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August 13, 2013
Sikorsky has awarded a long-term contract to U.K.-based Meggitt for the S-92 helicopter sponson fuel system. Under the contract...
August 12, 2013
Bell Helicopter has completed delivery of the first 407GX to Poland. JB Investments, an independent representative for Bell in Poland...
August 1, 2013
Helicopters are noisy, and people complain about noise. There aren’t many areas of the world where these two factors reach a boiling point like in the western U.S. cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where celebrities, casinos, tourism and people with deep pockets and powerful connections rule the land. One of the hotbeds of the helicopter noise issue is Los Angeles, where the FAA released a report...
August 1, 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 17, 2013
Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class Relentless was unveiled in early 2012 and targets offshore oil and gas operators. Maximum...
July 9, 2013
Brazilian helicopter operator Atlas Taxi Aereo has taken delivery of a Mil Mi-171A1 from Russian Helicopters. Atlas Taxi Aereo's new helicopter will be the first Mi-171A1 to feature 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
At the Paris Air Show in June, Bell Helicopter uncovered a new light single, so far codenamed the “short light single,” or SLS, which will receive power from a Turbomeca Arrius 2R – the first time a Turbomeca engine will be used on a Bell helicopter. Initial flight is planned for next year. Bell CEO John Garrison said that the target market segment is that of the Robinson R66 and Eurocopter...
July 1, 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...
July 1, 2013
The Korean National Police helicopter fleet is receiving avionics upgrades from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as the Korean Utility...
July 1, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 24, 2013
Atlantic Aero of Greensboro, N.C. and Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft have obtained AS9110 quality system certifications, making all three of...
June 21, 2013
AgustaWestland is upgrading new production AW119 cockpit avionics with the Trilogy Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI). Trilogy ESI, produced by L-3 Aviation Products...
June 20, 2013
Eurocopter test pilot Hervé Jammayrac and experimental flight test engineer Dominique Fournier were at the Paris Air Show to discuss their record-breaking flight in Eurocopter’s X3 technology demonstrator aircraft. The X3 flew at 255 knots (293 mph) in level flight and 263 knots in a dive, topping the previous Sikorsky X2 record of 250 knots level/260 in decent set in September 2010. Fournier...
June 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters signed an agreement during the 2013 Paris Air Show to bolster the maintenance services offered for its Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopter lines in...
June 18, 2013
Russian Helicopters has initiated a tour of demonstration flights in Kazakhstan with its new light multi-role helicopter, the Ka-226T.     Ka-226T demo tour. Photo courtesy of...
June 17, 2013
Rolls-Royce has appointed Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) in Brisbane, Australia to its global network of...
June 12, 2013
Eurocopter's X3 achieved an unofficial helicopter speed milestone on June 7 by attaining 255 knots true airspeed (KTAS) (around 293 mph or 472 km/hour) while in level flight. The company also reports that several days before that flight, the X3 reached a speed of 263 KTAS...
June 1, 2013
  The use of helicopters to drop fire retardant, foam or water to suppress wildfires is an essential firefighting tool. Their speed, mobility and delivery capability make them very effective resources in support of firefighters on the ground. Small, medium and large helicopters can carry from 100 to 3,000 gallons of water, foam or retardant in either buckets slung beneath the aircraft, or in...
May 30, 2013
The Korean National Police helicopter fleet is receiving avionics upgrades from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), as the Korean Utility Helicopter...
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