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July 13, 2015
  AgustaWestland marked the centennial of its U.K. unit’s formation July 12 in ceremonies at the Yeovil home of what was originally the Westland Aircraft Works.  Opened in 1915 as a branch of the Yeovil engineering business Petters Ltd., Westland built many famous fixed-wing aircraft before its board decided in 1946 to focus entirely on helicopter production. Initially, it...
July 9, 2015
Then there were two. In an exclusive report, the Reuters news agency reported July 8 that Lockheed Martin and Textron “have emerged as final contenders” to buy Sikorsky Aircraft. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. confirmed June 15 at the Paris Air Show that it intends to exit the rotorcraft...
July 8, 2015
A Scottish judge’s order releasing an accident recorder to criminal investigators threatens “the open safety culture it has taken decades to create” in aviation, the British Airline Pilots' Association said, declaring it will appeal the June 19 ruling. BALPA said the threat lies in the prospect that safety data might be “used...
July 2, 2015
Bell 525 Relentless makes first flight July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Photo courtesy of Bell Helicopter Supply chain challenges and FAA inspection requirements slowed the maiden flight of Bell Helicopter's 525 Relentless, the manufacturer says. The super-medium twin 525 flew for the first time July 1 at Bell’s Amarillo, Texas facility. Senior Flight...
June 16, 2015
One target market for the new, heavy X6 is helicopter airlines, Airbus Helicopters President and CEO Guillaume Faury told reporters at the Paris Air Show today. “The X6 is the next future helicopter for the commercial market, targeting oil and gas, commercial air transportation and search and rescue,” Faury said in unveiling plans for a two-year effort...
June 15, 2015
Look for Airbus Helicopters to announce plans for a new heavy helicopter, according to reports at the Paris Air Show. The Reuters news service says the manufacturer...
June 15, 2015
Turbomeca plans by year’s end to begin integrating advanced components for a technology demonstrator intended to support development of a new family of 3,000-shaft-horsepower-class...
June 12, 2015
Erickson Inc. has secured two contracts important to its goal of building a stronger presence in Alaska. For the first contract, Repsol, already an Erickson customer in the South American region, will use Erickson's medium-lift helicopters to provide oil and gas transport—as well as...
June 11, 2015
Metro Aviation has begun flight testing IRIS, a flight data monitoring, tracking and communications tool that the company says promises to improve the safety of helicopter missions. Using ViaSat's geosynchronous satellite...
June 11, 2015
AgustaWestland is briefing European Aviation Safety Agency officials on the results of its latest icing tests for the AW189. The manufacturer in late May completed three months of in-flight icing tests of the super-medium twin. It is seeking broader approval for the AW189 to operate...
June 11, 2015
Aiming to boost the interest of U.S. children in the sciences, Sikorsky Aircraft is challenging children to design an eco-friendly helicopter that addresses potential challenges of 2050. The fifth annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge, which kicked off June 1 and will run...
June 10, 2015
June 30 is the nomination deadline for the Night Vision Awards to be presented at July's Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo 2015 in Houston. Presented every other year, the awards are intended to...
June 10, 2015
AgustaWestland plans to begin work in August on the first AW609 TiltRotor to be produced at its Philadelphia facility. The aircraft set for production at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport site is the fourth AW609 prototype...
May 28, 2015
Bell Helicopter is completing final preparations for the first flight of its 525 Relentless, which it expects within weeks, the company’s VP of that program told Rotor & Wing. Larry Thimmesch said the company is transitioning from manufacturing of Flight Test Aircraft No. 1 to pre-flight prep activity. Current...
May 13, 2015
Erickson Incorporated was recently contracted by the Government of Nunavut and Qulliq Energy Corporation to transport generators to Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada to restore power after a fire extensively damaged the community’s power plant. The community of Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, in Canada’s far north, which is one of the most remote and sparsely...
May 12, 2015
Bell Helicopter announced today the sale of the first Bell 412EPI in Japan to Aomori Prefecture’s Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency. The 412EPI is expected to join the agency's fleet in early 2016. Aomori Prefecture was also the first customer to receive a Bell 412EP in Japan at...
May 5, 2015
Following the devastation of Cyclone Pam, the Vanuatu Government and the World Bank contacted Australian operator Heliwest, who deployed Lockheed Martin’s Indago small unmanned aerial system (UAS) to conduct a rapid damage assessment. The Indago collected imagery of the damage over a two-week mission and provided the data to operators, without risking a life.   Photo courtesy of Heliwest...
March 31, 2015
Following the delivery of three Dauphins this month, two Japanese law enforcement agencies have signed contracts for new Airbus Helicopters Dauphin airframes. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the EC155) to be deployed by the Kagawa Prefectural Police, and an AS365 N3+ variant for the Fukuoka...
December 30, 2014
On Dec. 23, the Texas Game Wardens unveiled their new Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter. The aircraft will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.   Photo by Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department 2014 The new AS350 B3e is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response...
August 6, 2014
Simplex Portland, Ore., United States With its advanced engineering capabilities and many years of experience, Simplex offers a one-stop solution for nearly every helicopter mission. Aerial firefighting is one of those strengths. Simplex has close relationships with fire departments and forest services across the globe. Because of this, their systems are getting bigger and better while reducing weight and...
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