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January 1, 2013
January is the month that features our Rotorcraft Outlook Panel, where top CEOs in the industry provide insights into the coming year and beyond. I recently had a chance to interview American Eurocopter President & CEO Marc Paganini, with the full Q&A scheduled to appear in the February issue of Rotor & Wing. Q: How was business for the company in 2012 and what does the picture look like for...
December 21, 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a $4.8-million contract to Honeywell for the installation of the company’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) across the USCG’s fleet of MH-60T helicopters. The USCG order is for 42 Zing HUMS 1230 aircraft kits and 24 ground support kits. Data collected from sensors located around the...
December 20, 2012
The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a £258-million contract to extend the Sea King Integrated Operational Support (SKIOS) program to the expected end of service of the helicopter type in 2016. The SKIOS extension has been necessary following the need to rebid the search and rescues-helicopter (SAR-H) project. The military were...
December 18, 2012
Australia is the latest country to give the increasingly popular Kamov Ka-32A11BC a certificate of airworthiness, making it the first Russian-made helicopter to achieve such approval. Civilian operators can now use it in a variety of roles including search and rescue (SAR), firefighting and for industrial work requiring sling-loads. The Ka-32A11BC is the latest civil variant of the old Ka-27 (Helix), which...
December 1, 2012
A maritime emergency is developing early at daybreak in the waters immediately surrounding the London Array offshore wind farm. Sited at the extremes of the Thames Estuary around the southeast coast of the United Kingdom, the London Array contains 175 Siemens wind turbines covering an area of 100 km². It has recently become the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The cruise ship THV Patricia...
November 26, 2012
The Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket), the authority responsible for maritime and aeronautical search and rescue (SAR) services in Sweden, has placed an order with AgustaWestland for seven AW139 intermediate twins. The AW139s will be outfitted for SAR missions and equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), allowing all-weather operations in icing conditions. The helicopters will...
November 20, 2012
El Dorado, Calif.-based Sequoia Helicopters has chosen the Becker Avionics airborne BD406 beacon decoder for its MD530F. The decoder will be used to improve search and rescue (SAR) operations for the El Dorado County Sherriff’s Department Aero Squadron, which uses the MD530F from Sequoia on a voluntary basis. The BD406 has the capability to track and...
November 14, 2012
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters has unveiled more details on its Russian Advanced Commercial Helicopter (Rachel). The Rachel program is meant as an eventual replacement for the Mi-8/17 family. The “high-speed” medium twin will be capable of 194 knots, thanks to “streamlined main rotor blades and fuselage.” At 10 to 12 metric tons (22,000 to 26,400 pounds), it will have a seating...
November 12, 2012
Eurocopter has obtained an order from NHV Helicopters of Ostend, Belgium for 10 EC175s that will operate from the company’s UK base in Norwich. The helicopters will conduct a variety of missions, including offshore transport, SAR, air medial, security/border patrol and crew transfer. The agreement is worth around €150 million...
November 8, 2012
Whippany, N.J.-based Breeze-Eastern has inked a contract with the U.S. Coast Guard to design and qualify an upgraded hydraulic control box for the fleet of Eurocopter H-65 Dolphins. A production contract for over 100 units is expected to...
November 1, 2012
The Rescue 915 crew of the Canadian Forces’ 103 Search and Rescue Squadron. Canadian Forces used an AgustaWestland AW101 during an Arctic rescue in October 2011. AgustaWestland has awarded the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian...
October 26, 2012
Becker Avionics has released a night vision goggle (NVG) compatible version of its waterproof Polycon wireless intercom extension system. The upgrade uses LED indicator...
October 25, 2012
AgustaWestland has agreed to provide the Swedish Maritime Administration with seven AW139s for its Maritime...
October 24, 2012
The UK’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has approved AgustaWestland's entry into the contracting portion of a £46-million ($73.6-million) bid for the creation of a Civil Helicopter Hub. Combined with the RGF...
October 24, 2012
Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has secured an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with Euless, Texas-based Aero Dynamix involving night vision imaging system (NVIS) packages on the S-76 series. The...
October 15, 2012
AgustaWestland has presented the 2012 Cormorant Trophy to the Rescue 915 crew of the 103 Search and Rescue Squadron at Canadian Forces Base Gander in...
October 8, 2012
Eurocopter EC175 in flight. Watching an EC175 test aircraft performing a series of climbs, turns and hovers at a satellite airfield cum-training ground near Eurocopter’s Marignane headquarters showed not only an aircraft well on the way to certification, but talking to its flight test crew revealed the continuing headlong development rush that has been a company trademark since its inception in 1992...
October 1, 2012
The Korean Navy has selected Elbit Systems SAR and Data Links-Elrisa to provide AN/PRC-648 SAR personal locator beacon (PLB) units to Hyundai...
October 1, 2012
aparker@accessintel.com The helicopter equivalent of “if you build it, they will come” has got to be “if you provide the funding, they will acquire.” None of the “need” for helicopters that fueled year-over-year growth before the global economic slowdown in 2008 has gone away—simply the money to acquire them. Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation Group is...
October 1, 2012
Eurocopter EC725 in SAR configuration. Eurocopter has signed an agreement with the Royal Thai Air...
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