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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...
January 1, 2013
Question 1: What technological advancements do you anticipate will most impact helicopter operations in 2013?   Dave Marone From the early days of aviation, fuel starvation, unpredictable weather and mechanical failure drive the overwhelming majority of aviation mishaps. The risk mitigation factors in helicopter operations remain fairly constant; keep the machine mechanically sound, keep fuel in the...
December 31, 2012
American Eurocopter has secured an order from Air Methods for 22 helicopters, 10 of which are the upgraded “T2” version of the EC130 that was uncovered at Heli-Expo in February 2012. The order...
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 21, 2012
Finmeccanica subsidiary AgustaWestland has inked a €115-million (approximately $151.9-million) contract with Baku-based Azerbaijan Airlines for eight AW139s and secured a preliminary...
December 14, 2012
Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) has acquired REACH Medical Holdings, which includes its Air Medical Services...
November 27, 2012
AgustaWestland continues to advance the development program for the AW169, as the third prototype has gone airborne for the first time from the manufacturer’s facility in Cascina Costa, Italy...
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 14, 2012
Three Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit EC145s flying over London’s Tower Bridge adorned with the rings of the Olympic Games. When London won the right to host the 2012 summer Olympics in Singapore on July 6, 2005, coming from behind to “win by a nose at the post” from what had been considered the favorite bid city, the French capital Paris, most of the country was overjoyed. But with...
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 9, 2012
Navicom Aviation Corp. has signed with Latitude Technologies to distribute its WebSentinel flight following system in Japan. Navicom, an...
November 1, 2012
Phoenix, Ariz.-based PHI Air Medical will be using the Dubai Helishow to meet with “other world-class organizations” in order to “expand our footprint into many new...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
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 30, 2012
American Eurocopter presented its 2012 Vision Zero Safety Award to MedFlight of Ohio during the 2012 Air Medical Transport Conference last week in...
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 23, 2012
Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts (NFC) has completed a night vision goggle (NVG) training program for SkyLife Air Ambulance...
October 23, 2012
In front of attendees at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini on Monday celebrated the delivery of the first AW119Kx helicopter to Life Flight Network. The single-engine turbine, an upgraded...
October 23, 2012
Monday, Oct. 22—the first day of the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC)—has revealed registration numbers that suggest record-breaking attendance for the annual, three-day gathering of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). An estimated...
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