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April 24, 2013
Astronics Corp.'s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) has been approved as an option for the Bell 429 single-pilot cockpit. The...
April 1, 2013
Cobham HeliSAS is an autopilot system designed for light helicopters.    Cobham, the avionics firm based in Mineral Wells, Texas, arrived at Heli-Expo 2013 with HeliSAS, the company’s sleek autopilot system specifically designed for the light helicopter market. Weighing in at a scant 15 lbs., the system, which was designed for Part 27-catagory helicopters in VFR conditions, is capable of...
March 22, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich. used Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas as a backdrop for the introduction of a Garmin G1000H flight control option for its 480B light turbine aircraft. The fully integrated system is primarily a flight information source that provides terrain avoidance, collision awareness, weather and engine data on two, panel-mounted displays. “It’s already been flying and...
March 4, 2013
Integrated Microwave Technologies (Booth C3916) has launched its Mobile Viewer-BC dual-diversity COFDM...
March 1, 2013
The final Sikorsky S-76C++ entered service with Milestone Aviation Group in 2012, as the manufacturer phases in the S-76D. The old rock classic “Let the Good Times Roll” could serve as the theme song for Heli-Expo 2013, as rotorcraft manufacturers plan to announce several orders for new helicopters, indicating further that the recovery is finally here—or right around the corner—for...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
October 16, 2012
Japan-based ITC-Aerospace has ordered two AgustaWestland AW169s, making it the launch...
October 15, 2012
Rolls-Royce has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scott’s-Bell 47 to explore the...
October 12, 2012
Nagoya, Japan will host several Eurocopter variants during the 2012 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, which runs through...
October 8, 2012
American Eurocopter has handed over an EC130T2 to Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour operator, Maverick Aviation, which is one of seven...
October 3, 2012
Australia-based Heliwest has expanded its operations in Southwest Queensland with the opening of a helicopter base in...
October 1, 2012
Nashua, N.H.-based JTI Air Holdings has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use its automotive...
October 1, 2012
Helicenter has received approval for training on the Guimbal Cabri G2.    Helicenter Aviation has added a second training Cabri G2. Leicester, UK-based Helicentre...
September 14, 2012
Nashua, N.H.-based JTI Air Holdings has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use its automotive...
September 1, 2012
This MD600, along with the MD520N and MD Explorer, utilize the NOTAR anti-torque system. Pilot inputs, however, are the same as those for a conventional tail rotor system. It’s been a while—about 22 years—since certification was awarded for a helicopter design that then and now gets a second look from many who see it. Aviation enthusiasts stare at it and say, “Oh, I get it,”...
September 1, 2012
R66 flanks a lineup of Robinson helicopters at the company’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif. As mentioned in my August column, “Safety Goes Hand in Glove with Mission” (page 52), I had the opportunity to attend the Robinson Helicopter Corp. Pilot Safety Course and fly the R22 and R66 at the end of the program. The course is four to five days long including the aircraft flights. I was...
August 28, 2012
Triumph Instruments-Ft. Lauderdale, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, has signed with Spectrolab as an authorized service center for the Nightsun...
August 9, 2012
Russian Helicopters subsidiary, Ulan-Ude Aviation, has handed over three Mil Mi-171s to UTair. The helicopters...
May 1, 2012
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 completed its first flight mounted with a Cineflex film camera in April near the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The camera system was developed in partnership with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media. Schiebel With all the press they’ve been receiving for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’d think that unmanned aerial systems...
April 1, 2012
The sixties were great. I wasn’t old enough to fly then, but several of the aircraft I flew were of that vintage—the UH-1, OH-58, C-130 and the B727. (I won’t mention the Cessna 150, TH-55 or the T-37). Many didn’t have radar and the aircraft that did had a single monochrome display that was not integrated into a flight management system. In the industrial heyday of their prime...
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