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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...
February 13, 2012
During the opening day of Heli-Expo 2012, Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) unveiled its new software system for Sikorsky’s commercial helicopters, Helotrac 2X. The new web-based software is an upgrade of Helotrac RL and allows operators to...
February 13, 2012
Milestone Aviation Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has inked an agreement for 16 EC225s—adding a sizable order to Eurocopter’s frenetic first day activities at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas. Milestone is a new company, just established in August 2010, but already with a fleet of 50 helicopters before the EC225 order and...
February 13, 2012
St. Louis, Mo.-based Donaldson Aerospace & Defense (Booth 8451) president Mike Scimone held a workshop, “Engine Protection—Realizing Return on Investment (ROI) Quickly,” explaining the benefits of his company’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) systems from foreign object damage (FOD), which can range from the usual...
February 12, 2012
AgustaWestland’s AW189 hovers over the ground in Italy during its maiden flight. AgustaWestland uncovered the AW189 during the 2011 Paris Air Show. It will be making its first Heli-Expo appearance in Dallas.  Photos courtesy of AgustaWestland AgustaWestland (Booth 5602) comes to Heli-Expo 2012 fresh off the recent first flight of its prototype AW189. A full-size mock-up is on display at the...
February 12, 2012
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling during a press conference in early January. Eurocopter photo by Lorette Sabre. During his now legendary confident performance at Eurocopter’s annual start of the year address to the European aviation press in Paris, President & CEO Lutz Bertling dropped the bombshell that the value of the global civil verses military helicopter markets will have attained parity...
February 12, 2012
Fairfax County Police Department’s new Bell 429 will be on display at the exhibition.  Photos courtesy of Becker Avionics and Bell The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) in Virginia recently took delivery of a new Bell 429 equipped for law enforcement, SAR and emergency medical transport services. Its twin is nearing completion at PAC International in Mount Pleasant, Pa. The county’s...
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