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July 25, 2016
The No. 1 525 prototype’s main rotor blades appear to have struck its tail and nose during a high-speed, engine-out test that ended with the July 6 crash that killed its two pilots, Rotor & Wing International has learned. “We saw signs consistent with a blade strike on the tailboom,” the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigator-in-charge for the probe, John Lovell...
July 8, 2016
The FAA says it is encouraging owners of helicopters and smaller airplanes to install new safety equipment voluntarily by making broader use of a policy that went into effect March 31.   The agency said the new policy on installation of Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment (NORSEE) would streamline the process and reduce costs for fielding gear not currently required by regulations. The FAA said...
June 22, 2016
Bristow Helicopters' Nigeria business unit established a new helicopter rescue and recovery service for that nation's oil and gas industry. That service...
June 16, 2016
Sikorsky's global fleet of S-92s have surpassed one million flight hours within 12 years in May. Sikorsky said the aircraft also have an accident rate of less than one-tenth of the U.S. Civil Multi-Turbine engine...
June 15, 2016
Bell Helicopter last week concluded demonstrations of its 412EPI to defense, coast guard and public safety officials in Vietnam, then moved on to Nepal to highlight the twin-engine 412EPI’s high-altitude performance. The demonstrations came less than a month after U.S. President Barack Obama's May visit to Vietnam, during which he declared that a four-decade embargo on arms shipments to that...
June 1, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica unveiled the AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian all-weather search-and-rescue helicopter at the manufacturer's Yeovil, England, facility. Deliveries of the aircraft will start with the...
May 25, 2016
Fiery crashes in which helicopter occupants survive but die of burn injuries are sustaining public and political pressure on the FAA to review certification rules. Several members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee are the latest lawmakers to focus on the aviation agency’s responses to longstanding recommendations to adopt more stringent...
May 20, 2016
As part of the U.S. Coast Guard aviation unit's centennial celebration this year, the service has painted some of its aircraft in historic paint schemes. Those aircraft are said to be returned to service and delivered to various stations around the U.S. throughout the year. In addition to two HC-144...
May 19, 2016
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying 66 passengers from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, crashed while traveling from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane had crashed, but it's too early to determine a cause. He said terrorism is not being...
May 17, 2016
CHC Helicopter's Irish search-and-rescue operation has reached the milestone of 10,000 Sikorsky S-92 flight hr. Operating from the company's bases in Sligo, Waterford, Shannon and Dublin since 2012, CHC has...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 19, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. said it has closed on a $100 million term loan facility led by Lombard North Central Plc. The facility has a maturity of about six yr. Waypoint will...
March 30, 2016
Las Vegas police are lined up to get a new H145 to help it deal with an aging search-and-rescue helicopter fleet operating in an inhospitable operating environment.   The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs approved the purchase of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 Monday following more than a year of discussions. The committee authorized a $9.6 million...
March 24, 2016
The first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) performed its maiden flight at Finmeccanica's Yeovil, U.K., plant March 21. This marks the start of the flight test program leading to aircraft deliveries for the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2017 to continue to...
March 16, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' Tokyo division has signed a contract with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.   This...
March 15, 2016
The Canadian Coast Guard accepted the last of 15 Bell Helicopter 429 light-lift helicopters into its fleet. Mirabel-based Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. was awarded the contract in May 2014. The...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
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