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June 1, 2012
Left: From left to right, John Garrison, Phil Dunford, Lutz Bertling, AHS Director Mike Hirschberg, James Wang and Jeff Pino. Bell Photo The May 1 panel was part of the annual event from AHS International, with AgustaWestland’s James Wang, vice president of R&D, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing Military’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Eurocopter...
June 1, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), the rotorcraft accident rate has fallen 30 percent in the past five years (from 2006 to 2011/early 2012) when compared to 2001-2005. Describing the decrease as a “strong step in the right direction,” IHST notes that despite making progress, “if our current statistical trend continues, the industry will not meet its goal of an...
June 1, 2012
This month we’ll look at safety within the rotorcraft industry. After attending Heli-Expo in Dallas this year and talking with safety professionals in the industry, I decided to look at the safety management system (SMS) programs for several helicopter operators. In order to get a more accurate account of safety in the industry, we first must look at where accidents occur. According to the U.S. NTSB...
June 1, 2012
Thierry Dubois, a contributing writer for Rotor & Wing, is among the finalists for this year's Aerospace Media Awards, which will be given out at a July 8...
May 31, 2012
Maintenance stand manufacturer, All Metal MS, has signed with Chevron North America to provide 18 custom maintenance...
May 31, 2012
UTair Aviation subsidiary, UTair-Engineering, has inked a deal with Turbomeca Germany to...
May 18, 2012
Russian Helicopters took the wraps off a new variant—the medium-category, multi-role Kamov Ka-62—on Thursday during HeliRussia 2012. Intended for the cargo transport, EMS, offshore, SAR and corporate sectors, the helicopter will feature a five-bladed...
May 15, 2012
The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met on Monday to discuss preliminary findings of last week’s Eurocopter EC225 ditching in the North Sea. Fourteen people on board the Bond Offshore-operated helicopter escaped without injury after the pilots experienced a loss of gearbox oil...
May 14, 2012
Another pair of government aviation regulators—in Ecuador and Malaysia—have joined the list of countries offering the Transport...
May 11, 2012
Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on Thursday at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo Coco took the aircraft through its paces along...
May 9, 2012
Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas. The May 1 roundtable discussion was part of a three-day event from AHS International that featured AgustaWestland’s Dr. James Wang...
May 2, 2012
Eurocopter’s in-development successor to the AS365/EC155 Dauphin—the X4—took another step toward entering service in 2017, with the selection of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as a powerplant option, along with Turbomeca's TM800. The PW210E will power the next-generation airframe, which Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling has said would “completely change the way of flying.”...
May 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters has completed the first demonstration flight of the Kazan Ansat with a new hydro-mechanical flight control system for civil...
May 1, 2012
Bel Air of Denmark received its second AgustaWestland AW139 for offshore transport. AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has...
May 1, 2012
Eurocopter’s static display at FIDAE. Eurocopter During this year’s FIDAE International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile, Eurocopter inked contracts with several South American...
May 1, 2012
Gazprom Mi-8MT landing on the Pechora Sea oil production platform Prirazlomnoe. Offshoring has always been a lucrative helicopter business. All the more so today as Russia opens very attractive offshore projects such as Shtokman, the Yamal fields, Prirazlomnoye, Sakhalin, the Korchagin field, the Filanovsky field or Shatsky ridge. Thus Russian offshore operators are in a...
May 1, 2012
AB3NAT Surrogate in flight. Photos courtesy XP Services Just as technology advances at the exponential rate of Moore’s law, it appears that in current times the cost of integrating such strides into aviation assets is increasing just as quickly. Still, the needs of both the military and civilian market must be fed if they are to evolve and grow. Developing a product for military use or civil...
May 1, 2012
Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger delivering the keynote speech during the 8th annual CHC Quality & Safety Summit in Vancouver. Photos courtesy of CHC Under the auspices of the Canadian Helicopter Corporation and numerous sponsors that included OEMs and competing helicopter operators, an intense, no frills safety summit took place from March 26-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was...
May 1, 2012
SAR. Search and rescue by helicopter. They say it all started in April 1944 when a Sikorsky R-4 helicopter rescued four airmen from the Burma jungle. That was a military application and the airborne SAR mission remained a military/government operation for many years. Let’s fast forward to the here and now. Over the United States’ land mass, the military still retains its internal SAR...
April 30, 2012
Oil and gas operator, Heliservicio Campeche, has contracted CAE Mexico to provide pilot training on the Bell 412 and Sikorsky S-76. CAE...
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