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June 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has obtained FAA approval of its automated S-92 “Rig Approach” system for offshore operators developed with PHI Inc. The approach lowers cockpit workload by 60 percent and increases performance in bad weather and other operating...
May 30, 2013
Boeing in Mesa, Ariz. has won three foreign military sales (FMS) procurement bids from the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal. The first two involve AH-64 Apache Block III...
May 29, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has granted $40 million to Bell-Boeing’s Joint Project Office in Amarillo, Texas related to additional long-lead components for the MV-22 tiltrotor. The agreement involves...
May 29, 2013
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released its investigation of a Dec. 24, 2011 accident involving an AgustaWestland AW139 that was used in a winching operation for a seriously injured hiker at the bottom of a waterfall. The incident resulted in the patient and paramedic Michael Wilson being dragged along rock cliffs, resulting in the death of Wilson. The investigation highlighted a number...
May 24, 2013
Air Comm Corp. is expanding its design of environmental control systems (ECS) to the fixed-wing market, announcing the acquisition of Meggitt (Addison) Inc., in a stock purchase...
May 24, 2013
Hundreds of rotorcraft engineers met in Phoenix this week for the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s Forum 69. Displays from AgustaWestland, Bell, Boeing, Eurocopter, Lockheed Martin, MD Helicopters and Sikorsky anchored a show floor that also featured a number of exhibits from companies such as AVX Aircraft, Advanced Turbine Engine Company, Applied Composites Engineering, Continuum...
May 23, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal has issued a contract to Hurst, Texas-based Bell Helicopter...
May 23, 2013
Breeze-Eastern has secured a contract from Boeing to design and build a new cargo winch for the MV-22 Osprey in operation with the U.S...
May 21, 2013
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed a £15 million ($22.9 million) contract to replenish its stocks of Lockheed Martin’s AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. These are used on the British Army Air Corps (AAC) WAH-64D Apaches and reportedly on the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Reaper unmanned aerial systems (UAS), which have used a total of 380 weapons in Afghanistan. Figures provided in...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama has issued a multi-year contract to West Hartford...
May 14, 2013
Fort Worth, Texas-based EFW Inc. has obtained an $11.8-million U.S. Navy contract to supply helmet display tracker systems (HDTS) for the Bell...
May 13, 2013
 A DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control system from Becker Avionics has entered service with a...
May 3, 2013
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace, reports that the company’s sales are up 13 percent to just under £7 billion. GKN is a Tier 1 supplier to the aviation industry and operates through four divisions with facilities in 35 countries and an employee base of 50,000. Bryson said that GKN has turned its traditional reliance of the defense market around from 70-30 percent defense/civil to only 39...
May 3, 2013
FAA has issued a group of four airworthiness directives (ADs) related to the Eurocopter AS350/355, 365 and the MBB/Eurocopter BK117. One of the ADs requires inspections of the Aerazur emergency flotation gear, including the attachment brackets on the AS350 (models B, BA, B1...
May 1, 2013
Sabers have been drawn and the battle is on for the deepwater offshore helicopter market that has already emerged. The large energy companies are now drilling exploratory wells in ocean depths of 10,000 feet or more at distances that exceed 200 miles from shorelines all over the world. The history of ocean drilling has always been in a leap-frog fashion with outward movement from shore generally being in...
May 1, 2013
What do the chief executives of a longstanding U.S. helicopter manufacturer, a London-based emergency medical services, offshore and SAR operator, and a hoist and winch supplier from New Jersey have in common? All of them sat down with Rotor & Wing during Heli-Expo in March for exclusive interviews that are part of our ongoing series featuring CEOs from the top companies around the helicopter industry...
April 30, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev.-based All Metal Maintenance Stands has installed a series of multi-purpose stands at the U.S. Coast...
April 30, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter Corp. is planning to double the current size of its Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturing plant to 77,000 square feet. Expansion plans include...
April 29, 2013
The third of eight Eurocopter EC135s has arrived at California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (Calstar) after receiving an air medical interior at Metro Aviation in Shreveport, La. Among the equipment in the helicopter, which features medical seating for three, is a...
April 26, 2013
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has issued a contract to Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins covering eight different types...
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