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May 29, 2012
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft has finished upgrades to the first S-61T airframe for the U.S. Department of State. In 2010, the State Department purchased more than...
May 23, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has taken delivery of its first batch of CH-53K engine air particle protection system...
May 18, 2012
Russian Helicopters took the wraps off a new variant—the medium-category, multi-role Kamov Ka-62—on Thursday during HeliRussia 2012. Intended for the cargo transport, EMS, offshore, SAR and corporate sectors, the helicopter will feature a five-bladed...
May 15, 2012
Fort Worth, Texas-based AVX Aircraft has obtained a contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to study new technological approaches to improve fuel efficiency in vertical lift aircraft. According to a company spokesman, the seven-month agreement is worth approximately $500,000 and will focus on reducing the fuel consumption of the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Armed Scout by 30 percent in 6k/95 hot/high...
May 9, 2012
May 4 marked the grand opening of Keystone Turbine Services (KTS), an FAA-certified Part 145 turboshaft and turboprop engine maintenance and overhaul facility located in Coatesville, Pa. Parent company partners M International and SF Alpha Defense Manufacturing, both of McLean, Va., created KTS by purchasing the engine shop assets of nearby Keystone Helicopter Services, a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft...
May 2, 2012
Eurocopter España has acquired an 80 percent stake in Sabadell Helicopters Service Center (SHSC), expanding its aircraft maintenance and...
May 2, 2012
Eurocopter’s in-development successor to the AS365/EC155 Dauphin—the X4—took another step toward entering service in 2017, with the selection of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as a powerplant option, along with Turbomeca's TM800. The PW210E will power the next-generation airframe, which Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling has said would “completely change the way of flying.”...
May 1, 2012
Lynn Tilton with the MD540F. Photos by Andrew Parker After 15 years without unveiling a new rotorcraft, it only took around three months for MD Helicopters to pull together its latest offering—the 540F. An upgrade to the 530F, the new model will feature a Rolls-Royce engine, avionics from Elbit Systems and a six-blade rotor system. The company plans to enter the 540F into the U.S. Army’s Armed...
May 1, 2012
The EADS AAS-72X+ on display during Quad-A. EADS North America introduced a boosted version of its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) offering for the U.S. Army during Quad-A in Nashville. Dubbed the AAS-72X+, the helicopter is a derivative of the AAS-72X Lakota light utility helicopter (LUH), and is based on the commercial EC145T2. Plans call for 72X+ production to take place at American Eurocopter’s facility...
May 1, 2012
Transport Canada has granted St. Louis Park, Minn.-based Shadin Avionics a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the...
May 1, 2012
Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger delivering the keynote speech during the 8th annual CHC Quality & Safety Summit in Vancouver. Photos courtesy of CHC Under the auspices of the Canadian Helicopter Corporation and numerous sponsors that included OEMs and competing helicopter operators, an intense, no frills safety summit took place from March 26-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was...
April 26, 2012
Eurocopter has selected Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210 as the powerplant for the X4. The...
April 25, 2012
Transport Canada has issued a type certificate for Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6C-67E, which powers the...
April 13, 2012
Cadorath Aerospace has developed 12 new repairs for Bell 206 variants. The offerings include a 206...
April 12, 2012
El Dorado Hills, Calif.-based FDC/aerofilter has obtained an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) for its inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on the Eurocopter EC135...
April 6, 2012
The U.S. Army's fleet of more than 180 Bell TH-67 trainers are now equipped with Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s...
April 3, 2012
EADS North America introduced a boosted version of its Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) offering for the U.S. Army on Monday during Quad-A in Nashville. Dubbed the AAS-72X+, the helicopter is a derivative of the AAS-72X Lakota light utility helicopter, and is based on the commercial EC145T2. Plans call for 72X+ production to take place at Eurocopter’s facility in Columbus, Miss., starting as early as 2016...
April 1, 2012
Photos by Ernie Stephens Eurocopter Canada handed over a new AS350B3e to Canadian Helicopters during Heli-Expo in Dallas. The helicopter will primarily carry out utility missions and join a fleet that consists of 75 Eurocopter variants. Canadian Helicopters is...
April 1, 2012
Kaman Corporation has promoted five officers to parent company positions. Gregory Steiner (left), currently president of Kaman Aerospace Group, is taking on the additional title of executive vice president of Kaman Corp. Steiner has been with the company since 2008 after a 17-year career with Rockwell Collins. President of Kaman Industrial Technologies, Steven Smidler (right) is now an executive vice...
April 1, 2012
Lider Aviacao’s fleet of 61 helicopters includes the Sikorsky S-92. Brazil is one of the driving forces behind Latin America’s emergence as a fast-growing market for helicopter support operations. The largest rotorcraft operator in Latin America is Lider Aviacao, with a fleet of 61 helicopters—comprising the Sikorsky S-92, S-76A/C+/C++ and Bell 412/212—as well as 31 fixed-wing...
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