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December 4, 2013
The U.S. Army’s 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion has transitioned the first Boeing AH-64E Apache into initial operating capability (IOC) status. The battalion, referred...
December 3, 2013
Eurocopter has renewed contracts with two Abu Dhabi-based companies to provide product support for operations in the Middle East. The contracts were signed at the recent Dubai Airshow. The manufacturer re-upped its customer support services contract with Global Aerospace Logistics (GAL) “to further strengthen Eurocopter’s profile in the United Arab Emirates and enhance the company’s...
December 2, 2013
E-volo has completed the first flight of its prototype Volocopter VC200. The flight took place on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the dm-arena in Kalsruhe, Germany. Volocopter receives power from 18...
December 1, 2013
aparker@accessintel.com Three of the larger stories involving the helicopter industry in 2013 have ties to Eurocopter. The first is something Eurocopter didn’t do in relation to arguably the biggest story of the year, as the manufacturer dropped out of U.S. Army Aviation’s Joint Multi-Role (JMR) competition, which leads to Future Vertical Lift (FVL), first with the medium variant. Army Aviation...
December 1, 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...
December 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-26T. 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 military status. The helicopters were prepared for overhaul in March 2012, when specialists from Novosibirsk met...
December 1, 2013
MQ-8C initial flight. Northrop Grumman has carried out the maiden flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group consisting of representatives from the U.S. Navy and North- rop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial...
December 1, 2013
Eurocopter and AeroVironment signed a cooperative agreement during the AUSA annual meeting in late October to begin exploring new collaborative opportunities. The teaming agreement will focus on...
December 1, 2013
Ron Pratte’s EC145 at NBAA. Exhibit hall at NBAA 2013. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 66th annual Conference and Exposition in late October drew thousands of attendees, more than 1,000 exhibitors and 97 display aircraft. Rotorcraft OEMs and systems providers represented at the show included Bell Helicopter, Eurocopter, Honeywell, Kaman Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada...
December 1, 2013
Cougar Helicopters operates a fleet of nine Sikorsky S-92s for offshore transport and SAR missions. Nine are based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Three operate from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photos by Ernie Stephens     Rain and poor visibility are the one-two punch that keeps most helicopter operations on the ground. But not so at Cougar Helicopters located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. On...
December 1, 2013
Max-Viz EVS System Available from Astronics An Astronics Max-Viz EVS system can increase safety and mission success in both rotary and fixed-wing EMS fleets for approximately half the cost of night vision goggles (NVGs) with no need for costly flight deck lighting modifications and hours of expensive initial and recurrent flight crew training and currency. Max-Viz EVS can give your pilots and aircraft...
December 1, 2013
In our annual effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories that appear in print, online, in e-newsletters and digital format, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of items published from January to November 2013, with a special emphasis on stories that you may not have come across in the print edition – stories that appeared at www.rotorandwing.com, or in one of our four e-letters...
November 27, 2013
Russian Helicopters' new Mi-171A2 medium multirole and Mi-38 transport helicopters have completed individual testing at the National Helicopter Building Center in Tomilino, Moscow region. The center is...
November 27, 2013
Swiss Kopter Technology (SKT) displayed its new Skyrider 06 at this year’s Dubai Airshow. The light, two-person sport helicopter had its first flight last year, and the company has now sold three...
November 27, 2013
Abu Dhabi Aviation will take delivery of Bell Helicopter Textron’s new 412EPI either later this year or early next year, becoming the first operator to get the new, more powerful version of Bell’s “flying pick-up truck.” The 412EPI is designed to provide a 15 percent increase in takeoff power on hot days, a major consideration in an area where temperatures can hover over the 100...
November 26, 2013
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...
November 25, 2013
Quest Aviation Solutions announced its appointment as the exclusive MD Helicopters distributor for the United Arab Emirates on the second day of the Dubai Airshow. “We actually signed the document three weeks ago but we have been working on it for a long time,” said Mike Creed, Quest’s group aircraft sales and commercial director. “The market that we are aiming at is the seven...
November 22, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has exercised an option for seven additional UH-60Ms from Sikorsky. The...
November 20, 2013
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has placed an order for two AW169s from AgustaWestland. The...
November 20, 2013
The New South Wales Police Force has reached an agreement to bring the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to Australia. The...
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