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November 14, 2014
Kingwing General Aviation Co., has been approved as an Authorized Service Center for Agustawestland helicopters in China. The Authorized Service Center approval has been...
November 14, 2014
The Saudi Arabian National Guard has issued a $976,222 contract to MD Helicopters to provide logistics support for its current...
November 11, 2014
Dean Ashton has been selected by Bell Helicopter as its Customer Service Engineer to serve as a direct link between the Textron subsidiary and its growing customer base in China. The selection was announced by Bell at Airshow China in Zhuhai. Ashton has...
November 5, 2014
An Airbus Helicopter EC155 B1 in Marshall, Minn. Photo courtesy Metro Aviation Just like the helicopters that Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Helicopter Flight Data Monitoring (HFDM) systems are installed in, there is no single solution for every user’s needs. Each system has its own unique capabilities just as each manufacturer has its own approach. But to be a viable solution in the...
November 1, 2014
These Diamond J, Inc. torque and turbine outlet temperature gauges installed in a Bell 206B3 catch everything, including this 103 percent for one second torque. Photo by Mark Colborn “The engine quit,” is a common claim or perception by pilots following an uncontrolled descent into terrain. A recent International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) analysis, however, determined that many accident...
November 1, 2014
Maintaining a PT6 turboshaft engine. Photo courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada The bridge between a manufacturer simply supplying an engine to a customer versus committing to it with the operator was brought into the modern era by Rolls Royce’s Power by the Hour (PBH) concept in the early 1980s. While PBH has become a regular feature of supplier/owner maintenance agreements, Safran subsidiary...
September 18, 2014
Rotor & Wing spoke with Bristow Group CEO Jonathan Baliff about the state of the industry and of Bristow Group. Here is a small taste of what to expect. See the full interview in Rotor & Wing's Helitech International Show Daily, or watch for it via email at the end of the show. Rotor & Wing: What are the main changes you've seen in the past four years in the helicopter industry? Jonathan...
September 1, 2014
Fully integrated flight data recording is now affordable for the light single and twin engine fleet. PHI is outfitting their Bell 407s with NORTH FDS HUMS/HFDM recorders. Photo courtesy PHI Health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) and helicopter flight data management (HFDM) systems are powerful aviation tools. Their capabilities will eventually make them mandatory and will prove indispensible to the...
August 26, 2014
Nineteen of Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) field inspectors were trained by Mornington Sanford Aviation on theoretical...
August 25, 2014
Bell Helicopter's Aeronautical Accessories brand is now distributing Donaldson Inducer Vent Filters (IVF) for the Bell 407 and 407GX airframes. The filter helps prevent erosion of the engine impeller by drawing in...
August 20, 2014
Hoist and winch company Breeze Eastern has announced that it will establish an Innovation and New Product Development Center in Fredericksburg, Va. The center will be managed by Brad Repp, the newly appointed vice president of product development. Repp recently served as the chief technology officer for HDT Global and his familiarity with the engineering and business community in Virginia was one of the...
August 18, 2014
Bell Helicopter will stage a safety symposium in Prague, Czech Republic on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. This follows on from a similar symposium that it held during August at the Sao Paulo World Trade Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil that attracted more than 100 attendees. The safety symposium series, introduced in 2013, is aimed at educating pilots and maintainers on key safety practices. It is linked to...
August 15, 2014
Russian Helicopters has added a certified a Brazilian service center to its expanding network worldwide that also includes South Korea, Canada and Spain. Run by Helipark Taxi Aereo e Manutencao Aeronautica, Brazil, this move is aimed at assisting the expansion of the Ka-32 type in Latin American.  Helipark has operated its own Ka-32A11BC since 2012. it is used primarily for external cargo sling loads...
August 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has announced that on August 8, Kazan Helicopters opened a new painting and finishing shop at its manufacturing base in Moscow. The RUB 467 million ($13 million) facility represents the company's continuing effort to increase its production output, as well as its competitiveness in the global rotorcraft market. The new shop houses a variety of...
August 4, 2014
By Douglas Nelms On Dec. 7, 2011, an AS350-B2 operated by Sundance Helicopters crashed just outside Las Vegas, Nev., killing the pilot and four passengers. NTSB cited probable cause to be “inadequate maintenance of the helicopter.” Specifically, NTSB said the cause included (1) the improper reuse of a degraded self-locking nut, (2) the improper or lack of installation of a split pin, and (3)...
July 23, 2014
PaR Systems, an aerospace manufacturing, material handling, automation, and robotic solutions company, has created a new friction stir welding process for a range of applications. Called the I-RoboSTIR solution, the...
July 22, 2014
Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS) has agreed to provide helicopter maintenance services for the City of Sacramento, Calif. AHS...
July 22, 2014
Kongsberg Defence Systems has agreed to extend and increase the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of components for AgustaWestland airframes including the NH90 helicopter. The protocol, signed by the two companies...
July 21, 2014
MD Helicopters (MDHI) based in Mesa, Ariz., has added Precision Aviation Services (PAS) of Peachtree City, Ga., as the newest authorized service center for its line of turbine rotorcraft. A subsidiary of Precision Aviation Group (PAG), PAS becomes the 46th maintenance location for the estimated 2,500 MDHI aircraft currently in operation. Customers are now able to obtain maintenance, parts...
July 16, 2014
Eastern Europe is the focus of Bell Helicopter’s increasing presence in Europe, particularly the eastern half, with that announcement that its Prague facility (ex-Aviation Services) in the Czech Republic will serve as Europe’s customization, delivery and aftermarket service center. Speaking at Farnborough Airshow, Bell President and CEO John Garrison said that the company was strategically...
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