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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...
June 12, 2012
Guanchen Aviation and Bell Helicopter have signed an agreement to establish the first official Bell flight...
June 8, 2012
Eurocopter’s Training Academy in Donauwörth, Germany has received full flight simulator (FFS) Level B certification for its EC135 simulator from the...
June 6, 2012
Claudio Agostini, Latin America bureau chief for Rotor & Wing, recently spoke with Russian Helicopters’ head of communications Roman Kirilov and Konstantin Yuritsyn, business development director for Latin America, about the region’s growth opportunities and emerging trends. Rotor & Wing: What percentage of your market sales in is Latin America? Russian Helicopters: We do not break down...
June 1, 2012
Jeff Pino during his speech at Heli-Expo in February. Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named...
June 1, 2012
Dr. Scott Schappell While participating in the CHC Safety Summit in Vancouver last month, I counted some 40 different subjects being discussed. The titles were all very professional sounding and kept with the themes of the summit of talent, training and trust. All but one, that is. The title of that presentation was “Spin and Puke” with no added description listed on the schedule, and it was...
June 1, 2012
AgustaWestland AW169 takes off from the company’s plant in Italy. AgustaWestland Finmeccanica unit AgustaWestland conducted the first flight of its light intermediate AW169 on May 10 at the company’s plant in Cascina Costa, Italy. Chief test pilot Giuseppe Lo...
June 1, 2012
According to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), the rotorcraft accident rate has fallen 30 percent in the past five years (from 2006 to 2011/early 2012) when compared to 2001-2005. Describing the decrease as a “strong step in the right direction,” IHST notes that despite making progress, “if our current statistical trend continues, the industry will not meet its goal of an...
May 31, 2012
UTair Aviation subsidiary, UTair-Engineering, has inked a deal with Turbomeca Germany to...
May 30, 2012
Brad Pedersen is the new president and CEO of Breeze-Eastern. He succeeds Donald Harlan. Pedersen was formerly the...
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