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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...
July 3, 2013
Citic Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) has obtained a renewal of its status as a Turbomeca certified maintenance center for operators in China. The engine manufacturer has a total of 20 support personnel in China and plans to base a field rep in Shenzhen starting in September. The agreement, announced during the Paris Air Show, builds off COHC’s initial entry...
July 3, 2013
While concern grew among the world’s Formula 1 teams as tire after tire burst during the British Grand Prix last weekend at the Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire, UK, only the warm glow of success was being experienced by London’s Oxford Airport, which was having one of its busiest weekends of the year. With its location so close to the current home of British motor racing – a...
July 1, 2013
Bell Helicopter places at the top in seven out of the nine Rotor & Wing 2013 Excellence Ratings categories, continuing its run as the leader in customer service among helicopter OEMs. Photo courtesy of Bell Statistics in business are like the light post to the drunk … they are used far more for support, than for illumination.” A lot of numbers get tossed around in support of one helicopter...
May 15, 2013
Applied Drilling Technology International (ADTI) has contracted Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights and helicopter support starting in early June. The...
May 13, 2013
CHC Helicopter has reached a five-year agreement with Shell International Exploration and Production to supply helicopters in support of deepwater exploration. The...
May 1, 2013
The North American arm of AgustaWestland uncovered plans Tuesday to produce the AW169 at its sprawling U.S. manufacturing complex at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), becoming a second location to the OEM’s plant in Vergiate, Italy. (The company also lists its facility in Yeovil, UK as “playing a major role” in the AW169 program). The announcement was part of a facility tour led by...
April 26, 2013
Ever wonder what it’s like to investigate a helicopter accident? For a fee, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is...
April 22, 2013
Eurocopter “now fully understands the root cause of the cracking and need to go to validation of both the final and immediate fix,” said outgoing President and CEO Lutz Bertling at the company’s headquarters in Marignane on April 18. He was addressing the problem with the main gear bevel shaft that has been identified as the “root cause of the crack initiation” that lay...
April 9, 2013
Eurocopter and Turbomeca have reached industrial cooperation agreements with Polish aviation maintenance company Wojskowe Zaklady Lotnicze No. 1 (WZL-1) to open two full assembly lines in Poland. The assembly...
April 9, 2013
Russian Helicopters is taking its latest models to the LAAD Defense and Security 2013 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, hoping to add more South American operators to its profile. The event starts Tuesday and runs through April 12...
April 2, 2013
U.K.-based oil production company Premier Oil has agreed to a three-year contract with Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide crew change flights...
April 1, 2013
As Marenco Swisshelicopter’s SKYe SH09 progresses into prototype development and first flight during 2013, the manufacturer has chosen Heliflite to serve as a distributor in...
April 1, 2013
TSI’s D Smith (left) presents Moral Courage award to Bond CEO Richard Mintern.  The U.S. Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and HAI’s Safety Committee, presented the first ever “Moral Courage Award” to Bond Offshore Helicopters and the U.S. Coast Guard during a ceremony at Heli-Expo. TSI’s D Smith noted that...
April 1, 2013
Rotorcraft pilots love to talk shop. We chat about our helicopters and how they handle, regardless of whether they are a pleasure to fly, or are a handful. Sometimes you’ll catch us outstretching a steady clenched fist as we describe the “rock solid” hover tendencies of one model, or rapidly fluttering a hand as we speak of another which gets “squirrely” on approach to a...
March 28, 2013
Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435. Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357...
March 26, 2013
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (International Aeronautical Federation, FAI) has confirmed that Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant’s new Mi-38 broke no less than five helicopter world records in 2012. On Aug. 26, 2012, during the 14th World Helicopter Championship, Mil test pilots established three of the records in the E1h class (FAI’s category for helicopters...
March 25, 2013
On March 21, 2013, the crew of a Royal Air Force (RAF) Sikorsky S-61 Sea King rescued a French trawler crewman with serious head injuries on the ninth attempt when a violent storm in the Irish Sea made a boat-to-boat transfer impossible. Although a Royal Navy hydrographic ship, HMS Echo, and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution boat Angel responded to the trawler captain’s call for help, the...
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