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July 31, 2015
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will honor the 50-year-plus legacy of the CH-46 Sea Knight tomorrow when it receives one of the last U.S. Marine Corps "Phrogs" at facilities outside Washington.       Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron   A crew from...
July 31, 2015
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) plans to expand its facilities by the end of 2015, according to its board of trustees. The museum plans to add additional exhibit space, a theater and two...
July 30, 2015
Japan’s order for 150 military versions of Bell Helicopter’s 412EPI could boost commercial sales of that twin-engine helicopter, according to the manufacturer’s CEO. Bell and its Japanese...
July 29, 2015
Rotorcraft certification rules and procedures are antiquated and cannot keep pace with technological advances. That is the view of top executives at helicopter operators, rotorcraft manufacturers, avionics and equipment makers and modification shops.   To explain current efforts to fix those shortcomings and ensure its readers’ concerns are addressed in those efforts, Rotor & Wing...
July 28, 2015
The 525 Relentless won’t be delivered to its first operators until 2017, Textron Chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly told financial analysts today in explaining the Bell Helicopter parent’s second-quarter earnings. The 525 first...
July 24, 2015
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) has ordered the first Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar produced on the company's new final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. The H125 is now built in the United States by American workers. Airbus Helicopters Inc. had partially assembled AS350 B2 and AS350...
July 21, 2015
The decision to sell Sikorsky Aircraft rather than spin it off as a standalone company came down to simple math, United Technologies Corp. President/CEO Gregory Hayes told financial analysts today. Talks about the manufacturer’s disposition had been underway for nearly a year before yesterday’s announcement of its sale to Lockheed Martin for $9 billion. Speculation was that UTC’s tax bill on...
July 20, 2015
Expect Lockheed Martin to spend the next six months or so sorting out what needs to be fixed at Sikorsky Aircraft versus what needs to be sustained there. The $46-billion aerospace and defense company said today it has struck a deal to buy Sikorsky from United Technologies for $9 billion (higher than pundits’ valuation of $8 billion). The companies said the deal should close late this year or in...
July 16, 2015
With a new EASA type certificate in hand, AgustaWestland is preparing to deliver the first of more than 150 AW169s ordered to date. The European Aviation Safety Agency issued the type certificate July 15, less than five years...
July 14, 2015
Sikorsky Innovations is offering a $25,000 cash prize to spur innovation and disruptive technology in vertical flight. Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development division of Sikorsky Aircraft, which describes it as an agile, networked group of...
July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 13, 2015
Australia has cleared Bell Helicopter’s Singapore Service Center to maintain and modify all variants of the Model 412 flying under Australian Civil...
July 10, 2015
A Canadian VIP and corporate operator has ordered an AgustaWestland AW169 for its charter service between Toronto and New York City, the...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 6, 2015
The NTSB has completed recovering wreckage of a Flight for Life Colorado Airbus AS350 that crashed July 3 in Frisco, Colo., killing the pilot and injuring a flight paramedic and nurse. The aeromedical helicopter appeared to begin...
July 3, 2015
New data on average body size and shape could become a key factor in the design of new safety equipment for offshore oil and gas workers, if we are reading Oil & Gas UK’s 2015 Health and Safety Report right. The July 1 report by that offshore trade association notes that the size and shape of offshore workers came into focus with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority’s February 2014 on offshore...
July 3, 2015
Airbus Helicopters and Mahindra Defence are finalizing plans for a joint venture to compete for military helicopter contracts in India with aircraft produced there. Airbus sees a requirement for hundreds of helicopters under India’s...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
July 1, 2015
CHC Helicopter is “certainly not expecting an immediate rebound” in the market for offshore oil and gas helicopter support, CFO Joan Hooper told financial analysts in a June 30 briefing on the company’s fourth-quarter and full-fiscal-year performance. “We are planning as if the...
June 30, 2015
Brisbane and North Queensland regional centers are getting their first glimpse of the latest example of the Airbus Helicopters H145, which arrived in Brisbane over the weekend after completing the Sydney component of its month-long Australia visit as part of a global...
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