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September 23, 2013
 AgustaWestland has handed over the first of seven AW139s to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Sweden's maritime and aeronautical services provider is...
September 23, 2013
Bell Helicopter has delivered the first 407GX to see service in Russia with maintenance and pilot training center Helidrive of Saint Petersburg...
September 19, 2013
Bell Helicopter (Booth E10) is planning to put the spotlight on the 429 light twin at Helitech 2013 with one example on static display and another putting on flight demonstrations throughout the show. Bell describes the 429 as the 21st century standard for light twins, “delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and enhanced safety margins, with comfort and cost management.” The 429...
September 19, 2013
Two years after moving into Fairoaks Airport – that green and pleasant field to the southwest of Heathrow Airport – the helicopter division of Gama Aviation (Stand E71) boasts a full set of approvals and a strategy to win over the corporate owner. According to Harry Lees, managing director, “with nine Sikorsky S-76s under our care we are already the largest...
September 18, 2013
Eurocopter has launched localizer performance with vertical (LPV) guidance using the helicopter landing pad at its headquarters in Germany, the first helipad in Europe to make use of the GPS guided instrument approach...
September 17, 2013
Offshore helicopter transportation provider Bristow Group has obtained a series of offshore oil and gas support contracts worth up to $850 million. In Europe, Bristow received new contracts to provide seven...
September 17, 2013
Russian Helicopters (Stand G10) plans to showcase its multi-role Kamov Ka-32А11ВС and the Ka-62 medium twin during Helitech International 2013. The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotor system has number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and construction tasks, the company emphasizes, along with a wide variety of other demanding specialized tasks...
September 17, 2013
Sloane Helicopters (Stand H50) will display Robinson’s turbine R66. Compared to its piston predecessors, the new model offers improved performance, a larger cabin, a fifth rear seat and a large baggage compartment. The...
September 16, 2013
Eurocopter’s UK subsidiary has delivered an EC135 in the P2i variation to Devon Air Ambulance, a HEMS charity...
September 13, 2013
Asahi Shimbun has purchased an AW169 from AgustaWestland and Tokyo-based Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The electronic newsgathering (ENG) AW169...
September 12, 2013
AgustaWestland has handed over another AW139 to Weststar Aviation Services in Malaysia. There are now 18 AW139s in the Weststar fleet, which provides helicopter support for the oil and gas industry...
September 11, 2013
Dallas, Texas-based Med-Trans Corp. has added a second location to its Life Air Rescue program in Natchitoches, La. The 24-hour helicopter EMS program will...
September 11, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps has once again extended the Kaman/Lockheed Martin K-Max unmanned 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 committed funds to...
September 10, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition, which ran from September 5 to 8 in Tianjin. According to Mathias Senes, commercial director for Marenco, the company is moving...
September 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has agreed to appoint Lockheed Martin as a “tier one” member of the V-280 Valor program. The Hurst, Texas-based subsidiary of Textron plans to incorporate additional partners into the tiltrotor program the coming months. The V-280 is one of three groups vying for...
September 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters has received the type certificate for the Ansat light helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC). The...
September 6, 2013
AgustaWestland has reached a distributorship agreement at the China Helicopter International Exhibition, making Sino-US its non-exclusive distributor of civil helicopters in China. The agreement excludes sales of helicopters in Hong Kong and Macau, and includes orders for 20 helicopters valued at $223 million. The two...
September 6, 2013
The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August, the V-22 completed a demonstration flight over north Texas equipped with a prototype...
September 5, 2013
AgustaWestland is flight testing several aerodynamic improvements to its AW609 tiltrotor including a modified vertical fin, newly designed engine exhaust nozzles and improved prop-rotor spinner cones. The second prototype AW609 is being used which is based at the...
September 4, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland have formalized their partnership to develop a single-engine helicopter in the 2.5-ton class. Leaders from the two rotorcraft OEMs –...
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