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August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OBSERVATION After sitting in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the EC135 has a new owner — Dam Helicopters of British Columbia, which purchased the helicopter for about $2.23 million. Dam Helicopters’ BO105 LS will be inspecting power lines, surveying for natural resources, conducting EMS missions and...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
June 26, 2009
After having sat in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the...
June 12, 2009
The company has rehired 400 of 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from...
June 8, 2009
A new helicopter service designed to ferry people into the Bhaderwah Valley of India has begun operations, according to the Jammu and Kashmir...
June 1, 2009
This year’s 100th show could prove to be a not-to-be-missed event. On June 15, the 2009 "Salon de L’Aéronautique et de L’Espace" will open, becoming the 48th Paris Air Show and celebrating its 100 anniversary since starting as a small exhibition for aeroplanes in the Grand Palais of Paris, just off the Champs Elysées. It is also believed to be the 85th anniversary...
June 1, 2009
Operators overwhelmingly send the Robinson R44, the four-seat descendant of the R22, to the head of the light piston helicopter class. It’s been called everything from a "kiddie copter" to the best all-around helicopter ever designed. See it once, and you will not mistake it for anything else. Fly it once, and you will not forget it. But whatever you do, do not call the Robinson R44 a...
June 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Sky Shuttle Helicopters’ first two AW139 medium twin helicopters have entered service in Hong Kong. The company provides regular passenger service to Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, PRC, using AW139s and Sikorsky S-76C+s. Until last year, Sky Shuttle was known as Heli Express, which itself grew out of East Asia Airlines and Helicopters...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 11, 2009
China Daily is reporting that India “will try to promote helicopter tourism by building infrastructure and reducing costs to attract foreign tourists.” They cite the country’s civil...
May 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | TOURISM Helicopter pilot Ruedi Hafen used his rotor downwash to save a man who had just gone over Niagara Falls — despite the victim doing everything possible to spurn assistance. "He just didn’t want to be rescued," said Hafen, owner/pilot of Niagara Helicopters Limited, an aerial tour company based on the Ontario side of the falls. "But I wasn’t going to have...
April 28, 2009
It's happened again. Despite the recent spate of helicopter escapes, the prison in Saint-Denis, Reunion (a small island in the Indian Ocean) failed to install an...
April 13, 2009
Pursuant to several safety-related rules implemented by the FAA, as well as advancements in technology, Hawaii has seen a decrease...
April 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL In the midst of what some are calling the Great Recession, kit helicopter builder RotorWay has unveiled plans to manufacture an FAA-certified, two-seat turbine helicopter. Announced by RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz at Heli-Expo 2009, the turbine two-seater will use a Rolls-Royce RR300 turboshaft engine (300shp rated takeoff and 240shp rated cruise). It is a radical departure from the...
April 1, 2009
Life in the corporate VIP cabin. It wasn’t all that long ago when a copy of the Wall Street Journal, a pair of headsets and a bag of cashews left on the seat were the only things that made a regular helicopter fit for transporting an executive. Oh, how the times have changed! Top corporate and government officials don’t have to be aboard their $50 million jet planes in order to travel in...
March 20, 2009
Regarding yesterday's story about thousands of Bell 407s, 427s and 206 A, B and L series grounded due to an improperly installed bearing: The FAA today issued Emergency AD 2009-07-52, which says in part “Since the issuance of...
March 19, 2009
The FAA is grounding 2,800 Bell models, including the 407, 427 and the 206 A, B and L series, to search for improperly installed bearing that...
March 10, 2009
Arizona is looking forward in an effort to reduce the shortage of helicopter pilots, mechanics and engineers, by hosting a Helicopter Day career fair this week...
March 9, 2009
Maverick Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based operator, will not only fly couples to the Grand Canyon, among other places, but also the company's in-house wedding...
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