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August 1, 2012
Keith Flail has joined Bell Helicopter as director of military program office operations. The U.S. Army veteran was previously senior manager of business development for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Company. Flail will take charge of the program management and core process teams for his department. Vancouver, B.C.-based CHC Helicopter has hired Peter Bartolotta to serve as chief operating...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter affiliate SkyBOOKS has packaged its Version 4.7 SAAS software into two areas—flight operations and maintenance...
August 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has expanded the list of equipment, parts and tooling suppliers that will be involved with the development of the 525 Relentless. The Textron subsidiary unveiled the “super medium” class helicopter in February 2012 at Heli-Expo in Dallas. The Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer has secured...
August 1, 2012
Offshore services operator Bristow Group has signed several long-term contracts and extensions covering 20 helicopters. In Norway, Bristow has added a five-year option to a seven-year contract for four Sikorsky S-92s; a new five-year contract with an option for another...
August 1, 2012
Helicentre Aviation has become the first UK-based utility surveillance operator to achieve certified emissions measurement and reduction scheme (CEMARS)...
August 1, 2012
Safety is not an entity in and itself. Pilots need to develop a healthy perspective for safety, not think of it as an obstacle to mission accomplishment, but a means to mission accomplishment. I’d like to highlight the links among management, standardization, training and safety. These items “go hand in glove with mission accomplishment and cannot be separated.” One could define...
July 27, 2012
Eurocopter has partnered with Servicios Aereos de Los Andes to establish its first Peruvian service center in Ayacucho. The facility will...
July 26, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval to increase the gross weight of the 429 from the Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil in Argentina. This follows Transport Canada’s...
July 24, 2012
Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca has reached an agreement to provide its TM800 engine for the Eurocopter X4 future helicopter, the planned replacement for the AS365/EC155 Dauphin. The formal contract...
July 24, 2012
AgustaWestland has “a deal with Russian Helicopters to develop a new technology 2.5-ton single engine helicopter for the export and internal markets,” said CEO Bruno Spagnolini, speaking on the second day of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK. “This is a great opportunity to expand the cooperation that we already have with Russian Helicopters where we have established a joint venture for...
July 20, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has granted a $600,000 contract to Charlotte, N.C.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls for ice detection and protection systems on the S-76D. Under the agreement, which could ultimately be worth...
July 18, 2012
Early next year, Australia’s National Aerial Firefighting Center (NAFC) will decide on the aerial firefighting fleet that will do battle against the country’s annual bushfire threat over the next few years. With the NAFC’s existing tenders reaching the end of their three years plus two years extension life at the end of the coming 2012/2013 fire season, a call for tenders for the national...
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
Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey flying over Westminster Abbey and the Thames river in London, UK. The aircraft is from USMC Squadron VMX-22 based in New River, N.C. Bell-Boeing This year’s Farnborough International Airshow could potentially be one of the quietest for military rotorcraft sales given the hugely uncertain economic situation in Europe. The civil market too is under pressure with corporate...
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 29, 2012
UTair’s Mi-26T carries another airframe via sling. UTair Aviation has delivered two Russian Helicopters Mi-26T airframes via...
June 28, 2012
Erickson Air-Crane has received a U.S. Forest Service contract to provide another S-64 for firefighting in the western part of the country...
June 22, 2012
IT and information services provider Telvent has launched a new weather information and analysis software for helicopters. MxVision...
June 21, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration has published a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Enstrom Helicopter Corp., requiring operators to...
June 21, 2012
BLR Aerospace has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification to install its FastFin tail...
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