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July 31, 2013
Eurocopter’s EC225 is back in the air following the grounding of the type since October 2012 related to a shaft failure issue. African oil and gas operator SonAir is the first to resume EC225 missions, conducting a series of three flights with two helicopters from its base at Luanda to a pair of offshore platforms. One of SonAir's EC225s in flight near an offshore platform. Photo by Anthony...
July 24, 2013
The Bristow Group on Tuesday signed a contract with AgustaWestland to purchase 11 AW189 helicopters for the U.K. Department for Transport's search and rescue (SAR) program.      (Bristow Signing Ceremony: Standing, Left to Right - Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland; Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport and...
July 23, 2013
The FAA recently issued a supplemental type certificate for a new cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) for AS332...
July 18, 2013
Rebtech, the Bedford, Texas-based night vision aircraft lighting systems provider, has completed a modification contract for the Estonian Air Force under FAA guidance for foreign military programs. The...
July 10, 2013
Bell Helicopter has extended a contract with Bedford, Texas-based Night Flight Concepts related to the inspection of night vision goggles (NVGs)...
July 10, 2013
Eurocopter on Wednesday advised that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has validated the safety measures the company has recommended in connection to its EC225 shaft failures. The main focus of the investigation has been to prevent cracking in the main gear bevel shaft. It is understood that the fix involves a partial redesign of the bevel shaft as well as additional software and...
July 8, 2013
Wood Dale, Ill.-based AAR has reached an agreement to team with Boeing on component repair, maintenance and overhaul (MRO) services for the Royal Netherlands...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
July 1, 2013
Having the right equipment on the ground makes it easier and more efficient to keep helicopters in the air. While there are a lot of differences between helicopters and airplanes, one of the biggest is that there is no such thing as a typical helicopter mission. Owner/operators are continually finding ways to put their amazing machines to work. And the requirement to do more in a shorter amount of time...
June 25, 2013
Eurocopter has reached an agreement with Indian cloud technology provider Ramco Systems to begin offering Ramco's software-based maintenance solution for helicopter operators.       Executives from Eurocopter and Ramco sign agreement. Sitting at...
June 24, 2013
Atlantic Aero of Greensboro, N.C. and Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft have obtained AS9110 quality system certifications, making all three of...
June 21, 2013
Sikorsky and Boeing are planning to establish a new joint venture aimed at pursuing U.S. foreign military sales (FMS) contracts that will expand the Saudi Arabian fleet of military helicopters. The two manufacturers announced the...
June 19, 2013
Russian Helicopters signed an agreement during the 2013 Paris Air Show to bolster the maintenance services offered for its Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopter lines in...
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 17, 2013
Rolls-Royce has appointed Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) in Brisbane, Australia to its global network of...
May 20, 2013
Kazakhstan-based aircraft maintenance provider Sky Tech has received certification from Safran to begin performing maintenance on Turbomeca...
May 16, 2013
The U.S. Army’s Contracting Command has issued a $26.1-million expansion of an existing agreement with...
May 9, 2013
 Toronto-based Vector Aerospace has opened a 45,000-square-foot expansion at its helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex in Andalusia, Ala. The site, which totals...
May 9, 2013
The Turkish National Police (TNP) have received the first of two VIP outfitted Sikorsky S-92s, with the second scheduled for delivery later this year. They will be used for Head of State duties and join one existing S-92 in operation with the TNP since 2005. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS)...
May 3, 2013
FAA has issued a group of four airworthiness directives (ADs) related to the Eurocopter AS350/355, 365 and the MBB/Eurocopter BK117. One of the ADs requires inspections of the Aerazur emergency flotation gear, including the attachment brackets on the AS350 (models B, BA, B1...
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