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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...
August 1, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on Sept. 24. The...
August 1, 2013
Thales announced during the Paris Air Show plans to team with Sichuan Haite, a helicopter training provider in China. The partnership will bring Thales’ Reality H Level...
August 1, 2013
In 1980, the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) established a human powered helicopter competition in the name of Igor Sikorsky. Over the years the competition has gone from a $10,000 to a $250,000 prize. After more than 30 years, recent strides seemed to bring the prize within reach of two dueling design teams. On June 13, 2013 at 12:43 EDT, AeroVelo, a small team of University of Toronto...
August 1, 2013
Canadian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Vector Aerospace is partnering with L-3 Vertex Aerospace on an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) program involving a cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) for the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma. The STC allows...
July 31, 2013
The two-seat coaxial Berkut VL is set to take to the air during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Show, scheduled to...
July 18, 2013
Rebtech, the Bedford, Texas-based night vision aircraft lighting systems provider, has completed a modification contract for the Estonian Air Force under FAA guidance for foreign military programs. The...
July 18, 2013
British defense and aerospace company Cobham has acquired full ownership of FBH, its joint venture aviation services business with Texas-based Bristow Helicopters. Cobham paid approximately $112 million for the acquisition, which includes FB...
July 17, 2013
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 Relentless was unveiled in early 2012 and targets offshore oil and gas operators. Maximum...
July 17, 2013
Thales in June uncovered the Avionics 2020 cockpit, a concept that could become reality aboard commercial aircraft as soon as seven years from now. Although it was introduced as an airliner flight deck, the concept is generic and can be implemented into a helicopter, according to Thales. The company’s engineers have literally reinvented the man-machine interface, using touchscreens, a bicolor head-up...
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