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April 3, 2014
A Royal Australian Navy Sikorsky S-70B2 Seahawk has joined the international search mission for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. On March 28, a Royal Australian Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster transported the Seahawk from HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia, from where the search is being coordinated. The Seahawk was...
March 26, 2014
Auckland, New Zealand-based Spidertracks is hopeful of other deals with helicopter manufacturers after its Spider real-time tracking system was recently selected by Robinson Helicopters as an option for all R22, R44 and R66 models. The Spidertracks system uses the Iridium satellite network to send real-time aircraft location to a web application. Two versions are available – the Spider S3 which costs...
March 19, 2014
Australia’s helicopter industry will meet at Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in May for its first major gathering since the sector’s new representative body – the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) – was formed in late 2012. The Rotortech 2014 event comes as the Australian helicopter sector continues its enviable growth, although slightly slowed compared with previous...
March 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter has formed a registered company in Japan, Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. To support the company’s efforts in the region, Richard Thornley will assume the role of managing director of Bell Helicopter in Japan. In this new position, Thornley is responsible for marketing and sales...
February 3, 2014
New runways at Heathrow (inline, offset or displaced), a second strip at Gatwick or a whole new hub built on a greenfield site to the east of the nation’s capital. Whatever option the British government selects as the most promising answer to London’s chronic airport congestion, it isn’t likely to involve helicopters. At a January conference in central London, more than 400 delegates were...
January 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has issued a $549.9-million modification for years four and five of an existing contract with Sikorsky Aircraft involving...
January 3, 2014
BP Exploration Operating Company has granted a five-year contract to Bristow Helicopters for offshore support at installations in West...
January 1, 2014
MD Helicopters plans to increase marketing of its helicopter product line of light, multi-mission helicopters in the UAE, and has chosen Dubai-based Quest Aviation Solutions to be its exclusive sales distributor for the seven UAE emirates. Qatar LifeFlight MD902 operated by Gulf Helicopters. Perry Orr, MD’s director for Middle East, Africa and India, said the company has not been pro-active in...
December 13, 2013
An immediate inspection of the gearboxes of the United Kingdom’s fleet of Westland Sea King helicopters was initiated at the end of November after the emergency landing on October 13 by a search and rescue (SAR) Sea King helicopter in Scotland. The Royal Navy Sea King Mk5 (ZA130) helicopter, based at HMS Gannet, at Prestwick airport in Scotland, developed a gearbox problem...
November 21, 2013
Brisbane-based Australian Helicopters is renewing its annual “Movember” contest, which challenges operators to grow and send in...
November 7, 2013
U.K.-based Sloane Helicopters has acquired an AgustaWestland AW109 GrandNew as the result of a leasing agreement with Milestone Aviation...
November 7, 2013
U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)’s Directorate of Acquisition has granted three contract modifications – to AAR Airlift Group, Columbia Helicopters and Construction Helicopters – related to...
November 6, 2013
The U.S. Army is expanding its capabilities to protect the Persian Gulf region through joint training exercises with the U.S. Navy and friendly Middle East countries. Particular emphasis is being placed on working with the Navy to develop tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) for littoral (close to shore) operations in the region, to include over-water survival training and shipboard landings. The Texas...
November 1, 2013
The Rotor & Wing Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rotorandwing) recently topped 10,000 fans. As a sign of appreciation to those who have made this milestone possible, I’d like to dedicate this column to sharing some of my favorite comments to two recent questions that garnered a high number of responses. Feel free to join us as well on Twitter (twitter.com/rotorandwing) and LinkedIn, with more...
November 1, 2013
Photos courtesy of Eurocopter It still takes a good mechanic with the right set of tools on the maintenance floor to get a helicopter out of the hangar and back in the air, regardless of how sophisticated the aircraft’s technology is. However, the way he or she approaches the repair is being dramatically changed by the introduction of increasingly sophisticated information technology – or...
October 11, 2013
The Lynx helicopter onboard the UK’s Royal Naval ship HMS Lancaster has been busy helping to seize drugs in the Caribbean following a couple of successful operations during early October. The Lynx Mk8, on 815 Naval Air Squadron, is one of the main assets on HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate. The recent anti-drug operations just days apart resulted in a street value haul of $92.4 million (£58...
October 1, 2013
Montreal-based Presagis has introduced the latest update of its software portfolio, Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Suite 13. The new version includes “hundreds of enhancements” to help with training, operations and simulation analysis. Among the features of M&S Suite 13 are the Creator 3D modeling program, Terra Vista terrain generation database, STAGE to create various scenarios, and...
October 1, 2013
  Prototype at Marenco facilities. Marenco Swisshelicopter photos Marenco Swisshelicopter is making “great progress” toward establishing a support network for the SH09 SKYe in China. The manufacturer exhibited at this year’s...
October 1, 2013
LCI-provided Weststar AW139. Photo courtesy of LCI Leasing rotorcraft is in vogue. Owning a helicopter these days can be an expensive, long-term investment, according to several lessors. “Most of the new operating leasing entrants focus mainly on the new mid to heavy turbine ships from the manufacturers, but the pre-owned marketplace is gaining traction as well,” notes Charles McGuire, managing...
September 27, 2013
Source: HelicopterLinks.com Before the Internet, having access to helicopter manufacturer’s company information was reserved for those individuals involved in the industry, their friends and acquaintances. Along came the Internet, allowing access to information for anyone, worldwide. Then Facebook arrived in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, called social networking services, allowing people and...
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