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June 26, 2009
After having sat in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the...
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...
May 7, 2009
The PD-100 Black Hornet weighs half an ounce, contains onboard cameras and has 4-inch rotors that can fly at 20 miles per hour. The...
April 21, 2009
Sikorsky has delivered a new S-300 (formerly branded the Schweizer 300) to LD Aviation Prague s.r.o. in the Czech...
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...
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 Bell Helicopter has confirmed reports that it received three orders in January 2009...
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...
February 20, 2009
Aero Dynamix reports that it has earned Federal Aviation Administration Supplemental Type Certificates for the Sikorsky S-76C and...
January 20, 2009
Today, Eurocopter released its sales figures for 2008, which showed it fully met its objectives for the year. The...
January 19, 2009
On Jan. 15, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and China Aviation Industry Corporation jointly invested in a program to create China Aviation Industry Helicopter Co., Ltd. (CAIHC) The...
January 13, 2009
China Aviation Industry Corp will build a $1.2 billion commercial helicopter plant in the northern port of...
January 7, 2009
To learn about a Robinson helicopter, one must read its pilot’s operating handbook. To learn about the people who fly them and put them to use, one should read the newly released book entitled Robbie: The Robinson...
January 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SERVICES On Dec. 3, Robert A. Schlotzhauer, the 68-year old former owner of Falcon Helicopter Inc and Lee’s Summit Turbine LLC of Lee’s Summit, Mo., was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to pay a $500,000 fine, make $63,854 in restitutions, and spend 12 months in home detention for wire fraud and laundering money in a helicopter repair scheme. The charges stem from a 2001...
January 1, 2009
PRODUCTS After three court appearances and one jury trial, defendant Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif. prevailed in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Honeywell International. The $10.6 million suit, which was filed in 2002, alleged that Sandel’s ST3400 terrain avoidance warning...
January 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s been in the news; those tiny pirate ships using automatic weapons to hijack non-military vessels ten times their size in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere in the region. Of an estimated 100 ships that were attacked off the coast of Africa this year, 14 ships and 250 crewmembers are still being held for ransom as of this writing...
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