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April 15, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has completed the initial series of tests required by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command to verify the structural strength of the heavylift CH-53K. Conducted on a full-size non-flying airframe called the Static Test Article (STA), the tests are part of a three-year program to validate that the largest helicopter ever designed and built by Sikorsky has the structural...
April 11, 2014
AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental have opened a joint regional business headquarters in Shanghai that will expand AgustaWestland’s presence in the country’s civil helicopter market by promoting its products and services for...
April 8, 2014
The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings were this week removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL).   Sea King transport. Photo courtesy Royal Australian Navy   The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the...
April 8, 2014
Boeing has granted Lord Corporation a two-year contract to integrate and qualify an improved vibration control system (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Lord IVCS controls steady state and transient vibration, and the technology operates...
April 7, 2014
One of the United Kingdom’s busiest medical airlift providers – Midlands Air Ambulance Charity – has put its newest rotorcraft in operation: an Airbus Helicopters EC135 T2e, becoming the first fully-owned fleet member for this...
April 7, 2014
AgustaWestland's eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter began a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on April 4. The tour started in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before...
April 4, 2014
Kaman Aerosystems today announced delivery of its 1,000th H-60 helicopter cockpit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky). The milestone UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter cockpit was incorporated into an H-60 airframe that underwent final assembly at Sikorsky’s...
April 2, 2014
With the presentation of the first prototype of the SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo 2014, Marenco Swisshelicopter confirmed interest...
April 2, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced China Star Aero signed purchase agreements for three 505 Jet Ranger X aircraft at Heli-Expo 2014. This was part of the nearly 200 total...
April 1, 2014
Lease Corporation International has reached an agreement to acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to...
April 1, 2014
Amur Helicopter Financial Services has agreed to a major fleet transaction with Bristow Group Inc. The transaction involves purchasing the entire Bristow fleet of 28 Bell 206-L4...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
April 1, 2014
Jeff Pino. Jeff Pino, the ex-president of Sikorsky Aircraft who “retired” in 2012, is back in the helicopter business, this time as CEO of newly formed Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, part of the U.S.-based Macquarie Group. “Leasing reduces risk and improves operator balance sheets,” stated Pino. Having served at the...
April 1, 2014
Before the curtain fell Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo. The launch of the 505 Jet Ranger X drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new short light single (SLS) helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525...
April 1, 2014
MD530G at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton believes, or rather “dreams,” of taking her once-ailing company forward to rapid manufacturing and production of existing and new helicopters. A self-confessed “obsessive for technology and innovation,” Tilton believes that one of the ways to get her company back into the mainstream of helicopter...
April 1, 2014
Enstrom TH180. By Frank Lombardi At Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Mich., pulled the wraps off of a brand new design – a two-seat, piston helicopter. The aircraft, dubbed the TH180, shares the same general shape of the larger three- and five-seat Enstrom products, but scaled down to accommodate just two people. “The...
April 1, 2014
Scott’s Bell 47 during Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Andrew Drwiega One announcement during Heli-Expo 2014 that brought the past right up to the present was that which saw engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce signing a multi-engine contract with Scott’s Bell 47, the owner of the Bell 47 type certificate since 2009. This brings Rolls-Royce’s RR300 light turboshaft powerplant to the Bell 407GT-6...
April 1, 2014
Erickson S-64. Photo courtesy of Erickson Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a media briefing related to Heli-Expo. Following the acquisitions last year of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia, the company’s share price rose from $8 to $21 per share (a 163 percent growth). The group now...
April 1, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has increased its S-92 order book with Sikorsky Aircraft by eight units. The company has increased its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The...
April 1, 2014
AgustaWestland’s booth at Heli-Expo 2014. Photo by Frank Lombardi AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti wants to “keep the speed of the company at the highest value possible but like when you drive a car, if you start exceeding its performance, then there must be a safety device to ensure you do not lose control. We have to ensure that we have the ability to keep the company safe.” Romiti...
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