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March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - On Tuesday, March 3 at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Robinson Helicopter President Kurt Robinson declared 2014 a successful year for the company. Though overall production and decreased from 523 helicopters in 2013 to 329 helicopters in 2014, Robinson believes that this was due in part to the company catching up on the back line of R66 Turbine airframes it had been trying to...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - At HAI Heli-Expo yesterday, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company's UK search and rescue contract. Bristow Helicopters was awarded the 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow's SAR fleet...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has announced that Tuncang Investment Co.,Ltd. has been appointed an official, non-exclusive distributor for the SW-4 light single engine helicopter in China. The distributorship agreement includes a commitment  for ten SW-4s which will be manufactured by PZL-Świdnik in Poland. In the future Tuncang could also be appointed an...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has started final assembly of the second S-97 RAIDER helicopter at the company’s Development Flight Center.  Along with a team of industry suppliers, Sikorsky is developing two RAIDER prototypes to demonstrate the revolutionary new capabilities in improved maneuverability and flight...
March 4, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. - Microturbo (Safran) and Bel Air Aviation A/S are pleased to announce the signature of a Support By the Hour (SBH) agreement for the e-APU60 on the AW189 helicopter. Bel Air operates a fleet of two AW189 in the Oil & Gas sector. This five-year SBH agreement will provide Bel Air a fixed amount per flight hour used service with a full maintenance for the e-APU60...
March 3, 2015
Bell Helicopter is focusing on its V-280 third-generation tilt-rotor aircraft in light of the Army's aviation restructuring and its decision to use UH-72A Lakota helicopters in training. Company CEO John Garrison told reporters on Monday, though, he didn't agree with the Army's decision to go forward with its massive Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI), the company is adjusting. "I was very...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Guidance Aviation has purchased their first Guimbal Cabri G2 airframe. The original purchase agreement was forged between Bruno Guimbal and John Stonecipher, CEO, Guidance Aviation at Heli-Expo 2014 pending the FAA's issuance of the U.S. Standard Category Airworthiness Certificate. The...
March 3, 2015
AgustaWestland's AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved key milestones, the company announced on March 2 at HAI Heli-Expo, and is initiating the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia, Pa. facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – In one of the industry’s most anticipated events, Airbus Helicopters today presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark. As the first product introduced with the Airbus Helicopters corporate identity and its new numbering...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has announced that numerous California law enforcement agencies have recently purchased or taken delivery of new AS350 B3e AStars, continuing Airbus Helicopters leadership in law enforcement helicopter sales. Recent AS350 B3e customers include the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Riverside...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Maverick Helicopters, based in Las Vegas, Nev., continues to expand its all-Airbus Helicopters fleet. Maverick Helicopters took delivery of five H130 T2s (previously EC130 T2s) in 2014 and has ordered eight for delivery in 2015. The H130 fleet serves Maverick Helicopters Las Vegas and Grand Canyon tour business. In February the company became the first to achieve...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando Fla. – The helicopter industry will be introduced to the newest edition of the Airbus Helicopters EC145 platform, the EC145e, at Heli-Expo 2015. Metro Aviation recently configured what they call the “e-lite” for display at the largest helicopter exhibition in the world.  Combining the well-known features of the EC145, such as the large cabin and...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and Bristow announced today the signing of a platform development agreement for the AW609 TiltRotor program. The announcement was made at Heli-Expo (Orlando, FL) on the occasion of the ‘on static’ public premiere of a real AW609 aircraft at the US exhibition, featuring a dedicated Bristow/Eastern Airways paint scheme...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), introduced today at Heli-Expo 2015 the new Bell 407GXP. The new aircraft incorporates the reliability and advanced technology of the Bell 407GX platform, and introduces performance improvement, payload increase and pilot workload reduction. “The Bell 407GXP enhances customer value with improvements in...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and will soon begin completion for delivery. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. at the end of December, meeting a schedule set nearly two...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Aerolite will be highlighting the newest aeromedical interior designs for the Airbus EC145 T2, EC135 T3 and Bell 429 during the 2015 Heli-Expo.  EC145 T2   Aerolite received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from EASA for a modular aeromedical EMS Interior. The interior allows an operator various configuration set up...
March 3, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (HS-NA) has recently conducted three 12-year inspections with plans to conduct a fourth this month. Vector Aerospace recently performed two Airbus...
March 2, 2015
This year at HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Bell Helicopter plans to showcase several updated aircraft and programs, including its progress on its newest products, the Bell 525 Relentless and Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Bell Helicopter invites attendees to its opening event in booth 337 on March 3 at 12:00 p.m. EST where it will introduce new...
March 2, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. – An aerospace industry staple for more than 50 years, today’s Staco Systems is aggressively working to expand its presence in helicopter cockpits everywhere with custom solutions and smaller, more durable products that are ideally suited for the rotorcraft operating environment. The company will display and discuss its illuminated panels, subsystems...
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