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July 10, 2013
AgustaWestland made public a flurry of orders during the Paris Air Show involving operators that span various sectors of the civil helicopter industry. Large orders of 10 aircraft each from Era Group and Lease Corporation International (LCI) headlined the take for the Anglo-Italian helicopter OEM. Era Group purchased 10 AW189s for offshore oil and gas transportation, following the sale of five helicopters...
July 8, 2013
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins is installing its TCAS II traffic alert and collision avoidance system in a total of 44 Sikorsky S-76C++ and S-92A helicopters under a contract with...
July 3, 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...
July 3, 2013
Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) has obtained a renewal of its status as a Turbomeca certified maintenance center for operators in China. The engine manufacturer has a total of 20 support personnel in China and plans to base a field rep in Shenzhen starting in September. The agreement, announced during the Paris Air Show, builds off COHC’s initial entry...
July 1, 2013
The timing of this year’s Paris Air Show coincided with the week the July issue went to press, so unfortunately I was unable to join the rest of the Rotor & Wing team – including International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega and Thierry Dubois, contributing editor – at the massive aviation tradeshow at Le Bourget airport in France. But I can’t complain, because unlike the casual...
July 1, 2013
European helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland is steadily emerging as a global training provider, expanding offerings at its northern Italy base, extending its footprint to Malaysia, authorizing partners in Switzerland, and examining potential new locales from Eastern Europe and the Middle East to South America. Collectively, the company has “a pretty good handle on where we want to go in terms of...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
July 1, 2013
EADS North America proactively withdrew from the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator competition because the requirement for the transfer of Intellectual Property (IP) rights was too high a price to pay in the current climate of sequestration, said Eurocopter’s new President and CEO Guillaume Faury at a press conference during the Paris Air Show in June. One senior...
June 28, 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...
June 27, 2013
Canadian training provider Bailey Helicopters has incorporated an Elite Evolution S623 advanced aviation training device (AATD) at its facility in Fort St. John, BC. The...
June 26, 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...
June 25, 2013
Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Indian cloud technology provider Ramco Systems to begin offering Ramco's software-based maintenance solution for helicopter operators.       Executives from Eurocopter and Ramco sign agreement. Sitting at...
June 25, 2013
The AgustaWestland AW189, a 16- to 18-seat twin, is to receive its EASA certification by the end of the summer, according to a company spokesman. Six aircraft are flying, including four prototypes and two production copies. The last one took off for the first time in May. They have logged a combined 1,500 flight hours. Several milestones were reached recently. GE’s 2,000-shp CT7-2E1 turboshaft...
June 25, 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. “We...
June 21, 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 D...
June 20, 2013
Eurocopter test pilot Hervé Jammayrac and experimental flight test engineer Dominique Fournier were at the Paris Air Show to discuss their record-breaking flight in Eurocopter’s X3 technology demonstrator aircraft. The X3 flew at 255 knots (293 mph) in level flight and 263 knots in a dive, topping the previous Sikorsky X2 record of 250 knots level/260 in decent set in September 2010. Fournier...
June 20, 2013
At the Paris Air Show, AgustaWestland announced that its electric tiltrotor “technology incubator,” called Project Zero, is to move from an all-electric to hybrid engine architecture. 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. The unmanned Project Zero aircraft, first unveiled in March...
June 19, 2013
The CAE NH-90 simulator in Australia is the first to attain Level D certification, according to industry sources here at the Paris Air Show. The Australian Army and Navy will be sharing 24 MRH-90s. The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) is also believed to be considering buying simulators for its fleet of 20 NH-90s in the tactical transport helicopter (TTH) configuration. CAE is also the prime contractor for...
June 18, 2013
Eurocopter announced at the Paris Air Show that receiving formal EASA approval for an EC225 retrofit kit – intended to solve the ongoing main gearbox issue – is a matter of days. “We have found the full set of explanation, the full root cause; we have agreed with the authorities on the technical content of the measures that will allow return into service,” said Jean-Brice Dumont...
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