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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...
June 18, 2015
Mexican operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has established a framework agreement to acquire 10 H145s, becoming the initial Latin American customer for this latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ four-ton-class twin-engine rotorcraft product range...
June 16, 2015
One target market for the new, heavy X6 is helicopter airlines, Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury told reporters at the Paris Air Show today. “The X6 is the next future helicopter for the commercial market, targeting oil and gas, commercial air transportation and search and rescue,” Faury said in unveiling plans for a two-year effort...
June 15, 2015
Look for Airbus Helicopters to announce plans for a new heavy helicopter, according to reports at the Paris Air Show. The Reuters news service says the manufacturer...
June 12, 2015
Ireland’s Emergency Aeromedical Service commemorated completion of its 1,000th aeromedical operation on June 11. Started in June 2012 to provide the nation with a dedicated emergency aeromedical service, the service is a joint operation of the...
June 11, 2015
AgustaWestland is briefing European Aviation Safety Agency officials on the results of its latest icing tests for the AW189. The manufacturer in late May completed three months of in-flight icing tests of the super-medium twin. It is seeking broader approval for the AW189 to operate...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 10, 2015
AgustaWestland plans to begin work in August on the first AW609 TiltRotor to be produced at its Philadelphia facility. The aircraft set for production at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport site is the fourth AW609 prototype...
June 4, 2015
DONAUWORTH, Germany (June 2, 2015) – The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) has awarded Airbus Helicopters a full-service contract for the new H145M, which will make its military debut with the German Air Force later this year. The seven-year comprehensive cooperative support and services agreement will ensure optimal availability, reliability and readiness for the German Air Force’s fleet of 15...
June 1, 2015
The U.S. Air Force, seeking options for replacing its aging UH-1N fleet, says it expects by July to complete examining how the previous Common Vertical Lift Support Platform’s analysis of alternatives (AoA) might be applied...
May 29, 2015
An MH-53E lands on the USS Boxer May 7. Photo by U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Veronica Mammina The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have struggled for more than a decade to keep their heavy-lift MH/CH-53Es flying amid high-operational tempos...
May 29, 2015
Thirteen pilots and flight instructors at the flight school Upper Limits Aviation have been deputized to work with Utah’s Iron County Sheriff’s Office, providing helicopter air support for local search and rescue missions. The school and the...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 26, 2015
The Mi-26T2 heavy-lift helicopter is now in serial production, according to Russian Helicopters. The Rostvertol unit, which has been producing the predecessor Mi-26 military helicopter and commercial Mi-26T since 1980, is manufacturing the -26T2. Rostvertol worked with...
May 26, 2015
The MAGnificent luxury cabin interior for Bell Helicopter's 429 will soon be flying in Russia, the manufacturer says, reporting its first sale there of the light twin with that completion option. Created by...
May 22, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 at HeliRussia that will operate in extreme cold weather conditions in Siberia. “The Bell 429’s superior performance in extreme cold weather conditions was a key decision factor for our client,” said Alexander Evdokimov, general director, Jet Transfer. “This aircraft will provide our client with an extremely...
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