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February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland’s fourth AW169 prototype completed its maiden flight Thursday at the manufacturer’s plant in...
January 18, 2013
Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took delivery of its first VIP-configured Eurocopter EC135 P2...
January 18, 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...
January 16, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, HeliVert, has conducted the initial flight of the first Russian-produced...
January 11, 2013
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has chosen the Telephonics Corp. AN/ZPY-4(V)1 surveillance radar as part of the U.S. Navy’s...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
January 7, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to provide five Bell 429s that will enter service with Turkey’s General Directorate of...
January 4, 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...
January 4, 2013
UIC Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters has agreed to establish an assembly plant in New Delhi with Elcom Systems Private Ltd., which is part of India’s SUN Group. The facility will produce Kamov Ka- and Mil Mi- series variants, starting with the Ka-226T. The agreement, which was...
January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
January 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has handed over the initial 429 to exit its Singapore Service Center to PT Whitesky Aviation, which is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The corporate-configured Bell 429 increases PT Whitesky’s fleet to five helicopters, including another 429 and...
January 1, 2013
AgustaWestland continues to advance the development program for the AW169, as the third prototype has gone airborne for the first time from the manufacturer’s facility in Cascina Costa...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
January 1, 2013
CAE has an unparalleled breadth of experience in helicopter simulation, training and mission rehearsal. In fact, no other company has designed training systems for a greater variety of rotary wing platforms. CAE has simulated helicopters from virtually all the major manufacturers, including AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter Textron, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Kaman, MD...
January 1, 2013
Though still in development, the MD-540F is showing the potential to be a superior warrior. They say that the best situation an aircraft manufacturer can be in is to have a product that both the military and the civilian worlds want. Very few have been able to continuously satisfy both sectors with a single hull design. But MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz. is one of them. In 1963, Hughes...
January 1, 2013
We have all heard about “the bridge to nowhere.” What about a bridge to somewhere? Somewhere can be improved aviation capabilities en route to the U.S. Army’s Aim Point 2030. The challenge is with aviation leadership’s willingness to actually be the honest broker and analyze the benefits of the bridging technology available to them. A 200-plus-knot cruise speed for a Black Hawk...
December 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
December 20, 2012
EADS division Cassidian has introduced an electronic defense countermeasures system designed to deflect laser-guided weapons for helicopters, other aircraft, ground-based vehicles and ships. Elmar Compans, head of Cassidian’s Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit, notes that...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 18, 2012
The 3rd Spatial Disorientation & Night Vision Training Workshop took place last week in Salzburg, Austria. Hosted by specialist training company AMST, the theme of the two-day conference was Accident Prevention and the Role of Synthetic Training Devices. Safety has become a growing concern for many in the military as budget cuts begin to restrict the number of actual flight hours pilots can spend in...
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