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July 1, 2012
The EC130T2 features improved air conditioning, doors and seats, among other enhancements. At maximum cruise speed, it flies at 127 kts. Photos by Eurocopter EASA certification of the Eurocopter EC130T2 light single—a major upgrade from the EC130B4—is imminent. The first example is scheduled to go to sightseeing operator Maverick Helicopters by the end of the year. FAA certification is expected...
July 1, 2012
Garmin G1000H and NVG Modifications from Aero Dynamix Aero Dynamix, Inc. is an industry leader and principle innovator of integrated Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) solutions for commercial and military aircraft. ADI is a full-line distributor and certified repair station for Garmin Avionics and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Garmin products that do not compromise on the Garmin factory...
July 1, 2012
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
July 1, 2012
Left: Crosby during an exclusive Rotor & Wing interview. Right: At Quad-A in April, Crosby at a press conference with other Army leaders, including Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield (sitting next to Crosby). U.S. Army Aviation Maj. Gen. William “Tim” Crosby, the Program Executive Officer (PEO) since 2008, leads an organization with seven unique Project offices, more than 2,250 military...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
July 1, 2012
Rendering of a AVX Aircraft Joint Multi-Role (now Future Vertical Lift) aircraft dropping troops into the battlefield. AVX During the AHS Forum in May, U.S. Army Aviation and other helicopter industry leadership from the science and technology (S&T) community noted that the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative is on track, but emphasized the need to secure funding sources in order for the program to...
July 1, 2012
Lewis currently serves as the director for aviation development at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center. He manages and directs the execution of the Army Aviation Science and Technology portfolio, including basic and applied research, and advanced technology development. A career Army Aviator and experimental test pilot, his duties now include serving as the...
June 29, 2012
Hickok & Associates has provided the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans with a wide area augmentation system (WAAS)...
June 29, 2012
Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU) and Night Flight Concepts of Bedford, Texas are teaming to produce NightCon 2012, a...
June 29, 2012
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is planning to incorporate “intelligent” avionics into all of its helicopter lines from 2015 onward. The system—which seeks to increase pilot situational awareness—will be used for monitoring flight conditions, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. The company says the technology will allow pilots to carry out difficult maneuvers at low...
June 28, 2012
French operator Heli-Union has added a new Eurocopter Dauphin N3/N3+ full flight simulator (FFS) to its training center in Angouleme. The unit is qualified as a Level B full flight simulator (FFS) and a Level 2 flight training device...
June 26, 2012
The Tanan 300 vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial system (VTOL Tactical UAS) from Cassidian was shown at recently at Eurosatory in Paris. The Tanan rotary UAS has been in development for around four years, which includes work conducted on the original program. Perhaps unusually, despite Cassidian being an EADS...
June 26, 2012
With the traditional festival of flight that is usually encapsulated by Farnborough Airshow (alternating in the odd years with Le Bourget in Paris), the outlook for military rotorcraft orders from Europe is not good. For those who still do not wish to believe that the good times of defense spending in the west are over—at least in the short to mid-term—Dr. John Chipman, director-general and...
June 25, 2012
NextGen avionics provider, FreeFlight Systems has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) to incorporate a rule-compliant automatic dependent...
June 22, 2012
IT and information services provider Telvent has launched a new weather information and analysis software for helicopters. MxVision...
June 19, 2012
Eurocopter’s X3 (X-cube) demonstrator taxies for take-off at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas as it begins its U.S. tour. Rotor...
June 13, 2012
Eurocopter’s U.S. summer tour of its X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter demonstrator unofficially kicked off Tuesday with the prototype landing in Texas after...
June 7, 2012
Eurocopter is bringing its X3 (X-cube) hybrid helicopter demonstrator to the U.S. starting in June. The first stop on the summer tour will...
June 3, 2012
A Sikorsky S-76C comes in for a landing at one of PHI’s offshore sites. Photo courtesy of PHI Okay, so the title of this story gave it away—the correct answer is: What is PHI, Inc? While being number three in total flight hours behind the world’s two largest air forces is impressive, the truly amazing thing is that PHI has accumulated all those hours in just 63 years of commercial...
June 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com A week before heading to Fort Worth, Texas for AHS Forum 68 (from May 1-3), I figured I would receive a number of updates about the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative and rotorcraft science and technology (S&T) efforts for both the military and commercial industries. What I couldn’t predict was an unfolding story (see “Sikorsky President Jeff Pino to...
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