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May 22, 2014
Two Airbus Helicopters EC145s from Kazakhstan will be displayed at this year’s KADEX defense exposition. The helicopters, one operated by the Ministry of Defense and another with the Ministry of Emergency Situations, are part of 45 twin-engine rotorcraft being acquired by the government. This fleet build-up is supported by Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, a joint venture of Airbus Helicopters and...
May 22, 2014
Helicopter manufacturers will be showing their products at this week’s Rotortech 2014 show, which takes place on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 24-25, keen to gain a larger slice of the booming Australian helicopter market. Bell Helicopter’s local representative Hawker Pacific is taking a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mock-up to the show in what will be the type’s first appearance in...
May 22, 2014
Lord Corporation and Sikorsky Aircraft have finished testing the hub mounted vibration sensor (HMVS) on a UH-70A Black Hawk. The flight test took place at Fort Eustis, Va., in partnership with the U.S. Army’s Aviation Applied Technology Directorate. During the American Helicopter Society International’s Forum 70 this week in Montreal, Lane Miller, vice president...
May 21, 2014
EADS-NA has been granted a $55 million sole-source modification to contract an existing contract to procure...
May 21, 2014
Eagle Copters Australasia will feature its Eagle Single helicopter at Rotortech 2014, May 24 and 25, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The Eagle Single is a recent entrant into the Bell...
May 19, 2014
The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the seven-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its Category A performance and mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus...
May 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ attendance at the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show will reflect more than four decades of helicopter manufacturing in Germany. Their exhibition features a range of new models such as the EC145 T2 and EC135 T3 aircraft, as well as the NH90 NFH naval helicopter and the BO105. Besides offering visitors an insight into its comprehensive service portfolio, Airbus will also showcase its...
May 16, 2014
Photo courtesy of Donaldson Donaldson Company employees are photographed with the new CH-53K heavy-lift test helicopter EDM-2 during a...
May 15, 2014
Airbus Group has delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army. The Lakota is manufactured at the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas Todd, Army Project Manager for Utility Aircraft, accepted the delivery. ...
May 12, 2014
Northrop Grumman and Yamaha have agreed to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The new system, called the Rotary-Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with autonomous control and...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 9, 2014
Advanced Tactics has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 2014
China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has certified the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter on April 29. China joins more than 50 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. that have...
May 8, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft was chosen by the U.S. Navy to build the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President. With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract to modify, test and deliver six FAA-certified S-92s and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into late 2020, the fixed price...
May 7, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter – a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin – will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service's SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
May 7, 2014
Airbus Helicopters certified the Abidjan maintenance center, operated by International Aircraft Services (IAS), which will service the AS365 and AS350 models from the Dauphin and...
May 7, 2014
Bell Helicopter established cooperative agreements with Meggitt, Astronics and Eaton for systems on the company’s V-280 Valor Tiltrotor. Meggitt will provide the fuel system and Eaton will provide the hydraulic system. Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft rolled out the CH-53K King Stallion on May 5 at its facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed that “King Stallion” had emerged as the chosen name for the variant – a safe pick that taps...
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