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April 18, 2013
Boeing has confirmed the initial airworthiness of its latest CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter—the Mk6 Chinook—with a March 15 flight in...
April 17, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter is reporting a total of nine new orders booked for its SKYe SH09 during last month’s Heli-Expo, bringing the total number of commitments for the in-development helicopter to 45. The company appointed Heliflite as the...
April 16, 2013
L-3 Wescam has completed flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters.      MD500E. Photo courtesy of L-3 Wescam   The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam's MX series...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
April 15, 2013
Bell Helicopter has received an order from Deleware State Police for two multi-mission configured Bell 429s that will join its aviation unit fleet. The two aircraft will carry...
April 12, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—The twin-engine AW169 AAS was uncovered (literally) on Thursday as AgustaWestland’s entry into the competition for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout requirement. The mock-up, without rotor blade, was declared by Scott Rettig, CEO AgustaWestland North America, as a helicopter that would “set a new standard” in reconnaissance helicopters.   Photos...
April 11, 2013
PT Travira Air has entered into an agreement with Sikorsky to purchase a pair of S-76Ds to support an offshore oil configuration project in...
April 11, 2013
Quad-A, Fort Worth, Texas—John Garrison, Bell Helicopter’s president and CEO, uncovered the Bell V-280 Valor 3rd generation tiltrotor at the start of the annual U.S. Army Aviation symposium, Quad-A. The V-280 is Bell’s offering for the Department of Defense’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift helicopter project, which could result in the production of more than 4,000 aircraft...
April 10, 2013
Editor’s Note: E-volo does not use the words “rotorcraft,” “rotary-wing aircraft” or “helicopter.” Yet, the author believes their concept clearly belongs to the rotorcraft family (according to the definition in Webster’s dictionary). Therefore, the author is using “rotorcraft” to describe E-volo’s concept. E-volo, a Karlsruhe-based company...
April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters is taking its latest models to the LAAD Defense and Security 2013 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to add more South American operators to its profile. The event starts Tuesday and runs through April 12...
April 9, 2013
The U.S. Navy’s future Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) requirement looks like it’s breaking down into a straight fight between a modernized version of the current aircraft, Northrop Grumman’s C-2A Greyhound, and the new contender in the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey. At the Sea Air Space exposition being held at National Harbor, Maryland (from April 8-10), both of the contenders were...
April 8, 2013
Erickson has renewed two heavy lift support contracts with Helifor Canada (an affiliate of Columbia Helicopters) and Western Forest Products, which is based in Vancouver. Erickson S-64 providing logging support. Photo courtesy of Erickson Western has renewed its...
April 8, 2013
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday at age 87, may be remembered militarily for leading the United Kingdom in the campaign to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982, which had been invaded by Argentina’s forces in a surprise attack. She served three terms in office and her defining moment could be said to have been during the Falklands War. Her close relationship with...
April 8, 2013
Malaysia’s Weststar Aviation Services has agreed to purchase eight helicopters from AgustaWestland, consisting of a pair of large-cabin AW189s and a six-pack of AW139s. Tan Sri...
April 5, 2013
Eurocopter’s parent organization, European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), is reorganizing its corporate structure by basing a single operational headquarters in Toulouse, France. Effective April 1, 2013...
April 5, 2013
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained a $10.1-million extension of an existing U.S. Navy contract that calls...
April 3, 2013
I sit here pondering how to relate my recent experience with flying Eurocopter’s newest product, the EC175 medium twin. Let’s face it, for a steam gauge guy transitioning to glass within a span of 40 minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the Technicolor world of huge navigation and systems screens in concert with “many buttons.” The EC175 is currently on a world tour to showcase...
April 2, 2013
The acquisition by Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) of an AS365 N3 "equipped with a high-speed, real-time transmission system using Earth-orbiting satellites" is a world first, according to Eurocopter. The Helicopter Satellite Communication System (HSA) uses satellites to relay real-time video and data to ground receiving stations. The system, developed by Mitsubishi...
April 2, 2013
U.K.-based oil production company Premier Oil has agreed to a three-year contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights...
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