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September 30, 2016
Helitech International’s organizers and hosts aim to demonstrate the value of trade shows for operators and vendors in trying times with this week’s event in Amsterdam. The annual event convenes at RAI Amsterdam Oct. 11 to 13 as the world's rotorcraft industry is in a major downturn.  The slump was spurred by the significant downturn in oil prices, which cut demand for the services of...
September 29, 2016
Succeeding the CEO and founder of a company is a daunting task for anyone — there are high expectations, to say the least. But when Charles Kaman, founder of Kaman Aircraft Co., retired at the turn of the century, Paul Kuhn stepped up to the challenge. Kuhn died on Sept. 17 at age 74, but the impact he had on Kaman remains.   "He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mr. Kaman after his 55 years...
September 26, 2016
North Sea helicopter operators have been urged to do more to introduce safety measures for crashes at sea...
September 22, 2016
It has been more than four months since Sikorsky's S-92 fleet reached its 1 million flight hour milestone, but celebrations kept going last week in the North Sea Region, according to a company news release.   On Monday, the "Thanks A Million" campaign reached Aberdeen, Scotland, and then Stavanger, Norway, on Tuesday.  ...
September 16, 2016
Along with its public listing plan, government-owned Pawan Hans has finalized a new business plan, according to news reports. By 2027, the Indian national helicopter company hopes to increase revenue by nearly three times the amount it saw in 2015 to 2016. Pawan Hans is set to...
September 14, 2016
Helicopter Association International (HAI) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards. With nine award categories, HAI looks to celebrate those who go above and beyond in all aspects of the vertical aviation profession. Anyone, HAI member or...
September 7, 2016
The rotorcraft market in South America is still alive, despite the industry-wide decline in demand. Companies worldwide are not shying away from the market there, as was evident in the orders from the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo, Brazil. Exhibitors included Airbus and its...
August 29, 2016
Denmark is the newest country to operate Airbus Helicopters' H175. Including Mexico, the Netherlands, Scotland and Ghana, the aircraft is now operating in five countries. In Denmark, the...
August 25, 2016
Photo courtesy of Airbus Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H175 to be operated in the Americas. The helicopter arrived in Mexico, where it has joined the fleet of Transportes Aereos Pegaso for air transport in the offshore industry off the Gulf...
August 22, 2016
The Nigerian federal government is making a comprehensive arrangement to respond to the attacks on oil installations in...
August 19, 2016
Newer aircraft like the Marenco Swisshelicopter SH09 would have to prove commercial airliner-level reliability to achieve single-engine IFR certification. Photo courtesy of Marenco The FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate is prioritizing a review of certification policy for light helicopters to "facilitate a more rapid incorporation of advances in technology" in those aircraft, a top official has...
August 5, 2016
The early bird deadline for discounted registration to R&WI's Rotorcraft Technology Summit is today. Interested attendees can register by today to receive a discount of $200 from their registration fees for the event to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, Sep. 19 to 20. You can register on the summit's website at...
August 3, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. said it will place two Leonardo AW139s with customers in Africa and Asia. The company said the helicopters are being returned from CHC Helicopter and re-deployed for...
August 2, 2016
Top industry leaders will share their expertise in applying new and emerging technologies to meet business and operational goals with helicopter owners and operators at Rotor & Wing International's Rotorcraft Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, this September. The Summit...
July 28, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H160 has passed a few milestones during flight testing, the company said Thursday. Airbus said it has validated the aircraft's aeromechanical configuration, which provided low vibration levels and great stability. Unveiled at Heli-Expo in March 2015, the medium twin is the first new member of Airbus' H series. The manufacturer said the aircraft is...
July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 15, 2016
Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. and Bell Helicopter will work together to support India's aviation and defense modernization initiatives. The joint venture will develop both commercial and government light utility and reconnaissance helicopter...
July 14, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's first Level D full-flight simulator for the new AW169 has received ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority) and EASA certification, the company announced at Farnborough this week. The simulator, jointly developed with CAE, is...
July 14, 2016
Airbus Helicopters "really believes" in the Super Puma and remains convinced "the product will have a future," despite an accident investigation that has highlighted concerns about its main gearbox, the Reuters news agency reported. A Reuters correspondent asked Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury about the Super Puma's future in the wake of a probe into the cause of the April 29 crash of a CHC...
July 13, 2016
Sikorsky has signed two 10-yr support deals with Babcock Mission Critical Services and Bristow Helicopters at Farnborough Air Show this week. The agreements call for Sikorsky to provide the...
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