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May 6, 2013
The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has published an article in Vertiflite Magazine that details the...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) covering installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution H-series primary...
May 1, 2013
The U.S. Army’s rotorcraft fleet is wearing out at a much faster rate than was predicted thanks to a decade of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Department of Defense findings state: “The Operational Tempo (OPTEMPO) in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) was, and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) is, five times that of peace time, and much higher than the design usage spectrum, further taxing the...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
May 1, 2013
E-volo, a Karlsruhe-based company that is developing the Volocopter VC200, hoped to be the first electric two-seater in the rotorcraft world, has received significant support from German authorities. A new aircraft category is being created, while subsidies are boosting the project. In 2011, E-volo flew a single-seater, thus claiming the first flight of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)...
April 29, 2013
Moving a step closer toward cleaner and quieter aircraft, Turbomeca displayed its core TECH800 demonstrator engine in public for the first time on Friday, April 26. This innovative core engine demonstrator was designed and tested by Turbomeca, although the program is the result of cooperation between 34 partners from 10 European countries, including 18 SMEs and 12 universities and other research centers...
April 25, 2013
Istres French Air Force air base, France—Earlier today Eurocopter demonstrated the first public flight of its optionally manned capability at the Istres air base, located in the south of France and near the company’s Marignane facility. The demonstration aircraft, an EC145 with 70 lbs of control equipment onboard, flew two demonstration paths within a restricted area inside the airfield. The...
April 22, 2013
Eurocopter “now fully understands the root cause of the cracking and need to go to validation of both the final and immediate fix,” said outgoing President and CEO Lutz Bertling at the company’s headquarters in Marignane on April 18. He was addressing the problem with the main gear bevel shaft that has been identified as the “root cause of the crack initiation” that lay...
April 17, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting a total of nine new orders booked for its SKYe SH09 during last month’s Heli-Expo, bringing the total number of commitments for the in-development helicopter to 45. The company appointed Heliflite as the...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
April 16, 2013
How do you get high-speed, efficient performance from a hybrid rotorcraft design? The U.S. Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for organizations to help answer that question as part of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) X-Plane program, and an Australian company is suggesting one possibility for the 52-month effort that has a budget of around $130 million.   StopRotor Technology...
April 11, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, uncovered the Bell V-280 Valor 3rd generation tiltrotor at the start of the annual U.S. Army Aviation symposium, Quad-A. The V-280 is Bell’s offering for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift helicopter project, which could result in the production of more than 4,000 aircraft...
April 10, 2013
Editor’s Note: E-volo does not use the words “rotorcraft,” “rotary-wing aircraft” or “helicopter.” Yet, the author believes their concept clearly belongs to the rotorcraft family (according to the definition in Webster’s dictionary). Therefore, the author is using “rotorcraft” to describe E-volo’s concept. E-volo, a Karlsruhe-based company...
April 8, 2013
Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services has agreed to purchase eight helicopters from AgustaWestland, consisting of a pair of large-cabin AW189s and a six-pack of AW139s. Tan Sri...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
April 2, 2013
The acquisition by Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of an AS365 N3 "equipped with a high-speed, real-time transmission system using Earth-orbiting satellites" is a world first, according to Eurocopter. The Helicopter Satellite Communication System (HSA) uses satellites to relay real-time video and data to ground receiving stations. The system, developed by Mitsubishi...
April 1, 2013
Eurocopter anticipates that a fix to the main gearbox issues with the EC225 will be available in April. The model was temporarily grounded after two ditching incidents in the UK’s North Sea during 2012. “We have to fix the technical issues which we are currently facing with the 225. No doubt,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling during a March 5 press briefing at Heli-Expo...
April 1, 2013
Turbomeca uncovered its TM800 during an unveiling ceremony at Heli-Expo, giving it the name Arrano.    In an unveiling that featured an almost Cirque de Soleil-style introduction with acrobats fitting for Las Vegas and CEO Olivier Andries perched above a crowd gathered around the company’s booth, Turbomeca took the wraps off its latest engine on March 5...
April 1, 2013
Lockheed Martin/Kaman unmaned cargo K-Max.    Gary Tenison, vice president of business development and marketing for Kaman Aerospace, told Rotor & Wing that the company’s recent restructuring is part of a strategy to focus on operators. “One Kaman is about consolidating the Kaman business,” he said. “Helicopters were once apart and are now within the Aerosystems group...
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