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December 18, 2013
Switzerland may be known for many things; its financial institutions, fine chocolate, hand-made timepieces and tremendous scenery including one of the most foreboding mountains in Europe, the Eiger. But one thing that would not be on many lists would be an indigenous helicopter. So the unveiling of the first prototype of its light single-engine SKYe SH09 helicopter by Marenco Swiss Helicopter has already...
December 11, 2013
Bell Helicopter has announced it will install the final assembly line for the new five-seat short light single (SLS) at Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) in Louisiana. There, the company plans to create 115 direct jobs and an estimated 136 indirect jobs. The investment in equipment and tooling is valued at $11.4 million. “We considered several sites for this new facility, and Louisiana’s...
December 6, 2013
Russian Helicopters has handed over a second commercial multirole Mi-171 to Airfast Indonesia. The company will use the Mi-171 to...
December 5, 2013
Rockwell Collins will continue to supply its image generators for Boeing’s Apache Longbow Crew Trainers (LCT) through the provision of its EP-8000.  LeAnn Ridgeway, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions for Rockwell Collins, said...
December 2, 2013
E-volo has completed the first flight of its prototype Volocopter VC200. The flight took place on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the dm-arena in Kalsruhe, Germany. Volocopter receives power from 18...
December 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Three of the larger stories involving the helicopter industry in 2013 have ties to Eurocopter. The first is something Eurocopter didn’t do in relation to arguably the biggest story of the year, as the manufacturer dropped out of U.S. Army Aviation’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) competition, which leads to Future Vertical Lift (FVL), first with the medium variant. Army Aviation...
December 1, 2013
Phoenix-based Honeywell Aerospace has conducted the initial trials of a system that combines multiple sensors and database information into a single 3-D view of the outside world – Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB). The system merges various sensors with the manufacturer’s Synthetic Vision System (SVS) to improve visibility in degraded visual...
December 1, 2013
Max-Viz EVS System Available from Astronics An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed-wing EMS fleets for approximately half the cost of night vision goggles (NVGs) with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications and hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency. Max-Viz EVS can give your pilots and aircraft...
December 1, 2013
PHI-operated Sikorsky S-92 in the Gulf of Mexico. No radar, no ILS, no marker beacon, yet it is a precision approach by any standard, even though the FAA would not classify it as such. The official name is “Rig Approach” and it is a patented system for doing an automated instrument approach by a helicopter to an off shore oil rig under challenging weather conditions. Having an instrument...
November 27, 2013
Abu Dhabi Aviation will take delivery of Bell Helicopter Textron’s new 412EPI either later this year or early next year, becoming the first operator to get the new, more powerful version of Bell’s “flying pick-up truck.” The 412EPI is designed to provide a 15 percent increase in takeoff power on hot days, a major consideration in an area where temperatures can hover over the 100...
November 26, 2013
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
November 25, 2013
Simplex Aerospace has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Aviation Register of Interstate Committee in Russia for its Fire Attack system on the...
November 18, 2013
The Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday for the first time in a new location south of Dubai city and the main international airport. This second airport, named Dubai World Central, is adjacent to the Free Zone port of Jebel Ali. The organizers have stated that there are more than 1,000 exhibitors with up to 60,000 visitors expected during the show...
November 15, 2013
Bristow Helicopters has selected the A800 Trakkabeam tactical searchlight for 22 of its helicopters on order as part of the UK...
November 6, 2013
Simplex Aerospace is adding the Max-Viz enhanced vision system as standard equipment on its SkyCannon helicopter-mounted firefighting system. The Astronics-produced Max-Viz EVS gives firefighters the ability to see...
November 5, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has gone through the initial testing phase of the 35-foot main and 10-foot tail rotor blades for the CH-53K, the heavy lift helicopter being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. The blades are designed to meet USMC requirements for the CH-53K’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 lbs. Mike Torok, CH-53K vice president at Sikorsky, notes that the blades are important in helping...
November 1, 2013
Experts from NASA, FAA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have chosen six companies to participate in the Advanced Composites Project from a list of 20 proposals. The project falls under the Integrated Systems Research Program at NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The...
November 1, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
November 1, 2013
Interior view on the show floor of Helitech International 2013 at ExCel. According to Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Helitech International 2013, the move from rural Duxford airfield to ExCel in London resulted in a 12 percent increase in...
November 1, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market. Roberto Garavaglia, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for strategy and...
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