphical world charts, lions and bears, dangerous behavior, SMS toolkits and safety videos all have in common? OK, maybe those last two gave it away, but they’re all subjects that have appeared in the International Helicopter Safety Team’s recent “Safety Notes” campaign. Over the...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has received a Part 145 Maintenance Organization Approval from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration...
August 1, 2012
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has equipped a Scandair Eurocopter AS350B3e and a Summit Air Ambulance AgustaWestland AW109 with inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems. The Swedish utility operator provides aerial applications, including...
August 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca have joined forces on a general support agreement for engines powering the Ka-226T and...
August 1, 2012
The Eurocopter X3 made its U.S. debut in June at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, near American Eurocopter’s headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas. Eurocopter   Overhead panel of the X3 cockpit.       X3 landing at Alliance Airport.   Up close look at the X3’s rotor hub. Picture this: A mad scientist takes a helicopter and a twin-turboprop into his laboratory, wires them...
August 1, 2012
Safety is not an entity in and itself. Pilots need to develop a healthy perspective for safety, not think of it as an obstacle to mission accomplishment, but a means to mission accomplishment. I’d like to highlight the links among management, standardization, training and safety. These items “go hand in glove with mission accomplishment and cannot be separated.” One could define...
July 26, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval to increase the gross weight of the 429 from the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil in Argentina. This follows Transport Canada’s...
July 26, 2012
Simulator manufacturer CAE invited Rotor & Wing to Canada in late July for an exclusive look at the latest iteration of its 3000 Series helicopter flight...
July 25, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 U.S. summer tour—which started with a June 20 ceremony in Grand Prairie, Texas and included trips to Redstone Arsenal, Fort Bragg, Davison Army Airfield and Manassas Regional Airport—will end on Thursday after a visit to the Pentagon. From there, it will make a ferry flight to Richmond, Va. before being disassembled and flown back to Europe. Rotor & Wing caught up with...
July 24, 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 contract...
July 20, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has granted a $600,000 contract to Charlotte, N.C.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls for ice detection and protection systems on the S-76D. Under the agreement, which could ultimately be worth...
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