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February 24, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 will mark the first major rotorcraft industry event for the new corporate identity of Airbus Helicopters (Booth 523), with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes. To be announced is Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded version of its EC225 Super Puma: the EC225e. This new variant responds to operator...
February 24, 2014
During Heli-Expo, Turbomeca (Safran) is displaying its principal product lines: Arriel, Arrano, Ardiden 3 and RTM 322 at Booth 2814. The line-up is completed by the latest Arrius 2R, selected by Bell Helicopter to power its new SLS (Short Light Single) helicopter. The Arrius 2R is the latest member of a 3,000-strong engine family. This new engine version delivers performance and power within the 450-550...
February 24, 2014
Kaman Aerospace (Booth 4922) continues to expand its reach as a helicopter support powerhouse, now doing business with major OEMs such as Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky, MD Helicopters, and Lockheed Martin, among others. The company’s Aerosystems group provides tip-to-tail services and components, with the ability to handle virtually any aspect of aerospace design and manufacturing requirements. Jim...
February 24, 2014
Trakka Corp. has delivered a new searchlight to Heli-Linth in Switzerland, which has now been successfully installed on the...
February 21, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s...
February 20, 2014
Revue Thommen, AG (THOMMEN) announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the design and...
February 19, 2014
Source: Kitchener Aero Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) has received an FAA supplemental...
February 7, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols, EMS and SAR operations during the XXII...
February 5, 2014
Source: Becker Avionics Air Zermatt AG in Switzerland selected the Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital aircraft audio system, for their new fleet of Bell Helicopter 429 light-twin helicopters. Air Zermatt selected Becker's DVCS because it allows...
February 4, 2014
Source: Carter Aviation Carter Aviation Technologies has been back to expanding the aircraft envelope since its public demonstration at Kickapoo airport in Wichita Falls, Texas in November of last year. On January 21, 22, 23 and 24, with test pilot Larry Neal at the controls...
February 3, 2014
Source: Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter has inked an agreement with the New York Police City Department for four Bell 429s. The helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the...
February 1, 2014
FAA has granted advanced aviation training device (AATD) certification for Elite Simulation Solutions’ Model S623T helicopter trainer...
February 1, 2014
Eurocopter photo by Patrick Penna Waypoint Leasing has secured an agreement to provide new technology medium and heavy rotorcraft, including the Sikorsky S-92...
February 1, 2014
Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation has increased the services available for helicopter avionics with three new diagnostic test sets that will support...
February 1, 2014
EADS kicked off the New Year with a group rebranding that also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate...
February 1, 2014
VG20 – A New NIR Absorbing Optical Filter Glass for Night Vision Compatible Displays, Controls or Other Illumination SCHOTT Advanced Optics is proud to announce VG20, an optimized filter glass for absorbing NIR radiation of LED or incandescent illumination for night vision compatible displays, controls or other illumination. In combination with numerous LEDs, the glass can be used for the colors...
February 1, 2014
The Indonesian Army is looking to make a huge leap forward in technology when it completes the buy of eight of the latest Boeing Apache AH-64Es in a deal so far worth $500 million. It comes to you gradually after you have been in downtown Jakarta for a while. Although there is the noise of 25 million people around you, especially on a Monday morning, when a 40-minute journey in most cities can take you...
February 1, 2014
Safety remains the number one priority of the FAA. Among all types of operations, general aviation has for many years held the highest accident rate as well as the largest number of operational hours. Rotorcraft operations by U.S. registered general aviation rotorcraft and U.S. public use rotorcraft also feature noteworthy yearly accident counts, greater than that for air taxi, commuter, and large air...
February 1, 2014
Maryland State Police operates a fleet of 20 aircraft. The newest nine are AgustaWestland AW139s equipped with the UTC model 4413-2-3 hoist system. The greatest attribute of the helicopter is its ability to take off and land using confined areas. But sometimes, an area can be too confined, or otherwise unsuitable, for even the most skilled pilot. Enter the hoist. Any operator that needs to lower and raise...
January 14, 2014
The Irish Coast Guard has completed a fleet upgrade program with the integration of the fourth Sikorsky S-92 into its search and rescue (SAR) ranks. The helicopter will serve the Dublin region from Weston Executive Airport (WST). It replaces an S-61, which has ended service from Coast Guard bases in Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and...
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