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March 10, 2014
With the increasing demand for greater comfort in helicopter operations, manufacturers are increasingly turning to active vibration control systems (AVCS) to reduce the vibrations being produced by the rotor and transmission systems within the aircraft. Sikorsky has already put active vibration control on its S-76D, and Bell Helicopter will add Lord...
March 6, 2014
Bell Helicopter, announced the delivery of two Bell 412EP helicopters to Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services (PAS), both configured and fully equipped to meet oil and gas producers...
March 4, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has signed a purchase contract for eight new-generation AgustaWestland helicopters as part of the two companies’ framework...
March 4, 2014
United Technologies company Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Milestone Aviation Group have reached a $75-million, 15-year agreement under which P&WC will offer its Flexible...
March 1, 2014
Houston Texas, known for its heat and humidity, has really received a curveball from the weather gods this year, including sleet, ice and freezing rain. Texans who live and work along the Gulf Coast are not used to sequences of icing conditions; perhaps one per year at the most. This global warming is really treacherous. Looking out the window at the icy mess outside made me think about some of my weather...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
February 28, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has entered into an agreement to complete a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet...
February 28, 2014
As hundreds of attendees gathered at Bell Helicopter’s booth at Heli-Expo, the company shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions. “With the Bell 525 Relentless we are delivering a generational shift in pilot situational...
February 27, 2014
Responding to customer needs for faster spares parts deliveries, Breeze-Eastern Corp. (Booth 602) is planning to set up a new spare parts distribution system supported by significantly increased inventory levels. Effective immediately, commercial customers will work directly with...
February 27, 2014
Amur Finance Company has formed a new subsidiary, Amur Helicopter Financial Services (Amur HFS). Amur HFS will address an unfilled need in the marketplace by offering a complete suite...
February 27, 2014
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing has announced its first purchase and lease back transaction for Bond Offshore...
February 26, 2014
At his company’s annual “state-of-the-nation” briefing to journalists in Paris during January, new Airbus Helicopters President & CEO Guillaume Faury was less informative, less detailed and more cautious than his predecessor, Dr. Lutz Bertling. The usual document – which last year contained 28 pages of presentation notes – was replaced with one that contained only four...
February 26, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has increased its S-92 order book with Sikorsky Aircraft by eight units. Milestone is already one of the world’s largest S-92 owners, and has increased its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The forward orders are scheduled to deliver over the next five years, with 15 scheduled for completed...
February 26, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its Entry Into Service program for the S-76D line of aircraft. The program includes customer training, service, support and focused customer communication, as well as the tracking of customer...
February 26, 2014
Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced Tuesday as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the Heli-Expo in Anaheim, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed...
February 26, 2014
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million, with delivery scheduled to...
February 26, 2014
The new EC225e version of Airbus Helicopters’ workhorse Super Puma product line was formally launched Tuesday, offering an enhanced rotorcraft that responds to operators’ requirements for extended-range missions – particularly in support of deep-water oil and gas airlift missions. Details on the EC225e were outlined at Heli-Expo 2014, along with the...
February 25, 2014
Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a pre-show media briefing. Following the acquisitions last year of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia, the company’s share price rose from $8 to $21 per share (a 163 percent growth). The group now comprises: Erickson Air Crane; Erickson Helicopters...
February 24, 2014
According to Universal Avionics (Booth 4702), there has been an increased interest in Flight Management Systems (FMS) with mission support, particularly from operators of Airbus Helicopters’ AS332L and AS332L1 Super Puma helicopters in the offshore and Search and Rescue (SAR)...
February 24, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 will mark the first major rotorcraft industry event for the new corporate identity of Airbus Helicopters (Booth 523), with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes. To be announced is Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded version of its EC225 Super Puma: the EC225e. This new variant responds to operator...
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