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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 –...
September 3, 2013
Russian Helicopters is ready to bring the VIP version of its Mi-171 to the corporate transportation market after receiving type...
September 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB in flight. The maiden flight of the Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB took place August 9 at the Rostvertol flight test center, which is also the...
September 1, 2013
Rotor & Wing: Mick, thanks for continuing this traditional get together. Let’s start on a global level with a perspective on China, a country with massive potential for business. What is Sikorsky’s position and ambition there? Mick Maurer: Our strategy, not just in Sikorsky, but United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in general, is to be out in the important [world] markets to operate as a local...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company “took the red pill” on August 13 with the official launch of the endeavor at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC.   Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor...
September 1, 2013
The Bristow Group has inked a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport’s search and rescue (SAR) program...
September 1, 2013
Orlando was the site of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 43rd Annual Convention and Exposition, which ran from July 17 through 19. Co-hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and held at the Orange County Convention Center, the event drew people from across North America for training, networking, exhibitions and social events specially tailored for federal, state and local...
September 1, 2013
Attendees take in the static lineup at Helitech 2011 in Duxford. This year’s Helitech International 2013 is being held in London. With less than two months to go (through late July), booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 was already 25 percent larger compared to the 2011 show, with exhibiting companies from 25 countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, Panama, Russia, Singapore...
September 1, 2013
During my visit in August to Rostvertol, the Russian Helicopters factory at Rostov-on-Don, my hosts couldn’t have been more welcoming. Compared to a trip I was invited on several years ago to the city of Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan and the home of Kazan Helicopters. As a major producer of tanks and planes for the Russian military, it had been closed to foreigners during the Soviet era. While...
August 30, 2013
Australian company StopRotor Technology has completed the first in-flight transition between fixed and rotary wing using its prototype Hybrid RotorWing, a project that the company launched earlier this year that can fly as either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.     Computer rendering of the Hybrid...
August 28, 2013
Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has won a pair of contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense related to rotor blades and OH-58D cabins. The first contract, valued at more than $61 million, calls for the...
August 27, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the U.S. Army...
August 27, 2013
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 runs from August 27 until September 1 near Moscow, featuring more than 850 participating companies.   Rendering of a Kamov Ka-62 in the colors of Russian operator UTair...
August 26, 2013
The CHC-operated Super Puma AS332L2 crash during the early evening of Friday, Aug. 23, off the Shetland Islands with four fatalities has once again generated serious concerns regarding the safety of the Super Puma family of helicopters operating in the oil and gas sector in the North Sea. The four fatalities have been named: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary...
August 22, 2013
Last week Russian Helicopters invited Rotor & Wing to tour the Rostvertol factory in Rostov on Don. The tour included the production line for the Mi-35M and Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters, as well as a line refurbishing a couple of Mi-26s, the world’s biggest helicopter. The tour began at the workshop where metal...
August 22, 2013
A three-day rotorcraft conference will be one of the main draws at this year’s Helitech (September 24-26), being staged for the first time at the ExCeL in London, UK. It is being run in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA). The theme for the opening session is “The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.” Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association...
August 21, 2013
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is preparing to host a number of events during the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which is starts August 27 and runs until September 1 in Zhukovsky. The manufacturer’s booth, located in the C3 pavilion, will feature a number of commercial and military helicopter variants, with any that don’t fit in the 600-square-meter...
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