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June 29, 2016
Vector Aerospace competed the first of three 12-yr inspections for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept.'s Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars. Inspections on the three aircraft are to be performed at the maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider's facility in Langley, British Columbia... Read More »
June 28, 2016
The Swedish Defence Materiel Admin., citing "changed conditions," has revised procedures for purchasing six retired Airbus Helicopters AS332 M1 Super Pumas and extended the bidding deadline to Oct. 7. Under the revised procedures, Sweden will accept bids for some of the aircraft, spares and... Read More »
June 1, 2016
Russian Helicopters line of aircraft include the Kazan Ansat, the Kamov Ka-62 and Mil Mi-26T, Mi-38 and Mi-8. The TV7-117V engine is installed on all Mi-38s. Photos courtesy of Russian Helicopters and ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office Amid Western sanctions and the crises of... Read More »
May 31, 2016
The U.K. Defense Ministry is prepared to award a $3 billion contract for additional Apaches to Boeing rather than the Leonardo (Finmeccanica) Westland unit, according to a London press report. The Telegraph newspaper said Boeing prevailed in bidding to provide 50 more attack helicopters for the... Read More »
April 7, 2016
The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), procured originally to replace engines in the U.S. Army's Boeing AH-64E and Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters, also might power the Army's future vertical lift light assault rotorcraft, according to media reports. Army officials told reporters recently that... Read More »
April 1, 2016
Two corporate customers in Chile have signed letters of intent for the Bell 505 JetRanger X. One customer was a private owner and the other was Eagle Copter. Both helicopters will be configured for corporate and VIP transportation. The five-seat, single-engine Bell 505, which first flew in Nov... Read More »
March 30, 2016
Las Vegas police are lined up to get a new H145 to help it deal with an aging search-and-rescue helicopter fleet operating in an inhospitable operating environment. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs approved the purchase of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 Monday... Read More »
March 1, 2016
An aircraft arriving for unscheduled repairs could throw an MRO off balance if it arrives to a hangar full of scheduled work. RSG Aviation, Inc. of Forth Worth, Texas, tries to save room for such scenarios. Photo courtesy of Keith Moreland / RSG Aviation, Inc. It wasn t raining when... Read More »
March 1, 2016
Robinson Deliveries Rise; Dollar Slows Growth Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter Robinson Helicopter delivered 347 aircraft in 2015, a modest 5.5% increase from the 329 it delivered in 2014, the company said last month. The ... Read More »
February 19, 2016
Airbus Helicopters [Booth 9651] is partnering with Thales [Booth 11560] and Helisim to develop and deploy a full flight simulator for the H160. The simulator s development is part of Airbus born ready strategy to maximize the utility of the H160 for operators when it enters service. The... Read More »
January 27, 2016
The H160 s second prototype took off today in Marignane, France, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes. The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight... Read More »
January 20, 2016
Accident investigators said that engine modifications made to an air ambulance helicopter may have left it more susceptible to icing and contributed to its fatal crash in 2013. The Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2, operated by EagleMed, had taken off early on Feb. 22, 2013, from Integris Baptist... Read More »
December 16, 2015
The Arrius 2R. Photo by Philippe Stroppa, courtesy of Turbomeca Certification of the Bell 505 appears on target for 2016 following type certification of Bell Helicopter s first Turbomeca engine. The French company recently received EASA approval of its Arrius 2R, a 504-shp turbine that reduces... Read More »
December 15, 2015
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), India s state-owned aerospace company, plans to develop an indigenous turboshaft jet engine for 7,000-lb and 10,000- to 16,000-lb class helicopters, a move one official believes might help the country become a global hub of aeronautical development. Hindustan... Read More »
December 1, 2015
The U.S. Army and powerplant manufacturers are moving to the next phase of an ambitious, nearly decade-old effort to improve Apache and Black Hawk performance and efficiency substantially. The Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) is Army aviation s top priority, according to the program... Read More »
November 6, 2015
Globally, the helicopter market is more at the bottom than at the top, Turbomeca CEO Bruno Even told R&WI. In the last two years, all OEMs have been facing the same slowdown in the market. That said, he added that Turbomeca is committed to investing in innovative new products and improved... Read More »
November 1, 2015
Operator and public expectations are pushing engine makers to explore means of improving powerplant efficiency. Photo courtesy of Turbomeca. Times have changed for helicopter powerplants. Not too long ago, helicopter operators didn t share the desires of their fixed-wing... Read More »
October 19, 2015
Turbomeca partner Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd is working on developing its own capability to manufacture helicopter parts and tooling in Malaysia within a year, according to that country s national news agency. Bernama said Oct. 18 that the plans are based on a proposal to produce engine parts for... Read More »
October 2, 2015
Bell Helicopter will showcase two airframes this year at Helitech a 505 and 429. The 505 offers a Garmin G1000H integrated avionics suite, Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel FADEC and a high-inertia rotor system. The 429 offers an integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system, WAAS... Read More »
October 1, 2015
Turbomeca has had some notable achievements this year. These included beating Pratt & Whitney Canada in winning a contract to power new Airbus Helicopters H135s for the Norwegian Air Ambulance (Norsk Luftambulanse AS) with its new Arrius 2B2 Plus and delivering the first production Arrius 2R for... Read More »
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