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April 1, 2012
Aspen Avionics and NVG Modifications from Aero Dynamix Aero Dynamix, Inc. is the 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 Aspen Avionics and offers internal NVG instrument modifications for Aspen products that do not compromise on the Aspen factory...
April 1, 2012
The sixties were great. I wasn’t old enough to fly then, but several of the aircraft I flew were of that vintage—the UH-1, OH-58, C-130 and the B727. (I won’t mention the Cessna 150, TH-55 or the T-37). Many didn’t have radar and the aircraft that did had a single monochrome display that was not integrated into a flight management system. In the industrial heyday of their prime...
April 1, 2012
Traveling the floor at the 2012 Heli-Expo, I had to make a second and third visit to many a helicopter on display in order to absorb more of what my eyes were taking in, beyond the glitz of the latest gee-whiz cockpits. Many waited for their turn to sit in the driver’s seat. I slowly circled each aircraft from tip to tail, trying to pick up on as many ingenious design points as I could. One of the...
March 29, 2012
Qatar-based Gulf Helicopters has received EASA Part 147 maintenance training approval (MTO) for its academy. With the new...
March 28, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca plans to establish a series of online services to help operators streamline maintenance, trend monitoring and other engine support tasks. Known as Bank of Online Service and Technologies (Boost), the service—part of a major Safran effort—is being developed in partnership with IBM. Bruno Even, executive VP of operations for Turbomeca, introduces Boost at...
March 27, 2012
Transport Canada has granted St. Louis Park, Minn.-based Shadin Avionics a supplemental type...
March 20, 2012
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) is asking for feedback on its web-based safety toolkits...
March 14, 2012
Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand Wednesday to launch construction of a new helicopter production facility for Indian Rotorcraft at Hyderabad International Airport. The 10-acre facility will include a...
March 6, 2012
Las Vegas, Nev.-based Maverick Aviation Group has chosen OuterLink Global Solutions to supply satellite tracking and communications for...
March 1, 2012
Jeff Pino addresses the press at Heli-Expo 2012. Photo by Andrew Parker Igor Sikorsky “thought the helicopter was only here to save lives,” said Jeff Pino, president of Sikorsky Aircraft, at the start of his Heli-Expo briefing. “We’ve kind of counted how many lives have been saved by Sikorsky—and come up with two million!” Was he joking? According to Sikorsky’s own...
March 1, 2012
Eurocopter’s EC130T2 will feature Turbomeca Arriel 2D engines. Two dramatic launches—mood music, helicopters behind screens and clever audio visual presentations—accompanied the launches of the Bell 525 Relentless super medium transport (SMT) and the Eurocopter EC130T2.  While you can find the full specifications elsewhere in this news section, Bell President & CEO John Garrison...
March 1, 2012
Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its G500H installation on the Robinson R44. Garmin announced...
March 1, 2012
A technician inspects a blade mounted on CTI’s new whirl tower. The system uses computers and lasers to compare test blades to a perfect “master” at operational rotation speeds. Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary Composite Technology Inc. (CTI) invited local officials to its Dallas-Fort Worth rotor blade repair facility on February 14 for the opening of its new whirl tower. The $15-million...
March 1, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW609 during a Feb. 11 demo from its new facility in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ernie Stephens As the biting sub-zero wind blew across Arlington Airport Municipal, the gathered members of the press waited for the AW609 to take off and begin its pre-Heli-Expo demonstration flight. The occasion centered around AgustaWestland’s invite to the press to visit its new facility at...
March 1, 2012
Bell uncovered its 525 Relentless during Heli-Expo 2012 with a production that resembled a rock concert. Photo by Andrew Parker 2011 was supposed to be the year of recovery for rotorcraft manufacturing, but volatility in the financial markets plus ongoing debt woes for some European countries prompted buyers of all stripes to wait and forecasters to rethink their initial prognostications. Even with...
March 1, 2012
If you’re looking for a bright spot in any sector of aviation, the best place to start is the helicopter segment. The rising price of oil along with the continued growth of EMS and SAR have helped helicopter manufacturers maintain rather healthy production numbers. In fact, at last year’s Heli-Expo, Honeywell’s annual Turbine-powered Civilian Helicopter Purchase Outlook predicted that...
March 1, 2012
During a Feb. 13 interview at Heli-Expo, Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov sat down with Rotor & Wing to discuss a number of topics, ranging from emerging markets to aftermarket support. The Moscow-based conglomerate is made up of a dozen subsidiaries, including Mil and Kamov, employing a total of around 40,000 people. Petrov said that Russian Helicopters is keeping tabs on the civil rotorcraft...
February 27, 2012
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting 23 new SKYe SH09 orders received during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, a year after introducing at the 2011 convention in Orlando...
February 23, 2012
This year’s CEO Forum was shunned by most of the leading CEOs—I guess they were too busy with the ‘grin and grip’ duties with the flurry of new orders (mostly saved to announce at the show) to come and make the forum what it should be, a gathering of rotorcraft giants challenging each other over issues of the day. Is this really too much to hope for—or expect—at such an...
February 23, 2012
Members of the media attending Heli-Expo in Dallas were treated to an aerial performance of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor. The Feb. 11 demonstration flight took place at Arlington Municipal Airport (KGKY), just outside of the aircraft’s local hangar. At the controls was senior program test pilot Pietro Venanzi. The AW609—formerly the BA609, when Bell Helicopter was a partner in the...
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