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November 1, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market. Roberto Garavaglia, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for strategy and...
October 23, 2013
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual Conference and Exposition opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, drawing thousands of attendees, plus more than 1,000 exhibitors and 97 display aircraft. Rotorcraft OEMs and systems providers represented at the show...
October 23, 2013
While photos of helicopters did not win any first prizes at the annual RAF photo competition – obviously no rotorheads on the judging panel – two photos featuring RAF helicopters got through to...
October 21, 2013
Russian Helicopters has handed over an Mi-171E to the Kazakhstan Ministry of Internal Affairs for routine patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions. The ministry also...
October 16, 2013
According to Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Helitech International 2013, the move from rural Duxford airfield to ExCel in London resulted in a 12 percent increase in attendance. (See Rotor & Wing’s Helitech Post-Show Wrap digital...
October 11, 2013
Bell Helicopter is launching an upgrade program for its 412EPI, with a focus on improving the helicopter's Category A certification and increased operational...
October 4, 2013
Adding to a string of recent regional firsts, the Bell 407GX has entered service with its first operator based in Switzerland. The handover comes shortly after the first Bell 429 took flight as part of a UK-based fleet with National Grid, as well as the first 429 in VIP configuration with TJ Morris Ltd.   National Grid 429. Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopters  ...
October 3, 2013
Chinese investment firm Reignwood Investment Co. purchased 12 Bell helicopters during the Aviation Expo China 2013. The agreement includes the sale...
October 1, 2013
  Prototype at Marenco facilities. Marenco Swisshelicopter photos Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s...
October 1, 2013
Ansat at MAKS 2013. Courtesy of Russian Helicopters Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the...
October 1, 2013
Erickson Air-Crane has chosen Blue Sky Network’s SkyRouter and D1000 Series for S-64s used in aerial firefighting operations. SkyRouter is a...
October 1, 2013
Despite the global economy’s ups and downs, lowered economic growth projections by the World Bank – part of this seeming to be slowly getting back to their tracks – plus internal domestic challenges, no response for the helicopter industry seems to be as dynamic as Brazil’s. The diversity in applications, possibilities and current fleet distribution poses challenges and...
October 1, 2013
Night vision goggle (NVG) provider Night Flight Concepts has launched a new partnership to begin offering an underwater safety course for...
October 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new MD helicopters, as the Middle Eastern nation looks to...
September 30, 2013
As part of a wider effort to increase customer support, Breeze-Eastern is lowering the amount of time it takes to turn around overhaul and repair projects. The Whippany, N.J.-based firm reports that turnaround times have decreased by 54 percent over the past year, on top of expanding its...
September 27, 2013
Bell Helicopter has selected aerospace and defense industry filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson to provide engine protection on the 525 Relentless. Under the contract, Donaldson will begin...
September 25, 2013
Kicking off the opening day of Helitech on Tuesday, Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet, executive vice president of global business and services, said that the manufacturer’s market share in the UK “was something special in Eurocopter.” With new president and CEO Guillaume Faury unable to fly to London as flights were cancelled due to fog, Maudet hosted a press briefing in...
September 24, 2013
Civil and military rotorcraft operators will require 16,126 new helicopters worth $193.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Teal Group's annual world rotorcraft review released September 24 at the Helitech International 2013 conference in London. The 10-year forecast projects civil users will require 10,308...
September 23, 2013
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
September 20, 2013
Curtiss-Wright will be looking to draw interest in its Multi Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR) at its Helitech International 2013 stand (N20) at...
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