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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...
January 16, 2013
Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, HeliVert, has conducted the initial flight of the first Russian-produced...
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...
December 31, 2012
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA) has struck a deal with AgustaWestland to distribute the AW169 in Japan. The agreement...
December 14, 2012
The first flight of the No. 1 series-production EC175 took place at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Marignane last...
December 5, 2012
Bell Helicopter, Textron Systems and AAI—all subsidiaries of Textron Inc.—have opened a research lab in Huntsville, Ala. that will focus on systems integration and manned-unmanned teaming. The complex, which includes the Bell/AAI...
December 5, 2012
Progress in the ongoing development of the United States Marine Corps’ (USMC) heavy lift helicopter replacement, the Sikorsky CH-53K, has been announced with the delivery of the prototype aircraft to the flight test team. This means that NAVAIR and Sikorsky pilots can begin the program of scheduled ground checks that will take place over the next year. Production of the ground test vehicle (GTV)...
December 1, 2012
By Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor With the U.S. Army now seemingly on a timeline for the acquisition of a new reconnaissance helicopter—the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS)—to replace its existing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior fleet, the main question in these budget wracked times must be: How much “bang for the buck” can the U.S. Army afford? The challenge is one that has been delayed for...
December 1, 2012
Bell Helicopter has obtained approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to increase the maximum gross weight of the 429 by 500 lbs...
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...
October 31, 2012
What all of the competitors for the Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) acquisition seem to agree on is a satisfaction that the U.S. Army team conducting the evaluation of the different proposals is doing a great job. This has been a three-step process: 1) Request for Information (RfI) 2) Discussions with the army’s expert team, and finally; 3) a voluntary flight demonstration (VFD). The competitors, which...
October 9, 2012
NACRA Testbed for Rapid Warfighter Response and Experimentation, or T-Rex. The U.S. Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement has now entered its second phase, or “NACRA 2.0”, as of last June, according to NACRA Director Timothy Gowen. Movement into the second phase gives NACRA a stronger entry into the area of technology development while building stronger ties with research scientists...
October 5, 2012
When Andrew Strachan, chairman of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Flight Test Group, said that every politician and journalist should hear Society Fellow David Gibbings’ lecture on “The Helicopter Development Process: from Concept to Service,” he was right. People on the outside of an aircraft development program rarely get an insight into the sheer volume of work that is involved...
September 28, 2012
EADS North America has launched flight demonstrations of its AAS-72X+ to showcase it to U.S. Army leadership as part of a bid for...
September 26, 2012
The first flight, under its own power, of a manned electric helicopter happened on Aug. 12, 2011, as witnessed by a court bailiff. During the following weeks, the aircraft logged a total 99.5 minutes of flying time in 29 flights. A typical flight lasted four minutes, with a demonstrated maximum of six minutes, Chretien said. Actual forward flight above translational speed (15 to 20 knots) was never...
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