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September 26, 2013
As a key maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider with strong helicopter capabilities, Vector Aerospace (Stand G78) found useful synergies between Helitech 2013 and the MRO Europe event held together at the ExCel conference and exhibition center in London’s Docklands. This comes as the company seeks to market its international helicopter and engine component services in a more unified manner...
September 25, 2013
London-based Avincis Group (Stand G50) is taking Helitech International 2013 by storm. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group (Stand E80) and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland (Stand J60), Bell Helicopter/Textron (Stand E10) and Eurocopter (Stand P30), as well as engine...
September 24, 2013
Bell Helicopter has opened a new maintenance center in Kent, England with the signing of a purchase agreement by Heli-Charter to acquire the first Bell 429 configured for helicopter air...
September 16, 2013
(Sponsored Notice)     The AS332L Lease Program Vector’s lease program gives operators the ability to operate a Super Puma AS332L helicopter without the large capital investment associated with the outright purchase of either a second hand aircraft or the associated typical aircraft financial lease type obligations. Vector Aerospace provides operators with the opportunity to lease a...
September 10, 2013
Maintenance for Chinese operators of Arrius, Arriel and Makila engines just got easier, as Turbomeca has inaugurated its Technical Support Center in Tianjin. Representatives from Tianjin’s municipal and government operators joined with the Safran...
September 9, 2013
AgustaWestland has designated UTair Aviation to be an authorized service center in Russia. The agreement involves UTair providing maintenance, support and spare parts for AW139...
September 4, 2013
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has obtained re-certification as an overhaul and repair center for the Sikorsky S-76 and S-61 lines. The Canadian MRO is also an authorized S-76 Customer Support Center. The approval...
August 28, 2013
The U.S. Navy has granted a $10.8-million contract to Indianapolis-based Rolls-Royce for repairs on AE1107 engines in the Marine Corps Bell-Boeing MV-22 fleet...
August 27, 2013
Boeing has obtained a fleet order from the Republic of Korea for 36 AH-64E Block III helicopters as part of a $904-million contract from the U.S. Army...
August 26, 2013
The CHC-operated Super Puma AS332L2 crash during the early evening of Friday, Aug. 23, off the Shetland Islands with four fatalities has once again generated serious concerns regarding the safety of the Super Puma family of helicopters operating in the oil and gas sector in the North Sea. The four fatalities have been named: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary...
August 20, 2013
In one of the first contracts of its type awarded to a foreign company, the Brazilian Aeronautical Commission issued a $2.2-million contract to Pacific...
August 12, 2013
Poway, Calif.-based PKL Services has won a $16.3-million extension of an agreement related to reset organizational level maintenance...
August 6, 2013
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to make a $772-million purchase of new aircraft that the Afghan Army does not have the capacity to operate, according to a new report from John Sopko, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR's latest report lists the purchase as one of its top concerns with the...
August 5, 2013
Reusable engine air filters for the Robinson R44 and R22 are now available from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense. The Donaldson Co...
August 1, 2013
Helicopters are noisy, and people complain about noise. There aren’t many areas of the world where these two factors reach a boiling point like in the western U.S. cities of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where celebrities, casinos, tourism and people with deep pockets and powerful connections rule the land. One of the hotbeds of the helicopter noise issue is Los Angeles, where the FAA released a report...
August 1, 2013
U.S. Procurement Flaws In the June 2013 issue (see “Looking for Evidence of Lessons Learned,” page 54), Andrew Drwiega talks about the flaws in the U.S. procurement process for helicopter programs. An enormous amount of money and effort goes into research and development in responding to these Request for Proposals (RFPs). Mr. Drwiega did a good job of pointing out the frustrations put forth...
August 1, 2013
Turbomeca revealed plans at the Paris Air Show to conduct a test phase of its BOOST (bank of online service and technologies and services) program. Advanced Helicopters, CHC, Helicopters Italia, Helijet, Heli-Union and Milestone Aviation Group will participate in the trial run during...
August 1, 2013
Canadian maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Vector Aerospace is partnering with L-3 Vertex Aerospace on an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) program involving a cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) for the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma. The STC allows...
August 1, 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...
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...
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