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October 2, 2013
Exelis has reached an international distributorship agreement with Transaero. The arrangement calls for...
October 2, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com For anyone who thinks, in this current U.S. climate of budget restrictions, debt ceilings and sequestration, that it’s a waste of time and/or taxpayer money to drop a helicopter for the sake of science, I beg to differ. The results from a recent helicopter fuselage crash test will yield safety advancements for a number of organizations involved with aviation operations. NASA...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
October 1, 2013
To many non-aviation types, one helicopter looks just like any other. Usually differences in design can be most obvious to those who spend their lives in and around helicopters. Yet some features and their purpose might be more subtle. “Hinge offset” is one of those features that might not be very notable to most. But it turns out to be one of the more important design considerations, having...
September 27, 2013
BLR Aerospace has received EASA certification to install its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system on the Bell 412. The FastFin System, which provides...
September 26, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
September 26, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based...
September 25, 2013
Sikorsky autonomous research aircraft (SARA) near the company’s Development Flight Center in Florida. Courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft (Helitech Stand E60) will promote its Matrix Technology research program, launched during the summer to develop systems and software that will improve flight safety for all types of VTOL aircraft. Matrix Technology aims to give both rotary and...
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 25, 2013
A range of international operators agreed on the second day of Helitech International 2013 in London that the certification process stipulated by authorities to allow helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operators to use night vision goggles (NVGs) in Europe needs to be quicker and more streamlined. While all confirmed that safety had to be the main consideration whether operators were conducting...
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 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
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
September 18, 2013
Eurocopter has launched localizer performance with vertical (LPV) guidance using the helicopter landing pad at its headquarters in Germany, the first helipad in Europe to make use of the GPS guided instrument approach...
September 13, 2013
The German Federal Police Air Support Group has received FTD 2 FNPT III MCC qualification for its Eurocopter EC155...
September 10, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from September 5 to 8 in Tianjin. According to Mathias Senes, commercial director for Marenco, the company is moving...
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...
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