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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 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...
October 30, 2013
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition from Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. Below are some of his photos along with links to stories from the show...
October 23, 2013
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual Conference and Exposition opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, drawing thousands of attendees, plus more than 1,000 exhibitors and 97 display aircraft. Rotorcraft OEMs and systems providers represented at the show...
October 23, 2013
Bell Helicopter used the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exposition as the backdrop to introduce a version of its 429 with wheeled landing gear. The “429 WLG,” as it has been dubbed, is similar...
October 16, 2013
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 attendance. (See Rotor & Wing’s Helitech Post-Show Wrap digital...
October 3, 2013
French manufacturer Helicopteres Guimbal has unveiled numbers on the cost of a Cabri G2 overhaul. The first examples of the two-seater were overhauled last summer at the Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence, after 2,200 flight hours. For each of the two 2010 Cabris operated by Jonkoping, Sweden-based flying school Northern Helicopters, the downtime was six weeks, according to the...
September 26, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based...
September 25, 2013
Kicking off the opening day of Helitech on Tuesday, Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet, executive vice president of global business and services, said that the manufacturer’s market share in the UK “was something special in Eurocopter.” With new president and CEO Guillaume Faury unable to fly to London as flights were cancelled due to fog, Maudet hosted a press briefing in...
September 23, 2013
(Source: Reed Exhibitions)   Tuesday, Sept. 24:   Keynote Address 14:05 - 14:25, South Gallery Rooms A vision for the future of the rotorcraft sector, the opportunities and the challenges, against the backdrop of ongoing European-wide initiatives and the regulatory environment. Moderator: Vittorio Morassi, Chairman, European Helicopter Association Speaker: Dr. Norbert Lohl, Certification...
September 20, 2013
Perth, Autstralia-based Heliwest is providing support to ground-based incident commanders fighting forest fires in Australia. The company is currently two years into a five-year contract with Australia's...
September 17, 2013
Sloane Helicopters (Stand H50) will display Robinson’s turbine R66. Compared to its piston predecessors, the new model offers improved performance, a larger cabin, a fifth rear seat and a large baggage compartment. The...
September 10, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from September 5 to 8 in Tianjin. According to Mathias Senes, commercial director for Marenco, the company is moving...
September 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC). The...
September 1, 2013
Attendees take in the static lineup at Helitech 2011 in Duxford. This year’s Helitech International 2013 is being held in London. With less than two months to go (through late July), booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 was already 25 percent larger compared to the 2011 show, with exhibiting companies from 25 countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Panama, Russia, Singapore...
August 22, 2013
A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The theme for the opening session is “The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.” Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association...
August 8, 2013
Eurocopter has obtained an FAA supplemental type certificate to equip the EC130 T2 with Garmin’s G500H flight display system. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is the...
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