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March 23, 2011
Regardless of the year or manufacturer, Heli-Expo booths that really seem to turn heads typically involve the unveiling of new helicopter designs or variants. This year, the new kid on the block was the SKYe SH09 single-engine turbine from Marenco Swisshelicopter. The SH09 will feature a carbon fiber airframe from Switzerland’s OCP, avionics from Sagem and Honeywell’s HTS900 engine. According...
March 23, 2011
By Andrew Parker, Senior Editor Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter is coming off a “pretty good” year, producing 162 helicopters in 2010. And signs are pointing up for a recovery worldwide in demand. “One-hundred sixty-two. That’s pretty good, kind of like the old days, so we’re not complaining at all and we have lots of orders coming in for the R66,” said...
December 1, 2010
AgustaWestland AgustaWestland and Kaigai Aviotech Corp. have handed over a GrandNew to the Asahi Shumbun, a newspaper in Japan...
September 1, 2010
Robinson Helicopter Co. founder Frank Robinson retired as president and chairman on August 10, following 37 years at the helm of the Torrance, Calif.-based manufacturer. His son, Kurt Robinson, has assumed both leadership roles. He says that the ongoing progression of the R66 is the company’s top task in the short term. Kurt Robinson (left) is looking to follow the footsteps of his father and...
August 26, 2010
The civilian rotorcraft market is expected to remain diverse with the bulk of all new deliveries arriving from mature production lines, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan. The report says the industry witnessed unprecedented growth in the global sales of civil rotorcraft from 2004 through 2008. However, as 2008 ended, the...
August 23, 2010
Cutting edge technology will be on show during this year’s Helitech, which takes place at Airport Cascais, near Estoril in Portugal from 5 to 7 October. Bose will be demonstrating its recently launched A20 Aviation Headset. The A20 boasts greater noise reduction capability—vital when cockpit noise levels can reach 105 dBA. Enhancing comfort has also been taken into consideration by using the...
June 1, 2010
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a close call on April 28 at Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston that involved a Bell 207 and a Boeing 737 airliner. According to reports, the Bell 207—which...
April 1, 2010
Coverage from HAI’s Heli-Expo 2010 in Houston is spread throughout the April issue. This page feautres wrap-ups from the many AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky announcements. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland CEO Guiseppe Orsi. Photos by Ernie Stephens Possibly the biggest announcement from AgustaWestland during Heli-Expo was the unveiling of the Grand New, a version of the Grand with an...
October 1, 2009
SERVICES The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil has issued approval for Kent, Wash.-based Geneva Aviation to install electronic news gathering (ENG) equipment in helicopters registered that country. The certification follows similar action by Transport Canada, and...
June 1, 2009
This year’s 100th show could prove to be a not-to-be-missed event. On June 15, the 2009 "Salon de L’Aéronautique et de L’Espace" will open, becoming the 48th Paris Air Show and celebrating its 100 anniversary since starting as a small exhibition for aeroplanes in the Grand Palais of Paris, just off the Champs Elysées. It is also believed to be the 85th anniversary...
June 1, 2009
Operators overwhelmingly send the Robinson R44, the four-seat descendant of the R22, to the head of the light piston helicopter class. It’s been called everything from a "kiddie copter" to the best all-around helicopter ever designed. See it once, and you will not mistake it for anything else. Fly it once, and you will not forget it. But whatever you do, do not call the Robinson R44 a...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL With its rotorcraft dominating a large piece of show floor in Anaheim, Sikorsky was out in full force at Heli-Expo 2009. At the same time, the company used the show as a backdrop for a number of announcements. Key among these was the rebranding of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH). The new company also includes...
April 1, 2009
The first of two AW139s for All Nippon Helicopter has been delivered to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, Agusta...
March 20, 2009
Regarding yesterday's story about thousands of Bell 407s, 427s and 206 A, B and L series grounded due to an improperly installed bearing: The FAA today issued Emergency AD 2009-07-52, which says in part “Since the issuance of...
March 19, 2009
The FAA is grounding 2,800 Bell models, including the 407, 427 and the 206 A, B and L series, to search for improperly installed bearing that...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | ENG The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the probable cause for the midair collision of two electronic newsgathering (ENG) helicopters over Phoenix was both pilots’ failure to avoid the collision because they were trying to cover a breaking car chase. The crash killed both pilots, who were flying Eurocopter AS350B2s, and their cameramen. The NTSB also concluded...
March 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. (BHTCL) has laid off 500 employees at its Mirabel plant; located outside Montreal, Canada. The layoffs effectively cut the Mirabel workforce by 24 percent, from 2100 to 1600. According to BHTCL director of business development Michele Legault, the 500 "temporary layoffs" will last for three months at least. The BHTCL plant produces Bell 206B, 206L...
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