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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...
February 27, 2013
Avincis Group subsidiary Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS) officially took the wraps off its new Sikorsky S-92 on Wednesday at...
February 26, 2013
The annual “Russian Hour” returns to Heli-Expo this year on Tuesday, March 6 at 1:00 pm at the Las Vegas Convention Center in room N110. Russian Helicopters will display its advanced-technology Kamov Ka-62, which feature...
February 26, 2013
Marignane, France-based Eurocopter (Booth C2922) will have some of its newest aircraft models on display in the exhibit hall of Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. One will be the EC175, the company’s tall, medium twin-engine platform built to satisfy the offshore helicopter market. Unlike prior years, Eurocopter will not have a mock-up of the EC175 on display. Instead, it will have an actual flying...
February 26, 2013
Tuesday marked the opening of Australian’s premier international airshow, Avalon, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 3 near Melbourne, Victoria. While the airshow and the Air Chief’s symposium held the preceding day are the domain of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the event nevertheless covers both military and civilian aviation and attracts the usual global manufacturers associated with...
February 25, 2013
A tour of Eurocopter’s EC175 started Monday, with planned stops throughout the U.S. until March 15 before the first production aircraft heads to other locations around the globe later this year.   EC175. Photos courtesy of Eurocopter   The EC175 arrived at...
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...
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