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September 24, 2013
Reed Exhibitions is taking something of a punt with this year’s Helitech International Exhibition & Conference at the ExCel in London, and rivals will closely scrutinize its figures. Ever since its launch in the 1980s, Europe’s answer to Heli-Expo has made a feature of its low-key, rural setting. First at Redhill in Surrey, where weather played havoc with several days-worth of show-time...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter is showcasing the 429 to European operators during Helitech International 2013. Photo courtesy of Bell Explore Bell Helicopter’s 429 light twin, both on static display at Stand E10 and outside the exhibition hall, where a second airframe will be available for flight demonstrations throughout the show. Yet to make a deep impact in the UK, the 429 is pitched squarely at the para-public...
September 24, 2013
Civil and military rotorcraft operators will require 16,126 new helicopters worth $193.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Teal Group's annual world rotorcraft review released September 24 at the Helitech International 2013 conference in London. The 10-year forecast projects civil users will require 10,308...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter has opened a new maintenance center in Kent, England with the signing of a purchase agreement by Heli-Charter to acquire the first Bell 429 configured for helicopter air...
September 24, 2013
In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the...
September 24, 2013
The board of directors of Russian Helicopters has promoted Alexander Mikheev to CEO of the helicopter manufacturer, replacing Dmitry Petrov, who will take a role within Rostec State Corp. Russian Helicopters is a subsidiary of Oboronprom, which...
September 23, 2013
Russian Helicopters (Stand G10) plans to showcase its multi-role Kamov Ka-32A11BC and the Ka-62 medium twin during Helitech. The Ka-32A11BC’s coaxial rotor system has number of advantages in hover accuracy and maneuverability, allowing it to perform complex installation and...
September 23, 2013
Milestone Aviation Group (Stand J50) has closed on a $300-million credit facility, to be used for acquiring and leasing helicopters valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92, Eurocopter EC225 and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 types. Said Milestone Chairman and CEO Richard Santulli: “We structured this...
September 23, 2013
Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega (shown sitting at far left) chaired the 2011 Helitech Conference, which focused on the role of the offshore wind farm industry. 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...
September 23, 2013
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
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...
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