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February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 12, 2013
Italian Police have arrested Giuseppe Orsi, Finmeccanica’s chief executive and chairman who was previously CEO of AgustaWestland, over allegations of bribery concerning an Indian helicopter contract. He denies any wrongdoing. The case being investigated involves the sale of 12 AW101s to the Indian Air Force for VVIP transportation. The contract for the aircraft, valued at around €560 million...
February 7, 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 of a 16-helicopter order placed in December 2011. The first S-92 will...
February 7, 2013
As Sikorsky enters its 90th year, Mick Mauer, company president, said that in 2009 he helped begin the strategy for aircraft cabins and other aerostructure components to be built in India, a project that has come together in two years. India has not only assembled but also shipped cabins, with the first S-92 with these parts now flying in Brazil. “India is now the sole source of S-92 cabins and the...
February 6, 2013
AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and Thales are among the helicopter manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Aero India 2013, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. In the days leading up to the show, various exhibitors released details about...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland conducted a flight demonstration of the U.S.-based AW189 prototype (P2) on December 6 in Arlington, Texas before heading to Alaska for cold weather trials through spring 2013, at which point it will fly back to Italy to rejoin the other four testbed helicopters in the fleet (P1 and P3-P5). Photos by Randy Jones AgustaWestland is in the midst U.S. flight tests of the AW189 that will continue...
February 1, 2013
Bell 525 Relentless in the hangar at the manufacturer’s facility in Amarillo, Texas. During an update session with Larry Timmesch, vice president of Commercial Programs at Bell Helicopter, along with David King, chief engineer on the Bell 525 Relentless, it became apparent that the company is committed to bringing the Relentless into the “super-medium” twin market. The first helicopter...
February 1, 2013
American Eurocopter displayed a Lewis Energy-operated EC145 in Orlando to showcase the corporate/VIP market during the NBAA Convention from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with the top executives of the major helicopter manufacturers, Rotor & Wing conducted an exclusive interview with American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini that covered a wide range of...
February 1, 2013
The Las Vegas Convention Center is the venue for Heli-Expo 2013, the annual gathering of the worldwide helicopter industry, hosted by Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association International (HAI). Thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of helicopters will converge in Nevada from March 4-7. HAI President Matt Zuccaro says that Heli-Expo, the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow, is...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland’s fourth AW169 prototype completed its maiden flight Thursday at the manufacturer’s plant in...
January 16, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, HeliVert, has conducted the initial flight of the first Russian-produced...
January 11, 2013
Regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Peru have initiated a formal investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of a Columbia Helicopters Model 234 that was supporting petroleum exploration operations near Pucallpa, Peru. The incident resulted in the deaths of...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 3, 2013
Offshore helicopter support has started for Perenco Oil and Gas under a £37-million (approximately $47-million) contract with Bond Offshore...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
January 1, 2013
Emercom Ka-226T. Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, and one of the few firms anywhere in the world with the capability to design, manufacture, test and service advanced models of civilian and military helicopters. From its headquarters in Moscow, Russian Helicopters manages assets across the country — five assembly plants, two design bureaus, two components...
January 1, 2013
Celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2012, Eurocopter marked key achievements by evolving and expanding the company’s rotorcraft product line, broadening an already extensive international industrial footprint, and continuing the development of services activities worldwide. The year’s successes underscored Eurocopter’s industry leadership since its 1992 creation through a merger of the...
December 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
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