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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...
February 12, 2012
The Legacy of Heroes S-92 will be showing in Singapore.  Representatives of Sikorsky (Booths 6148, 6150, 6152 and 6154) are pointing to the company’s Twitter feed, @SikorskyAircrft, for updates about the company’s announcements at Heli-Expo. One of the tweets that appeared as...
February 12, 2012
Rotor & Wing flew the Bell 407GX with the Garmin G1000H late last year (See October 2011, page 38). The manufacturer plans to unveil its G5000H during this year’s Heli-Expo. On the left, the G1000H uses a solid green circle to depict the distance before all usable fuel has been consumed. Just inside of that is a dotted green circle that shows where the aircraft will begin to use its allotted fuel...
February 11, 2012
Attendees await the opening of Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando. This year’s convention and exhibition in Dallas is projected to top last year’s estimated 20,000 visitors.  Photos by Ernie Stephens This year’s version of Heli-Expo, the annual convention and exposition hosted by Helicopter Association International (HAI), kicks off on Feb. 11 in Dallas, Texas, running through...
February 11, 2012
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 Arlington, the location of the AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Company. This is where AgustaWestland is going to continue with...
February 9, 2012
Utica, N.Y.-based JETNET has expanded its piston and turbine helicopter offerings to include a customer relationship management system for the aviation industry, known as CRM...
February 8, 2012
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight (Booth 4805) has agreed to complete a Eurocopter AS350B2 for Saul Maia, a partner with Liam Kenneth of Miami...
February 8, 2012
Becker Avionics (Booth 9058) is reporting an increase in demand for its DVCS6100 among OEMs and operators, with more than 900 systems currently in service. The digital audio system is available for...
February 7, 2012
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (Booth 7425) has granted scholarships to two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Booth 1417) students who are graduating in May 2012 with a degree from the Aeronautical Science Rotary-Wing program. The...
February 6, 2012
Austria-based Helios Hubschrauber is introducing its SilentEcoWing rotor blade system at Heli-Expo. Marking the culmination of a project that got its start in 1998 and traces back to 1995, the...
February 1, 2012
With onlookers witnessing the landmark event, AgustaWestland’s newest variant—the AW189—went airborne for the first time Dec. 21 at its plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. AgustaWestland...
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