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November 29, 2012
An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an independent company that offers fixed-wing and rotary aircraft services to a variety of...
November 13, 2012
Eurocopter has secured the first operator of its new variant of the AS332 C1e Super Puma. Based in Ireland and South Africa, Starlite Aviation Group becomes the launch customer for the C1e with the purchase of two Super...
October 19, 2012
Portland, Ore.-based Erickson Air-Crane has bought back an S-64F "Sun Bird" from San Diego Gas...
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 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 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...
September 1, 2012
FreeFlight Systems has agreed to provide Bristow Group with the RANGR FDL-978TX ADS-B Out system for its fleet of AgustaWestland AW139s...
August 9, 2012
Russian Helicopters subsidiary, Ulan-Ude Aviation, has handed over three Mil Mi-171s to UTair. The helicopters...
August 1, 2012
Russian airline UTair has obtained a seven-year, $45-million financing package from British bank HSBC on a security from French insurance agency...
July 18, 2012
Early next year, Australia’s National Aerial Firefighting Center (NAFC) will decide on the aerial firefighting fleet that will do battle against the country’s annual bushfire threat over the next few years. With the NAFC’s existing tenders reaching the end of their three years plus two years extension life at the end of the coming 2012/2013 fire season, a call for tenders for the national...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
June 29, 2012
UTair’s Mi-26T carries another airframe via sling. UTair Aviation has delivered two Russian Helicopters Mi-26T airframes via...
June 28, 2012
Erickson Air-Crane has received a U.S. Forest Service contract to provide another S-64 for firefighting in the western part of the country...
June 1, 2012
V-22 Osprey Westlake, Ohio-based Pines Technology has received a performance award from Boeing for its CNC tube benders on the Bell-Boeing...
June 1, 2012
Jeff Pino during his speech at Heli-Expo in February. Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named...
May 18, 2012
Erickson Air-Crane has experienced a 36 percent year-over-year uptick in revenue for the first quarter of 2012, according to...
May 11, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over a second EC225 to Airtelis, a subsidiary of French public utility, RTE (Electricity Transmission...
April 1, 2012
Ka-52 Alligator. While Russian Helicopters is expanding globally in civil markets, the manufacturer’s military variants continue to draw international attention. Photos by Russian Helicopters During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from global expansion, emerging markets and training, to...
March 27, 2012
Russian Helicopters has handed over a Kamov Ka-32A11BC to Helipark Taxi Aereo in Brazil. The coaxial helicopter will...
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