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March 1, 2014
Helicopters flying over the Sochi Winter Olympics will perform a number of roles, but most will feature the livery of what one would expect – Russian Helicopters. The Russian Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service and Emergencies Ministry are among the agencies that will employ various Russian variants to conduct security missions, patrols...
March 1, 2014
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the AgustaWestland AW189. First deliveries are expected during February, with Bristow Helicopters anticipating the first at their Norwich base for operations on oil rig support in the southern North Sea. The Bristow helicopter (show in image) is serial 49007 and is seen here in full colors with the British registration...
February 28, 2014
Technicians work on the AW609 assembly line in Italy. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Why not use the AW101 “as an optionally piloted vehicle?” asked AgustaWestland’s chief executive officer, Daniele Romiti. We were beginning a discussion of his company’s attitude to rotary unmanned aerial systems and optionally piloted vehicles at the company’s headquarters in Vergiate...
February 28, 2014
The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo cover rotorcraft that range from the EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has received orders from the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior for two MD 530F aircraft. The Bolivian National Police will operate the aircraft to provide additional airborne security...
February 28, 2014
MD Helicopters has handed over a new MD500E to Nome, Alaska-based Bering Air, one of the largest rotary wing fleet operators in Western Alaska. The new MD500E will provide support for the...
February 28, 2014
As hundreds of attendees gathered at Bell Helicopter’s booth at Heli-Expo, the company shared recent updates alongside a full-size mockup of the Bell 525 Relentless newly configured for search and rescue (SAR) missions. “With the Bell 525 Relentless we are delivering a generational shift in pilot situational...
February 28, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices. The unveiling occurred at Heli-Expo...
February 28, 2014
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered within the next 18 months and...
February 28, 2014
Bell Helicopter revealed the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a full-size mock up of the Bell 525 Relentless in search-and-rescue configuration at Heli-Expo...
February 27, 2014
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has completed AW609 tiltrotor flight envelope expansion trials in December 2013, allowing the certification testing phase to commence as it makes progress toward FAA certification in 2017. This was achieved with the first two test aircraft, which have now together flown almost 1,000 hours, with over a third in the last...
February 27, 2014
Precision Helicopters (Booth 7311) is taking delivery of its first new-generation training helicopter, the Guimbal Cabri G2, which is the first of this type in the U.S., during Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Precision’s Managing Director...
February 27, 2014
MD Helicopters has released details of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the...
February 27, 2014
Phoenix Heliparts has contracted with a California pilot for a total refurbishment and upgrade of an MD530F helicopter, including a complete digital avionics package and modern interior. It will then be populated, painted and made ready for delivery in September. The latest full-scale airframe...
February 27, 2014
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing has announced its first purchase and lease back transaction for Bond Offshore...
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...
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