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July 20, 2012
Sikorsky Aircraft has granted a $600,000 contract to Charlotte, N.C.-based Curtiss-Wright Controls for ice detection and protection systems on the S-76D. Under the agreement, which could ultimately be worth...
July 12, 2012
Honda Aircraft Co. completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet, the company announced Dec. 21. The airframer said the flight is a "significant step in Hondas aerospace program leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012." The first conforming HondaJet lifted off Dec. 20 from Honda Aircraft headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The HondaJet remained aloft for 51 minutes...
July 9, 2012
AgustaWestland’s second prototype AW169 flew for the first time Friday, while the initial airframe—which took to the skies on May 10—is making its public debut at...
June 29, 2012
The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency’s Aviation branch in Philadelphia has issued an $8.7-million...
June 21, 2012
BLR Aerospace has obtained European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification to install its FastFin tail...
May 9, 2012
Tempe, Ariz.-based Van Horn Aviation (VHA) has obtained EASA certification for its Bell 206B/L composite tail rotor blades. FAA...
April 20, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to BLR Aerospace for...
April 1, 2012
Traveling the floor at the 2012 Heli-Expo, I had to make a second and third visit to many a helicopter on display in order to absorb more of what my eyes were taking in, beyond the glitz of the latest gee-whiz cockpits. Many waited for their turn to sit in the driver’s seat. I slowly circled each aircraft from tip to tail, trying to pick up on as many ingenious design points as I could. One of the...
March 1, 2012
A technician inspects a blade mounted on CTI’s new whirl tower. The system uses computers and lasers to compare test blades to a perfect “master” at operational rotation speeds. Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary Composite Technology Inc. (CTI) invited local officials to its Dallas-Fort Worth rotor blade repair facility on February 14 for the opening of its new whirl tower. The $15-million...
February 12, 2012
BLR Aerospace’s FastFin upgrade on a Bell 412. BLR can be found at Booth 8846 during Heli-Expo.  Photo courtesy of BLR Aerospace Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has become the first offshore oil and gas operator to use BLR Aerospace’s FastFin tail rotor...
February 11, 2012
Scott’s Bell 47 cockpit view from last year’s Heli-Expo. Find the company at this year’s convention at Booth 5309. Photo by Ernie Stephens Scott’s-Bell 47 (Booth 5309) has contracted IAC Ltd. (Booth 5727) to manufacture new composite main rotor blades for the Model 47. The proposed main rotor...
February 6, 2012
Austria-based Helios Hubschrauber is introducing its SilentEcoWing rotor blade system at Heli-Expo. Marking the culmination of a project that got its start in 1998 and traces back to 1995, the...
February 1, 2012
The beginning of a new year seems like an appropriate time to look at what lies ahead with evolving helicopter systems and technologies. One area that always welcomes improvement is that of helicopter noise and vibration. A quieter, smoother helicopter makes those who fly in them smile bigger, and those who are on the ground complain less; a win-win for all. There are many oscillating forces and moments at...
January 17, 2012
Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky has named 35 companies that will take part in producing two prototype S-97 Raiders for U.S. military evaluation. The Raider program will be self-funded by Sikorsky and the companies. Suppliers for the aircraft’s structures include Aurora, Cytec, East/West...
January 1, 2012
“Marines are sending unmanned helicopters to Afghanistan to test a safer way to supply troops deep inside hostile territory. The 3-ton, twin-rotor K-MAX, built by Lockheed and Kaman, will be capable of ferrying up to 3 tons of supplies. Human controllers will guide it from its main base to isolated forward-operating bases. The goal: replacing risky truck convoys that are exposed to ambushes and...
January 1, 2012
From a leading rotorcraft OEM to premier owners and operators worldwide, the industry has taken notice of BLR Aerospace and its game-changing FastFin® System. Despite a challenging economy, BLR logged record sales in 2011, with FastFin leading the way. The OEM Choice Available for a range of Bell medium helicopters, FastFin is a simple modification that delivers big performance advantages. As a result...
October 26, 2011
Source: BLR Aerospace EVERETT, WA, October 20, 2011 – BLR Aerospace, a name synonymous with outstanding performance enhancement technologies that increase the capabilities of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft by manufacturers such as Bell Helicopter and Hawker Beechcraft, today announced an FAA-certified performance increase for its Bell 212 FastFin® System. The FAA has approved a Flight Manual...
October 1, 2011
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety recommendation for Robinson R44s...
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