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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 5, 2012
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has appointed Ralph Hicks as the investigator-in-charge of the probe into the crash of an Atlanta Police Department Hughes OH-6 on Saturday, Nov. 3. According to witnesses on the...
November 2, 2012
To meet the needs of the growing Latin American helicopter market, AeroSimulators has unveiled a new website focused on...
November 1, 2012
Pratt & Whitney Canada's PW210S turboshaft engine that will power the Sikorsky S-76D is in line for...
November 1, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407. Air Methods, which operates...
November 1, 2012
It was in October, about nine years ago. Mike and I had just landed after a routine night patrol. As I was completing my post-flight inspection and he was returning the nozzle to the fuel pump, I saw a car stop on the road off the end of the runway. This wasn’t unusual, since people frequently stopped whenever they saw us outside, probably to see if we were going to takeoff. But that’s where...
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 15, 2012
Sikorsky has received the long-awaited type certificate for the S-76D from FAA. The manufacturer can now begin to address a backlog estimated at nearly $500 million related to the medium twin, which features Pratt & Whitney Canada...
October 10, 2012
Bakersfield, Calif.-based SRT Helicopters is planning to host a free public safety helicopter symposium on March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev. The...
October 10, 2012
Community members, health service providers and public safety officials gathered with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday to take delivery of the first AgustaWestland AW139 to join the Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command. The medium twin-engine aircraft, plus nine sister ships due for future handover, will gradually replace the agency’s aging fleet of Eurocopter Dauphins currently...
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 5, 2012
You’re at work again. The mission of the day involves a longer flight than usual, so you decide to brush the rust off your autopilot skills and engage some upper modes. It is a bumpy day, but the system appears to be handling it well. Suddenly a severe gust of wind catches you, kicks the autopilot offline, and almost gives you some impromptu unusual attitude training. You grab the controls, reacting...
October 3, 2012
Going against the grain of other regulatory agencies around the globe and the requests of Bell 429 operators in the U.S., FAA has denied a request from Bell Helicopter to increase the max gross weight of the 429 from 7,000 to 7,500 lbs. Transport Canada approved the weight increase in January 2012, with several others nations giving the go-ahead through the course of 2012. In July, Argentina joined 10...
October 1, 2012
The Texas Department of Public Safety's newest AS350 B3e has entered service. The helicopter is the...
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...
October 1, 2012
Nashua, N.H.-based JTI Air Holdings has received certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to use its automotive...
October 1, 2012
Lake Charles, La.-based Era Training Center has received FAR Part 142 approval for its training program for the AgustaWestland AW139. The approval gives Era Group subsidiary the ability to issue pilot certificates following ground instruction and training in the flight simulator training device...
September 28, 2012
Becker Avionics has obtained a contract to equip the University of Utah AirMed’s Eurocopter EC145 with its DVCS6100 digital audio system. The helicopter replaces an older Bell 407...
September 27, 2012
Robinson Helicopter has secured approval from the FAA for the police variant of its R66 turbine. The police model is outfitted with FLIR...
September 26, 2012
Along with Eurocopter Southern Africa Ltd. (ESAL), Boise, Idaho-based Aviation Specialties Unlimited...
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