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November 1, 2013
EC145T2. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Eurocopter invited Rotor & Wing to participate in the demonstrations to customers of its EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 helicopters just prior to the Helitech exhibition in late September at ExCel in London’s docklands. The first helicopter was the EC130 T2, flown by experimental test pilot Olivier Gensse. He has flown every Eurocopter variant in the company inventory...
October 30, 2013
Russian Helicopters has returned the first of two Mi-26T heavy lift helicopters to the Kazakhstan Emergencies Ministry after undergoing overhaul and modification from their previous M-26...
October 29, 2013
Northrop Grumman displayed its glass cockpit for the Sikorsky UH-60L cockpit digitization program at this year’s Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention in Washington, D.C. The open architecture digital system involves both hardware and software, to include partitioned and architecture driven solution, according to Ike Song, vice president of Northrop Grumman’s Situational Awareness...
October 17, 2013
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Vertical Aviation has received approval from Robinson Helicopter to serve as an R66 service center. The...
October 11, 2013
Bell Helicopter is launching an upgrade program for its 412EPI, with a focus on improving the helicopter's Category A certification and increased operational...
October 9, 2013
The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) is requesting industry assistance as it searches to develop systems to help keep helicopter crews from being hit by man-operated hostile ground fire. Locating and avoiding ground fire is one of the biggest challenges any helicopter crew can face when flying above an operational environment. Training synthetically, either in a laboratory or in...
September 27, 2013
BLR Aerospace has received EASA certification to install its FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability system on the Bell 412. The FastFin System, which provides...
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 11, 2013
Portland, Ore.-based Simplex Aerospace has reached an agreement with the Changhe manufacturing facility in China to develop a Fire Attack system specifically for the Avicopter AC313. The tank for the...
September 1, 2013
On July 23rd the British Royal Navy announced that its 824 Squadron had become the first to be equipped with five AgustaWestland AW101 HM Mk2 helicopters delivered through a 25-year contract known as the Merlin Capability Sustainment Program (MCSP). The lead unit to upgrade to Merlin Mk2 is 824 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), and will be followed by 829 NAS, 814 NAS and finally 820 NAS.   The...
September 1, 2013
Sikorsky CH-53 through a Bell-Boeing V-22 at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif. Folding blades and tail sections are perhaps the most physical attributes of a helicopter, especially in the military, that has been prepared for service at sea, usually for ship-borne operations where hanger space is at a premium. However focusing on just those two elements ignores the accumulation of...
August 13, 2013
Sikorsky has awarded a long-term contract to U.K.-based Meggitt for the S-92 helicopter sponson fuel system. Under the contract...
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 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
                    N767J is the seventh S-76D to roll off the assembly line. Still in its green primer, this aircraft is assigned to Sikorsky’s facility in Jupiter, Fla. as a platform for additional research and development.     For many years, the aviation community has treated the helicopter segment like a child that is only worthy of...
July 30, 2013
Bell Helicopter has obtained supplemental type certificates (STCs) from Transport Canada to install three products through its...
July 22, 2013
Eurocopter on Monday said its EC225 twin engine passenger transport helicopters can return to full service later this month, after being grounded in some countries since October 2012.    On July 10, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved prevention and detection...
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 27, 2013
Skye Avionics has obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada to...
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...
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