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February 26, 2015
Phoenix Heliparts (PHP) has partnered with True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc., to pursue a series of FAA Part 27 STCs for the installation of the True Blue Power TB17 Advanced Lithium-ion Battery into many of the airframes PHP supports. Initial STC certification plans... Read More »
February 26, 2015
HAI will recognize the winners of its Salute to Excellence Awards at a dinner on Wednesday, March 4. These awards recognize achievements and merit of both individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community. This year s winners are: Lightspeed Aviation Excellence in... Read More »
February 24, 2015
Airbus Press Event March 3 7:30am Hyatt Regency Hotel, Meeting Room U News Conferences - Room S-220B March 3 9:00 Sikorsky Aircraft 10:00 Avpro, Inc. 11:00 Erickson Incorporated 2:00 Robinson Helicopters 3:00 RMCI, Inc. 6:30 Twirly Birds March 4 9:00 Sikorsky Aircraft 10:00 ... Read More »
February 6, 2015
Book your travel plans now (hopefully, you already have), because HAI Heli-Expo 2015 is almost upon us. This year, the event will be held from March 2 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., and more than 20,000 attendees are expected. It will feature professional educational... Read More »
February 5, 2015
Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) teams face daily challenges when it comes to safely and efficiently doing their jobs. There are several companies that design, manufacture and sell items such as hoists, harnesses and cargo hooks that help make the jobs a bit easier. Listed here are just a few of... Read More »
January 22, 2015
Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc., has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the only Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system available for the Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 helicopter. This new IBF helps prevent engine damage in all environments and is... Read More »
January 6, 2015
Airbus Helicopters X4. Graphic courtesy Airbus Helicopters While most major players in the helicopter industry are keeping their powder dry before revealing their future plans at the world s largest helicopter convention, Heli-Expo (March 2-5, Orlando, Fla.), there are a number of... Read More »
November 14, 2014
The Saudi Arabian National Guard has issued a $976,222 contract to MD Helicopters to provide logistics support for its current fleet of in-service MD 530F primary training helicopters. Along with the initial contract, the award features four one-year options that extend the total value of the... Read More »
November 6, 2014
The StartStick weighs less than 15 lbs., but can crank a variety of single- and twin-engine helicopter models. Photo courtesy ABS Aviation Battery Systems StartStick is an external start battery capable of cranking a wide range of helicopters. And at 10 lbs. for the... Read More »
November 1, 2014
Powered by a single Rolls-Royce 250-C20W turbine engine, the Enstrom 480B can be an entry-level turbine, or outfitted for higher-level duties. Photo by Ernie Stephens Turbine helicopters have come a long way since 1958 when Charles Kaman had his engineers remove the piston engine from... Read More »
November 1, 2014
Maintaining a PT6 turboshaft engine. Photo courtesy Pratt & Whitney Canada The bridge between a manufacturer simply supplying an engine to a customer versus committing to it with the operator was brought into the modern era by Rolls Royce s Power by the Hour (PBH) concept... Read More »
October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering... Read More »
October 10, 2014
ADAC helicopters receive service at the operation s maintenance facility. Photos by Andrew Drwiega Thomas Gassmann, director of business development and sales at the ADAC HEMS Academy at Bonn airport in Germany, runs ADAC s annual international networking event for EC135/EC145... Read More »
October 8, 2014
Helitech International 2014 will feature for the first time a dedicated USA Pavilion attracting companies that have previously not exhibited at a trade-show outside the United States. This new feature, presented in partnership with the U.S. Commercial Service, offers participating exhibitors an... Read More »
October 1, 2014
Helitech International 2014, organized by Reed Exhibitions and run in association with the European Helicopter Association, will take place for the first time in Amsterdam at the RAI Convention Centre from Oct. 14 to 16. Amsterdam is an ideal location with exceptional links to Europe and farther... Read More »
September 25, 2014
MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton has been awarded the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award. It was presented in recognition of her entrepreneurial dedication to American industry through her company, Patriarch Partners. Only those who have participated in vanity tennis... Read More »
September 4, 2014
Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters (MD) is one step closer to its planned production of the MD530G scout attack helicopter. The light, single-engine aircraft built on the same general airframe as the OH-6 and AH/MH-6 Little Bird completed live fire testing of its missile, rocket and gun systems at... Read More »
August 21, 2014
The MD 530G scout attack helicopter has just completed its live fire qualification exercises at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., according to MD Helicopters. This included the .50 caliber and 7.62mm weapons, as well as laser-guided and unguided rockets. According to the company, the MD 530G live... Read More »
August 1, 2014
A Siller Brothers Sikorsky S-64E working the Lodgepole wildland fire in Idaho in July 2013 releases a load of retardant. The material will help keep the trees from becoming fuel for the approaching flames. Photos by Kari Greer They come in many shapes and various sizes. They fly to... Read More »
July 22, 2014
Western Helicopters, helicopter service and specialty training provider, has recently moved its facility from Rialto, Calif. to the Riverside, Calif., Municipal Airport. The company has also added two more instructors and eight additional aircraft, along with a new Airbus Helicopters AS350... Read More »
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