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September 26, 2013
According to Dr. Andrew Black, director and head of analysis at Hawk Intelligence Source Management, Russian manufacturers will produce the largest number of heavy helicopters between 2013 and 2022, followed by Sikorsky, Boeing and NH Industries. Black also warned that established western companies’ market share could also come under threat from new entrants to the world market, including...
September 26, 2013
West London Heliport, promising to be the new location for helicopters heading to the south east of England, is the rebranded name of PremiAir Aviation International’s Blackbushe airport in Surrey. The location is 30 miles south west of London. Graham Avery, PremiAir chairman, was keen to position Blackbushe as a cheaper alternative to Battersea Heliport with facilities that would offer helicopter...
September 24, 2013
Visit Stand L41 to discover how Donaldson Aerospace & Defense’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems keep corrosive salt away from your engines. Salt-laden environments degrade a turboshaft engine’s performance, raise maintenance costs and impair helicopter capabilities. Ingested...
September 24, 2013
Civil and military rotorcraft operators will require 16,126 new helicopters worth $193.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Teal Group's annual world rotorcraft review released September 24 at the Helitech International 2013 conference in London. The 10-year forecast projects civil users will require 10,308...
September 23, 2013
SkyTrac’s (Helitech Stand K84) line-up of flight following and satellite communication solutions include the portable data-only DSAT-300, a fully installed ISAT-200R that is voice and data...
September 19, 2013
Two years after moving into Fairoaks Airport – that green and pleasant field to the southwest of Heathrow Airport – the helicopter division of Gama Aviation (Stand E71) boasts a full set of approvals and a strategy to win over the corporate owner. According to Harry Lees, managing director, “with nine Sikorsky S-76s under our care we are already the largest...
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 4, 2013
Following the fatal accident involving CHC AS332L2 Super Puma G-WNSB on August 23, UK operators have already returned their helicopters back to service. Four out of 18 passengers died when the aircraft came down in the sea two miles short of Sumborough Airport on the Shetland Islands. On Thursday, Aug. 29, CHC returned its Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Pumas to normal operational service to oil platforms in the...
September 1, 2013
Clearing the helicopters of snow before the day’s mission begins. When it comes to dealing with Mother Nature, a helicopter usually appears at the beginning of a project. Whether counting seabirds, tracking migrations, “darting” large mammals or removing forest clutter, the crew rarely have the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of their labor first-hand. Not so on the remote British...
September 1, 2013
As most of us know, Lockheed Martin received a contract in 2005 to provide flight service for aviators as the FAA was closing down its many Flight Service Stations across the country. Lockheed Martin consolidated these services stations into three hubs, each of which covers a vast amount of real estate. Here on the Gulf we deal with the Fort Worth, Texas hub. I was interested in seeing just what they did...
August 23, 2013
NASA is teaming up with FAA to improve helicopter airframe designs, as the two agencies are planning to crash test a helicopter fuselage next week in an effort to assess the reliability of lightweight composite airframes.      (CH-46 fuselage during a pre-test dry run. Photo, courtesy of NASA/Langley/David C. Bowman.)   The drop test will occur Wednesday at NASA's...
August 21, 2013
The U.S. Army Contracting Command has executed a $92.3-million provision for services from Boeing in...
August 13, 2013
The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded a $39.4-million contract to Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training to support a series of software programs for the Sikorsky MH-60R/S and SH-60B through September 2015...
August 9, 2013
During an event Thursday at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Orlando, company officials joined with representatives from the U.S. Army, Boeing’s Team Apache and operators to exalt the modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) topping 1 million flight hours.   Boeing Apache...
August 6, 2013
Sikorsky Innovations has incorporated some changes to the fourth installment of its Entrepreneurial Challenge, launched last week during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisc. The challenge, a...
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...
July 18, 2013
British defense and aerospace company Cobham has acquired full ownership of FBH, its joint venture aviation services business with Texas-based Bristow Helicopters. Cobham paid approximately $112 million for the acquisition, which includes FB...
July 17, 2013
Thales in June uncovered the Avionics 2020 cockpit, a concept that could become reality aboard commercial aircraft as soon as seven years from now. Although it was introduced as an airliner flight deck, the concept is generic and can be implemented into a helicopter, according to Thales. The company’s engineers have literally reinvented the man-machine interface, using touchscreens, a bicolor head-up...
July 16, 2013
As one that has been in the safety management business for a very long time, I always wondered what we could do to promote safety beyond the many tools that enhance safety in organizations. I’m sure we all agree that we need additional forms of safety promotion. Enter the International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP), which does exactly that. ISSP is a newly formed organization of safety...
July 3, 2013
Moscow-based Russian Helicopters is simultaneously working to develop and upgrade six civil helicopter models. Ranked from lightest to heaviest, these are a joint project with AgustaWestland for a 2.5-ton single, a simplified Ansat, the Ka-226T, the Ka-62, the Mi-171A2 and the Mi-38. Four of them are planned for certification within the next 18 months. At the Paris Air Show, Rotor & Wing sat down with...
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