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April 17, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting a total of nine new orders booked for its SKYe SH09 during last month’s Heli-Expo, bringing the total number of commitments for the in-development helicopter to 45. The company appointed Heliflite as the...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
April 10, 2013
Editor’s Note: E-volo does not use the words “rotorcraft,” “rotary-wing aircraft” or “helicopter.” Yet, the author believes their concept clearly belongs to the rotorcraft family (according to the definition in Webster’s dictionary). Therefore, the author is using “rotorcraft” to describe E-volo’s concept. E-volo, a Karlsruhe-based company...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
April 3, 2013
FAA has issued a two-year renewal of Exemption 7897, which allows operators of small aircraft who are National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) members to take advantage of Part 91 cost reimbursements options usually reserved for operators of larger turbine-powered aircraft. The...
April 2, 2013
The acquisition by Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of an AS365 N3 "equipped with a high-speed, real-time transmission system using Earth-orbiting satellites" is a world first, according to Eurocopter. The Helicopter Satellite Communication System (HSA) uses satellites to relay real-time video and data to ground receiving stations. The system, developed by Mitsubishi...
April 1, 2013
Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson at the company’s Heli-Expo 2013 press briefing.   At its annual press conference held during Heli-Expo in March, Robinson Helicopter Co. President Kurt Robinson reported impressive 2012 sales for its three-model line of rotorcraft. Its new R66 turbine, sales-leading R44 piston, and two-seat R22 all kept the company’s 617,000-square-foot assembly plant in...
April 1, 2013
Bristow EC175 at the Eurocopter booth.   HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter...
March 29, 2013
Africair, independent representative of Bell for Africa, has signed a purchase agreement with Scott’s–Bell 47 (SB47) for two 47GT-6 helicopters...
March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
March 28, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
March 28, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and will now be delivered to Russian later in...
March 26, 2013
Honeywell’s 15th Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, released earlier this month, forecasts a market for 4,900-5,600 new civil helicopters from 2013 to 2017. The report identifies “very strong” demand over the next three years from all regions of the world, with delivery rates expected to reach 1,000 units per year. For 2016 and 2017, similar delivery rates are possible...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 14, 2013
Helicopter transportation services provider Metro Aviation announced a new partnership with Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Sierra Aeronautica, marking its entrance into the Brazilian helicopter completions market. The...
March 4, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team, or IHST (Booth C1103) has released new figures that show the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. continued to trend downward...
March 1, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth N3712) plans to discuss the progress of its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo. The helicopter has received a total of 35 orders through early 2013, with deliveries targeted to begin in 2015. The company will announce the appointment of one distributor and representative for the Asia-Pacific region, according to Mathias Senes, commercial and strategy director. “We are working very...
March 1, 2013
Torrance, Calif.-based Robinson Helicopter (Booth C1511) will display two of its specially equipped aircraft at Heli-Expo 2013. One will be a law enforcement version of its turbine-powered R66, and the other will be an R44 electronic newsgathering (ENG) platform. Conventional versions of the company’s current best-selling helicopter—the four-seat, piston-driven R44 Raven, and its two-seat...
March 1, 2013
With the self-assured confidence that is the hallmark of Eurocopter’s president and chief executive officer, Lutz Bertling, announced at the company’s annual media gathering in Paris, France this January that yet another Houdini act had been achieved in 2012. While Eurocopter’s overall helicopter deliveries continued their steady decline from a high of 588 in 2008, dropping to 475 in...
March 1, 2013
The final Sikorsky S-76C++ entered service with Milestone Aviation Group in 2012, as the manufacturer phases in the S-76D. The old rock classic “Let the Good Times Roll” could serve as the theme song for Heli-Expo 2013, as rotorcraft manufacturers plan to announce several orders for new helicopters, indicating further that the recovery is finally here—or right around the corner—for...
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