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June 5, 2013
U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has issued a contract to Sikorsky valued at $435.3 million to build four new CH-53K test article aircraft, as the Navy’s aviation branch prepares to launch the upgraded variant of the manufacturer’s C-53 series transport helicopters.   The CH-53K is designed to carry up to 27,000 lbs (around 12,250 kg) over a range of 110 nautical miles under...
May 20, 2013
Kazakhstan-based aircraft maintenance provider Sky Tech has received certification from Safran to begin performing maintenance on Turbomeca...
May 14, 2013
Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), has awarded a type certificate to Sikorsky’s S-76D helicopter. This follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s award for the model in October 2012. Sikorsky expects to make its first customer deliveries of the S-76D later this year. In March at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
May 1, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) covering installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution H-series primary...
May 1, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and...
April 24, 2013
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based air medical transport provider REACH Air Medical Services has obtained FAA approval to begin using its own GPS approaches and routes in Western Oregon.      REACH AgustaWestland AW109. Photo courtesy of REACH.   The authorization allows REACH to begin flying directly to hospitals and landing sites along the Oregon coast and...
April 16, 2013
Bell Helicopter has earned Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) approval to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 to 7,500 lbs. The 500-lb increase is based on Transport Canada’s certification of the weight boost tracing back to December 2011. Indonesia becomes the 17th country to approve the exception, joining five others in Southeast Asia/Oceania and five nations in South...
March 28, 2013
Robinson Helicopters announced that the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IACAR) issued a type certificate for the R66 turbine on March 15, 2013, the culmination of a process that began in November 2010. The welcome news will now allow Robinson to export 22 R66 helicopters to Russia. A further 18 are in production and will now be delivered to Russian later in...
March 25, 2013
ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, has issued Level D certification for Rotorsim's CAE 3000 Series AW139 full-flight simulator (FFS). Rotorsim, a joint venture between CAE and AgustaWestland, currently has the new AW139...
March 18, 2013
FAA has approved Honeywell’s Zing health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) 1134 for supplemental type certificate (STC) installation on the AgustaWestland AW139. The Zing HUMS solution is a sensor-based monitoring system that continuously tracks...
March 4, 2013
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Astronics Corp.’s Max-Viz-1500 enhanced vision system (EVS) for retrofit installations on Bell 206 and 407 helicopters. Astronics Executive Vice President Elliot...
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...
February 19, 2013
Garmin has released an all-digital altimeter, the GRA 5500, for helicopters and general aviation aircraft. The all-digital...
February 11, 2013
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted ground-level approval for night vision goggles (NVG) operations on a Bond Offshore Helicopters Eurocopter EC135...
February 1, 2013
EASA has certified the Turbomeca Arriel 2E engine, which is scheduled for entry into service at the end of 2013 on...
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 initial AW159 Wildcat for the UK Royal Navy has taken its first flight in Yeovil, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced this week. The UK MoD purchased 28 attack...
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...
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