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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...
February 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has secured an order from HEMS provider Air Methods for 20 407GX helicopters, which feature Garmin’s G1000H avionics. Under the agreement, Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will equip the helicopters with an EMS interior—including an articulating...
February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland conducted a flight demonstration of the U.S.-based AW189 prototype (P2) on December 6 in Arlington, Texas before heading to Alaska for cold weather trials through spring 2013, at which point it will fly back to Italy to rejoin the other four testbed helicopters in the fleet (P1 and P3-P5). Photos by Randy Jones AgustaWestland is in the midst U.S. flight tests of the AW189 that will continue...
February 1, 2013
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $4.8-million contract to Honeywell for the installation of the company’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) across the USCG’s fleet of MH-60T helicopters. The USCG order is for 42 Zing HUMS 1230 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits. Data collected from sensors located around the aircraft is downloaded into...
February 1, 2013
Graphic illustration of the Ka-62 in Atlas livery. Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir...
February 1, 2013
Sikorsky and Boeing will once again team over a military rotorcraft project, this time the venture is the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) requirement for a Joint Multi-Role (JMR) technology demonstrator (TD), the forerunner to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) requirement in the 2030s. Signed on January 13, the agreement means that the companies will submit a joint proposal to...
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