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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...
March 22, 2013
Russian Helicopters has delivered two Mi-171 transport helicopters with type certification to Russian charter carrier SKOL Airlines. SKOL’s new Mi-171s are equipped with special lifting and...
March 19, 2013
Walking through the long hallways of the Las Vegas Convention Center during HAI’s Heli-Expo in early March, I didn’t have to go far to see some sort of ongoing safety event. Whether it was a class on accident prevention, HFACS or safety management systems (SMS), the show was overwhelmingly conspicuous with safety awareness. I was impressed with the number of members who wanted to learn more...
March 12, 2013
The shock news of the day is that longstanding head of Eurocopter, Dr. Lutz Bertling, plans to leave the EADS division in favor of Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation, where he will take the top post of president and chief operating officer. The announcement is surprising in part because it comes less than a week after Bertling made an appearance at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas, giving no indication of the...
March 5, 2013
U.K.-based BW Offshore has awarded Bond Offshore Helicopters a $24-million contract to provide crew change support for its limited...
March 5, 2013
John Fenton is the new president of Greenwich AeroGroup do Brazil. He will be charged with...
March 4, 2013
The International Helicopter Safety Team, or IHST (Booth C1103) has released new figures that show the total number of civil helicopter accidents in the U.S. continued to trend downward...
March 4, 2013
StandardAero’s Helicopters division in Winnipeg has hired Chad Kaatz as director of engineering. He will be based in Winnipeg but assist each of...
March 4, 2013
Integrated Microwave Technologies (Booth C3916) has launched its Mobile Viewer-BC dual-diversity COFDM...
March 1, 2013
Inspector Phil Whitelaw has been a policeman with the Metropolitan Police in the United Kingdom since 1972. At the end of 2012 he retired from the position of Unit Executive Officer (UEO) and Accountable Manager (AM) of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Air Support Unit (ASU), a unit he has been associated with since February 1994. The ASU base at Lippitts Hill, Essex, is located to the north of London...
February 28, 2013
As the business/trade days of the Avalon Airshow (February 26-28) give way to the excitement that always accompanies the public days (March 1-3), there has not been reciprocal excitement among rotorcraft industry exhibitors over opportunities in the Australian market. The mood matched the gloomy weather of the first few days. While the rotorcraft market is set to grow over the next few years, as outlined...
February 26, 2013
Pensacola, Fla.-based Avalex Technologies (Booth C2411) continues to bring display, moving map and video recorder technology to the aviation market. The company’s family of multifunction displays, smart tablets, and radio management units are designed to save space, weight, and power. Avalex Smart Displays combine a powerful solid-state processor and...
February 14, 2013
Washington, D.C.-based National Aeronautical Association (NAA) has listed the unmanned Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max as one of seven finalists for the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy...
February 12, 2013
Dubendorf, Switzerland-based Elite Simulation Solutions has agreed to provide its Evolution S723T FNPT II to Starlite International Training...
February 12, 2013
Italian Police have arrested Giuseppe Orsi, Finmeccanica’s chief executive and chairman who was previously CEO of AgustaWestland, over allegations of bribery concerning an Indian helicopter contract. He denies any wrongdoing. The case being investigated involves the sale of 12 AW101s to the Indian Air Force for VVIP transportation. The contract for the aircraft, valued at around €560 million...
January 22, 2013
McMinnville, Ore.-based Jerry Trimble Helicopters (JTH) is expanding its flight training operations to Texas...
January 14, 2013
Enstrom Helicopter is under new ownership as Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) has purchased the Menominee, Mich.-based...
January 1, 2013
The employees at Aviation Instrument Services, Inc. (AIS) strive each day to meet the principals president Jim Sensale founded the company on over 35 years ago—to build a reputation of excellence through outstanding customer service and support. Whether looking for an altimeter or main gearbox, you can depend on the attentive sales staff to quickly provide any part at an exceptional price. AIS offers...
January 1, 2013
In the fixed-wing wing market, leasing aircraft is an established model. For over 30 years, airlines have chosen to lease a portion of their fleet from reputable lessors. This has proven benefits over outright purchase as operating leases provide valuable flexibility for operators and help maintain low debt-to-equity ratios. International lessor Lease Corporation International has been a fixed-wing lessor...
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