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September 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to appoint Lockheed Martin as a “tier one” member of the V-280 Valor program. The Hurst, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron plans to incorporate additional partners into the tiltrotor program the coming months. The V-280 is one of three groups vying for...
September 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC). The...
September 5, 2013
AgustaWestland is flight testing several aerodynamic improvements to its AW609 tiltrotor including a modified vertical fin, newly designed engine exhaust nozzles and improved prop-rotor spinner cones. The second prototype AW609 is being used which is based at the...
September 4, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland have formalized their partnership to develop a single-engine helicopter in the 2.5-ton class. Leaders from the two rotorcraft OEMs –...
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
In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program.   The company...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company “took the red pill” on August 13 with the official launch of the endeavor at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC.   Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor...
August 30, 2013
Australian company StopRotor Technology has completed the first in-flight transition between fixed and rotary wing using its prototype Hybrid RotorWing, a project that the company launched earlier this year that can fly as either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.     Computer rendering of the Hybrid...
August 26, 2013
The European Commission is overseeing a joint government-industry program aimed at developing new curved Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) procedures for helicopters using satellite-based augmentation systems (GNSS-SBAS). French consulting...
August 22, 2013
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 Helicopter Association (EHA). The theme for the opening session is “The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.” Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association...
August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
August 14, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry, and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company officially launched the endeavor August 13 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC. Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor & Wing and sister publication Defense Daily...
August 7, 2013
In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program. Related: Future Vertical Lift: An Overview The company cites its existing experience of working with the Department of Defense...
August 6, 2013
Sikorsky Innovations has incorporated some changes to the fourth installment of its Entrepreneurial Challenge, launched last week during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisc. The challenge, a...
August 1, 2013
TruLink® ICS Now for Frontline to Flightline Telephonics’ TruLink® Wireless Voice Communication System with its range of 2,500 feet is the most versatile wireless intercom in the world today. TruLink is ideal for pilots and crew members for most helicopter applications. Medevac, Aeromedical, Search and Rescue, Police, Fire and First Responders all use TruLink today. Telephonics’...
August 1, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
August 1, 2013
Rockwell Collins has introduced a new avionics product line, dubbed HeliSure, in a bid to improve situational awareness for helicopter pilots. While some of the products are already known, such as helicopter synthetic vision system (H-SVS) and helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (H-TAWS), others are in an early development phase. New sensors should thus enhance obstacle detection. HeliSure...
August 1, 2013
Garmin panels at the Bell 525 display at the 2013 Paris Air Show in June. Texas-based Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class...
August 1, 2013
A diesel engine designed for light helicopter singles has been running on a test bench in Trappes, France since March as part of Europe’s Clean Sky, a €1.6 billion ($2 billion) research project. The 440-shp demonstrator is a tradeoff between car racing performance and aviation safety and durability requirements. It is planned to eventually power a Eurocopter EC120 for flight tests. Compared to a...
August 1, 2013
The electric tiltrotor “technology incubator” known as Project Zero is to move from an all-electric to hybrid engine architecture, according to manufacturer AgustaWestland. James Wang, vice president of research and technology, said that a diesel, a derivative from a car engine, is to be installed in the next 12 months. Dr. James Wang. The unmanned Project Zero aircraft, first unveiled in March...
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