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October 14, 2014
Milestone Aviation Group, already a force in rotorcraft leasing, will become more powerful in early 2015 when GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) closes on its $1.775 billion purchase of the Dublin-based lessor. Milestone Founder and Chairman Richard T. Santulli summed up what becoming part of the...
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 15, 2014
South Africa’s Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, announced in August that the World Wildlife Fund - South Africa (WWF-SA) was preparing for its 10th annual translocation of breeding population of black rhinos to more secure areas to help safeguard and hopefully increase numbers. Helicopters have been used in previous years by WWF-SA to assist in the capture and relocation of black...
June 9, 2014
UTair Group has restructured the insurance program for its helicopter fleet, covering and expanding the number and types of insurance risks. The new policy provides hull coverage on helicopters of the Mil family, including Russian-built Mi-8AMT/MTV, Mi-171 and Mi-26 helicopters and the Kamov...
May 13, 2014
As part of its ongoing accident analysis, the United States Helicopter Safety Team has categorized U.S. civil helicopter data by U.S. state for the period of 2008 through 2013. It continues to see the West and the South as ground zero for the majority of accidents. Fatal accidents, for the most part, also follow this western and southern trend. Total U.S. Helicopter Accidents by State – 2008 through...
May 1, 2014
Some of you may have heard of this concept that is commonly being referred to as the Digital Revolution. I believe it has something to do with that whole Inter-Web thing everybody’s also been talking about. And I imagine that as you read these words, many of you are expecting a sales pitch about how much better digital magazines are than print, how much more quickly you can receive your monthly...
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...
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