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November 8, 2013
Northrop Grumman has conducted the first flight of the unmanned MQ-8C. A ground-based group from the U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman flew the aircraft on Oct. 31 from Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, Calif. The initial flight took seven minutes to validate the...
November 4, 2013
Canadian regional operator Bailey Helicopters has completed its field trials of Latitude Technologies' IONode flight data recorder on three different airframes, and...
November 1, 2013
EC145T2. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Eurocopter invited Rotor & Wing to participate in the demonstrations to customers of its EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters just prior to the Helitech exhibition in late September at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter variant in the company inventory...
October 18, 2013
AgustaWestland's first production AW189 has conducted its maiden flight at the company's Vergiate plant in Italy. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery to...
October 14, 2013
A pair of Robinson R66 turbine helicopters completed a six-week around-the-world flight on Sept. 15, an expedition organized by Moscow-based Robinson dealer Aviamarket. R66 flying above la manche, during its around-the-world trip. Photo courtesy of Robinson The...
October 9, 2013
Sikorsky has started final assembly on the S-97 Raider prototype after receiving the fuselage structure from Aurora Flight Services on September 20. The composite fuselage structure – which includes a cockpit, cabin and tail cone – is undergoing completions at...
September 23, 2013
Eurocopter (Stand P30) invited a select few journalists to participate in the demonstrations to customers of their EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters prior to the Helitech exhibition being held at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter in the company inventory with the exception of the Tiger...
September 20, 2013
Curtiss-Wright will be looking to draw interest in its Multi Purpose Flight Recorder (MPFR) at its Helitech International 2013 stand (N20) at...
September 6, 2013
The Bell-Boeing V-22 program is working on a new capability for its V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, aerial refueling. In August, the V-22 completed a demonstration flight over north Texas equipped with a prototype...
September 5, 2013
AgustaWestland is flight testing several aerodynamic improvements to its AW609 tiltrotor including a modified vertical fin, newly designed engine exhaust nozzles and improved prop-rotor spinner cones. The second prototype AW609 is being used which is based at the...
September 1, 2013
Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB in flight. The maiden flight of the Russian Helicopters Mi-28UB took place August 9 at the Rostvertol flight test center, which is also the...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky Aircraft has uncovered its future plans for unmanned and optionally piloted flights in the helicopter industry and it starts with a name: Matrix Technology. The company “took the red pill” on August 13 with the official launch of the endeavor at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems in Washington, DC.   Representatives from Sikorsky explained various elements of the program to Rotor...
August 30, 2013
Australian company StopRotor Technology has completed the first in-flight transition between fixed and rotary wing using its prototype Hybrid RotorWing, a project that the company launched earlier this year that can fly as either a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft.     Computer rendering of the Hybrid...
June 26, 2013
The Italian Army has conducted the maiden flight of the latest AgustaWestland variant of Boeing's heavy lift helicopter, the ICH-47F.      ICH-47F Chinook's first flight. Photo...
June 26, 2013
A diesel engine designed for light helicopter singles has been running on a test bench in Trappes, France since March as part of Europe’s Clean Sky, a €1.6 billion ($2 billion) research project. The 440-shp demonstrator is a tradeoff between car racing performance and aviation safety and durability requirements. It is planned to eventually power a Eurocopter EC120 for flight tests. Compared to a...
June 18, 2013
Russian Helicopters has initiated a tour of demonstration flights in Kazakhstan with its new light multi-role helicopter, the Ka-226T.     Ka-226T demo tour. Photo courtesy of...
June 18, 2013
Eurocopter announced at the Paris Air Show that receiving formal EASA approval for an EC225 retrofit kit – intended to solve the ongoing main gearbox issue – is a matter of days. “We have found the full set of explanation, the full root cause; we have agreed with the authorities on the technical content of the measures that will allow return into service,” said Jean-Brice Dumont...
June 12, 2013
Eurocopter's X3 achieved an unofficial helicopter speed milestone on June 7 by attaining 255 knots true airspeed (KTAS) (around 293 mph or 472 km/hour) while in level flight. The company also reports that several days before that flight, the X3 reached a speed of 263 KTAS...
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...
June 1, 2013
L-3 Wescam has conducted flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters. The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam’s MX series designator systems...
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