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July 29, 2013
Denmark-based DanCopter A/S received its fourth EC225 from Eurocopter during a July 26 handover ceremony at the manufacturer's production facility in Marignane, France.      From left to right: Jens Anders Jensen, Dancopter CEO, Soren...
July 29, 2013
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group has closed on a $300-million credit facility involving Lloyds Bank, Lombard and the Barclays Bank. The company plans to use the funding toward a $400-million...
July 22, 2013
Eurocopter on Monday said its EC225 twin engine passenger transport helicopters can return to full service later this month, after being grounded in some countries since October 2012.    On July 10, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved prevention and detection...
July 17, 2013
Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class Relentless was unveiled in early 2012 and targets offshore oil and gas operators. Maximum...
July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
July 10, 2013
Eurocopter on Wednesday advised that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated the safety measures the company has recommended in connection to its EC225 shaft failures. The main focus of the investigation has been to prevent cracking in the main gear bevel shaft. It is understood that the fix involves a partial redesign of the bevel shaft as well as additional software and...
July 9, 2013
Brazilian helicopter operator Atlas Taxi Aereo has taken delivery of a Mil Mi-171A1 from Russian Helicopters. Atlas Taxi Aereo's new helicopter will be the first Mi-171A1 to feature the...
July 8, 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins is installing its TCAS II traffic alert and collision avoidance system in a total of 44 Sikorsky S-76C++ and S-92A helicopters under a contract with...
July 3, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
July 3, 2013
Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) has obtained a renewal of its status as a Turbomeca certified maintenance center for operators in China. The engine manufacturer has a total of 20 support personnel in China and plans to base a field rep in Shenzhen starting in September. The agreement, announced during the Paris Air Show, builds off COHC’s initial entry...
July 2, 2013
Chinese offshore oil transport provider Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) has reached an agreement with Sikorsky to acquire two S-92s. The contract was...
July 2, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over three EC225s to offshore oil and gas operators in Vietnam and Malaysia. The South Vietnam Helicopter Co. (VNH South) received its third EC225 out of four on order...
July 1, 2013
The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France. But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual...
July 1, 2013
          The rapid growth of offshore wind farms, particularly off the northern European coastlines bordering the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany, is fuelling the need for more helicopters to help transport turbine engineers and other support staff out to where the energy is being generated. The distance from the shoreline is steadily increasing too as bigger wind farms are...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 28, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on...
June 26, 2013
Lease Corporate International (LCI) has handed over a pair of AgustaWestland AW139s to Weststar Aviation Services in Malaysia. The...
June 25, 2013
The AgustaWestland AW189, a 16- to 18-seat twin, is to receive its EASA certification by the end of the summer, according to a company spokesman. Six aircraft are flying, including four prototypes and two production copies. The last one took off for the first time in May. They have logged a combined 1,500 flight hours. Several milestones were reached recently. GE’s 2,000-shp CT7-2E1 turboshaft...
June 25, 2013
Rockwell Collins has introduced a new avionics product line, dubbed HeliSure, in a bid to improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots. While some of the products are already known, such as helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), others are in an early development phase. New sensors should thus enhance obstacle detection. “We...
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