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January 1, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has signaled the beginning of a new race to supply the next Presidential helicopter. The release by the Program Office (PMA-274) on Nov. 23 of draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) contract had been expected and is likely to be followed by a formal RFP around mid-FY13, according to the NAVAIR advisory notice...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
January 1, 2013
Emercom Ka-226T. Russian Helicopters is a leading player in the global helicopter industry, and one of the few firms anywhere in the world with the capability to design, manufacture, test and service advanced models of civilian and military helicopters. From its headquarters in Moscow, Russian Helicopters manages assets across the country — five assembly plants, two design bureaus, two components...
January 1, 2013
In the fixed-wing wing market, leasing aircraft is an established model. For over 30 years, airlines have chosen to lease a portion of their fleet from reputable lessors. This has proven benefits over outright purchase as operating leases provide valuable flexibility for operators and help maintain low debt-to-equity ratios. International lessor Lease Corporation International has been a fixed-wing lessor...
January 1, 2013
Celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2012, Eurocopter marked key achievements by evolving and expanding the company’s rotorcraft product line, broadening an already extensive international industrial footprint, and continuing the development of services activities worldwide. The year’s successes underscored Eurocopter’s industry leadership since its 1992 creation through a merger of the...
January 1, 2013
Though still in development, the MD-540F is showing the potential to be a superior warrior. They say that the best situation an aircraft manufacturer can be in is to have a product that both the military and the civilian worlds want. Very few have been able to continuously satisfy both sectors with a single hull design. But MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz. is one of them. In 1963, Hughes...
January 1, 2013
We have all heard about “the bridge to nowhere.” What about a bridge to somewhere? Somewhere can be improved aviation capabilities en route to the U.S. Army’s Aim Point 2030. The challenge is with aviation leadership’s willingness to actually be the honest broker and analyze the benefits of the bridging technology available to them. A 200-plus-knot cruise speed for a Black Hawk...
December 31, 2012
American Eurocopter has secured an order from Air Methods for 22 helicopters, 10 of which are the upgraded “T2” version of the EC130 that was uncovered at Heli-Expo in February 2012. The order...
December 31, 2012
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA) has struck a deal with AgustaWestland to distribute the AW169 in Japan. The agreement...
December 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
December 20, 2012
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a £258-million contract to extend the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) program to the expected end of service of the helicopter type in 2016. The SKIOS extension has been necessary following the need to rebid the search and rescues-helicopter (SAR-H) project. The military were...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 19, 2012
Brazilian company Atlas Táxi Aéreo has ordered seven Russian-made multirole Ka-62 helicopters (with an option for a further seven). The contract was discussed and agreed when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Russia and met President Vladimir Putin in early December. This is the first export order for the new Ka-62. Graphic...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 14, 2012
The first flight of the No. 1 series-production EC175 took place at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane last...
December 13, 2012
REGION Leasing has reached a financing agreement with UTair Aviation for the sale of a Russian Helicopters Mi-171. Part of...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 12, 2012
Bell Helicopter has handed over the first 429 to an operator based in the United Kingdom. National Grid Electricity...
December 12, 2012
During times of austerity it is good to see that the occasional commitment by government to an asset that has played a significant role in a variety of activities since being commissioned into active service in 1998. HMS Ocean, currently the largest Royal Navy warship afloat until the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth class carriers in the latter part of this decade, will receive a £65-million upgrade...
December 12, 2012
The fickle Indian Ministry of Defense’s approach to the procurement market appears to be veering away from its more traditional preference for “Made in Russia,” at least as far as military helicopter acquisitions seem to be heading. Boeing has been “the lucky winner” in matching a U.S. $1.4-billion requirement to replace the Indian Air Force’s Mi-26 aircraft (only three...
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