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Kopter to establish new SH09 helicopter production facility in Lafayette

One of impressive results of Heli-Expo for Kopter Group is the announcement of the establishment of a new SH09 helicopter production facility in Lafayette, Louisiana. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Kopter Group’s CEO Andreas Löwenstein jointly announced that.  Kopter will lease a 84,700 sq. ft. facility from the Lafayette Airport Commission, which owns the sta...

Leonardo looks back at Heli-Expo 2019

Right after the Heli-Expo 2019 Leonardo looks back at the results of this year attendance: some major achievements in market positioning, service delivery, program advancements and presence in US.A series of new deals were also announced by the world’s leading civil helicopter manufacturer in terms of value, with a 40% market share in 2018. New orders for two offshore AW139 intermedi...

Results of Heli-Expo 2019 for Airbus Helicopters - 43 orders

Airbus Helicopters announced results of Heli-Expo 2019 edition. The best is to see how many orders were signed - 43 this time, for the whole Airbus civil product range - H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225. Twenty-one helicopters of the 43 orders announced at the show were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled a contrac...

Sikorsky Introduces S-92A+™ And S-92B™ Helicopters

Sikorsky announced new plans for its S-92® helicopter line that will re-designate fielded helicopters as the S-92A+ after modification, and newly produced aircraft as the S-92B. The two variants will share a nearly identical configuration, with S-92B helicopters also featuring enlarged cabin windows and plans for a common cabin door suitable for offshore and SAR configurations. The announ...

World's first AW609 tiltrotor Lever D Full Flight Simulator to be in service in 2020

The start of production of the world’s first AW609 tiltrotor Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) and the intention to introduce the first US-based AW169 Level D Full Flight Simulator was announced by Leonardo. Both will be installed into the new Training Academy being developed at the Company’s helicopter facility based in Philadelphia and will be in servi...

H160 air medical cabin concept by Metro Aviation unveiled in North America

Specific H160 cabin concept design with needs of North American air medical operations in mind debuted at HEli-Expo 2019 with cabin-mock up on the Airbus Helicopters booth completed by Metro Aviation. “At Metro Aviation, we spend a large amount of time pouring over designs to ensure any configuration that leaves our facility is one that exceeds expectations and eases the burden...

Honeywell Forecasts 4,000 New Civil Helicopter Deliveries Over Next Five Years

In its 21st annual "Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook," Honeywell forecasts 4,000 new civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2019 to 2023, marginally lower than the 4,200 cited in the five-year forecast from 2018.  "Despite positive impacts of U.S. tax reform on new helicopter purchase plans in North America, an inconsistent economic outlook for...

Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance - new initiative for a world-class standard luxury rotorcraft travel

First ever global helicopter charter alliance is launched to provide clients with a world-class standard in luxury rotorcraft travel. Such announcement was made by Luxaviation Helicopters. So welcome - Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance! What such alliance will change for operators, clients, brokers? First of all - is it set up to connect VIP helicopter charter op...

Initial flight tests in Switzerland successfully complete for Kopter’s SH09 third prototype (P3)

Following its first flight on 22 November 2018, Kopter’s SH09 third prototype (P3) completed more than 50 hours of testing at the company facility in Mollis, Switzerland, where it has been produced and it is currently supported. The aircraft climbed up to 5,000 ft and reached a speed of 126 kts, while  performing a series of maneuvers such as turns, autorotations and short field take...

First delivery in the Pacific region for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters introduces to Australia and the Pacific region its premium private and business aviation helicopter brand Airbus Corporate Helicopters. Melbourne-based operator Microflite is the launch customer. Microflite is due to take delivery of an ACH135 in March. The aircraft will complement its existing fleet for luxury charters in Australia. “Microflite h...

New Rotortrade Office for Oceania

Get ready - Rotortrade is opening soon a new officein Australia, as its latest expansion to cover the Oceania market! With foundations in Singapore and Malaysia and established offices in Canada, France, Mexico and the United States, Rotortrade ANZ will focus on Oceania customers working hand in hand with local partners and OEMs.  Australia and New Zealand jointly represe...

Honeywell's Hybrid-Electric Turbogenerator Debuts At Heli-Expo

Be ready for an upcoming debut - A new hybrid-electric turbogenerator from Honeywell!  It will make its debut at the HAI HELI-EXPO in Atlanta next month to showcase the company's growing role in the urban air mobility segment. Honeywell's prototype system combines the rugged, flight-proven HTS900 engine with two compact, high-power density generators. Each generator pr...