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March 20, 2013
Eurocopter uncovered its EC135 T3 and P3 variants at Heli-Expo show in early March. The helicopters will come equipped with two new engine options—Turbomeca’s Arrius 2B2 “Plus” for the T3 and Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PWC206B3 for the P3...
March 19, 2013
Cobham, the avionics firm based in Mineral Wells, Texas, arrived at Heli-Expo 2013 with HeliSAS, the company’s sleek autopilot system specifically designed for the light helicopter market. Weighing in at a scant 15 lbs., the system, which was designed for Part 27-catagory helicopters in VFR conditions, is capable of providing hands-off flight for pilots across the pitch and roll axis. (Power and yaw...
March 19, 2013
Walking through the long hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center during HAI’s Heli-Expo in early March, I didn’t have to go far to see some sort of ongoing safety event. Whether it was a class on accident prevention, HFACS or safety management systems (SMS), the show was overwhelmingly conspicuous with safety awareness. I was impressed with the number of members who wanted to learn more...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 11, 2013
China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) has placed an order with Sikorsky for the supply of four S-76Ds in the search and rescue (SAR) configuration. The contract...
March 7, 2013
During an exclusive interview with Rotor & Wing on Wednesday, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison detailed the manufacturer’s plans for the future of tiltrotor technology. Bell has submitted its own proposal for the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator (TD). All proposals had to be received by March 6. Boeing, partner on the V-22...
March 7, 2013
In an unveiling that featured an almost Cirque de Soleil-style introduction with acrobats fitting for Las Vegas, Turbomeca took the wraps off its latest engine on Tuesday during Heli-Expo. Known as the Arrano—which translated from the Basque language means “eagle” and follows the Turbomeca tradition of naming engines...
March 5, 2013
Urbana, Ill.-based Frasca International (Booth 5601) is looking to continue its recent success in the helicopter full flight simulator (FFS) market...
March 5, 2013
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix (Booth C2025) is expanding its agreement to supply Bristow Academy (Booth C4328) with night vision imaging systems (NVIS) and...
March 5, 2013
Breeze-Eastern CEO Brad Pedersen is making a concerted effort toward improving his company’s logistics structure and customer support. “We have to have our supply base prepared and ready,” he told Rotor & Wing on Monday during Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. “It is a mindset change and we want to change the expectations of our customers.” Peterson said that customer expectations...
March 5, 2013
At a press conference on Monday at HAI’s Heli-Expo, Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison said that while the partnership with Boeing on the V-22 remains intact, the OEM would now be taking the lead in tiltrotor development for the Joint Multi Role (JMR) and Future Vertical Lift (FVL), where Boeing has partnered with Sikorsky. “We still have the same strong relationship with Boeing today on V-22...
March 4, 2013
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Astronics Corp.’s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) for retrofit installations on Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. Astronics Executive Vice President Elliot...
March 4, 2013
The GTN series of GPS Nav/Comm, Garmin’s successor to the popular GNS 430 and 530 GPS Nav/Comm systems, made its debut in March of 2011. Featuring a touchscreen interface and multifunction display (MFD), it is continuing to gain popularity in the fixed-wing community. This year, Garmin announces its optimization for helicopter operations. The GTN series has an already impressive suite...
March 4, 2013
StandardAero’s Helicopters division in Winnipeg has hired Chad Kaatz as director of engineering. He will be based in Winnipeg but assist each of...
March 1, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth N3712) plans to discuss the progress of its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo. The helicopter has received a total of 35 orders through early 2013, with deliveries targeted to begin in 2015. The company will announce the appointment of one distributor and representative for the Asia-Pacific region, according to Mathias Senes, commercial and strategy director. “We are working very...
March 1, 2013
Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter (Booth C1511) will display two of its specially equipped aircraft at Heli-Expo 2013. One will be a law enforcement version of its turbine-powered R66, and the other will be an R44 electronic newsgathering (ENG) platform. Conventional versions of the company’s current best-selling helicopter—the four-seat, piston-driven R44 Raven, and its two-seat...
March 1, 2013
Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada (Booth N3718), based in Longueuil, Quebec, has been designing and manufacturing powerplants since the late 1950s. Since then, its line of helicopter engines—such as the PT6 and its new PW210—have found their way aboard many of yesterday’s and today’s most advanced rotorcraft. Rotor & Wing spoke with Richard Dussault...
March 1, 2013
For many in the helicopter industry, the weeks leading up to Heli-Expo are among the busiest times of the year—second only to the actual event. It’s also one of the most exciting seasons of the year, as thousands come together to watch manufacturers and suppliers uncover their newest products and latest innovations. Just about everyone looks for signs of progress, and decision-makers within the...
March 1, 2013
With the self-assured confidence that is the hallmark of Eurocopter’s president and chief executive officer, Lutz Bertling, announced at the company’s annual media gathering in Paris, France this January that yet another Houdini act had been achieved in 2012. While Eurocopter’s overall helicopter deliveries continued their steady decline from a high of 588 in 2008, dropping to 475 in...
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