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June 27, 2014
Bell Helicopter has delivered three Bell 407GX aircraft to two Chinese customers from their Commercial Aircraft Assembly Center located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada. Chongqing General Aviation Co. received two Bell 407GX aircraft that will be used in China for parapublic missions...
June 27, 2014
Northrop Grumman has introduced new cockpit technology designed for both rotary- and fixed-wing platforms. The new system features a partitioned architecture software that can be applied to platforms such as the AH-64D/E Apache, H-60L Black Hawk and CH 47D/F Chinook helicopters and is certifiable under DO-178 standards.  Northrop Grumman’s Mission Equipment...
June 26, 2014
Discussions are reportedly under way in Japan to acquire a new utility helicopter for the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF). The eventual procurement cycle could last a decade and be worth around $2 billion. The ambition is to replace the 150+ Bell Helicopter UH-1H/Js utility helicopters that were manufactured and improved under license by Fuji heavy Industries. The last UH-X program was awarded...
June 26, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the sixth AW119Kx to Life Link III of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The helicopter, which features advanced life-saving equipment and a customized EMS interior...
June 25, 2014
Geisinger Health System has introduced a new twin-engine Airbus Helicopter EC145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing...
June 25, 2014
NHI has delivered the 200th NH90 helicopter to Belgian Defence. The Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army Aviation School...
June 24, 2014
AgustaWestland AW101 in the Norwegian SAR configuration. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland Your correspondent has battled his way through the corporate jungle that is the Farnborough Air Show for more than a quarter of a century. The show was once a closed showcase for products of a thriving British aerospace manufacturing industry but, as that has declined over the years, the requirement to reach out beyond...
June 23, 2014
French helicopter maker Helicopteres Guimbal has obtained a validation type certificate for the Cabri G2 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The approval became official in mid-June after an...
June 19, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered an AS350 B3e AStar to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter was built in the...
June 19, 2014
Bell Helicopter will display the first Slovakian Bell 429 Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) aircraft, owned by Air-Transport Europe, s.r.o (ATE), at...
June 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first fully “built-in-Brazil” EC725 to the Brazilian Navy, marking a major milestone in the company’s cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence...
June 18, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered a new Airbus Helicopters EC135 to Northwest MedStar. This is the third delivery by Metro Aviation in the past year, making a total of seven rotorcraft in the Spokane, Wash...
June 17, 2014
Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS), an executive helicopter operator based in Baltimore, Md., recently upgraded its fleet by adding a new Bell 407 to its...
June 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters will display its mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup at Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, including one of its newest military helicopters, the twin-engine EC645 T2. Also shown at Eurosatory 2014 will be Airbus Helicopters’ single-engine high-performance AS550 C3e Fennec, tailored...
June 13, 2014
Kagoshima International Aviation has placed an order for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin configured for emergency medical service (EMS) missions. The GrandNew will be based at the Hakodate Airport and will serve Hakodate...
June 12, 2014
Metro Aviation has delivered an Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e to the aviation section of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Sanford...
June 10, 2014
While contemplating how to encompass several thoughts about recent events into one article, an old English wedding custom came to mind involving old, new, borrow and blue (I got married in December 2013 so some matrimonial themes have still not been swept from my consciousness). Something Old: Continuity with the past. This month I visited Sikorsky in Stratford, Conn. and had the privilege of being showed...
June 9, 2014
UTair Group has restructured the insurance program for its helicopter fleet, covering and expanding the number and types of insurance risks. The new policy provides hull coverage on helicopters of the Mil family, including Russian-built Mi-8AMT/MTV, Mi-171 and Mi-26 helicopters and the Kamov...
June 6, 2014
Bell Helicopters has boosted its presence in the Chinese helicopter market following the recent signing of a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a new Bell 407GX. As the company’s first helicopter, it will be used for sightseeing, VIP transport and agriculture support. The latest sale in China follows a number announced by Bell this year, including two 407GXs to...
June 6, 2014
The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.   Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked...
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