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June 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 407GX aircraft to two Chinese customers from their Commercial Aircraft Assembly Center located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Chongqing General Aviation Co. received two Bell 407GX aircraft that will be used in China for parapublic missions...
June 16, 2014
Helijet has renewed helicopter service contracts with Fishing Resorts in the Haida Gwaii Islands located on the North-West Coast of British Columbia. The three-year service contracts with renewal options exercised are valued at over $12 million. Helijet will provide exclusive...
May 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered its first Bell 429 helicopter to Switzerland-based Heli-Alps which offers corporate transport, sightseeing tours and aerial photography. This is the first Bell 429 to be configured for VIP transport in Switzerland and was customized...
April 22, 2014
Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a Bell 407GX that will be used for sightseeing tours, VIP transport and...
April 17, 2014
Aerochine Aviation purchased five Bell Helicopter 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft, made official during a signing ceremony at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
March 5, 2014
New York City-based charter and tour operator Liberty Helicopters has taken delivery of two AS350B2 AStars purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The first went into service in December and the...
February 26, 2014
Turbomeca, a Safran company, is bringing its entire proximity network to bear in supporting customers of Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat, short light single engine helicopter. In a first-ever collaboration between the two corporations, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will receive power from Turbomeca’s latest Arrius 2R gas turbine.   Turbomeca Arrius 2R. Graphic courtesy of...
February 26, 2014
At Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., pulled the wraps off of a brand new design – a two-seat, piston helicopter. The aircraft, dubbed the TH180, shares the same general shape of the larger three- and five-seat Enstrom products, but scaled down to accommodate just two people. “The TH180 is designed primarily as a training...
February 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo on Tuesday at 11:00 am (Pacific). The launch drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new SLS helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525 Relentless and on the military side, the...
February 7, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols, EMS and SAR operations during the XXII...
February 5, 2014
Source: Enstrom Jerry Mullins is retiring from his position as president and CEO of the Enstrom. A veteran in the aviation industry for 40 years, Mullins will continue to work as a consultant to Enstrom through 2014.    ...
February 1, 2014
Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd. 2013 was another big year for the largest EMS helicopter provider in the United States, Air Methods, as the company added a second aerial tourism operator to its business with the purchase of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in December. Rotor & Wing recently caught up with Air Methods CEO Aaron Todd to discuss the integration of Blue Hawaiian into the Air Methods umbrella. The...
February 1, 2014
S-92 on display at Sikorsky’s booth during Heli-Expo 2013. The resurgence of the civil rotorcraft market could be described as follows: the party has yet to begin, but the invitations have been mailed. The rotorcraft industry is showing improvement in several segments of the market, with the development of a new rotorcraft for the single-engine turbine category and the creation of new super mid-size...
January 1, 2014
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. Graphic of the Bell short light single (SLS). “We considered several sites for...
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 1, 2013
All work done on Huffman’s helicopters is accomplished in this hangar by company personnel. Pick a tourist destination anywhere in the world, and you might find a helicopter operation selling aerial tours. From the serene beauty of the Grand Canyon, to the glistening skyscrapers in Dubai, there’s nothing like sightseeing from the air. Huffman Helicopters – along with its parent company...
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 1, 2013
After 12 months of informal cooperation, the U.S.-based brokerage Avpro and European brokerage Heli Asset have announced the creation a new division within Avpro dedicated to helicopter sales and acquisitions. The move was confirmed at the annual...
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