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September 25, 2013
London-based Avincis Group (Stand G50) is taking Helitech International 2013 by storm. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group (Stand E80) and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland (Stand J60), Bell Helicopter/Textron (Stand E10) and Eurocopter (Stand P30), as well as engine...
September 24, 2013
Reed Exhibitions is taking something of a punt with this year’s Helitech International Exhibition & Conference at the ExCel in London, and rivals will closely scrutinize its figures. Ever since its launch in the 1980s, Europe’s answer to Heli-Expo has made a feature of its low-key, rural setting. First at Redhill in Surrey, where weather played havoc with several days-worth of show-time...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 24, 2013
An AW189 flight training device (FTD) has entered serviced at AgustaWestland’s Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. AgustaWestland and CAE joint...
September 23, 2013
Milestone Aviation Group (Stand J50) has closed on a $300-million credit facility, to be used for acquiring and leasing helicopters valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92, Eurocopter EC225 and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 types. Said Milestone Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli: “We structured this...
September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega (shown sitting at far left) chaired the 2011 Helitech Conference, which focused on the role of the offshore wind farm industry. A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European...
September 23, 2013
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)   Tuesday, Sept. 24:   Keynote Address 14:05 - 14:25, South Gallery Rooms A vision for the future of the rotorcraft sector, the opportunities and the challenges, against the backdrop of ongoing European-wide initiatives and the regulatory environment. Moderator: Vittorio Morassi, Chairman, European Helicopter Association Speaker: Dr. Norbert Lohl, Certification...
September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing: What is your focus at Helitech? Olivier Andries: Three engines are going to be at the booth. The first is the Makila engine, which powers the Super Puma, EC225 and EC725 helicopters, many for the offshore and military markets. The second line is the RTM322, which is a big step forward for us. We have announced the acquisition of the Rolls-Royce share of this program, which is a key...
September 23, 2013
 AgustaWestland has handed over the first of seven AW139s to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Sweden's maritime and aeronautical services provider is...
September 20, 2013
Perth, Autstralia-based Heliwest is providing support to ground-based incident commanders fighting forest fires in Australia. The company is currently two years into a five-year contract with Australia's...
September 19, 2013
Bell Helicopter (Booth E10) is planning to put the spotlight on the 429 light twin at Helitech 2013 with one example on static display and another putting on flight demonstrations throughout the show. Bell describes the 429 as the 21st century standard for light twins, “delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins, with comfort and cost management.” The 429...
September 17, 2013
Offshore helicopter transportation provider Bristow Group has obtained a series of offshore oil and gas support contracts worth up to $850 million. In Europe, Bristow received new contracts to provide seven...
September 17, 2013
Russian Helicopters (Stand G10) plans to showcase its multi-role Kamov Ka-32А11ВС and the Ka-62 medium twin during Helitech International 2013. The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotor system has number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and construction tasks, the company emphasizes, along with a wide variety of other demanding specialized tasks...
September 17, 2013
The sale of the RTM322 engine by Rolls-Royce to its French joint-venture partner Turbomeca, part of the Safran Group in which the French government has a 27 percent share holding, came just before the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) awarded a £367-million contract (around $580 million) for the maintenance of engines used by the Army's Boeing AH-64 Apache and RAF/Royal Navy AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin...
September 12, 2013
AgustaWestland has handed over another AW139 to Weststar Aviation Services in Malaysia. There are now 18 AW139s in the Weststar fleet, which provides helicopter support for the oil and gas industry...
September 4, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators have already returned their helicopters back to service. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in the...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
The Bristow Group has inked a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport’s search and rescue (SAR) program...
September 1, 2013
Attendees take in the static lineup at Helitech 2011 in Duxford. This year’s Helitech International 2013 is being held in London. With less than two months to go (through late July), booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 was already 25 percent larger compared to the 2011 show, with exhibiting companies from 25 countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Panama, Russia, Singapore...
September 1, 2013
As most of us know, Lockheed Martin received a contract in 2005 to provide flight service for aviators as the FAA was closing down its many Flight Service Stations across the country. Lockheed Martin consolidated these services stations into three hubs, each of which covers a vast amount of real estate. Here on the Gulf we deal with the Fort Worth, Texas hub. I was interested in seeing just what they did...
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