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September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL It’s official — the Bell 429 light twin helicopter has received certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). With the FAA having also granted its certification, the floodgates are open and Bell is scheduled to begin delivering 429s to its North American clients. According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s X2 Technology demonstrator has completed two test flights that included full engagement of the unique propeller for the first time. In one hour of testing conducted in two flights, the aircraft flew at speeds reaching 52 knots in one test and 42 knots with the propeller providing forward thrust in the second flight. The X2 Technology...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | OBSERVATION After sitting in the Eurocopter Canada plant for the past four years, the twin-engine predecessor to the EC135 has a new owner — Dam Helicopters of British Columbia, which purchased the helicopter for about $2.23 million. Dam Helicopters’ BO105 LS will be inspecting power lines, surveying for natural resources, conducting EMS missions and...
August 1, 2009
TRAINING Seven well-qualified students have won apprenticeship positions with Bristow Helicopters, from a field of nearly 120 competitors. Varying in age between 17 and 21, the seven young men are currently studying at Air Service Training, Perth. They are all beginning the second stage of their apprenticeship programs, and are working toward their Category A3 Licenses. If...
August 1, 2009
August 13-15 — LABACE 2009, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Contact ABAG, phone +55 115-032-2727 (International) or 1-202-783-9000 (NBAA) in the U.S. Web: www.abag.org.br/labace2009/site_labace.Labace1.htm August 17-21 — 42nd Annual Comprehensive Short Course in Rotary Wing Technology, State College, Penn. Contact: Phone: 1-814-863-0602; Web: www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/rotary-wing August 27-30 —...
August 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Bell Helicopter has filed its own lawsuit against Eurocopter. The suit comes after a June 16 incident at this year’s Paris Air Show. According to Reuters, a French bailiff turned up at Bell’s booth armed with legal...
August 1, 2009
To say that it is an ambitious product would be an understatement, but to say that it is impossible would be exaggeration. However, France and Germany have certainly set themselves a difficult task. Both countries want to procure a common heavy lift helicopter. Germany needs to replace its Sikorsky CH-53G aircraft by around 2020, while the French armed forces, which have not previously operated a heavy...
August 1, 2009
Many years ago, a friend and I were discussing the job prospects of joining an offshore helicopter company as line pilots. He was adamant that the only over water time he cared about logging was sitting on the commode with his monthly copy of Rotor & Wing.  As for me, I saw opportunity knocking and have logged more than 7,000 hours flying over the Gulf of Mexico spanning some 23 years. They were...
August 1, 2009
One welcome by-product of the global recession is that this year’s Paris Air Show was largely free of the boring succession of multi-billion dollar deals for Airbus and Boeing airliners that have dominated past editions. And, as orders and hard news in the military fixed-wing field were also few and far between, rotary-wing aviation had a rare opportunity to shine on its own. And, as luck would have...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | SERVICES Skywater Estates of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., provides a unique perspective of luxurious Florida properties; the company uses helicopters to fly well-heeled customers to premium real estate. Skywater is co-owned by Larry Morales and real estate broker Ree Fritz Cole. They sell luxury residential property throughout the state, and are branching into business properties as well...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL Jugglers were just part of the festivities at Sloane Aviation’s triple celebration on June 6. The company, which is based in Northamptonshire, U.K., marked its 40th anniversary, the 20th anniversary of its Sywell Aerodrome headquarters, and the completion of a new building extension. The extension houses a new flying school, a flight training...
July 1, 2009
COMMERCIAL | MILITARY Bell Helicopter Textron Canada has rehired 400 of its 500 workers laid off in February. The workers were let go from the company’s plant in Mirabel, Quebec (near Montreal) due to the recession. The orders were there, but customers were asking Bell to delay...
July 1, 2009
July 12-14 — ALA 2009, The Latin American Aeronautical Association, Miami, Fla. Contact: Phone: 1-817-284-0431; Web: www.ala@aero. July 18-19 — Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. Contact: Web: www.airtattoo.com. July 22-25 — Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Savannah, Ga. Contact: Phone: 1-301-631-2406; Web...
June 1, 2009
This year’s 100th show could prove to be a not-to-be-missed event. On June 15, the 2009 "Salon de L’Aéronautique et de L’Espace" will open, becoming the 48th Paris Air Show and celebrating its 100 anniversary since starting as a small exhibition for aeroplanes in the Grand Palais of Paris, just off the Champs Elysées. It is also believed to be the 85th anniversary...
May 21, 2009
There has been a lot of talk about commercial airlines' CO2 emissions and curbing them to limit its effect on global warming. The laws are trickling down to helicopter operators and under a...
May 19, 2009
With its helicopters growing in popularity in the area, Italian-based AgustaWestland has opened a new regional business headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The opening ceremony was attended by Italian...
May 14, 2009
Montreal-based Canadian Helicopters said its first quarter revenues rose by almost six percent this year, partly due, they said, to a contract with the U.S...
April 20, 2009
Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Helicopters has appointed Command Pilot Keith Saylor to a brand new position, Fire Operations Manager. The post was...
April 17, 2009
With a statewide increase in the number of wild feral hogs in Oklahoma, the state senate passed a bill authorizing the hunting of the huge...
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