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December 8, 2014
The Indian Navy has chosen Sikorsky to fulfill their Multi-Role Helicopter requirement for maritime roles including anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW). Negotiations for the production of 16 S-70B SEAHAWK helicopters are...
December 5, 2014
Attendees at Heli-Expo 2014 examine the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff On Nov. 10, Bell’s newest helicopter design, the 505 Jet Ranger X successfully completed its first flight. Conducted at the company’s Mirabel, Quebec, manufacturing facility, the helicopter hailed by Bell as the aircraft that will “redefine the short, light-single class” was flown by...
December 5, 2014
Airbus Helicopters Japan has successfully handed over three TH-135 training helicopters to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). Delivered between October and December, they are the JMSDF’s 11th, 12th, and 13th units. Airbus is also providing full maintenance and operational support to the JMSDF, including...
December 3, 2014
New Zealand’s Composite Helicopters International has confirmed it plans to continue development of the KC-518 Adventourer despite the all-composite helicopter recently suffering a second crash in its flight-testing program. The KC-518, which has been under development for a couple of years, is described by Composite Helicopters as the world’s first all-composite frameless helicopter. The...
December 3, 2014
Russian Helicopters has delivered its first batch of four Mi-171Sh multirole military transport helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Peru. Assembled at Russian Helicopters’ Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant, the helicopters have shipped a month ahead of schedule, along with aviation equipment necessary for their operation. The Mi-171Sh helicopters are equipped with onboard systems to boost combat...
December 2, 2014
AgustaWestland has delivered the fifth and final AW109 GrandNew light twin helicopter to Intermountain Life Flight of Utah. The delivery comes as Intermountain Life Flight begins to expand EMS and SAR service coverage to patients throughout the western United States.   AW109 GrandNew. Photo courtesy AgustaWestland A next-generation variant of the AW109S...
December 1, 2014
 In mid-February of this year, I received a call from the publisher of this magazine asking me the most ridiculous question I have ever been asked in the 25 years that I have been a pilot: “How would you like to be trained to fly the AgustaWestland AW609 Tilt Rotor?” As it turned out, I would be the first person outside of the manufacturer’s own pilots to fly the current iteration of...
December 1, 2014
In February of 2014, Enstrom Helicopter introduced a prototype of its TH180, a brand new, single-engine piston design intended for the flight training and private ownership markets. Photo by Rotor & Wing Staff This month, we here at Rotor & Wing are reflecting upon what the industry has seen in 2014. As we flipped back through calendar, many things were brought back to mind. The year saw just about...
December 1, 2014
On Nov. 30, minister for law and parliamentary affairs, T.B. Jayachandra, transferred 610 acres of land at Bidarehalla Kaval, 57 miles northwest of Bangalore, India, to the officers of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL). HAL is governed by the Indian Ministry of Defence, and is the country's primary manufacturer of helicopters, as well as fixed-wing aircraft and aeronautical...
November 25, 2014
Russian Helicopters has begun flight testing the first prototype of its multirole Mi-171A2 helicopter. The first Mi-171A2 prototype will be tested for its in-flight operability and safety...
November 25, 2014
The Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina has selected the Trakka A800 helicopter searchlight to assist with helicopter patrol...
November 24, 2014
Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems announced a supplier agreement with Bangalore, India-based Dynamatic Technologies. Under the seven-year agreement, Dynamatic will become the single source supplier of major...
November 21, 2014
United Rotorcraft has completed a 6,600 square foot aircraft painting facility in Decatur, Texas. The new facility features a paint booth that can accommodate 35 to 40 aircraft paint completion projects per...
November 20, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced the final delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX helicopter to the Pennsylvania State Police. Announced earlier this year, the order marked the 200th purchase...
November 18, 2014
CybAero is building an advanced testing center to continue its focus on developing and marketing unmanned helicopters. According to a statement, the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAs) manufacturer commenced...
November 17, 2014
The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to provide the next generation mission computer for the Marine Corps' H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under the contract...
November 17, 2014
Boeing has been awarded a new $523 million contract to train Royal Australian Navy and Army helicopter pilots for the next 25 years. Thales has teamed with Boeing Defence...
November 14, 2014
Kingwing General Aviation Co., has been approved as an Authorized Service Center for Agustawestland helicopters in China. The Authorized Service Center approval has been...
November 14, 2014
The Saudi Arabian National Guard has issued a $976,222 contract to MD Helicopters to provide logistics support for its current...
November 13, 2014
Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant has received international quality systems certification EN 9100:2009. The Russian Helicopters company has now been added to the Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS) global database of aerospace industry suppliers. Bureau Veritas...
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