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January 14, 2014
The Irish Coast Guard has completed a fleet upgrade program with the integration of the fourth Sikorsky S-92 into its search and rescue (SAR) ranks. The helicopter will serve the Dublin region from Weston Executive Airport (WST). It replaces an S-61, which has ended service from Coast Guard bases in Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and...
January 14, 2014
West Plains, Mo.-based Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has purchased 20 Bell 206L-4 helicopters as part of a fleet replacement program for its EMS...
January 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) issued an $18.5-million contract to procure six additional months of...
January 8, 2014
Sikorsky Global Helicopters has reached an agreement with Era Group to provide four S-92s, with an option for a...
January 7, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft has handed over the initial offshore-configured S-76D to Bristow Helicopters as part of an order for 26 of the type. Bristow purchased the helicopters in March 2013. The helicopter is the first of the S-76D variant to enter...
January 3, 2014
MD Helicopters is planning to hand over 14 new aircraft to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) during a ceremony on Friday. KRG officials will receive the dozen single-engine MD530Fs and a pair of twin-engine MD902 Explorers at MD's...
January 2, 2014
EADS has kicked-off the New Year with a group rebranding, which has also affected the Eurocopter name. EADS, now to be known as the Airbus Group, will feature divisions called Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Airbus will focus on the commercial aircraft business and Airbus Defence and Space will integrate its Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military businesses, while Airbus...
January 1, 2014
Gulf AW139 undergoing maintenance. AgustaWestland secured orders for a total of 23 AW169s and AW189s during the recent Dubai Air Show, including configurations for the offshore, law enforcement and VIP/corporate markets. The largest order involves 15 AW189s going to Gulf Helicopters for offshore operations, making it the first Middle East operator to fly the AW189. The Qatar-based operator currently has a...
January 1, 2014
Portable Helipad from FEC Heliports A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned time frame. When the assignment is completed, you exit that area with...
January 1, 2014
Mi-38 during flight testing. Russian Helicopters has finished individual testing for the Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 at the National...
January 1, 2014
Switzerland may be known for many things; its financial institutions, fine chocolate, hand-made timepieces and tremendous scenery including one of the most foreboding mountains in Europe, the Eiger. But one thing that would not be on many lists would be an indigenous helicopter. So the unveiling of the first prototype of its light single-engine SKYe SH09 helicopter by Marenco Swiss Helicopter has already...
January 1, 2014
During the Dubai Airshow, Leanne Caret, Boeing’s vice president and general manager for Vertical Lift, confirmed that any progress on a future vertical lift project was highly unlikely. Caret confirmed that a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Eurocopter had been agreed several years ago over the potential development of a heavy lift helicopter for Europe [as originally espoused by the European...
January 1, 2014
Bell Helicopter has announced it will install the final assembly line for the new five-seat short light single (SLS) at Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) in Louisiana. There, the company plans to create 115 direct jobs and an estimated 136 indirect jobs. The investment in equipment and tooling is valued at $11.4 million. Graphic of the Bell short light single (SLS). “We considered several sites for...
January 1, 2014
MD Helicopters plans to increase marketing of its helicopter product line of light, multi-mission helicopters in the UAE, and has chosen Dubai-based Quest Aviation Solutions to be its exclusive sales distributor for the seven UAE emirates. Qatar LifeFlight MD902 operated by Gulf Helicopters. Perry Orr, MD’s director for Middle East, Africa and India, said the company has not been pro-active in...
January 1, 2014
The Brunei Ministry of Defense has received the first batch of four S-70i helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft, including two during the Bridex Exhibition and Conference in Jerudong. The...
January 1, 2014
The outlook for 2014 remains filled with uncertainty, but most executives have high hopes for their segment of the rotorcraft market. As the books for the year 2013 are closed, businesses are bracing themselves for what 2014 might bring. So, a few weeks ago I spoke to the owners, executives or managers of a variety of companies throughout the rotorcraft industry, and asked them what they think 2014 has in...
January 1, 2014
As a civilian and a journalist, when I am presented with the opportunity to fly in a military aircraft, whether at an air show, on an exercise or training flight, or operationally, I usually grab it the first chance I get. Like most things in life, reading about it is never the same as doing it and it is important to experience any aircraft first hand. Boeing offered me a flight in the AH-6i during the...
December 31, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 rotorcraft during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company...
December 27, 2013
The Norwegian government has placed a $1.6-billion order for 16 AgustaWestland AW101s to meet its all weather search and rescue (SAR) service requirement. Under the...
December 27, 2013
Brazilian operators have resumed using the Eurocopter EC225, which means that now all operators using the...
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