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February 26, 2013
Phoenix Heliparts (Booth C1527), an aftermarket MRO and rotorcraft parts supplier, is one of more than 725 businesses that will exhibit at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. Tina and Darin Cannon, a veteran aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) with experience in MDs, the Bell 206 and the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter AS350, started their aftermarket repair and parts business in 2003, in the garage of their home...
February 25, 2013
A tour of Eurocopter’s EC175 started Monday, with planned stops throughout the U.S. until March 15 before the first production aircraft heads to other locations around the globe later this year.   EC175. Photos courtesy of Eurocopter   The EC175 arrived at...
February 12, 2013
Italian Police have arrested Giuseppe Orsi, Finmeccanica’s chief executive and chairman who was previously CEO of AgustaWestland, over allegations of bribery concerning an Indian helicopter contract. He denies any wrongdoing. The case being investigated involves the sale of 12 AW101s to the Indian Air Force for VVIP transportation. The contract for the aircraft, valued at around €560 million...
February 8, 2013
Softtech, which makes the Flight Vector series of products, announced a pair of new operators that recently added the company's FAR Part 135 online flight and duty tracking system to their...
February 6, 2013
AgustaWestland, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Russian Helicopters, Sikorsky and Thales are among the helicopter manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting at Aero India 2013, which starts Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Feb. 10. In the days leading up to the show, various exhibitors released details about...
February 5, 2013
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are traveling to Paraguay to assist in the investigation of a Robinson R44 II helicopter crash on Sunday. Three people died...
February 5, 2013
ARGUS International subsidiary Professional Resources in System Management (PRISM) has released an update to its safety management system (SMS) offerings for helicopter operators...
February 1, 2013
Corporate-configured Beijing Capital Helicopter’s EC135P2+. Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took...
February 1, 2013
Graphic illustration of the Ka-62 in Atlas livery. Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir...
February 1, 2013
American Eurocopter displayed a Lewis Energy-operated EC145 in Orlando to showcase the corporate/VIP market during the NBAA Convention from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with the top executives of the major helicopter manufacturers, Rotor & Wing conducted an exclusive interview with American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini that covered a wide range of...
February 1, 2013
The Las Vegas Convention Center is the venue for Heli-Expo 2013, the annual gathering of the worldwide helicopter industry, hosted by Alexandria, Va.-based Helicopter Association International (HAI). Thousands of attendees, hundreds of vendors, and dozens of helicopters will converge in Nevada from March 4-7. HAI President Matt Zuccaro says that Heli-Expo, the world’s largest helicopter tradeshow, is...
February 1, 2013
A common pilot error, according to U.S. statistics, is “insufficient power available.” This does not mean helicopters are underpowered. Rather, “the pilot is unaware of the power required in the situation,” an FAA analyst said. Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of...
January 24, 2013
Italian helicopter maker AgustaWestland has reached an agreement to establish a joint venture with South American airline giant Embraer. The memorandum of understanding opens up the possibility of manufacturing AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both...
January 18, 2013
Hainan Airlines Group affiliate Beijing Capital Helicopter took delivery of its first VIP-configured Eurocopter EC135 P2...
January 1, 2013
AgustaWestland has sold another AW169 and AW139 to corporate/VIP provider Kaan Air. The purchase...
January 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has handed over the initial 429 to exit its Singapore Service Center to PT Whitesky Aviation, which is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The corporate-configured Bell 429 increases PT Whitesky’s fleet to five helicopters, including another 429 and...
January 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has signaled the beginning of a new race to supply the next Presidential helicopter. The release by the Program Office (PMA-274) on Nov. 23 of draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) contract had been expected and is likely to be followed by a formal RFP around mid-FY13, according to the NAVAIR advisory notice...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
December 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
December 6, 2012
AgustaWestland has sold another AW169 and AW139 to corporate/VIP provider Kaan Air. The purchase from the Turkish operator comes two months after an order for two...
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