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November 1, 2012
The Rescue 915 crew of the Canadian Forces’ 103 Search and Rescue Squadron. Canadian Forces used an AgustaWestland AW101 during an Arctic rescue in October 2011. AgustaWestland has awarded the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian...
October 17, 2012
Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern paid a visit to Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. earlier this month to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February. Bond’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to get a look at the green S-92 pair that will go into service with...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
Helicopter undergoing work at Metro’s completions facility in Shreveport, La. I met Todd Stanberry early in the morning a few hours before an impending hurricane was due to arrive in Central Louisiana. Todd explained that he was Metro Aviation owner Mike Stanberry’s son and that he would be conducting a tour of the facility. During the tour, Todd related the story of how his father started...
September 1, 2012
R66 flanks a lineup of Robinson helicopters at the company’s headquarters in Torrance, Calif. As mentioned in my August column, “Safety Goes Hand in Glove with Mission” (page 52), I had the opportunity to attend the Robinson Helicopter Corp. Pilot Safety Course and fly the R22 and R66 at the end of the program. The course is four to five days long including the aircraft flights. I was...
August 29, 2012
Aircraft manufacturer Russian Helicopters has set a new world altitude record with its Mi-38 during the 14th Federation...
August 1, 2012
Era Helicopters AgustaWestland AW139. When you think about it, the helicopter industry is truly amazing. Especially when you consider how many of today’s mega-service-providers started out as “one ship” operations. Take Era Group, for example. The company was started in 1948 when an adventurous young pilot named Carl Brady started Economy Helicopters and brought a Bell 47A to Alaska to...
July 17, 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 1, 2012
U.S. Park Police Bell 412EP performing an ice rescue scenario while training for SAR. United States Park Police When asked to list some U.S. government law enforcement agencies, outfits such as the FBI and Secret Service come to mind. But it’s the rare person who will think of the oldest uniformed, federal law enforcement organization in the country; a proud agency that was established in 1791 by...
June 3, 2012
A Sikorsky S-76C comes in for a landing at one of PHI’s offshore sites. Photo courtesy of PHI Okay, so the title of this story gave it away—the correct answer is: What is PHI, Inc? While being number three in total flight hours behind the world’s two largest air forces is impressive, the truly amazing thing is that PHI has accumulated all those hours in just 63 years of commercial...
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
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 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...
February 13, 2012
Summit Aviation parent company, Greenwich AeroGroup, (Booth 8051) has acquired an economic interest in Rio de Janerio-based Helivia Aero Taxi, marking the company’s entrance into the Brazilian market. Helivia services the oil and gas industry, flying missions to rigs as far out as 120-160 miles offshore, with a safety record that caught Greenwich’s attention, according to Gerry Goguen...
February 10, 2012
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (Booth 4110) has established a new company from its Gardner Aviation Services subsidiary. Rotorcraft Services Division (RSD) will offer helicopter avionics upgrades, airframe maintenance...
January 1, 2012
What's New for 2012: Rotorcraft Outlook Panel Welcome to the 2012 Annual Reports issue and the inaugural launch of the Rotorcraft Outlook Panel. This issue is very different than every other issue we produce during the year. This is the one issue each year where we open up our pages and provide a forum for the vendors who regularly provide you the products and services that are essential to your...
January 1, 2012
Question 1: What are the most interesting projects that your company is working on during 2012?   Becker Avionics Becker Avonics has exciting product news and milestones coming up and we believe that 2012 will be another great year. We are continuing to strive to provide innovative solutions for new fit, as well as retrofit, modification and upgrade programs. Some of our new products will be...
January 1, 2012
AgustaWestland, a powerful force in the helicopter industry, is capable of satisfying the widest range of customer requirements with a modern range of high performance civil and military rotorcraft encompassing all the main weight categories. Products range from the innovative light single 1.8-ton SW-4 to the 16-ton three-engine AW101 helicopter. Other products include the AW119Ke single engine, AW109...
January 1, 2012
The U.S. Army’s Sikorsky Black Hawk fleet is equipped with Goodrich HUMS. With a respected leadership position in the helicopter industry, Goodrich Corporation serves commercial and military operators with advanced system technology and tailored service offerings. Its history of improving safety, operational cost, reliability and functionality for helicopter operators and manufacturers around the...
January 1, 2012
2012 Executive Outlook from David Mast, President and CEO of Precision Aviation Group: Precision Aviation Group (PAG) continued to expand and grow in 2011. We completed two acquisitions—Gardner Aviation Services (GAS)—located in Peachtree City, Ga. and Aero Technology, Inc. (ATI)—located in Long Beach, Calif. These acquisitions greatly enhance our MRO capabilities, expands our geographic...
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