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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...
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...
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