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January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 14, 2012
The first flight of the No. 1 series-production EC175 took place at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane last...
December 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over the first 429 to an operator based in the United Kingdom. National Grid Electricity...
December 4, 2012
Under a non-binding letter of intent, Erickson Air-Crane has agreed to acquire the air logistics unit of Brazilian oil and natural gas operator HRT Participacoes em Petroleo...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 29, 2012
An undisclosed Indonesian mining company has acquired a medium lift Mi-171 from the Russian manufacturer, Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. The aircraft pictured with the announcement bears the name of Airfast Indonesia, an independent company that offers fixed-wing and rotary aircraft services to a variety of...
November 19, 2012
AgustaWestland has handed over an AW139 to the Beijing Public Security Bureau’s Fire Fighting Department. The helicopter will carry out firefighting and disaster relief missions around Beijing and also assist...
November 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
November 14, 2012
The Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas has obtained a $9.4-million extension of an existing contract related to the...
November 13, 2012
Eurocopter has secured the first operator of its new variant of the AS332 C1e Super Puma. Based in Ireland and South Africa, Starlite Aviation Group becomes the launch customer for the C1e with the purchase of two Super...
November 12, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is worth around €150 million...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
AgustaWestland has announced that the AW101 and AW159 Lynx Wildcat will play a role in the latest James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” which is due out Friday, Nov. 9. Eon Productions, which produces the British film series, used...
November 1, 2012
A line of S-76Ds at Sikorsky’s plant in Coatesville, Pa. Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern visited Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. in early October to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February 2012. Bond Aviation’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to...
October 25, 2012
Norwich, UK-based NHV Helicopters has won a three-year contract extension with Tullow, a gas exploration company. NVH will use its fleet of Eurocopter...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 19, 2012
Portland, Ore.-based Erickson Air-Crane has bought back an S-64F "Sun Bird" from San Diego Gas...
October 17, 2012
Bond Aviation Group CEO Richard Mintern paid a visit to Sikorsky’s commercial manufacturing plant in Coatesville, Pa. earlier this month to examine the initial two baseline S-92s that are part of a 16-aircraft order placed during Heli-Expo in February. Bond’s group fleet and engineering director, Martin Whittaker, came along to get a look at the green S-92 pair that will go into service with...
October 16, 2012
Japan-based ITC-Aerospace has ordered two AgustaWestland AW169s, making it the launch...
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