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June 18, 2013
Eurocopter announced at the Paris Air Show that receiving formal EASA approval for an EC225 retrofit kit – intended to solve the ongoing main gearbox issue – is a matter of days. “We have found the full set of explanation, the full root cause; we have agreed with the authorities on the technical content of the measures that will allow return into service,” said Jean-Brice Dumont...
June 13, 2013
American Eurocopter hosted its Oil and Gas symposium in Lafayette, La. on May 29 to an audience of some 60 representatives from the major helicopter operators around the Gulf of Mexico. Among those in attendance were representatives of Bristow, Chevron, Era Helicopters, ExxonMobil, PHI, Shell and some smaller companies such as Westlake and Island Operating Company. In addition to Eurocopter’s...
June 12, 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 5, 2013
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation has secured a $187.4-million guarantee of a capital-markets bond from the Export-Import of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The financing is related to the export of a number of Sikorsky...
June 1, 2013
AgustaWestland is making its expectations for success in the North American market very clear. With opportunities in the U.S. government markets expected to top $20 billion over the next 15 years, according to AgustaWestland North America Chairman and CEO R. Scott Rettig, the company seems bullish in the face of sequestration issues and its own internal problems. AgustaWestland – at least its North...
June 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans April 30 to build the AW169 at its 275,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was revealed during a media...
June 1, 2013
  Think back to the first time you saw a multi-function display (MFD) screen in a cockpit. For me, it was around 1987, when I saw a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle on static display at an air show. The high-tech fighter had a head-up display and thermal imaging system, too. That was all exceptionally impressive to me, a lowly student pilot with just a few hours in a Robinson R22. It might have...
June 1, 2013
  By the end of June, Le Bourget will be transformed, once again, into the aviation industry’s largest trade show. Helicopter manufacturers including AgustaWestland, AVIC, Bell, Boeing, Enstrom, Eurocopter, HAL, KAI, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and others will join the many service and equipment suppliers from the rotorcraft industry, in addition to the miles of fixed-wing aircraft displays...
June 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating...
May 31, 2013
Bond Helicopters Australia has obtained a five-year agreement to supply helicopter support services for the PTTEP Australasia group...
May 22, 2013
Monaco-based Avinco has helped to supply an AS365 N3 to CHC, the third transaction for the offshore operator following deliveries of an AS332 L2 and EC155 B1 in early 2013. “What makes us unique is we have ability to move helicopters from one segment to another, and we have the technical expertise to do that,” Avinco CEO Francois Gautier told...
May 21, 2013
 FlightSafety International has incorporated its new Level D-qualified AgustaWestland AW139 full flight simulator (FFS) into the initial pilot training courses at its learning center in Lafayette, La...
May 15, 2013
Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI) has contracted Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights and helicopter support starting in early June. The...
May 14, 2013
Portugal’s Omni Helicopters International (OHI) has hired Richard Burman as group CEO. OHI shareholders Stirling Square Capital Partners and...
May 14, 2013
Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), has awarded a type certificate to Sikorsky’s S-76D helicopter. This follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s award for the model in October 2012. Sikorsky expects to make its first customer deliveries of the S-76D later this year. In March at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada...
May 13, 2013
CHC Helicopter has reached a five-year agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to supply helicopters in support of deepwater exploration. The...
May 9, 2013
Erickson Air-Crane has finalized its $250-million acquisition of McMinnville, Ore.-based Evergreen Helicopters from Evergreen International Aviation. The Evergreen Helicopters fleet of 65...
May 8, 2013
AgustaWestland pilot Pat McKernan and copilot Steve Labows carry out a vertical takeoff procedure in an AW139 used for limited runway situations such as...
May 7, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating conditions, according to Sikorsky. The creation of...
May 6, 2013
A new investor group is providing $375 million in equity growth capital for Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing, as the company looks to expand its grow its fleet. Waypoint has a U.S...
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