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February 1, 2013
AgustaWestland conducted a flight demonstration of the U.S.-based AW189 prototype (P2) on December 6 in Arlington, Texas before heading to Alaska for cold weather trials through spring 2013, at which point it will fly back to Italy to rejoin the other four testbed helicopters in the fleet (P1 and P3-P5). Photos by Randy Jones AgustaWestland is in the midst U.S. flight tests of the AW189 that will continue...
January 30, 2013
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has issued Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval to Bell Helicopter Asia. The certification gives Bell the ability to carry out...
January 30, 2013
Bell Helicopter has submitted a “petition for reconsideration” to the U.S. FAA, insisting the Bell 429 light twin should be allowed to operate at 7,500 lbs., instead of the FAR 27 limit of 7,000 lbs. According to the manufacturer, 14 countries have granted the requested exemption. The FAA and Europe’s EASA have not. After the denial of exemption Bell received from the FAA in August, the...
January 28, 2013
Chelton Flight Systems, dba Cobham Commercial Systems, has secured a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Civil...
January 16, 2013
An AgustaWestland AW109 reportedly hit a construction crane on top of a high-rise building near the River Thames around 8:00 am this morning London time. The collision resulted in the helicopter losing control and hitting the ground along Wandsworth Road, SW8 in Central London. According to police the pilot, Capt. Pete Best, and one other person on the ground have been confirmed dead. There were 12 other...
January 16, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, HeliVert, has conducted the initial flight of the first Russian-produced...
January 11, 2013
Regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Peru have initiated a formal investigation into the Jan. 7 crash of a Columbia Helicopters Model 234 that was supporting petroleum exploration operations near Pucallpa, Peru. The incident resulted in the deaths of...
January 9, 2013
Recently released numbers show that the global helicopter industry will be far short of its self-assigned, highly ambitious goal of cutting the number of accidents by 80 percent over the 2006-2016 period, if current safety trends continue. Therefore, civil aviation authorities are striving to find new ways to reach out to pilots and operators, as well as manufacturers, to improve a relatively worrying...
December 19, 2012
Boeing has obtained a $34-million cost plus fixed fee contract for an MH-47G special operations variant Chinook from the U.S. Army. Delivery is expected by Oct. 31, 2015. This is the first of eight scheduled for handover to the U.S. Army through 2017. The first MH-47G was deployed in 2007 and the final airframe of the 61 remanufactured MH-47Gs was delivered...
December 13, 2012
The U.S. Navy has inked a $686-million contract with the Danish Ministry of Defence for nine Sikorsky MH-60Rs through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The...
December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
November 28, 2012
Stakes are getting ever higher as government rotary wing contract awards often have far-reaching positives for American defense contractors. In the works are programs to replace the Army’s scout helicopter (Armed Arial Scout) and the Air Force’s combat search and rescue (C-SAR) helicopters (Combat Rescue Helicopter—CRH). The scout replacement is now in round three after the...
November 27, 2012
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has signaled the beginning of a new race to supply the next Presidential helicopter. The release by the Program Office (PMA-274) on Nov. 23, 2012, of draft request for proposal (RFP) for the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX) contract had been expected and is likely to be followed by a formal RFP around mid-FY13, according to the NAVAIR advisory...
November 16, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 by 500 lbs. Regulatory...
October 11, 2012
Eurocopter subsidiary, Helibras, has established a manufacturing plant in Itajuba that will focus on the production, assembly and maintenance of the EC725 in Brazil. The initial production at the facility will focus on a 50-aircraft...
October 10, 2012
Bell Helicopter, Enstrom, Russian Helicopters and Sikorsky will be among the featured exhibitors at the 5th edition of the Dubai Helicopter Show, scheduled for Nov. 6-8 in UAE. The Middle East venue will also highlight more than 80 helicopter operators, manufacturers and suppliers, including...
October 9, 2012
Australasia’s first Robinson R66 in flight over Sydney. Imported by Heliflite, the region’s longest-serving R66 distributor. Australia’s helicopter industry is set to have its first representative body since the collapse in 2008 of the former Helicopter Association of Australasia (HAA) with the formation of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA). The move couldn’t...
October 3, 2012
Eurocopter has handed over the first of two EC145s to the Bolivian Air Force. The Air Force will use...
October 1, 2012
Response to Queen’s Jump from an AgustaWestland AW139 at the Olympics Your question as to what I think of the Queen’s para jump during the Olympics opening ceremony (Rotor & Wing, September 2012, page 8) has prompted me to respond: I think it gives us all hope for the future. If the Queen can takes such risks in this nanny state then so can we. Mind you she had been practicing using a wing...
September 1, 2012
The Pilot’s Bill of Rights Act, authored by Rep. Samuel Graves (R-Mo.) with a concurring bill offered by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), has passed both the House and Senate and is awaiting President Obama’s signature. Now as long as the politicos that advise the president don’t identify 10 stray cats as a constituency that will support him if he vetoes the bill, it should be signed shortly...
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