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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...
June 1, 2012
Ka-62 with Turbomeca Ardiden 3G engines.   ▶ R&W’s Question of the Month What do you think of the new Russian Kamov Ka-62?   Let us know, and look for your and others’ responses in a future issue. You’ll find contact information below.    LTE versus NETR I’m not sure what Frank Lombardi is getting at in his Ask the Expert response, "Loss of...
June 1, 2012
AgustaWestland AW169 takes off from the company’s plant in Italy. AgustaWestland Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on May 10 at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo...
June 1, 2012
Left: From left to right, John Garrison, Phil Dunford, Lutz Bertling, AHS Director Mike Hirschberg, James Wang and Jeff Pino. Bell Photo The May 1 panel was part of the annual event from AHS International, with AgustaWestland’s James Wang, vice president of R&D, Bell Helicopter President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing Military’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager, Eurocopter...
June 1, 2012
Think back to your first helicopter lesson. You might begin to sweat as you remember making your very first single control input, only to have the demon respond by moving in virtually all of the six possible degrees of freedom—simultaneously. The end of that lesson left you sure you’d never be able to master the motions created by such complicated mechanics. If you stuck with it and...
May 15, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas-based AVX Aircraft has obtained a contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to study new technological approaches to improve fuel efficiency in vertical lift aircraft. According to a company spokesman, the seven-month agreement is worth approximately $500,000 and will focus on reducing the fuel consumption of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Armed Scout by 30 percent in 6k/95 hot/high...
May 15, 2012
EADS subsidiary Eurocopter has announced plans to showcase its X3 (X-cube) hybrid demonstrator in the U.S. starting in June. The first stop on the summer tour will be American Eurocopter headquarters in Grand Prairie, Texas on June 20, said Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during...
May 11, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over a second EC225 to Airtelis, a subsidiary of French public utility, RTE (Electricity Transmission...
May 11, 2012
Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on Thursday at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo Coco took the aircraft through its paces along...
May 10, 2012
The Massachusetts State Police (MSP) has signed a multi-year contract with Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight...
May 9, 2012
May 4 marked the grand opening of Keystone Turbine Services (KTS), an FAA-certified Part 145 turboshaft and turboprop engine maintenance and overhaul facility located in Coatesville, Pa. Parent company partners M International and SF Alpha Defense Manufacturing, both of McLean, Va., created KTS by purchasing the engine shop assets of nearby Keystone Helicopter Services, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft...
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