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November 26, 2014
GrandView Aviation announced the hiring of Christian Venuto as its new charter sales executive. In her new role, Venuto will assist Director of Sales and...
November 24, 2014
Delford Michael Smith, founder of Evergreen Helicopters, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2014. Smith will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the commercial helicopter industry, partnering with longtime friend Quay Jorgensen to form Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. in 1960. He also served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War.     Del...
November 19, 2014
The British Helicopter Association has awarded Starspeed Director Simon Mitchell its Eric Brown Award. The award is given to the individual considered to have made the most significant contribution to the British helicopter industry during the past year. It is named after Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, MA, FRAeS, RN (Ret’d), a...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
July 3, 2014
Bell Helicopter has opened a new branch in Milan, Italy, and has appointed Roberto Farnese Regional Sales Manager (RSM) of the new office. He will be responsible for overseeing marketing and sales...
July 2, 2014
Rostvertol, a production facility for Russian Helicopters, is celebrating its 75th anniversary during 2014. The production plant was established in 1939 and initially produced gliders...
July 1, 2014
Air-One Emergency Response Coalition supplies helicopter support for a variety of roles, including law enforcement and SAR. Photo by Bruce S. Edwards For those police departments that cannot afford to spend hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of dollars per year to operate an aircraft of their own, the usual remedy is to ask a neighboring agency that has one for assistance. But what...
June 23, 2014
Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has added Leanne Collazzo as vice president of commercial aviation. Collazzo has more than 25 years of...
April 14, 2014
CHC Helicopter’s AW139 fleet has reached 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving more than 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years...
April 11, 2014
Air BP opened its new fuel farm at Den Helder Airport (DHR) in the Netherlands, which represents a $1.4-million investment and follows Air BP’s take-over of fuel operations at the airport in September 2012. The facility will provide a fit for purpose fuel farm serving core business customers including CHC Helicopters Netherlands, NHV, HeliHolland and DanCopter as they transport offshore personnel to...
April 2, 2014
Scandinavian Air Ambulance (SAA) intends to join Avincis Group, according to the companies. The agreement would see the business take its place alongside Avincis’ existing companies which deliver medical emergency, search...
April 1, 2014
Jeff Pino. Jeff Pino, the ex-president of Sikorsky Aircraft who “retired” in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the...
April 1, 2014
Erickson S-64. Photo courtesy of Erickson Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a media briefing related to Heli-Expo. Following the acquisitions last year of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia, the company’s share price rose from $8 to $21 per share (a 163 percent growth). The group now...
March 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday announcing its newly-constructed composite facility in Broussard, La. The new facility represents a $4.5 million investment by Bell...
March 24, 2014
Mark Gassaway, founder and President of Aerocomputers, passed away on Monday, March 17. He will be missed by his many friends in the aviation community. Mark was both a pilot and an engineer. These combined interests led to the foundation of Aerocomputers in 1993. Aerocomputers went on...
March 24, 2014
Fourteen years of accident data reveal that total U.S. civil helicopter accidents have decreased about 25 percent since the International...
March 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has inked an agreement with the New York Police City Department for four Bell 429s. The helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the citizens of...
March 1, 2014
The Korea Forest Service has a new service and maintenance center for its fleet of Ka-32 helicopters. Russian Helicopters...
February 19, 2014
Source: Sagem Avionics Bell 47, Inc. (SB47) has selected the Sagem Avionics ICDS-8A Glass Cockpit suite as part of the standard avionics/instrument package for their new 47GT-6 helicopter. The...
February 1, 2014
Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd. 2013 was another big year for the largest EMS helicopter provider in the United States, Air Methods, as the company added a second aerial tourism operator to its business with the purchase of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in December. Rotor & Wing recently caught up with Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd to discuss the integration of Blue Hawaiian into the Air Methods umbrella. The...
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