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July 10, 2012
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland uncovered plans at Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday to develop a single-engine light helicopter in the 2.5-ton class. The 50/50...
July 1, 2012
The EC130T2 features improved air conditioning, doors and seats, among other enhancements. At maximum cruise speed, it flies at 127 kts. Photos by Eurocopter EASA certification of the Eurocopter EC130T2 light single—a major upgrade from the EC130B4—is imminent. The first example is scheduled to go to sightseeing operator Maverick Helicopters by the end of the year. FAA certification is expected...
July 1, 2012
I want to start this column by acknowledging the retirement of Jeff Pino as president of Sikorsky Helicopters. I met Jeff while he was with Bell Helicopter. He called from Bell one day and invited me to a customer feedback session. I attended along with several other chief pilots from Bell operators around the world. Nobody ever said that the chief pilots of PHI or CHC Helicopters et al, lack opinions or...
June 1, 2012
This month we’ll look at safety within the rotorcraft industry. After attending Heli-Expo in Dallas this year and talking with safety professionals in the industry, I decided to look at the safety management system (SMS) programs for several helicopter operators. In order to get a more accurate account of safety in the industry, we first must look at where accidents occur. According to the U.S. NTSB...
May 30, 2012
EASA certification of the Eurocopter EC130T2 light single—a major upgrade from the EC130B4—is imminent. The first example is scheduled to go to sightseeing operator Maverick Helicopters by the end of the year. FAA certification is expected in time for this U.S. delivery. The Marignane, France-based manufacturer says it has listened to operators to improve the original EC130. The EC130T2 is...
May 29, 2012
A recession is often a time for cutting back and saving on the extravagances in life. However, sometimes it is also an occasion to say “what the heck” and engage in a little indulgence—such as flying by helicopter to attend the UK’s most popular motor racing event of the year. The British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone (which runs Friday July 6th through Sunday July 8th) is...
May 1, 2012
Eurocopter’s static display at FIDAE. Eurocopter During this year’s FIDAE International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile, Eurocopter inked contracts with several South American...
April 18, 2012
The April 2012 issue of Rotor & Wing examines various options for operators in “Weather Radar: Navigating the Storm”. The article provides a starting point for pilots and operators when it comes to airborne weather radar. Outside of the Honeywell and Rockwell Collins’ radar systems that are mentioned, operators can also find L-3 Communications’ Stormscope and Insight...
March 27, 2012
Transport Canada has granted St. Louis Park, Minn.-based Shadin Avionics a supplemental type...
March 14, 2012
Representatives of AgustaWestland and Tata Sons were on hand Wednesday to launch construction of a new helicopter production facility for Indian Rotorcraft at Hyderabad International Airport. The 10-acre facility will include a...
March 6, 2012
Las Vegas, Nev.-based Maverick Aviation Group has chosen OuterLink Global Solutions to supply satellite tracking and communications for...
March 1, 2012
Flying helicopters in the Gulf of Mexico can give one a sense of ownership of our low-level airspace. I mean like when we cross the beach outbound in our helicopters for distant oil rigs, why would you think of airplanes cluttering up the sky at 1,500 feet or less? We share those altitude levels around airports of course, and some utility patrols and perhaps weekend recreational flying. But over the ocean...
February 28, 2012
Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour operator Papillon Airways has inked a support-by-the-hour (SBH) contract with Turbomeca. The Safran Group...
February 27, 2012
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting 23 new SKYe SH09 orders received during Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, a year after introducing at the 2011 convention in Orlando...
February 12, 2012
Heli-Expo 2012 will mark the first appearance of Sherwood, Ore.-based Softtech’s aircraft software, known as Flight Vector, at the show. Flight Vector will display both its Mapping and Flight & Duty Tracker applications at Booth 8548 in Hall F. Flight & Duty Tracker works as an online system for FAR Part 135 compliance and duty tracking as well as offering full...
February 11, 2012
Helicopter Foundation International (Booths 30-32) has announced its lineup for the Heritage of Helicopters Display during Heli-Expo 2012. Three historical helicopters are on loan...
February 8, 2012
Olathe, Kan.-based Garmin (Booth 29) has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its G500H installation on the R44 from Robinson Helicopter (Booths 7/8 and...
February 1, 2012
Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter Company is reporting an upswing in...
January 13, 2012
Robinson Helicopter Co., the nation's leading maker of commercial helicopters, said it churned out 356 choppers last year, which is more than double 2010's...
January 12, 2012
Transport Canada has granted approval for a 500-lb. increase to the weight of the Bell 429. The move increases the maximum gross weight of the helicopter to 7,500 lbs., which gives operators additional range...
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