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October 5, 2012
You’re at work again. The mission of the day involves a longer flight than usual, so you decide to brush the rust off your autopilot skills and engage some upper modes. It is a bumpy day, but the system appears to be handling it well. Suddenly a severe gust of wind catches you, kicks the autopilot offline, and almost gives you some impromptu unusual attitude training. You grab the controls, reacting...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
The Ka-27 (shown here) is one of the models under consideration in the Ramenskoye avionics deal. Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which has purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye...
October 1, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW169 makes its entrance in Turkey thanks to a recent order by Kaan Air. AgustaWestland...
October 1, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) has obtained supplemental type certification...
October 1, 2012
Nashua, N.H.-based JTI Air Holdings has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use its automotive...
October 1, 2012
Solar-Powered Heliport Lighting System Supports Night Landing and Lift-Off Avlite Systems solar-powered heliport lighting for emergency, temporary or permanent helipads and helidecks offers helicopter crews a safer place to lift-off and land during night flights or in low-visibility conditions. Meeting ICAO’s Annex 14 and CAP437 Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas recommendations, this world-first...
October 1, 2012
Helicenter has received approval for training on the Guimbal Cabri G2.    Helicenter Aviation has added a second training Cabri G2. Leicester, UK-based Helicentre...
October 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters and CAE have agreed to work together toward developing training and simulation programs for pilots, mechanics and other operators of Russian-built...
September 28, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407...
September 26, 2012
The first flight, under its own power, of a manned electric helicopter happened on Aug. 12, 2011, as witnessed by a court bailiff. During the following weeks, the aircraft logged a total 99.5 minutes of flying time in 29 flights. A typical flight lasted four minutes, with a demonstrated maximum of six minutes, Chretien said. Actual forward flight above translational speed (15 to 20 knots) was never...
September 21, 2012
Cobham Aerospace Communications has inked an agreement with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to supply audio and radio communication systems...
September 19, 2012
Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix has completed night vision goggle cockpit upgrades to three Kansas City Police...
September 19, 2012
AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced on Sept. 18 that they will team up “to respond to anticipated requests for both the new U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) and the Navy’s recently announced program to develop a new “Marine One” Presidential Helicopter.” A statement noted that the aircraft will be U.S.-built and based on the AW101 Merlin, with Northrop...
September 17, 2012
Bell Helicopter has received a $59-million contract extension for work on the OH-58A Kiowa Warrior to OH-58D cabin conversion...
September 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over a pair of 407GXs to New York-based Helicopter Flight Services. The delivery represents the...
September 12, 2012
Russian Helicopters has agreed to facilitate major fleet upgrades for two operators—Poly Technologies of China, which purchased 52 Mi-171Es, and NefteGazAeroCosmos, which will take delivery of 18 light Ka-226TGs for utility work in Russia. The manufacturer has also formed a partnership with Ramenskoye Design Co. (RDC), which will supply avionics for the Ka-52 Alligator. Under the contract with Poly...
September 5, 2012
Cougar Helicopters of Canada has entered into an agreement with the Bristow Group giving Bristow a minority interest in the...
September 5, 2012
The Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Cup helicopter race has begun over the skies of Tomilino, Russia, outside of Moscow. Coinciding with...
September 4, 2012
The Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Eurocopter have signed a memorandum of understanding to look into opening a...
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