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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...
May 8, 2013
AgustaWestland pilot Pat McKernan and copilot Steve Labows carry out a vertical takeoff procedure in an AW139 used for limited runway situations such as...
April 30, 2013
The first OH-58F Kiowa Warrior has conducted its maiden flight at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. There are currently three aircraft with the U.S. Army—two OH-58Fs and one OH-58D with F model. Col. John Lynch, TRADOC capability manager, emphasized that the aircraft were the first to feature the CASUP (Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program) improvements.   The overall weight of the Kiowa Warrior has been...
April 19, 2013
Northrop Grumman and partner DRS Technologies have conducted flight testing of the new Mast Mounted Sight-Diode Pumped (MMS-DP) laser rangefinder/designator (LRF/D) on a Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving...
April 18, 2013
Boeing has confirmed the initial airworthiness of its latest CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter—the Mk6 Chinook—with a March 15 flight in...
April 16, 2013
L-3 Wescam has completed flight demonstrations for several new weapon systems at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, using MD500 helicopters.      MD500E. Photo courtesy of L-3 Wescam   The flight tests demonstrated L-3 Wescam's MX series...
April 1, 2013
Bell engineers use the 525 Relentless simulator to test the ergonomics and flight characteristics of the “super medium” helicopter design. Note the side-stick configuration of the fly-by-wire controls.   Last year, Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter unveiled the mock-up of its model 525 “Relentless,” the aircraft its designers call a “super medium” twin...
March 26, 2013
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (International Aeronautical Federation, FAI) has confirmed that Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s new Mi-38 broke no less than five helicopter world records in 2012. On Aug. 26, 2012, during the 14th World Helicopter Championship, Mil test pilots established three of the records in the E1h class (FAI’s category for helicopters...
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 20, 2013
The Thales I-Master radar system completed flight trials on a Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in Austria earlier this month. The flights were the first time the I-Master has been...
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 28, 2013
Chelton Flight Systems, dba Cobham Commercial Systems, has secured a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Civil...
January 28, 2013
Germany’s ESG has received an EASA supplemental type certificate (STC) to integrate the Trakkabeam A800 searchlight into the Eurocopter...
January 25, 2013
Eurocopter España has conducted the maiden flight of the initial NH90 manufactured at its facility in Albacete. The...
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