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April 1, 2013
Bristow EC175 at the Eurocopter booth.   HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter...
April 1, 2013
Most things that happen in helicopter aviation can be viewed from more than one perspective, and sometimes achieving access to the correct viewpoint can end up feeling like a matter of life and death. During the 1970s, out of Borinquen, Puerto Rico, we enjoyed not only the pleasure of covering the largest search and rescue sector in all of U.S. Coast Guard operations with the exquisitely capable Sikorsky...
March 28, 2013
HAI’s Heli-Expo played host to 60 helicopters and 736 exhibitors in Las Vegas while attracting 20,393 visitors during the three-day event in early March. The oil and gas sector was a principle beneficiary of many of the orders signed with the major OEMs during this year’s show. The first official customer for Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopter was revealed to be Bristow Group, with an...
March 28, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
March 26, 2013
UK Department of Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced that Bristow Helicopters is the final winner of the long awaited, and fought for, UK Search & Rescue helicopter contract worth £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion). It will run from April 2015 until 2026, with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy Sea Kings being retired from service and all military crews standing down after 70 years...
March 21, 2013
StandardAero has received a five-year maintenance contract from Air Methods for its fleet of Rolls-Royce M250 engines. The announcement was made at the Heli-Expo show in early March. The contract covers Air Methods’ current fleet of 53 engines, which will add about 20 engines...
March 18, 2013
Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mockup of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin. Designed to carry up to 18 people in a dense seating configuration, the 10,000-to-11,000-lb. (empty weight) ship is being developed primarily with the offshore support market in mind. To assist engineers with tweaking the...
March 15, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania...
March 13, 2013
Air Medical Holdings Group has placed an order for 30 Bell 407GX and 206L4 helicopters. The two companies did not detail the number for each type, but reports indicate a breakdown of 24 407GXs and six 206L4s. During a press conference at...
March 12, 2013
Avincis Group and Eurocopter formalized a global framework agreement during Heli-Expo last week. The agreement includes the purchase of 10 EC145 T2s for emergency medical service (EMS)...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 5, 2013
Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La. is introducing a helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HTAWS) option in its supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Eurocopter EC135 series. The completions provider also...
March 4, 2013
Fargo, N.D.-based Spectrum Aeromed has brought a Lloyd Helicopters-operated Sikorsky S-76 to Las...
March 1, 2013
Marenco Swisshelicopter (Booth N3712) plans to discuss the progress of its SKYe SH09 at Heli-Expo. The helicopter has received a total of 35 orders through early 2013, with deliveries targeted to begin in 2015. The company will announce the appointment of one distributor and representative for the Asia-Pacific region, according to Mathias Senes, commercial and strategy director. “We are working very...
March 1, 2013
For many in the helicopter industry, the weeks leading up to Heli-Expo are among the busiest times of the year—second only to the actual event. It’s also one of the most exciting seasons of the year, as thousands come together to watch manufacturers and suppliers uncover their newest products and latest innovations. Just about everyone looks for signs of progress, and decision-makers within the...
March 1, 2013
With the self-assured confidence that is the hallmark of Eurocopter’s president and chief executive officer, Lutz Bertling, announced at the company’s annual media gathering in Paris, France this January that yet another Houdini act had been achieved in 2012. While Eurocopter’s overall helicopter deliveries continued their steady decline from a high of 588 in 2008, dropping to 475 in...
March 1, 2013
The final Sikorsky S-76C++ entered service with Milestone Aviation Group in 2012, as the manufacturer phases in the S-76D. The old rock classic “Let the Good Times Roll” could serve as the theme song for Heli-Expo 2013, as rotorcraft manufacturers plan to announce several orders for new helicopters, indicating further that the recovery is finally here—or right around the corner—for...
March 1, 2013
If you ask me what opportunities I consider to be my greatest blessings, meeting my wife would be on the top of that list. I would go on to say that serving as a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army in Vietnam and working as a pilot for Los Angeles County fire would come in second and third. I mention this because this is my second article in which I presume to tell the Army how to do its business. I do this...
February 28, 2013
Bell Helicopter delivered its first two 429s to Nigeria last week, after receiving certification for the helicopter’s gross weight increase for operation in the country from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).     The first two 429s were...
February 25, 2013
A tour of Eurocopter’s EC175 started Monday, with planned stops throughout the U.S. until March 15 before the first production aircraft heads to other locations around the globe later this year.   EC175. Photos courtesy of Eurocopter   The EC175 arrived at...
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