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March 1, 2008
India is widely considered one of rotorcraft’s biggest potential growth markets. But how will that growth develop? Slowly, some experienced with doing helicopter business there argue. Demand for offshore-support services is rising, spurred by increased exploration and production efforts in response to record oil...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Soloy Aviation Solutions has obtained approval from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) for its Honeywell engine conversion for the Eurocopter AS350BA and B2. The company already had supplemental type certificates from the U.S...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | ENGINES Rolls-Royce won FAA type certification of its 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft engine in late 2007, the manufacturer revealed at Heli-Expo last month. The engine maker launched development of the RR300 in January 2006 and received the type certificate in late December. "So we were able to do the design, development, and complete certification — through receipt of the type...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AVIONICS The U.S. state of Alaska is launching a comprehensive aviation safety initiative that would establish a low-interest loan program for acquiring advanced, satellite-based avionics for general aviation aircraft and improve terrain mapping of the state. The initiative is tied to FAA efforts to implement automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) air traffic...
March 1, 2008
PRODUCTS | AIRFRAMES Bell Helicopter is betting a drive by major operators to cut their aircraft operating costs will translate into a greater industry appetite for common sets of helicopters. The manufacturer is embarking on a new product development plan that calls for creating families of aircraft around single aircraft types, said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell’s senior vice president for marketing and...
February 29, 2008
AgustaWestland is working to certify an 882-lb (400-kg) increase in the max gross weight for its AW139 by the end of this year or early next. The medium twin's current certified MGW is 14,991 lb (6,800 kg). The move...
February 28, 2008
Eurocopter reports collecting "intentions to buy" for 111 orders for its new EC175 from 13 different customers and 120 bookings for the rest of its product line during the three days of Heli-Expo 2008...
February 27, 2008
AgustaWestland Grand owner Scott Kasprowicz plans to attempt a new speed record for an around-the-world helicopter flight. Kasparowicz in February set a record for a transcontinental U.S. flight from New...
February 27, 2008
MD Helicopters Chairman and CEO Lynn Tilton is still considering moving the manufacturer from its Mesa, Ariz. home because of a rent increase there, The Fort Worth...
February 25, 2008
Sikorsky Aircraft is seizing Heli-Expo as an opportunity to size up potential commercial and other applications for its X2 technology. The company interrupted development of the X2 program, and the march toward first flight, to bring the prototype aircraft to the show in Houston. Team leaders said it is one thing to describe the aircraft, aimed at achieving 250-kt-plus...
February 25, 2008
Rolls-Royce in late December won FAA type certification of its new 300-shp-class RR300, which will power Robinson Helicopter's first turbine, the five-seat...
February 25, 2008
Here's a round-up of other news from Heli-Expo 2008's first day in Houston. Check back occasionally for additional news: On Jan. 30, the EC225 received its type certification from the FAA. The way is now cleared for the commercial operation in the...
February 22, 2008
Eurocopter plans a couple of product debuts at Heli-Expo in Houston next week. The company on the show’s opening day, Feb. 24, at 11:30 am, will unveil "a new member of its comprehensive...
February 21, 2008
The town commission of St. Michael’s, Md. is considering prohibiting privately owned helicopters from landing within the town’s limits, according to The Salisbury Daily Times. The...
February 20, 2008
An aircraft owner from the Washington, D.C. area is claiming a speed record for a transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles with his new AgustaWestland Grand. Scott Kasprowicz, described as a businessman and community activist, acquired the Grand earlier this year and gained for it the distinctive...
February 19, 2008
AgustaWestland today is cutting the ribbon on the second major expansion of its factory at Philadelphia's Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The added, 250,000-sq-ft...
February 15, 2008
Frank Robinson is trying to persuade his top engineers to accelerate development of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s new R66. Robinson will update the industry on the status of the program to field that...
February 13, 2008
Rolls-Royce is spooling up a streamlined facility for production of Model 250 and new, 300-shp-class RR300 turboshaft at its Indianapolis site. The...
February 8, 2008
Proof of that came in the form of U.S. President Bush's visit Jan. 30 to mega-helicopter maker Robinson Helicopter Co. ("Mega" because it set a record for civil helicopter production with its 2007 total of 823.) White House staffers some time back were looking for a good setting for...
February 8, 2008
U.S. criminal investigators are delving into the records and operations of Van Nevel Helicopters and its affiliates. Investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Justice Dept., and the U.S. Transportation Dept.'s inspector general's office (which, in part, investigates criminal...
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