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June 23, 2011
Larry Alexandre is the new president of Heli-One. He replaces Neil Calvert, who is retiring...
February 1, 2011
Russian Helicopters JSC has completed consolidating all of the country’s helicopter manufacturing and service entities. As part of the final stage of a process to “centralize control functions” that began in 2008, the UIC Oboronprom subsidiary acquired 75 percent of Rostvertol, increasing its equity in the...
January 21, 2011
A Skywork Helicopters Kaman K-MAX made quick work constructing a 120-foot power line in Australia—completing...
January 1, 2011
Not all helicopter flights are over water on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. As happens in all the other 50 states, we have our share of medical, law enforcement, ENG, aerial applicators and other overland helicopter operations. But, in considering the high flight intensity of our geographical area, it would be a safe bet to say at least 90 percent of all flights are energy related, oil and gas for now...
December 27, 2010
Russian Helicopters has completed the first long-haul flight of the Mi-38. The second prototype...
November 8, 2010
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has purchased an Erickson S-64 that will primarily be...
November 1, 2010
Eurocopter has received an order from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture for seven AS350B3s. The helicopters...
August 26, 2010
The civilian rotorcraft market is expected to remain diverse with the bulk of all new deliveries arriving from mature production lines, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan. The report says the industry witnessed unprecedented growth in the global sales of civil rotorcraft from 2004 through 2008. However, as 2008 ended, the...
August 23, 2010
Cutting edge technology will be on show during this year’s Helitech, which takes place at Airport Cascais, near Estoril in Portugal from 5 to 7 October. Bose will be demonstrating its recently launched A20 Aviation Headset. The A20 boasts greater noise reduction capability—vital when cockpit noise levels can reach 105 dBA. Enhancing comfort has also been taken into consideration by using the...
August 1, 2010
Shin-Nihon Helicopter Corp. is the recipient of the 1,000th Bell 407, s/n 54000. The Textron subsidiary delivered the helicopter during a June ceremony at its manufacturing plant in Mirabel...
August 1, 2010
This Ornge AW139 is the first to receive AgustaWestland’s full ice protection system (FIPS). AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has delivered the first...
June 1, 2010
Span Air of New Delhi, India has agreed to purchase a second Bell 429. The air charter...
June 1, 2010
Mindful of the Safety & Training Summit at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver June 8–9, Rotor & Wing talked to operators about the challenges for helicopter pilots flying in Colorado and the training facilities available in the state. Commercial operators discussed special training for pilots to handle mountain conditions, and local flight schools reflected on the best training methods...
May 1, 2010
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has placed an order with Eurocopter Canada for three EC130B4s. The helicopters will...
May 1, 2010
FAA has granted Level 7 qualification for Frasca International’s Bell 206B flight training device (FTD)...
May 1, 2010
Christian Gras (left) is the new executive vice president of customers for the Eurocopter Group. He reports to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and becomes a member of the company’s executive committee. Gras, who succeeds Philippe Harache, was previously senior vice president for Latin America within the strategy and marketing organization of Eurocopter parent company EADS. Bell Helicopter of Fort Worth...
May 1, 2010
Performance-based navigation (PBN) is a new form of aerial navigation currently being deployed by the FAA, ICAO and other aviation regulators worldwide. The reason is PBN supports smaller separation intervals, more direct flight paths and more flexible landing/takeoff routing for fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft alike. It does this using GPS and WAAS (wide area augmentation system) satellite signals...
May 1, 2010
A helicopter rotor is the rotating component that generates an aerodynamic force. Also called the rotor system, it usually refers to the helicopter’s main rotor mounted on a vertical mast over the top of the helicopter, but it also can refer to the tail rotor. A rotor is generally made up of two or more rotor blades, although several earlier helicopters featured designs with a single main rotor...
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