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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 »
July 1, 2015
An artist s rendering of the X6 points to the use of a five-bladed main rotor with low-noise blade technology. Image courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters plans to spend the next two years defining the specifications for a low-noise, high... Read More »
June 17, 2015
During the Paris Air Show, Turbomeca (Safran) is celebrating a major achievement: 100 million hours flown by its engine range. A Turbomeca-powered helicopter takes off every nine seconds, somewhere in the world. The first flight of a Turbomeca turboshaft took place in 1949. Since then, Turbomeca... Read More »
June 15, 2015
Turbomeca plans by year s end to begin integrating advanced components for a technology demonstrator intended to support development of a new family of 3,000-shaft-horsepower-class turboshaft engines for heavy helicopters. It said at the Paris Air Show that the TECH3000 demonstrator has validated... Read More »
May 21, 2015
Airbus Helicopters H145M has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness authority, clearing the way for the military type approval and initial two deliveries of the multi-role twin-engine military rotorcraft before the end of the year. The first customer is the... Read More »
May 20, 2015
At the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2015, Bell Helicopter received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Atlas Air Service, of Lower Saxony, Germany, for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters. Atlas Air Service has been an Independent Representative for Bell Helicopter... Read More »
May 12, 2015
One of the newest AStars (above) is headed for India and Heritage Aviation, which will get a second early this month. The New Delhi-based operator s H125s will fly charter and utility missions and pilgrimage heli-tours. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters/Eric Raz From the loosely... Read More »
March 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has initiated a month-long customer tour in Brazil of its H145. During visits to the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the H145 will be presented to civilian and offshore operators, along with governmental and military agencies. Photo... Read More »
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) will provide the San Bernardino County Sheriff s... Read More »
March 5, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced a collaboration with Safran Turbomeca USA (Turbomeca) to provide a Service By the Hour (SBH) program for the Arrius 2R engine in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The agreement compliments Bell Helicopter s Mission Critical Support (MCS) program for the Bell 505 a... Read More »
March 5, 2015
HAI Heli-Expo 2015 Orlando, Fla. - Turbomeca (Safran) companies across the world have finalized Support By the Hour (SBH) contracts with numerous operators flying a wide range of missions. At HAI Heli-Expo 2015, Canadian operator Coast to Coast signed an SBH contract with Turbomeca Canada covering... Read More »
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