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October 1, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin unmanned K-Max helicopter trial in Afghanistan for another full year from August 2013. This despite of one of the two aircraft crashing on June 5 at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, which has left it grounded and in need of extensive repairs. The USMC will continue with one aircraft and have not yet...
October 1, 2013
  Prototype at Marenco facilities. Marenco Swisshelicopter photos Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s...
October 1, 2013
The Kamov Ka-62 made its initial public debut at MAKS 2013 in Zhukovsky, Russia. On the opening day of the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS 2013), Russian Helicopters advanced its relationship with engine manufacturer Turbomeca and took an order for five Kamov Ka-62s and five Mil Mi-171A1s. The event ran from August 27 through September 1 near Moscow, featuring more than 850 participating...
October 1, 2013
The University of Tennessee’s LIFESTAR air medical transport program operates a pair of EC135s, such as the one shown here, and two Bell 407s. They serve Eastern Tennessee and portions of Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Imagine enjoying a nice drive through Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lush, green trees and Azure blue skies are all around you. But then, you see a...
October 1, 2013
LCI-provided Weststar AW139. Photo courtesy of LCI Leasing rotorcraft is in vogue. Owning a helicopter these days can be an expensive, long-term investment, according to several lessors. “Most of the new operating leasing entrants focus mainly on the new mid to heavy turbine ships from the manufacturers, but the pre-owned marketplace is gaining traction as well,” notes Charles McGuire, managing...
October 1, 2013
Despite the global economy’s ups and downs, lowered economic growth projections by the World Bank – part of this seeming to be slowly getting back to their tracks – plus internal domestic challenges, no response for the helicopter industry seems to be as dynamic as Brazil’s. The diversity in applications, possibilities and current fleet distribution poses challenges and...
October 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to the Rostvertol plant in Rostov-on-Don during late August. Below is a selection of additional photos by Andrew Drwiega. Read the full story here...
October 1, 2013
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for a total of 14 new MD helicopters, as the Middle Eastern nation looks to...
September 27, 2013
Announced at Helitech International 2013, the multi-aircraft, multi-year framework agreement between AgustaWestland and Milestone Aviation Group is a further indication of the industry’s acceptance of 100 percent lease finance as a business model and of the young finance company’s strengthening position of trust as a reseller for OEMs. Rotor & Wing caught up with Milestone’s managing...
September 26, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
September 26, 2013
During Helitech International 2013 in London, Bell Helicopter formalized a contract with Garmin International to supply its G1000H integrated avionics suite for the as-of-now-named Short Light Single (SLS). The move furthers the relationship between the helicopter OEM and the Olathe, Kan.-based...
September 25, 2013
Sikorsky autonomous research aircraft (SARA) near the company’s Development Flight Center in Florida. Courtesy of Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky Aircraft (Helitech Stand E60) will promote its Matrix Technology research program, launched during the summer to develop systems and software that will improve flight safety for all types of VTOL aircraft. Matrix Technology aims to give both rotary and...
September 25, 2013
Kicking off the opening day of Helitech on Tuesday, Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet, executive vice president of global business and services, said that the manufacturer’s market share in the UK “was something special in Eurocopter.” With new president and CEO Guillaume Faury unable to fly to London as flights were cancelled due to fog, Maudet hosted a press briefing in...
September 25, 2013
London-based Avincis Group (Stand G50) is taking Helitech International 2013 by storm. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group (Stand E80) and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland (Stand J60), Bell Helicopter/Textron (Stand E10) and Eurocopter (Stand P30), as well as engine...
September 24, 2013
Reed Exhibitions is taking something of a punt with this year’s Helitech International Exhibition & Conference at the ExCel in London, and rivals will closely scrutinize its figures. Ever since its launch in the 1980s, Europe’s answer to Heli-Expo has made a feature of its low-key, rural setting. First at Redhill in Surrey, where weather played havoc with several days-worth of show-time...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter is showcasing the 429 to European operators during Helitech International 2013. Photo courtesy of Bell Explore Bell Helicopter’s 429 light twin, both on static display at Stand E10 and outside the exhibition hall, where a second airframe will be available for flight demonstrations throughout the show. Yet to make a deep impact in the UK, the 429 is pitched squarely at the para-public...
September 24, 2013
Civil and military rotorcraft operators will require 16,126 new helicopters worth $193.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Teal Group's annual world rotorcraft review released September 24 at the Helitech International 2013 conference in London. The 10-year forecast projects civil users will require 10,308...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter has opened a new maintenance center in Kent, England with the signing of a purchase agreement by Heli-Charter to acquire the first Bell 429 configured for helicopter air...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 24, 2013
The board of directors of Russian Helicopters has promoted Alexander Mikheev to CEO of the helicopter manufacturer, replacing Dmitry Petrov, who will take a role within Rostec State Corp. Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which...
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