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October 9, 2013
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 cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
October 8, 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...
October 7, 2013
AgustaWestland has earned type certification for its AW139 in Tanzania and delivered its 10th AW119 to air medical transport provider Life Flight Network.      The first...
October 7, 2013
The Nagoya City Fire Bureau has placed an order to acquire an AS365 N3+ Dauphin from Eurocopter Japan to support its firefighting...
October 4, 2013
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.   National Grid 429. Photos courtesy of Bell Helicopters  ...
October 3, 2013
Chinese investment firm Reignwood Investment Co. purchased 12 Bell helicopters during the Aviation Expo China 2013. The agreement includes the sale...
October 3, 2013
French manufacturer Helicopteres Guimbal has unveiled numbers on the cost of a Cabri G2 overhaul. The first examples of the two-seater were overhauled last summer at the Guimbal factory in Aix-en-Provence, after 2,200 flight hours. For each of the two 2010 Cabris operated by Jonkoping, Sweden-based flying school Northern Helicopters, the downtime was six weeks, according to the...
October 2, 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.   AgustaWestland AW609 during a 2012 flight test. Photo by Ernie Stephens...
October 2, 2013
Editor-at-Large Ernie Stephens traveled to Knoxville for a profile on the University of Tennessee Medical Center's LIFESTAR program. Below are a handful of photos that didn't make it into...
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...
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