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March 3, 2016
The AgustaWestland AW109 Trekker light twin-engine helicopter has made its first flight, said parent company Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Robinson Helicopter experienced increased annual sales figures in 2015, owing primarily to a spike in international customers and to strong utilization of the R44 and R66.   Kurt Robinson, president and CEO, said Tuesday at Heli-Expo that roughly 60 to 65% of airframe sales were to customers in Australia, China, South Africa and Europe, though there also was a slight increase in U.S. sales.   The...
March 1, 2016
Brazilian company Helisul Táxi Aéreo has signed a letter of intent for ten Marenco SKYe SH09s. The company currently...
February 22, 2016
Robinson Helicopter Company is officially accepting orders for its new two-place R44 Cadet. The introductory price with standard equipment is $339,000 USD; the float equipped version is $367,000 USD; and the required nonrefundable deposit is $40,000 USD. Serial numbers will not be assigned and delivery dates will not be...
February 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft Company will establish an over-the-counter secondary market so current and future shareholders will have the ability to buy and sell XTI shares on a public market.  After garnering $20.6 million in non-binding expressions of interest, the excitement around the TriFan 600 and interest by investors...
February 16, 2016
GKN Aerospace has joined forces with Durham University to develop and implement an ultra-sensitive test method to accurately measure improvements in airframe drag performance. The test is being used to identify surface coatings that will reduce drag by 25% when compared to traditional aircraft surfaces — and when tested in typical aircraft cruise conditions. These coatings must also demonstrate the...
February 12, 2016
Sierra Industries and the SkyWay Aviation Group recently celebrated the completion of several deliveries of custom-modified Bell 407GX Special Mission helicopters to their new home base. Outfitted for aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, these sophisticated rotorcraft are now being utilized by their new owners in helping to protect...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 27, 2016
The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, France, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes.   The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of 2015, allowing the...
January 22, 2016
XTI Aircraft has earned a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) qualification under Regulation A+. Investors interested in supporting development of the new TriFan 600 aircraft will now be able to purchase...
January 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis The U.S. Navy wants proposals by mid-February from industry partners interested in investigating how fasteners might be turned into “smart” devices for detecting cracking in airframe structural joints.    Fatigue cracking in aircraft structures often originates in holes drilled for fasteners to hold...
December 30, 2015
  Photo courtesy of Triumph Group   Triumph Group has appointed a veteran Raytheon and Lockheed Martin executive as its new president and CEO effective Jan. 4, following an eight-month search by its board of directors that the company called extensive.    Daniel Crowley, who also will serve as a director of the Berwyn, Pennsylvania-headquartered company, which designs...
December 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of The Pennsylvania State University The FAA should “expedite its work” in developing data on the actual risks posed by midair collisions of manned aircraft with small unmanned ones, all 26 members of a U.S. task force urged the agency, according to their Nov. 21 report on small drone registration. As those members wrestled with the question of the lower weight limit that should...
December 3, 2015
Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter test pilots have flown the prototype 525 Relentless south for its next phase of flight test work.  Flight Test Vehicle 1 was flown Dec. 1 from its assembly site in Amarillo, Texas, to the XworX research and development facility at Arlington Municipal Airport, about 8 mi southeast of Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters...
November 27, 2015
India has eased financial restrictions on importing helicopters and other aircraft for scheduled and non-scheduled service, according to that nation’s central bank. Previously, a bank could not clear advance payments of $50...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter reports it has sold its first 407GXP in Germany. The customers, Dr. Ernst Langner and Nataly Langner, signed for the aircraft, which is to...
November 17, 2015
Japan's central government asked a court today to force Okinawa's governor to clear work on the relocation of America’s Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the island. U.S., Japanese and Okinawan officials have agreed since 1996 that the base needs to be closed. Schools...
November 17, 2015
A new memorial at the U.S. Air Force Academy honors the valorous action of graduates during the Vietnam War. The academy’s classes of 1965 and 1970 presented the Plaza of Heroes addition to the Southeast Asia Memorial Pavilion on the Colorado Springs, Colorado, campus as reunion gifts. The plaza honors the academy's only Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Lance P. Sijan, and its...
November 16, 2015
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first major Vietnam War battle between regular U.S. and North Vietnam forces, which solidified the role of the helicopter in U.S. military operations. The Battle of Ia Drang began midday on Nov. 14, 1965. Shortly after Bell Helicopter UH-1s delivered elements...
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