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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...
May 9, 2012
Heads of the world’s major helicopter manufacturers said that technological innovation, R&D spending, collaboration and affordable designs are paramount to the future success of the rotorcraft industry during last week’s AHS Forum 68 in Fort Worth, Texas. The May 1 roundtable discussion was part of a three-day event from AHS International that featured AgustaWestland’s Dr. James Wang...
May 8, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s Military...
May 7, 2012
Peoria, Ill.-based OSF Aviation, a division of OSF HealthCare, has received the first of four Eurocopter EC145s outfitted with...
May 4, 2012
The U.S. Patent Office has issued a primary utility patent to Fort Worth, Texas-based AVX Aircraft covering technical functions of the company's designs, including...
May 4, 2012
American Helicopter Society International (AHS), which held its Forum 68 this week in Fort Worth, has elected new directors and officers for the period covering July 1 through...
May 2, 2012
Eurocopter’s in-development successor to the AS365/EC155 Dauphin—the X4—took another step toward entering service in 2017, with the selection of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as a powerplant option, along with Turbomeca's TM800. The PW210E will power the next-generation airframe, which Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling has said would “completely change the way of flying.”...
May 1, 2012
Russian Helicopters has completed the first demonstration flight of the Kazan Ansat with a new hydro-mechanical flight control system for civil...
May 1, 2012
One of the first things I noticed approaching the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center was the helicopters circling overhead. I was running a few minutes behind, and hoping that I wouldn’t miss the first fly-by of the space shuttle Discovery mounted on the back of a modified NASA Boeing 747. After sitting in traffic for a few minutes, the car inched toward the highway exit for the Air & Space...
May 1, 2012
Precision Aviation Group subsidiary, Gardner Aviation Services has completed upgrades on three Enstrom 480Bs for high-altitude flight...
May 1, 2012
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. and Isolair have won Chinese certification for their agricultural spray system, the Innovator II...
May 1, 2012
AVX Aircraft Company is currently studying a Joint Multi Role concept under a U.S. Army contract. Shown in the inset are three Army conceptual designs for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program showing (top to bottom) tiltrotor, single rotor and coaxial configurations. Here’s a grim fact: the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has not fielded an all-new combat rotorcraft since the Bell-Boeing V-22...
May 1, 2012
Gazprom Mi-8MT landing on the Pechora Sea oil production platform Prirazlomnoe. Offshoring has always been a lucrative helicopter business. All the more so today as Russia opens very attractive offshore projects such as Shtokman, the Yamal fields, Prirazlomnoye, Sakhalin, the Korchagin field, the Filanovsky field or Shatsky ridge. Thus Russian offshore operators are in a...
May 1, 2012
AB3NAT Surrogate in flight. Photos courtesy XP Services Just as technology advances at the exponential rate of Moore’s law, it appears that in current times the cost of integrating such strides into aviation assets is increasing just as quickly. Still, the needs of both the military and civilian market must be fed if they are to evolve and grow. Developing a product for military use or civil...
May 1, 2012
Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 completed its first flight mounted with a Cineflex film camera in April near the company’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria. The camera system was developed in partnership with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media. Schiebel With all the press they’ve been receiving for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, you’d think that unmanned aerial systems...
April 26, 2012
How does a small start-up company come out of nowhere in just over half a decade to land one of four contracts, each worth $4 million, from the U.S. Army to conduct Configuration Trades Analysis studies for the next generation of military helicopter? It has a lot to do with the “gray-haired” engineering team that AVX Aircraft founder David Brody put together beginning in 2005. One of those men...
April 26, 2012
Eurocopter has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210 as the powerplant for the X4. The...
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