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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...
April 26, 2012
Eurocopter has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210 as the powerplant for the X4. The...
April 25, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team, 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 80...
April 25, 2012
Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6C-67E, which powers the...
April 20, 2012
Lisbon, Portugal-based Omni Helicopter International (OHI) has taken delivery the first of four...
April 20, 2012
Bell Helicopter has opened a new operations facility in New Delhi, India. The country houses...
April 18, 2012
Broussard, La.-based Rotorcraft Leasing Company has named Curtis Hudson director of...
April 18, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing examines various options for operators in “Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm”. The article provides a starting point for pilots and operators when it comes to airborne weather radar. Outside of the Honeywell and Rockwell Collins’ radar systems that are mentioned, operators can also find L-3 Communications’ Stormscope and Insight...
April 1, 2012
Honeywell provided Rotor & Wing the opportunity to experience its Sentinel and Observer displays up close as part of a Feb. 11 demonstration flight on a Eurocopter AS350BA during Heli-Expo in Dallas. Never one to turn down a chance to fly, I climbed in and sat next to senior test pilot Ronald Wayman, who started up the controls and booted up the avionics units. Looking out the window of the AS350 at...
April 1, 2012
FAA has issued type certificate approval for installation of the Garmin G500H on the MD500E/F and...
April 1, 2012
Eurocopter has received an order for seven EC135s from Lake Charles, La.-based Era Helicopters. The...
April 1, 2012
Lider Aviacao’s fleet of 61 helicopters includes the Sikorsky S-92. Brazil is one of the driving forces behind Latin America’s emergence as a fast-growing market for helicopter support operations. The largest rotorcraft operator in Latin America is Lider Aviacao, with a fleet of 61 helicopters—comprising the Sikorsky S-92, S-76A/C+/C++ and Bell 412/212—as well as 31 fixed-wing...
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