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Airbus Helicopters hoist mission for floating wind turbines meets all goals

Airbus Helicopters and partners teamed up to show that helicopters are an important asset to support floating wind farms. Foam streaked breaking waves and hoist lines whistled in the wind. Yet the helicopters were stable as the team attempted to land technicians atop a floating wind turbine in the Hywind Tampen wind farm off the coast of Bergen, Norway.  On 12 October, an H135 and an...

Bell celebrates 505th Bell 505 delivery

Bell delivered the 505thBell 505 aircraft to North America based operator, Austin Claborn. The aircraft will be configured for corporate transportation. The delivery ceremony took place at the Bell Textron Canada facility in Mirabel, Quebec where more than 1,400 highly skilled employees are responsible for Bell’s current commercial production line, including the Bell 505, Bell 407G...

Thales and StandardAero are unlocking new level of safety with StableLight, the new 4-axis autopilot system

StableLight is a robust, feature-packed autopilot in a compact, lightweight package that is perfectly suited for light rotorcraft. ​ The system transforms the flight control experience of the helicopter with transparent stability augmentation that works precisely and without feedback to the control sticks. ​ The addition of the stabilized climb flight attitude recovery, auto hover, and a wide rang...

World' first fully automated autorotation feature ahead of Skyryse-equipped production helicopter reveal

Skyryse completed world' first-ever fully automated autorotation emergency landing procedure, one of dozens of first-of-its-kind safety features that will come standard on all Skyryse technology-equipped airplanes and helicopters. Skyryse will unveil the first production helicopter featuring its technology — including the world's first simplified control system — in Q1 of...

A platform for every mission - Bell Special Missions Aircraft

There is a growing need for helicopter versatility as public safety and defense requirements continue to grow. As a pioneer delivering breakthrough innovations, Bell is no stranger to providing dynamic solutions to maximize aircraft effectiveness. Bell Special Missions Aircraft satisfies this need for versatility by taking proven para-public helicopters and integrating them with modern m...

Four leading New Zealand aerospace companies take the stage at HAC 2023

Four leading New Zealand aviation companies – Salus Aviation, Spidertracks/Air Maestro, TracPlus and Eye in the Sky – will be showcasing their products and services at the Helicopter Association of Canada Annual Conference and Trade Show. Rod McDonald, Business Development Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Technology at New Zealand Trade &...

Life Flight Network grows air ambulance fleet

Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical program in U.S., has added two additional Bell 407GXi helicopters and plans to accept delivery of an additional Bell 429 in December. With 22 Bell aircraft, Life Flight Network is the largest air medical operator of Bell helicopters in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. Life Flight Network will operate five Bell 429s and 2...

AW169 skidded capabilities to grow further with 5,100 kg increased gross weight and 11-seater configuration

  AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter’ operational capabilities and range of options will grow further with the launch of a 5,100 kg IGW kit and an 11-seater configuration fully compliant with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers Report 690. Both will be made available for the aircraft version with skid landing gear.  The 5,100 kg&nbs...

Bell showcases its European corporate VIP offering at 2023 Ryder Cup and Monaco Yacht Show

With three products in its current corporate VIP range – the Bell 505, 407GXi and 429– Bell offers a range of solutions to meet the requirements of European customers seeking the ultimate in luxury flight. With strong demand for corporate VIP travel across Europe, Bell has connected with customers at a number of events this year, most recently at the 2023 Ryder Cup and the Monaco Yacht...

Airbus Helicopters pioneers user-friendly ways to fly eVTOLs

Airbus Helicopters' demonstrator FlightLab  has  successfully tested an electric flight control system in preparation of a new human machine interface (HMI) that will equip CityAirbus NextGen, Airbus’ eVTOL prototype. This milestone represents an important step towards ushering in a new generation of electric powered urban air mobility aircraft.   The pilot control...

Sabena technics expands its Helicopter Division with two new hangars at Pau-Pyrénées airport

Sabena technics continues its development as a major player in the supply and maintenance of military helicopters. With its subsidiary Héli-Union, the core of the group's helicopter division, Sabena technics is expanding its industrial capabilities to support the French government and third-party fleets.  Well-established in the local ecosystem, Sabena technics, which provi...

Rain and Sikorsky collaborate to advance rapid response capabilities for aerial wildland firefighting

Rain and Sikorsky announced a collaboration to explore how Sikorsky MATRIX autonomy suite operating with Rain’s Wildfire Mission Autonomy System can launch uncrewed helicopters to drop water on wildfires within minutes of detection. This collaborative effort will use Rain's Wildfire Mission Autonomy System to upload mission commands to Sikorsky’s Optionally...