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December 1, 2011
Handheld 406 Decoder Assisting with SAR Available from Techtest The 12-406-9 is a touchscreen handheld 406 decoder that receives and decodes COSPAS SARSAT distress or test messages. The need to detect and locate downed aircrew has always existed. Accurately pinpointing both aircraft and crew can sometimes necessitate a lengthy search scenario. The increased population of COSPAS /SARSAT (C/S) 406MHz beacons...
December 1, 2011
This Howard County (Md.) Police helicopter is typical of many Bell 407s equipped for police work. Under its belly are a nose-mounted video/forward-looking infrared camera system, a digital downlink antenna mounted amidships, and an aft-mounted searchlight. Photos by Ernie Stephens Next to helicopters that are used for air medical operations, no other non-military rotorcraft feature as much special mission...
December 1, 2011
In an effort to provide a snapshot of the hundreds of stories in the helicopter industry that we cover each year, Rotor & Wing has assembled a list of more than 300 items published from January to November 2011. These news stories, features and product announcements ran in the pages of the print magazine—this doesn’t include our daily Top Stories at rotorandwing.com, web-only features...
November 23, 2011
Scott’s Bell 47 has named Oregon Aero a supplier of seat systems and interiors for the Model 47. The VK...
November 18, 2011
Greenwich AeroGroup division Professional Aviation Associates has increased its inventory with an investment of more than $1 million in Eurocopter EC155...
November 7, 2011
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Kaman Aerospace Group has announced its acquisition of Bennington, Vt.-based Vermont Composites, a designer and manufacturer of...
November 3, 2011
Eurocopter has broken ground on its manufacturing plant in Queretaro, Mexico. The Queretaro location will...
November 1, 2011
Sikorsky parent company, United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has acquired Goodrich in a deal worth $18.4 billion. Charlotte, N.C.-based Goodrich produces “complementary product lines,” such as actuation systems, wheels and brakes, engine components, landing gear, engine controls, electrical power and ISR systems, sensors and nacelles for the six major helicopter manufacturers, including Sikorsky...
November 1, 2011
L-3 Wescam has picked up a new operator of its MX-10 multi-sensor, multi-spectral...
November 1, 2011
PORTAPAD Brings the Landing Site to You A helicopter has to have a landing site. There are many alternatives, however it is not always possible to secure the most beneficial to a specific tactical or logistical situation. The concept of the PORTAPAD is that it has the versatility to go into an area at a predetermined cost and for a planned timeframe. When the mission is completed, you have the ability to...
November 1, 2011
October 28, 2011
Houston, Texas-based Instrument Specialties Co., Inc. (INSCO) has partnered with Scott’s Bell 47 to design and produce model 47 instrument...
October 20, 2011
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s inlet barrier filter (IBF) has received an FAA supplemental type...
October 17, 2011
CPI Aerostructures signed a $2.3 million agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft to manufacture gunner window assemblies for...
October 6, 2011
Transport Canada has given its approval to DART Helicopter Services’ electric step replacement pneumatic actuator for Bell 412/412EPs...
October 1, 2011
Bell’s new 407GX features the Garmin G1000H integrated avionics system. Okay, let’s get one thing out in the open right now—I’m an instrument-rated pilot, but IFR flight was never my strong suit. In fact, I don’t even shoot approaches to a runway, I shoot them to a county! That’s why I was very curious about the Garmin G1000H integrated avionics system. According to the...
September 30, 2011
Kelowna, Canada-based SkyTrac Systems has paired with EuroAvionics and Germany’s Convexis to create SkyTrac ISAT, a fleet awareness management software. ISAT works...
September 30, 2011
Sloane Helicopters is displaying its Robinson R66 sales demonstrator during Helitech, along with an Agustawestland AW 109 Grand New, at Stand 1513, Chalet 2 adn teh static display.  Sloane Helicopters Britain’s biannual celebration of all things rotary wing swings into action at the famous Duxford aerodrome on Tuesday. Helitech celebrates its 25th anniversary in difficult times. However back in...
September 28, 2011
EASA has granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Donaldson Aerospace & Defense to install its inlet...
September 27, 2011
Gama Engineering (Stand 1619), a Gama Group company that is making its public debut during Helitech, has secured an agreement to distribute Cobham’s HeliSAS autopilot and stability augmentation system. The new division—which came together after Gama...
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