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February 27, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft’s Matrix Technology autonomy research program has progressed to the second phase of flight test activities with the installation of advanced sensors that will allow the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft (SARA) to conduct real-time perception work.   SARA. Photo courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft...
February 26, 2014
Because of the timing of this year’s Heli-Expo occurring at the end of February, the deadlines for the March print edition fell into “no man’s land” – that is, going to press right before the show started, and then coming out right after the show ends. Most of the news heading into the show was under embargo as we went to press, so a number of the stories that come from the...
February 26, 2014
At his company’s annual “state-of-the-nation” briefing to journalists in Paris during January, new Airbus Helicopters President & CEO Guillaume Faury was less informative, less detailed and more cautious than his predecessor, Dr. Lutz Bertling. The usual document – which last year contained 28 pages of presentation notes – was replaced with one that contained only four...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo, Anaheim – During the afternoon on Tuesday AgustaWestland introduced what CEO Daniele Romiti called the new member of the AW109 family, the light twin AW109 Trekker. Dancers from Circque du Soleil, whose representation of rugged dance, heralded the unveiling...
February 26, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group has increased its S-92 order book with Sikorsky Aircraft by eight units. Milestone is already one of the world’s largest S-92 owners, and has increased its firm and option S-92 orders to 37 aircraft valued at more than $1.2 billion. The forward orders are scheduled to deliver over the next five years, with 15 scheduled for completed...
February 26, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its Entry Into Service program for the S-76D line of aircraft. The program includes customer training, service, support and focused customer communication, as well as the tracking of customer...
February 26, 2014
Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million, with delivery scheduled to...
February 26, 2014
The new EC225e version of Airbus Helicopters’ workhorse Super Puma product line was formally launched Tuesday, offering an enhanced rotorcraft that responds to operators’ requirements for extended-range missions – particularly in support of deep-water oil and gas airlift missions. Details on the EC225e were outlined at Heli-Expo 2014, along with the...
February 26, 2014
Turbomeca, a Safran company, is bringing its entire proximity network to bear in supporting customers of Bell Helicopter’s new five-seat, short light single engine helicopter. In a first-ever collaboration between the two corporations, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will receive power from Turbomeca’s latest Arrius 2R gas turbine.   Turbomeca Arrius 2R. Graphic courtesy of...
February 26, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, Calif. – 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 production...
February 26, 2014
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 TH180 is designed primarily as a training...
February 25, 2014
Erickson Air-Crane is now Erickson Incorporated, but has several divisions, announced Udo Rieder, the organization’s chief executive at a pre-show media briefing. 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 comprises: Erickson Air Crane; Erickson Helicopters...
February 25, 2014
AgustaWestland (Booth 6937) CEO Danielle Romiti revealed several surprises pre-Heli Expo. They included the presence of the AW609 tiltrotor that had journeyed to Los Angeles from its base in Arlington, Texas, where it is being readied for Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certification. The transit, said a well-briefed Roberto Garavaglia, senior vice president for strategy and business, had taken six hours...
February 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter launched, in the words of President and CEO John Garrison, “the revitalization of the legendary Jet Ranger” during Heli-Expo on Tuesday at 11:00 am (Pacific). The launch drew a huge crowd with Garrison introducing the new SLS helicopter from a podium among the crowd. He reviewed the drive of Bell in terms of pushing forward with the 525 Relentless and on the military side, the...
February 24, 2014
Heli-Expo 2014 will mark the first major rotorcraft industry event for the new corporate identity of Airbus Helicopters (Booth 523), with the company showcasing an evolved product line, diversified service offerings and a strategy that reflects its core changes. To be announced is Airbus Helicopters’ upgraded version of its EC225 Super Puma: the EC225e. This new variant responds to operator...
February 24, 2014
Kaman Aerospace (Booth 4922) continues to expand its reach as a helicopter support powerhouse, now doing business with major OEMs such as Bell, Boeing, Sikorsky, MD Helicopters, and Lockheed Martin, among others. The company’s Aerosystems group provides tip-to-tail services and components, with the ability to handle virtually any aspect of aerospace design and manufacturing requirements. Jim...
February 21, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s...
February 19, 2014
The traditional “Russian Hour” returns to Heli-Expo on February 26 hosted by the Helicopter Industry Association of Russia (Booth 3903) and Russian...
February 19, 2014
Source: Columbia Helicopters Columbia Helicopters has acquired three Boeing CH- 47D Chinooks from the U.S. government. These aircraft will expand the...
February 19, 2014
Source: Kitchener Aero Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) has received an FAA supplemental...
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