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January 1, 2009
Global Helicopter Sales, Support and Service Eurocopter recorded an all-time sales high in 2007. The company made 488 deliveries of new military and civil helicopters; achieving a consolidated turnover of €4 billion. Order bookings totalled 802 new aircraft. The company’s order backlog by the end of December exceeded €13 billion. Here are some of Eurocopter’s achievements in 2008...
December 19, 2008
American Eurocopter now has its first full-motion, full-visual simulator on duty for its popular EC135/145 model helicopters. "This is a tremendous milestone for our training department,” said...
December 3, 2008
In response to a growing number of pirates hijacking ships at sea – nearly 50 this year alone- Blackwater, the Moyock, N.C.-based security firm, announced that it is actively...
December 1, 2008
PRODUCTS Dart Helicopter Services (DHS) of Piney Flats, Tenn. has been named as an authorized distributor of Spectrolab’s popular line of illumination products. Sylar, Calif.-based Spectrolab, a subsidiary of Boeing, manufactures the Nightsun...
December 1, 2008
Aircraft Sales Brokers Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin, TX 78746 E-mail: helisales@austinjet.com Web: www.austinjet.com Phone: 512-292-7088 Fax: 512-233-2726 Heli-Lynx 684 Mud Street East, Hangar #1 Stoney Creek, ON, Canada L8J 3C9 E-mail: info@helilynx.com Web: www.helilynx.com Phone: 905-643-7334 Fax: 905-643-7223 Buyer’s Agents Austin Jet International 6501 Torrey Pines Austin...
December 1, 2008
A AAR Corp., 1100 North Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191; E-mail: paul.oppenheim@aarcorp.com; Web: www.aarcorp.com; Phone: 630-227-2000; Fax: 630-227-2039 Acadian Composites LLC, 301 W. Pont Des Mouton Road, Lafayette, LA 70507; E-mail: acsales@phihelico.com; Web: www.phihelico.com; Phone: 337-237-6070; Fax: 337-237-6560 Ace Technical Plastics, P.O. Box 4519, Hartford, CT 06117: E-mail...
November 26, 2008
An Australian-based technology company is developing a light helicopter that it sees as future competition for Robinson Helicopters. Since 2003, Wieland Helicopter Technologies (WHT) has...
November 5, 2008
Eurocopter announced the sale of 15 helicopters at the China Airshow in Zhuhai today.  The aircraft will be built for two companies...
November 4, 2008
Forecast International projects that 2,176 light rotorcraft will be produced for military use during the 10-year period from 2008 through 2107. The Connecticut-based firm estimates the value of this...
November 3, 2008
Planners for the government-sponsored 7th annual China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, scheduled for Nov. 4-9 in the country’s Guangdong Province, are expecting the event...
November 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY RotorFest, the annual helicopter open house and air show hosted by the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Penn. drew a crowd of 3,500 rotorcraft enthusiasts each day of the weekend-long event, which was held on October 11 and 12. Visitors of all ages could stroll through the museum where history-making helicopters, such as an AH-1 Cobra, a Bell 206B...
November 1, 2008
The current economic turmoil is hitting worldwide helicopter markets. The Middle East is no exception; military sales are sparse and civil sales are not materializing. The region is on stand-by. Markets have a way of defying predictions, and during the past year the Middle Eastern helicopter market proved this true once again, as it has borne out none of the short-term predictions industry was making just...
November 1, 2008
Helicopter Industry Faces Perfect Storm PARIS — The world’s helicopter industry, boosted to unprecedented levels of prosperity by a steady growth in orders during the past decade, would do well to prepare for the perfect storm that is now looming just over the horizon. And its effects are likely to be felt all the more keenly that all manufacturers have expanded their production facilities in...
October 30, 2008
On Oct. 29, Iran Aviation Industries Organization announced that it plans to build more than 50 Kamov Ka-32 helicopters under a license agreement with Russia. This announcement concerns some...
October 16, 2008
Without using any competitive bidding, the county purchased military and civil helicopters only from Agusta (part of the state-controlled Finmeccanica), which is an illegal measure...
October 13, 2008
Effective Oct. 16, 2008, FAA Airworthiness Directive AD 2008-19-02, regarding Bell model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters, will require repetitive inspections of the main rotor hydraulic actuator supports to verify the presence...
October 1, 2008
Corporate operators insist that greater appreciation of the helicopter’s capabilities is sustaining demand despite a growing global economic downturn. With skyrocketing fuel prices and an economy sliding into a recession, companies around the world are starting to tighten their respective belts. How this will impact the corporate helicopter market remains to be seen. If there is one message that the...
August 27, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft today completed the first flight of its X2 technology demonstrator. Lifting the aircraft off from the Schweizer Aircraft subsidiary in Horseheads, N.Y., Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Kevin Bredenbeck maneuvered the...
August 13, 2008
The Rotor Embedded Actuator Control Technology, or React, project is a three-year effort to develop active surfaces in helicopter rotor blades and active...
August 1, 2008
COMMERCIAL Australian regulators in late June launched a first-ever, month-long review of the safety of helicopter and other operations in the northern part of that country. Two teams of Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspectors, investigators and safety advisors planned to carry out...
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