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August 1, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
August 1, 2013
Garmin panels at the Bell 525 display at the 2013 Paris Air Show in June. Texas-based Bell Helicopter is improving the performance of the 525 Relentless medium twin. Although the helicopter has not flown yet, it seems design engineers have refined their calculations or revised their objectives. In addition, development of the fly-by-wire control system is well under way. The eight-metric-ton-class...
August 1, 2013
The electric tiltrotor “technology incubator” known as Project Zero is to move from an all-electric to hybrid engine architecture, according to manufacturer AgustaWestland. James Wang, vice president of research and technology, said that a diesel, a derivative from a car engine, is to be installed in the next 12 months. Dr. James Wang. The unmanned Project Zero aircraft, first unveiled in March...
August 1, 2013
The details are out for this year’s Helitech International Conference, scheduled for Sept. 24-26 at ExCel in London. The event, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will open and close with sessions dedicated to the future of the rotorcraft industry. A series of presentations on SESAR initiatives, the Single European Sky, GPS, EGNOS and operator experiences will follow an opening keynote on Sept. 24. The...
August 1, 2013
                    N767J is the seventh S-76D to roll off the assembly line. Still in its green primer, this aircraft is assigned to Sikorsky’s facility in Jupiter, Fla. as a platform for additional research and development.     For many years, the aviation community has treated the helicopter segment like a child that is only worthy of...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has handed over the initial NH90 in the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) configuration to the Belgium Armed Forces. The helicopter is also the first to come from the manufacturer’s industrial complex in Donauworth, Germany. Belgium is the fifth...
August 1, 2013
During the American Helicopter Society (AHS International) meeting held in Phoenix in May, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Col. Greg Masiello, V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA 275) manager, based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., had restated the V-22 program of record. USMC still requires 360 MV-22s, U.S. Air Force SOCOM 51 CV-22s, and the U.S. Navy 48 V-22s (although there is still no budget to purchase...
August 1, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense and Russian defense firm Rosoboronexport have inked a contract for 30 Mi-17V5 helicopters for the Afghan Army, with an option for a further 12 helicopters, according to a report issued during the Paris Air Show by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. According to the report, the U.S. Army signed the contract on June 16 in Paris. Buying Russian defense...
August 1, 2013
Eurocopter has inked a €194-million ($252-million) contract with the German Federal Ministry of Defense for 15 EC645 T2 light utility helicopters for the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), part of Germany’s Special Forces Command. The missions that the helicopters are expected to perform for the special operations command include...
July 31, 2013
Eurocopter’s EC225 is back in the air following the grounding of the type since October 2012 related to a shaft failure issue. African oil and gas operator SonAir is the first to resume EC225 missions, conducting a series of three flights with two helicopters from its base at Luanda to a pair of offshore platforms. One of SonAir's EC225s in flight near an offshore platform. Photo by Anthony...
July 31, 2013
The first Tiger HAD/E-5002 military helicopter assembled at Eurocopter Spain's facility completed its maiden flight Monday, marking a new milestone for the government-industry Tiger program.      Eurocopter Spain's first Tiger completes...
July 31, 2013
The two-seat coaxial Berkut VL is set to take to the air during the MAKS International Aviation and Space Show, scheduled to...
July 30, 2013
Air Medical Group subsidiary EagleMed has announced a new safety achievement and expansion plans, as the Wichita, Kan.-based company has reached Level 2 of FAA's voluntary safety management system (SMS) program. The air medical transport provider will also be providing management for...
July 29, 2013
Denmark-based DanCopter A/S received its fourth EC225 from Eurocopter during a July 26 handover ceremony at the manufacturer's production facility in Marignane, France.      From left to right: Jens Anders Jensen, Dancopter CEO, Soren...
July 29, 2013
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group has closed on a $300-million credit facility involving Lloyds Bank, Lombard and the Barclays Bank. The company plans to use the funding toward a $400-million...
July 24, 2013
The British Royal Navy celebrated the formation of its first AgustaWestland AW101 HM Mk2 Squadron yesterday at a ceremony held at the home of the Fleet Air Arm, Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, in Cornwall, U.K.     The first five Merlin Mk2 helicopters have been upgraded from Merlin Mk1s as part of the Lockheed Martin led Merlin Capability Sustainment Program (MCSP). In total, 30 Merlin...
July 24, 2013
The Bristow Group on Tuesday signed a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport's search and rescue (SAR) program.      (Bristow Signing Ceremony: Standing, Left to Right - Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland; Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and...
July 23, 2013
The Airborne Law Enforcement Association's (ALEA) exhibit hall wrapped up it's second day at the Orange County Convention Center on Friday. Attendees at ALEA's 43rd Annual Convention...
July 22, 2013
Eurocopter on Monday said its EC225 twin engine passenger transport helicopters can return to full service later this month, after being grounded in some countries since October 2012.    On July 10, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved prevention and detection...
July 19, 2013
The Armed Forces of Malta has a new contract to purchase an AgustaWestland A139 medium twin engine helicopter.      AW1071 Malta Armed Force AW139. Photo courtesy of...
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