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November 7, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has acquired an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew as the result of a leasing agreement with Milestone Aviation...
November 6, 2013
Russian Helicopters has secured an order for a Ka-32A11BC from the Belarus Emergencies Ministry. The Minsk department of the government agency will operate the helicopter in the firefighting...
November 5, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has gone through the initial testing phase of the 35-foot main and 10-foot tail rotor blades for the CH-53K, the heavy lift helicopter being developed for the U.S. Marine Corps. The blades are designed to meet USMC requirements for the CH-53K’s maximum gross weight of 88,000 lbs. Mike Torok, CH-53K vice president at Sikorsky, notes that the blades are important in helping...
November 4, 2013
AgustaWestland has appointed Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight as an authorized service center (ASC) at its facility in Belle Vernon, Pa. The designation allows the Uniflight location to conduct airframe maintenance inspections on the AW119...
November 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter has initiated an upgrade program for the 412EPI, with a focus on improving the helicopter’s Category A certification and increased...
November 1, 2013
AirframesS-97 fuselage arrived at Sikorsky on September 20. Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a...
November 1, 2013
Experts from NASA, FAA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have chosen six companies to participate in the Advanced Composites Project from a list of 20 proposals. The project falls under the Integrated Systems Research Program at NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The...
November 1, 2013
National Grid Bell 429. National Grid Bell 429. Adding to a string of recent regional firsts, the Bell 407GX has entered service with its first operator based in Switzerland. The handover comes shortly after the first Bell 429 took flight as part of a UK-based fleet with National Grid, as well as the first 429 in VIP configuration with TJ Morris Ltd...
November 1, 2013
EC145T2. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Eurocopter invited Rotor & Wing to participate in the demonstrations to customers of its EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters just prior to the Helitech exhibition in late September at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter variant in the company inventory...
November 1, 2013
With three manufacturers who are developing high-speed rotorcraft represented on the panel, the Helitech International 2013 Conference provided an opportunity to gauge the differences in emphasis between the AgustaWestland AW609, Sikorsky’s X2 and Eurocopter’s X3 and their likely effects on the civil market. Roberto Garavaglia, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for strategy and...
November 1, 2013
Eurocopter and AeroVironment signed a cooperative agreement during the AUSA annual meeting in late October to begin exploring new collaborative opportunities. The partnership will focus on combining...
October 31, 2013
The Lithuanian Air Force has placed an order for three Eurocopter AS365 N3 Dauphins with financing support from the European Union. According to Eurocopter, the...
October 30, 2013
Russian Helicopters has returned the first of two Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters to the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry after undergoing overhaul and modification from their previous M-26...
October 30, 2013
Rotor & Wing Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens attended the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition from Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. Below are some of his photos along with links to stories from the show...
October 29, 2013
European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is heavily promoting its UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Air Force as a safeguard against cuts to the U.S. Army budget that would seriously impact UH-72 production. Proposed budget cuts for the 2014 fiscal year could reduce acquisition of the U.S. Army’s planned UH-72A fleet by 31 aircraft—which could effectively end Lakota production by early...
October 28, 2013
Boston MedFlight has received the 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award, presented by American Eurocopter during the AMTC annual Community Awards banquet on October 21. The non-profit air medical transport provider was selected for the award out of a...
October 25, 2013
Thursday brought to close the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) 66th annual meeting and conference. The three-day event drew a wide variety of professionals and companies involved in corporate air travel. And although the majority of the 1,100 exhibitors displaying aircraft...
October 24, 2013
Eurocopter’s EC145 has been a popular aircraft in both the military and public service sectors. But Ron Pratte, a businessman and helicopter pilot residing in the Phoenix area, had one of the twin-turbine aircraft built...
October 23, 2013
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual Conference and Exposition opened in Las Vegas on Tuesday, drawing thousands of attendees, plus more than 1,000 exhibitors and 97 display aircraft. Rotorcraft OEMs and systems providers represented at the show...
October 23, 2013
Bell Helicopter used the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Conference and Exposition as the backdrop to introduce a version of its 429 with wheeled landing gear. The “429 WLG,” as it has been dubbed, is similar...
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