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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...
April 19, 2012
Schiebel has partnered with Brain Farm Digital Cinema and Snaproll Media to outfit a Camcopter S100 with a broadcast-quality...
April 18, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing examines various options for operators in “Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm”. The article provides a starting point for pilots and operators when it comes to airborne weather radar. Outside of the Honeywell and Rockwell Collins’ radar systems that are mentioned, operators can also find L-3 Communications’ Stormscope and Insight...
April 11, 2012
Textron subsidiaries Bell Helicopter and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems have started construction on a Manned Unmanned Operations (MUMO) capability development laboratory in Huntsville, Ala. The R&D facility will allow testing of...
April 9, 2012
Portland, Ore.-based Simplex has acquired the rights to produce the fire attack system for the Sikorsky Black Hawk from Aero Union, in Sacramento, Calif. The new Firehawk system can hold 1,000 gallons of water along with close to 30 gallons of firefighting foam. A retractable hover...
April 1, 2012
Honeywell provided Rotor & Wing the opportunity to experience its Sentinel and Observer displays up close as part of a Feb. 11 demonstration flight on a Eurocopter AS350BA during Heli-Expo in Dallas. Never one to turn down a chance to fly, I climbed in and sat next to senior test pilot Ronald Wayman, who started up the controls and booted up the avionics units. Looking out the window of the AS350 at...
April 1, 2012
FAA has issued type certificate approval for installation of the Garmin G500H on the MD500E/F and...
April 1, 2012
Lider Aviacao’s fleet of 61 helicopters includes the Sikorsky S-92. Brazil is one of the driving forces behind Latin America’s emergence as a fast-growing market for helicopter support operations. The largest rotorcraft operator in Latin America is Lider Aviacao, with a fleet of 61 helicopters—comprising the Sikorsky S-92, S-76A/C+/C++ and Bell 412/212—as well as 31 fixed-wing...
April 1, 2012
Artist’s rendering of the new facility. AgustaWestland Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand March 14 to launch construction of a new helicopter production facility for Indian Rotorcraft at Hyderabad International Airport. The 10-acre...
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...
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