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May 24, 2013
Air Comm Corp. is expanding its design of environmental control systems (ECS) to the fixed-wing market, announcing the acquisition of Meggitt (Addison) Inc., in a stock purchase...
May 24, 2013
Helicopter brokerage firm Heli Asset announced its first helicopter sale to an operator in Switzerland, a Eurocopter EC155B1...
May 17, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture HeliVert has secured an agreement to produce five VIP and utility-configured AW139 helicopters for Exclases Russia.      AW139 in flight. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland   Additionally, Russian Helicopters has inked...
May 13, 2013
CHC Helicopter has reached a five-year agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to supply helicopters in support of deepwater exploration. The...
May 8, 2013
AgustaWestland pilot Pat McKernan and copilot Steve Labows carry out a vertical takeoff procedure in an AW139 used for limited runway situations such as...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
April 24, 2013
Bond Aviation has formally recognized Engineering Manager John Crowther and HUMS Engineer Sean Newlands for receiving the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Moral Courage award in March. The Bond technicians shared the first-time award with the U.S. Coast Guard out of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, who faced the tough decision of abandoning a rescue mission due to high risk. Luke Farajallah, managing...
April 23, 2013
Safran, parent company of Turbomeca, has reached an agreement to acquire Rolls-Royce's 50 percent share in the joint RTM322 helicopter engine program for $380 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, and would give Safran the revenue...
April 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters showcased two of its multirole helicopters, the Kamov Ka-32A11BC and Ka-226T, at the  Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE 2013) in Shanghai, China this week.     Ka-32A11BC. Photo...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
April 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters is taking its latest models to the LAAD Defense and Security 2013 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to add more South American operators to its profile. The event starts Tuesday and runs through April 12...
April 8, 2013
Erickson has renewed two heavy lift support contracts with Helifor Canada (an affiliate of Columbia Helicopters) and Western Forest Products, which is based in Vancouver. Erickson S-64 providing logging support. Photo courtesy of Erickson Western has renewed its...
April 3, 2013
Helicopter mission equipment provider Simplex Aerospace announced a new Japanese STC for its fire attack system, Model 326GII, on the AgustaWestland AW139. Simplex said its fire attack system is the lightest belly tank system per gallon...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
April 2, 2013
The acquisition by Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of an AS365 N3 "equipped with a high-speed, real-time transmission system using Earth-orbiting satellites" is a world first, according to Eurocopter. The Helicopter Satellite Communication System (HSA) uses satellites to relay real-time video and data to ground receiving stations. The system, developed by Mitsubishi...
April 2, 2013
Portland, Ore.-based Erickson Air-Crane has reached a stock purchase agreement to acquire Evergreen Helicopters, an operator of 64 aircraft—including helicopters and fixed-wing—with headquarters in McMinnville, Ore. The acquisition is set to almost double the size of Erickson, which owns and operates a fleet of 18 S-64 heavy-lift Aircranes...
April 1, 2013
Bell engineers use the 525 Relentless simulator to test the ergonomics and flight characteristics of the “super medium” helicopter design. Note the side-stick configuration of the fly-by-wire controls.   Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mock-up of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin...
April 1, 2013
TSI’s D Smith (left) presents Moral Courage award to Bond CEO Richard Mintern.  The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo. TSI’s D Smith noted that...
April 1, 2013
Bristow EC175 at the Eurocopter booth.   HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter...
March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
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