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December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
December 1, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is...
November 27, 2012
AgustaWestland continues to advance the development program for the AW169, as the third prototype has gone airborne for the first time from the manufacturer’s facility in Cascina Costa, Italy...
November 19, 2012
The China Airshow, which ran from November 13-18, has been good for Sikorsky in that it has been announcing contracts for its civil helicopters, namely the S-92 and S-76D. The Zhuhai Helicopter Company (ZHC), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, has acquired two Sikorsky S-92s to be used in offshore operations. ZHC will operate five S-92s and 12 S-76s once the deliveries are complete, targeted for the...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 13, 2012
Alexandria, Va.-based Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has given its 2012 Presidential Citation to Bristow Group’s Target Zero program. The award recognizes organizations that have exhibited “outstanding...
November 12, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is worth around €150 million...
November 9, 2012
Navicom Aviation Corp. has signed with Latitude Technologies to distribute its WebSentinel flight following system in Japan. Navicom, an...
November 8, 2012
AgustaWestland has sold a pair of AW139s to Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP), which will employ the helicopters in offshore oil...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
In early October Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH) invited Rotor & Wing to its commercial production facility in Coatesville, Pa. The site of the former Keystone Helicopter, which Sikorsky acquired in 2005, Coatesville houses the production of the S-92, the S-76D—which received an FAA type certificate on Oct. 12—the S-300C and airframe assembly for the CH-148 Canadian Maritime Helicopter...
November 1, 2012
A line of S-76Ds at Sikorsky’s plant in Coatesville, Pa. Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern visited Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. in early October to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February 2012. Bond Aviation’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to...
November 1, 2012
UAE Sikorsky Black Hawk on display at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. While much of the rest of the world worries about where its next meal is coming from, the petro-rich Middle East is still a robust market, particularly in the realm of military sales, according to Dan Darling, Middle East military markets analyst for Forecast International.  For 2013 alone, the six states of the Gulf Cooperative Council...
October 25, 2012
Norwich, UK-based NHV Helicopters has won a three-year contract extension with Tullow, a gas exploration company. NVH will use its fleet of Eurocopter...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 23, 2012
Oviedo, Fla.-based Elite Simulation Solutions has released three new helicopter simulation devices, two of which are based on Eurocopter variants. The MH-350 open cockpit trainer is modeled after the AS350B. Similar to...
October 17, 2012
Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern paid a visit to Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. earlier this month to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February. Bond’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to get a look at the green S-92 pair that will go into service with...
October 16, 2012
Japan-based ITC-Aerospace has ordered two AgustaWestland AW169s, making it the launch...
October 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 12, 2012
Nagoya, Japan will host several Eurocopter variants during the 2012 Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, which runs through...
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