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November 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters has delivered four Mi-171E transport helicopters to Chinese defense manufacturing company Poly Technologies. Under an...
November 18, 2013
North Texas-based medical transport provider CareFlite has received the first of four Bell 407GXs. United...
November 18, 2013
The Dubai Airshow opened on Sunday for the first time in a new location south of Dubai city and the main international airport. This second airport, named Dubai World Central, is adjacent to the Free Zone port of Jebel Ali. The organizers have stated that there are more than 1,000 exhibitors with up to 60,000 visitors expected during the show...
November 14, 2013
SFS Aviation has received a new AgustaWestland AW139 from Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra...
November 14, 2013
Bell Helicopter has handed over the first seven of 15 Bell 429s to the Turkish National Police. According to Bell, the 429s will be used...
November 13, 2013
Boeing has now officially taken the AH-64D out of production as of September, being replaced by the AH-64E, initially delivered as the AH-64D Lot III. The majority of the D Model Apaches were rebuilt from the AH-64A, including 713 AH-64Ds delivered to the U.S. Army. The U.S. Army also received 68 new builds as replacement aircraft. First delivery of the more advanced AH-64E was made in October 2011, with...
November 12, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the first of four EC145s to the National Police of Peru, as the country's Interior Ministry looks to modernize its public security aircraft fleet...
November 12, 2013
The Philippine Air Force has placed an order for eight AW109 Power light twin engine helicopters. Under the contract, AgustaWestland will also...
November 8, 2013
Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial flight took seven minutes to validate the...
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...
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