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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...
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...
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