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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...
July 3, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
July 1, 2013
Nepal’s Shree Airlines is set to acquire eight helicopters from Eurocopter to address a variety of missions, including search and rescue (SAR), disaster relief, heli tourism and other aerial missions. The company, which has been established eight years, claims to be the first to operate a private fleet of five Russian-built Mi-17s. It now believes that the lighter Ecureuil...
June 17, 2013
Rolls-Royce has appointed Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) in Brisbane, Australia to its global network of...
June 17, 2013
At the Paris Air Show, Bell Helicopter uncovered a new light single, so far codenamed the “short light single,” or SLS, which will receive power from a Turbomeca engine. First flight is planned for next year. Bell CEO John Garrison said that the target market segment is that of the Robinson R66 and Eurocopter EC120. “We are endeavoring to have the SLS certified as soon as possible after...
June 14, 2013
Chandler, Ariz.-based Pylon Aviation has placed a $20-million order for six AS350s from American Eurocopter, consisting of a pair of...
June 11, 2013
Canadian operator Cougar Helicopters has finished initial pilot qualification and night vision goggle (NVG) instructor pilot training courses from Night Flight...
June 3, 2013
Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine to Robinson Helicopter of Torrance, Calif. The Canadian regulatory agency joined 19 other countries in approving the R66 after the U.S. FAA equivalent level of safety (ELOS) removed an...
June 1, 2013
  Think back to the first time you saw a multi-function display (MFD) screen in a cockpit. For me, it was around 1987, when I saw a McDonnell-Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle on static display at an air show. The high-tech fighter had a head-up display and thermal imaging system, too. That was all exceptionally impressive to me, a lowly student pilot with just a few hours in a Robinson R22. It might have...
May 10, 2013
Chinese helicopter operator Sky Shuttle Helicopters announced its first all-female crew Monday, as Capt. Meg Lam and First Officer Kirsty Holtkamp will begin operating flights between Hong Kong and Macau.   ...
May 3, 2013
“Some of our bigger peers saw a fall in general aviation traffic, rather than the expected rise through the Olympic effect,” said James Dillon-Godfray, London Oxford Airport business development director. He said that the restriction zone around London had been a factor in reducing GA traffic during the period that it was in force. However, he said that the figures for the airport’s...
May 1, 2013
Africair, independent representative of Bell for Africa, has signed a purchase agreement with Scott’s–Bell 47 (SB47) for two 47GT-6...
April 30, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. is planning to double the current size of its Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturing plant to 77,000 square feet. Expansion plans include...
April 17, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting a total of nine new orders booked for its SKYe SH09 during last month’s Heli-Expo, bringing the total number of commitments for the in-development helicopter to 45. The company appointed Heliflite as the...
April 4, 2013
The helicopter industry lost a pioneer last week, as former Canadian Air Force pilot Osvil “Ozzie” York died following a brief illness. Ozzie York. Photo courtesy of Twirly Birds...
April 1, 2013
MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton through the cockpit of the MD540F.    At HAI Lynn Tilton, owner of MD Helicopters, said she was scarred, but stronger for it, in her efforts to turn MD Helicopters around since buying the company in 2005. “I can feel the Howard Hughes legacy on my shoulders.” The latest MD product, the MD540F, is on many military wish lists, she said. “We have...
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