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June 26, 2013
Lease Corporate International (LCI) has handed over a pair of AgustaWestland AW139s to Weststar Aviation Services in Malaysia. The...
June 25, 2013
The AgustaWestland AW189, a 16- to 18-seat twin, is to receive its EASA certification by the end of the summer, according to a company spokesman. Six aircraft are flying, including four prototypes and two production copies. The last one took off for the first time in May. They have logged a combined 1,500 flight hours. Several milestones were reached recently. GE’s 2,000-shp CT7-2E1 turboshaft...
June 20, 2013
Eurocopter test pilot Hervé Jammayrac and experimental flight test engineer Dominique Fournier were at the Paris Air Show to discuss their record-breaking flight in Eurocopter’s X3 technology demonstrator aircraft. The X3 flew at 255 knots (293 mph) in level flight and 263 knots in a dive, topping the previous Sikorsky X2 record of 250 knots level/260 in decent set in September 2010. Fournier...
June 20, 2013
At the Paris Air Show, AgustaWestland announced that its electric tiltrotor “technology incubator,” called Project Zero, is to move from an all-electric to hybrid engine architecture. 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. The unmanned Project Zero aircraft, first unveiled in March...
June 19, 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 here Sunday, June 16. Buying Russian defense equipment...
June 18, 2013
Russian Helicopters has initiated a tour of demonstration flights in Kazakhstan with its new light multi-role helicopter, the Ka-226T.     Ka-226T demo tour. Photo courtesy of...
June 18, 2013
The team from Russian Helicopters came to the Paris Air Show to talk about the Ka-52, but more particularly to open dialogue with potential customers who may wish to “use their own systems and tailor the aircraft to their own national needs,” according to Sergey Mikeev, Kamov’s chief design engineer.   Kamov Ka-52 at the Paris Air Show. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters  ...
June 18, 2013
Eurocopter announced at the Paris Air Show that receiving formal EASA approval for an EC225 retrofit kit – intended to solve the ongoing main gearbox issue – is a matter of days. “We have found the full set of explanation, the full root cause; we have agreed with the authorities on the technical content of the measures that will allow return into service,” said Jean-Brice Dumont...
June 17, 2013
At the Paris Air Show, Bell Helicopter uncovered a new light single, so far codenamed the “short light single,” or SLS, which will receive power from a Turbomeca engine. First flight is planned for next year. Bell CEO John Garrison said that the target market segment is that of the Robinson R66 and Eurocopter EC120. “We are endeavoring to have the SLS certified as soon as possible after...
June 14, 2013
Chandler, Ariz.-based Pylon Aviation has placed a $20-million order for six AS350s from American Eurocopter, consisting of a pair of...
June 13, 2013
American Eurocopter hosted its Oil and Gas symposium in Lafayette, La. on May 29 to an audience of some 60 representatives from the major helicopter operators around the Gulf of Mexico. Among those in attendance were representatives of Bristow, Chevron, Era Helicopters, ExxonMobil, PHI, Shell and some smaller companies such as Westlake and Island Operating Company. In addition to Eurocopter’s...
June 12, 2013
Eurocopter's X3 achieved an unofficial helicopter speed milestone on June 7 by attaining 255 knots true airspeed (KTAS) (around 293 mph or 472 km/hour) while in level flight. The company also reports that several days before that flight, the X3 reached a speed of 263 KTAS...
June 12, 2013
A group of six high-ranking officials from AgustaWestland, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky took part in a CEO panel on May 21 during the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69 in Phoenix, Ariz. Rotor & Wing International Bureau Chief Andrew Drwiega moderated the panel, which included incoming (as of July 1) chairman of the AHS board of...
June 6, 2013
Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Ind., part of the Beacon Health System, is upgrading its air medical transportation service from a Eurocopter EC135 to an EC145...
June 5, 2013
The Polish Air Force is adding its second VIP-configured W-3A Sokol twin-engine transport helicopter to its fleet, part of a 2011 contract for five...
June 5, 2013
Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation has secured a $187.4-million guarantee of a capital-markets bond from the Export-Import of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). The financing is related to the export of a number of Sikorsky...
June 5, 2013
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a contract to Sikorsky valued at $435.3 million to build four new CH-53K test article aircraft, as the Navy’s aviation branch prepares to launch the upgraded variant of the manufacturer’s C-53 series transport helicopters.   The CH-53K is designed to carry up to 27,000 lbs (around 12,250 kg) over a range of 110 nautical miles under...
June 3, 2013
Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine to Robinson Helicopter of Torrance, Calif. The Canadian regulatory agency joined 19 other countries in approving the R66 after the U.S. FAA equivalent level of safety (ELOS) removed an...
June 1, 2013
AgustaWestland is making its expectations for success in the North American market very clear. With opportunities in the U.S. government markets expected to top $20 billion over the next 15 years, according to AgustaWestland North America Chairman and CEO R. Scott Rettig, the company seems bullish in the face of sequestration issues and its own internal problems. AgustaWestland – at least its North...
June 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans April 30 to build the AW169 at its 275,000-square-foot U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was revealed during a media...
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