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March 14, 2014
SkyTrac is pleased to announce the award of the Hydro One Networks helicopter operations support contract. Hydro One, wholly owned by the Ontario government, is a transmission and distribution company that delivers electricity to people and businesses all across Ontario and is...
March 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered a Mi-8AMT helicopter (also known as the Mi-171 for the foreign markets) to...
March 10, 2014
With the increasing demand for greater comfort in helicopter operations, manufacturers are increasingly turning to active vibration control systems (AVCS) to reduce the vibrations being produced by the rotor and transmission systems within the aircraft. Sikorsky has already put active vibration control on its S-76D, and Bell Helicopter will add Lord...
March 7, 2014
CAE is designing and manufacturing a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk full-mission simulator intended for the Mexican Federal Police. ACADEMI, a security services...
March 7, 2014
Australian company StopRotor Technology says it has “attracted significant interest from industry” in progressing development of its innovative Hybrid RotorWing design, which can fly as a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft and transition between the two. The Sydney-based company declines to comment on development proposals, but general manager Deanne Watkins says it is also looking to work with...
March 6, 2014
Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, is continuing to modernize its production capacity under the Federal Targeted Program Developing the Military Industrial Complex in the Russian Federation 2011-2020.   In this latest phase of modernization, the Ulan-Ude Aviation...
March 3, 2014
The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) has purchased an Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e to serve as a flying scientific laboratory. Ordered in December 2013 and scheduled for delivery this summer...
March 1, 2014
Honeywell SVS alerting system. Photo courtesy of Honeywell From any helicopter pilot or owner’s perspective, these are some amazing times. Especially when you look at all the capabilities that are available today. From synthetic vision, to terrain and obstacle awareness, to infrared-based enhanced vision systems (EVS); to GPS navigation, traffic, weather and just about anything else you want, the...
March 1, 2014
Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions but the most important and most common are communications or navigation. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Today’s rotorcraft antennas serve many functions, but the most important and perhaps most common are communications or navigation. There are several ways to accomplish this via transmission or reception of radio waves: VFR, IFR, ILS or...
March 1, 2014
There was a song that used to play all the time on a children’s educational television show in the U.S. … “One of these things is not like the others – One of these things just doesn’t belong.” When you boil it all down, the success or failure of most NVG panel modifications comes down to just that – a painstakingly tedious process of identifying each little...
March 1, 2014
Boeing Vertical Lift delivered 15 percent more helicopters in 2013 than in the previous year, according to Leanne Caret, vice president and general manager for vertical lift programs. She reported on the manufacturer’s progress in January during a media gathering following the annual Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition in Washington, D.C. Pat Donnelly, Joint...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has chosen Honeywell Aerospace's LASEREF VI navigation system for the EC145 T2 and EC645 T2 family. The LASEREF inertial reference unit (IRU) allows...
February 27, 2014
One of the most jaw-dropping pieces of technology on display at Heli Expo was Avionics 2020; which can legitimately be described as a new generation cockpit for helicopters. Basically it is an intuitive, all touchscreen cockpit display that Thales marketing director Richard Perrot demonstrated. Using only fingertip control, he accessed the avionics and mission management on the large display panels...
February 27, 2014
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has completed AW609 tiltrotor flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, allowing the certification testing phase to commence as it makes progress toward FAA certification in 2017. This was achieved with the first two test aircraft, which have now together flown almost 1,000 hours, with over a third in the last...
February 27, 2014
LORD Corporation has announced that AgustaWestland decided to proceed with the qualification of the new OMNI AVC system on AgustaWestland's aircraft. AVCS technology operates...
February 27, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work.   SARA. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft...
February 27, 2014
During Heli Expo 2014, Ramco Systems reached a memorandum of understanding with Turbomeca to develop compatibility solutions between...
February 26, 2014
At his company’s annual “state-of-the-nation” briefing to journalists in Paris during January, new Airbus Helicopters President & CEO Guillaume Faury was less informative, less detailed and more cautious than his predecessor, Dr. Lutz Bertling. The usual document – which last year contained 28 pages of presentation notes – was replaced with one that contained only four...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo, Anaheim – During the afternoon on Tuesday AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Dancers from Circque du Soleil, whose representation of rugged dance, heralded the unveiling...
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