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March 26, 2013
Honeywell’s 15th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, released earlier this month, forecasts a market for 4,900-5,600 new civil helicopters from 2013 to 2017. The report identifies “very strong” demand over the next three years from all regions of the world, with delivery rates expected to reach 1,000 units per year. For 2016 and 2017, similar delivery rates are possible...
March 21, 2013
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program to challenge industry engineers to dream up “novel concepts” for the next generation of vertical lift. During a conference call with reporters, VTOL X-Plane Program Manager Ashish Bagai said that one of the main objectives is to “not just revisit existing methods...
March 20, 2013
Eurocopter uncovered its EC135 T3 and P3 variants at Heli-Expo show in early March. The helicopters will come equipped with two new engine options—Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the T3 and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC206B3 for the P3...
March 19, 2013
The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo in early March. TSI’s D Smith noted that “for the first time ever, we’re going to present an award to...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 5, 2013
U.K.-based BW Offshore has awarded Bond Offshore Helicopters a $24-million contract to provide crew change support for its limited...
March 5, 2013
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth C2025) is expanding its agreement to supply Bristow Academy (Booth C4328) with night vision imaging systems (NVIS) and...
March 5, 2013
Greenwich AeroGroup (Booth 4711) subsidiary Helivia Aero Taxi has appointed Capt. Renato Clark as operations director. Clark has more than 25...
March 5, 2013
Breeze-Eastern CEO Brad Pedersen is making a concerted effort toward improving his company’s logistics structure and customer support. “We have to have our supply base prepared and ready,” he told Rotor & Wing on Monday during Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. “It is a mindset change and we want to change the expectations of our customers.” Peterson said that customer expectations...
March 1, 2013
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth N3718), based in Longueuil, Quebec, has been designing and manufacturing powerplants since the late 1950s. Since then, its line of helicopter engines—such as the PT6 and its new PW210—have found their way aboard many of yesterday’s and today’s most advanced rotorcraft. Rotor & Wing spoke with Richard Dussault...
March 1, 2013
For many in the helicopter industry, the weeks leading up to Heli-Expo are among the busiest times of the year—second only to the actual event. It’s also one of the most exciting seasons of the year, as thousands come together to watch manufacturers and suppliers uncover their newest products and latest innovations. Just about everyone looks for signs of progress, and decision-makers within the...
March 1, 2013
With the self-assured confidence that is the hallmark of Eurocopter’s president and chief executive officer, Lutz Bertling, announced at the company’s annual media gathering in Paris, France this January that yet another Houdini act had been achieved in 2012. While Eurocopter’s overall helicopter deliveries continued their steady decline from a high of 588 in 2008, dropping to 475 in...
March 1, 2013
London-based Avincis Group, parent company of Bond Aviation Group, Inaer, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS), has received its first Sikorsky S-92 as part...
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...
March 1, 2013
Ever since the Kerr-McGee Corporation drilled its first well from a fixed offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in the late 1940’s, helicopters have been an indelible part of the offshore oil and gas (O&G) industry. “Today, the only safe way the operators can move people is by helicopter. In open water, boats are too slow and is too dangerous to transfer people from boats to elevated...
March 1, 2013
My subject for this month is audits, auditors and who they are. A long-time acquaintance and neighbor—he lives 35 miles away, but that qualifies in Texas—Richard Landrum, owns AirWing Aviation Consultants and is an IS-BAO (International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations) certified auditor. He performs safety audits for various clients throughout the world, specializing in helicopter...
February 28, 2013
As the business/trade days of the Avalon Airshow (February 26-28) give way to the excitement that always accompanies the public days (March 1-3), there has not been reciprocal excitement among rotorcraft industry exhibitors over opportunities in the Australian market. The mood matched the gloomy weather of the first few days. While the rotorcraft market is set to grow over the next few years, as outlined...
February 27, 2013
Rotor & Wing: What was business like in 2012? How does it look for 2013? Andries: We have enjoyed good growth in 2012 vs. 2011, which is a continuation of the trend that we’ve followed since 2010. 2010 was a trough for us, in the aftermath of the economic crisis we were down to 800 new engines delivered. It was 942 in 2011, and precisely 1,012 new engines delivered during 2012—so growth of...
February 27, 2013
This year at Booth C5028, Sikorsky will recognize the 90th anniversary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and nine decades of pioneering innovative aviation excellence. On-hand will be special guest, Sergei Sikorsky. In addition, Sikorsky will celebrate other significant milestones and the achievement of 500,000 flight hours by the S-92...
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