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November 27, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has signaled the beginning of a new race to supply the next Presidential helicopter. The release by the Program Office (PMA-274) on Nov. 23, 2012, of draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) contract had been expected and is likely to be followed by a formal RFP around mid-FY13, according to the NAVAIR advisory...
November 19, 2012
The China Airshow, which ran from November 13-18, has been good for Sikorsky in that it has been announcing contracts for its civil helicopters, namely the S-92 and S-76D. The Zhuhai Helicopter Company (ZHC), a subsidiary of China Southern Airlines, has acquired two Sikorsky S-92s to be used in offshore operations. ZHC will operate five S-92s and 12 S-76s once the deliveries are complete, targeted for the...
November 16, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 by 500 lbs. Regulatory...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas has obtained a $9.4-million extension of an existing contract related to the...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 9, 2012
Navicom Aviation Corp. has signed with Latitude Technologies to distribute its WebSentinel flight following system in Japan. Navicom, an...
November 7, 2012
The use of helicopters to fight high-rise fires, defined as being over seven stories, can cause more harm than good if operators are not properly trained, according to Glenn Daley of the New York Police Department. Daley was one of several speakers at the “High-Rise Aerial Firefighting and Rescue” conference held during the fifth biennial Dubai Helishow on November 6. For example, he noted, the...
November 2, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based ThrottleNet has custom-designed a mobile application for Helicopters Inc., an electronic newsgathering (ENG) leasing company. Pilots and administrative personnel are...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
AgustaWestland has announced that the AW101 and AW159 Lynx Wildcat will play a role in the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” which is due out Friday, Nov. 9. Eon Productions, which produces the British film series, used...
November 1, 2012
A line of S-76Ds at Sikorsky’s plant in Coatesville, Pa. Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern visited Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. in early October to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February 2012. Bond Aviation’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to...
November 1, 2012
After having been virtually absent from the media for more than one year, Pascal Chretien, the designer and pilot of the world’s first electrically powered helicopter, accepted an interview with Rotor & Wing. He reflected on the flight tests that took place in the summer of 2011 near Aix-en-Provence, France. There, with help from Solution F, a small company specializing in motorsports, he managed...
November 1, 2012
UAE Sikorsky Black Hawk on display at the 2011 Dubai Airshow. While much of the rest of the world worries about where its next meal is coming from, the petro-rich Middle East is still a robust market, particularly in the realm of military sales, according to Dan Darling, Middle East military markets analyst for Forecast International.  For 2013 alone, the six states of the Gulf Cooperative Council...
November 1, 2012
Conceptual image from Honeywell illustrates in-flight connectivity for aircraft. Helicopter image added by Graphic Designer Gretchen Saval. Without question, the Internet is woven into the daily lives of just about all of us. Technology has broken the bonds of the wires that once tethered us to our desktops, and wireless networks have become more the rule than the exception. The ability to send and receive...
October 30, 2012
Canadian training and simulation provider CAE’s Bell training center in Toluca, Mexico has obtained FAA Level D qualification...
October 30, 2012
American Eurocopter presented its 2012 Vision Zero Safety Award to MedFlight of Ohio during the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference last week in...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 24, 2012
Victoria, BC-based Latitude Technologies has hired Brad Head as its new vice president of technology. He will lead architectural...
October 23, 2012
Oviedo, Fla.-based Elite Simulation Solutions has released three new helicopter simulation devices, two of which are based on Eurocopter variants. The MH-350 open cockpit trainer is modeled after the AS350B. Similar to...
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