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July 12, 2012
Honda Aircraft Co. completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet, the company announced Dec. 21. The airframer said the flight is a "significant step in Hondas aerospace program leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012." The first conforming HondaJet lifted off Dec. 20 from Honda Aircraft headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The HondaJet remained aloft for 51 minutes...
July 11, 2012
AgustaWestland has contracted with CHC Helicopter to provide 10 AW139s for offshore transport missions. With...
July 9, 2012
AgustaWestland’s second prototype AW169 flew for the first time Friday, while the initial airframe—which took to the skies on May 10—is making its public debut at...
July 3, 2012
Russian Helicopters and Turbomeca have reached a support agreement for the Ardiden 3G engines on the Ka-226T and Ka-62...
July 1, 2012
Garmin G1000H and NVG Modifications from Aero Dynamix Aero Dynamix, Inc. is an industry leader and principle innovator of integrated Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) solutions for commercial and military aircraft. ADI is a full-line distributor and certified repair station for Garmin Avionics and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Garmin products that do not compromise on the Garmin factory...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
June 29, 2012
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is planning to incorporate “intelligent” avionics into all of its helicopter lines from 2015 onward. The system—which seeks to increase pilot situational awareness—will be used for monitoring flight conditions, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. The company says the technology will allow pilots to carry out difficult maneuvers at low...
June 28, 2012
French operator Heli-Union has added a new Eurocopter Dauphin N3/N3+ full flight simulator (FFS) to its training center in Angouleme. The unit is qualified as a Level B full flight simulator (FFS) and a Level 2 flight training device...
June 26, 2012
Vancouver, B.C.-based CHC Helicopter has hired Peter Bartolotta to serve as chief operating officer and president...
June 25, 2012
NextGen avionics provider, FreeFlight Systems has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to incorporate a rule-compliant automatic dependent...
June 22, 2012
IT and information services provider Telvent has launched a new weather information and analysis software for helicopters. MxVision...
June 21, 2012
Officially jump-starting a United States trek that will include stops in Washington, D.C., Redstone Arsenal and Fort Bragg, Eurocopter showcased its X3 demonstrator on Wednesday in Grand Prairie, Texas. The technology prototype appeared to a crowd of hundreds—including operators, government officials and spectators—following a parade of other helicopter types at the American Eurocopter...
June 19, 2012
FAA has published an airworthiness directive (AD) for the AgustaWestland AW139 that requires operators to verify that the connection between the collective control rod C2 and the torque tube C3 is properly installed. The inspection is required within five hours time-in-service or seven days, whichever...
June 19, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 (X-cube) demonstrator taxies for take-off at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas as it begins its U.S. tour. Rotor...
June 13, 2012
Eurocopter’s U.S. summer tour of its X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter demonstrator unofficially kicked off Tuesday with the prototype landing in Texas after...
June 12, 2012
Guanchen Aviation and Bell Helicopter have signed an agreement to establish the first official Bell flight...
June 11, 2012
FDC/aerofilter has obtained FAA approval to install its inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on the...
June 8, 2012
Eurocopter’s Training Academy in Donauwörth, Germany has received full flight simulator (FFS) Level B certification for its EC135 simulator from the...
June 6, 2012
Claudio Agostini, Latin America bureau chief for Rotor & Wing, recently spoke with Russian Helicopters’ head of communications Roman Kirilov and Konstantin Yuritsyn, business development director for Latin America, about the region’s growth opportunities and emerging trends. Rotor & Wing: What percentage of your market sales in is Latin America? Russian Helicopters: We do not break down...
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