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February 28, 2013
As the business/trade days of the Avalon Airshow (February 26-28) give way to the excitement that always accompanies the public days (March 1-3), there has not been reciprocal excitement among rotorcraft industry exhibitors over opportunities in the Australian market. The mood matched the gloomy weather of the first few days. While the rotorcraft market is set to grow over the next few years, as outlined...
February 27, 2013
Rotor & Wing: What was business like in 2012? How does it look for 2013? Andries: We have enjoyed good growth in 2012 vs. 2011, which is a continuation of the trend that we’ve followed since 2010. 2010 was a trough for us, in the aftermath of the economic crisis we were down to 800 new engines delivered. It was 942 in 2011, and precisely 1,012 new engines delivered during 2012—so growth of...
February 27, 2013
Since 1989, Garmin (Booths N4412 and N5) has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications—most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. One of the latest devices to come out of Garmin’s Olathe, Kansas facility is...
February 27, 2013
Helicopter Technology Company (Booth C2917) is inviting Hughes/MD model 369, 500 and 600 operators to a technical briefing during Heli-Expo...
February 26, 2013
Pensacola, Fla.-based Avalex Technologies (Booth C2411) continues to bring display, moving map and video recorder technology to the aviation market. The company’s family of multifunction displays, smart tablets, and radio management units are designed to save space, weight, and power. Avalex Smart Displays combine a powerful solid-state processor and...
February 26, 2013
Marignane, France-based Eurocopter (Booth C2922) will have some of its newest aircraft models on display in the exhibit hall of Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. One will be the EC175, the company’s tall, medium twin-engine platform built to satisfy the offshore helicopter market. Unlike prior years, Eurocopter will not have a mock-up of the EC175 on display. Instead, it will have an actual flying...
February 26, 2013
Tuesday marked the opening of Australian’s premier international airshow, Avalon, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 3 near Melbourne, Victoria. While the airshow and the Air Chief’s symposium held the preceding day are the domain of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the event nevertheless covers both military and civilian aviation and attracts the usual global manufacturers associated with...
February 25, 2013
A tour of Eurocopter’s EC175 started Monday, with planned stops throughout the U.S. until March 15 before the first production aircraft heads to other locations around the globe later this year.   EC175. Photos courtesy of Eurocopter   The EC175 arrived at...
February 20, 2013
The Thales I-Master radar system completed flight trials on a Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Austria earlier this month. The flights were the first time the I-Master has been...
February 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters subsidiary Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant has introduced an Mi-171 simulator. Built by CSTS Dinamika, the simulator allows for flight...
February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 15, 2013
Eurocopter has extended its footprint in Central America with the opening of manufacturing center of excellence in Querétaro, Mexico. The center will manufacture structural metallic components and will provide 200 specialized jobs. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was at the ceremony with other senior government...
February 14, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has released a new Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) program...
February 8, 2013
Marshville, N.C.-based U.S. Helicopters Inc. has received a new AS350B2 AStar that will join its fleet of electronic newsgathering (ENG) helicopters...
February 7, 2013
London-based Avincis Group, parent company of Bond Aviation Group, Inaer, Australian Helicopters and Norsk Helikopterservice (NHS), has received its first Sikorsky S-92 as part of a 16-helicopter order placed in December 2011. The first S-92 will...
February 7, 2013
As Sikorsky enters its 90th year, Mick Mauer, company president, said that in 2009 he helped begin the strategy for aircraft cabins and other aerostructure components to be built in India, a project that has come together in two years. India has not only assembled but also shipped cabins, with the first S-92 with these parts now flying in Brazil. “India is now the sole source of S-92 cabins and the...
February 6, 2013
AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and Thales are among the helicopter manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Aero India 2013, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. In the days leading up to the show, various exhibitors released details about...
February 6, 2013
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) is highlighting its Dhruv, light combat helicopter (LCH) and Rudra advanced light helicopter (ALH) among its fixed-wing...
February 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com With the U.S. government “fiscal cliff” averted in early January but debt ceiling talks and spending cuts still up in the air as of this writing, uncertainty remains about how much money will be available for future U.S. military needs, including its helicopter fleet. The commercial sector has a few bright spots but with the global economy still in flux, companies are...
February 1, 2013
Cobham Commercial Systems has obtained an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its HeliSAS stability augmentation system and autopilot. The approval...
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