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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...
April 1, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in...
April 1, 2013
Enstrom CEO Jerry Mullins and Guo Huaqiang, an official with parent company CQHIC.   Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich. used Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas as a backdrop for the introduction of a Garmin G1000H flight control option for its 480B light turbine aircraft. The fully integrated system is primarily a flight information source that provides terrain avoidance, collision awareness, weather and...
April 1, 2013
Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson at the company’s Heli-Expo 2013 press briefing.   At its annual press conference held during Heli-Expo in March, Robinson Helicopter Co. President Kurt Robinson reported impressive 2012 sales for its three-model line of rotorcraft. Its new R66 turbine, sales-leading R44 piston, and two-seat R22 all kept the company’s 617,000-square-foot assembly plant in...
March 29, 2013
Africair, independent representative of Bell for Africa, has signed a purchase agreement with Scott’s–Bell 47 (SB47) for two 47GT-6 helicopters...
March 28, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and will now be delivered to Russian later in...
March 26, 2013
MD Helicopters has received new orders for its MD500E from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit and Alaskan fleet operator Bering Air...
March 22, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich. used Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas as a backdrop for the introduction of a Garmin G1000H flight control option for its 480B light turbine aircraft. The fully integrated system is primarily a flight information source that provides terrain avoidance, collision awareness, weather and engine data on two, panel-mounted displays. “It’s already been flying and...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
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