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May 5, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica said the third prototype of the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt rotor has completed its first ground run at the company's facilities in Cascina Costa, Italy. The aircraft began restrained ground run...
May 5, 2016
Bell Helicopter has joined the V-280 Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator wing and nacelles to the aircraft fuselage at its aircraft assembly center in Amarillo, Texas, the company said in a press release Wednesday.  Bell's EVP of...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 8, 2016
Triumph Group, Inc. has received the 2016 Supplier Excellence Award from the American Helicopter Society International (AHS). The company was recognized for the quality, innovation and cost-effective...
April 7, 2016
United Aero Group has donated a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter to the Connecticut Air & Space Center, a restoration museum at the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex. The company acquired the aircraft from a transport operator in Brazil. It is donating a...
March 30, 2016
Bell Helicopter delivered a Bell 429 to the Chihuahua State Government, the company said Tuesday. The Bell 429 is configured for corporate transport for the State of Chihuahua.   According to a...
March 25, 2016
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has made improvements to its Dhruv after a spate of crashes involving the units sold to Ecuador, The Financial Express reported today, citing the government.   The government acknowledged “the problems that have dogged the aircraft maker and strained...
March 23, 2016
Safran has decided to place all of its companies under a single banner and brand name, Safran, to bolster its position as a global industrial leader and accelerate its international growth. The Safran logo therefore becomes the sole emblem representing all group companies. Operating under a single...
March 22, 2016
Airbus Helicopters is showcasing demo flights of its H145 in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first tour was held in Southeast Africa in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand.  This Asian demo tour will be divided into two legs. From March 23...
March 3, 2016
The AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter has made its first flight, said parent company Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Robinson Helicopter experienced increased annual sales figures in 2015, owing primarily to a spike in international customers and to strong utilization of the R44 and R66.   Kurt Robinson, president and CEO, said Tuesday at Heli-Expo that roughly 60 to 65% of airframe sales were to customers in Australia, China, South Africa and Europe, though there also was a slight increase in U.S. sales.   The...
March 1, 2016
Brazilian company Helisul Táxi Aéreo has signed a letter of intent for ten Marenco SKYe SH09s. The company currently...
February 22, 2016
Robinson Helicopter Company is officially accepting orders for its new two-place R44 Cadet. The introductory price with standard equipment is $339,000 USD; the float equipped version is $367,000 USD; and the required nonrefundable deposit is $40,000 USD. Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be...
February 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft Company will establish an over-the-counter secondary market so current and future shareholders will have the ability to buy and sell XTI shares on a public market.  After garnering $20.6 million in non-binding expressions of interest, the excitement around the TriFan 600 and interest by investors...
February 16, 2016
GKN Aerospace has joined forces with Durham University to develop and implement an ultra-sensitive test method to accurately measure improvements in airframe drag performance. The test is being used to identify surface coatings that will reduce drag by 25% when compared to traditional aircraft surfaces — and when tested in typical aircraft cruise conditions. These coatings must also demonstrate the...
February 12, 2016
Sierra Industries and the SkyWay Aviation Group recently celebrated the completion of several deliveries of custom-modified Bell 407GX Special Mission helicopters to their new home base. Outfitted for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, these sophisticated rotorcraft are now being utilized by their new owners in helping to protect...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 27, 2016
The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, France, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes.   The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of 2015, allowing the...
January 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft has earned a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification under Regulation A+. Investors interested in supporting development of the new TriFan 600 aircraft will now be able to purchase...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
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