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Turbomeca Celebrates 1 Million Hours With USCG

Last December, Turbomeca celebrated a milestone with one of its best customers, the U.S. Coast Guard. At theUSCG Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., the company marked 1 million hours of operation for its Arriel 2C2-CG engine installed on the Coast Guard’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin helicopters. In 2004, the USCGbegan re-engining its MH-65s...

Industry Forwards Helo IFR Recommendations to FAA

A helicopter industry ahite paper originally released in June 2015 deals with making it easier to facilitate IFRflight in single-engine Part 27 rotorcraft. The paper was formally forwarded to the FAA for evaluation late last year. The industry has long maintained that the equipment required makes instrument flight uneconomical and impractical under Part 27 rules and that this h...

Air Zermatt upgrades H135 upgrade in-house

Air Zermatt has become the first company to upgrade a Airbus Helicopters H135 in-house. The Swiss Using a kit shipped from Airbus Helicopters factory in Germany, the aircraft has been upgraded from a T2 to a T3. All previous upgrades, including four for the Bayern Police, have been completed at the Airbus plant in Germany. Although the aircraft started as a T2, it was first upgraded...

Bell take seven helicopters to Heli-Expo

Bell have provided details on the helicopters they will be showing at Heli-Expo 2016, which runs next week in Louisville, Kentucky. As usual, the major OEMs will each take huge amounts of floor space, and are spaced out to encourage Expo visitors to walk throughout the massive halls. Bell is in the North Wing and has more space than Airbus and Finmeccanica, while Sikorsky has the smallest area...

Marenco Swisshelicopter Flies Second SKYe Prototype

Marenco Swisshelicopter’s second flight-test SKYe SH09 prototype, dubbed P2, made its maiden flight today from the company’s headquarters at Mollis Airport in Switzerland. The helicopter took off at 5:24 p.m. local time with chief test pilot Richard Trueman at the controls and flight-test engineer Peter Wittwer analyzing real-time data. “This first fli...

Algeria Orders More Russian Mi-26T2 Helicopters

Having taken delivery of six Mil Mi-26T2 helicopters in 2015-16, Algeria has firmed up an option for eight more, for delivery in 2017-18. The North African country was effectively the launch customer for the upgraded version of the heavy-lift machine. Russian arms vendor Rosoboronexport was the intermediary between the customer, the Russian Helicopters holding company, and its subsidiary Rost...

Airbus Helicopters focuses on customers and presents products and services at Heli Expo 2016

 Industry stakeholders will be invited to see the world of Airbus Helicopters’ from a new perspective at the Heli Expo trade show from March 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Airbus Helicopters will be highlighting its wide range of products and services with a strong lineup of five aircraft, including the H125 in law enforcement configuration; the H130 in utility...

Transformation continues at Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, says chief executive Guillaume Faury, is on a “journey” of transformation, as it attempts to go from being the “biggest to the best” rotorcraft manufacturer in the world. Faury, who in 2013 was handed the reins of what was then Eurocopter, has wrought impressive change since kicking off its transformation early the following year, but clearly that pro...

Bell 505 poised to answer hovering questions

Bell Helicopter arrived at Heli-Expo in 1966 with the prototype 206 JetRanger and a business formula that would launch an entire industry: the packaging of a single turbine engine into a light airframe with a price point accessible to an individual entrepreneur. Fifty years later, Bell returns to Heli-Expo with another prototype of a short light single (SLS) helicopter – the 505 JetRanger...

Heli-Expo Preview

For the first time, the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo will be held in Louisville, Ky., a new city for the world’s largest rotorcraft show. The main exhibition days for this year’s Heli-Expo are March 1-3, but the show begins with HAI Professional Education Courses at the Kentucky International Convention Center on February 26. Arrivals of helicopters...

Helicopter crashes into Pearl Harbor

A private helicopter with five people on board crashed Thursday into Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, leaving a teenager in critical condition, officials said. The Bell 206 aircraft made a hard landing and sank near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Centre, a popular tourist destination on Oahu, US Navy spokeswoman Agnes Tauyan said. The names of the five people on board were not immediately released....

Sikorsky 'laser-focused' on being the mission choice

With oil prices dipping below $30 per barrel and global energy stocks declining, one sector of the aviation business has industry analysts feeling particularly pessimistic in 2016: civil rotorcraft. In an overcrowded oil and gas transportation market where new American and European helicopters are competing for fewer and fewer orders, Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia warns “things could...