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Bell Helicopter in Hover This Year, Growth Mode in 2017

Civil helicopter deliveries at Bell Helicopter Textron won’t really take off until next year, after the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single enters service late this year and the super-medium 525 Relentless is certified early next year. Thus, shipments this year will be mostly flat, just as they were last year, Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said yesterday during a...

France considers accelerating light helicopter acquisition

France will decide next year whether to advance the timeline for a wide-ranging procurement that seeks to replace hundreds of light and medium helicopters operated by all three branches of its armed forces. Under the nascent hélicoptère interarmées léger (HIL) programme, Paris intends to begin the acquisition process in 2020. However, with a number of aged types r...

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first of three H145s to Pacific Helicopters in Papua New Guinea

Marking a milestone for both Pacific Helicopters and aviation operations in Papua New Guinea, the company has taken delivery of the first of three H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The first H145, leased from international lessor, Waypoint Leasing, has arrived in the Eastern Highlands Provincial capital of Goroka, following final reassembly at Airbus Group Australia Pacific’s Sydney...

The largest in Russian capital "Heliport Moscow" summed up 2015

"Heliport Moscow" - a unique project of  "NDV» ("NDV - Real Estate") to create Europe's largest multipurpose helicopter complex, set up to have more than 200 helicopters based.This is an unprecedented Russian project, with total capitalization of about 300 million euros of private investment. "Heliport Moscow" is located ju...

Medevac Surion conducts maiden flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the first flight of a KUH-1 Surion utility helicopter optimised for military medevac missions. The first flight took place at KAI’s Sachon production facility and lasted for 20 minutes, says the company in a statement. The 8.7t medevac Surion will first be delivered to the South Korean army in 2018. In 2014, state news agency Yonhap report...

Design review to unlock Sikorsky HH-60W funds

US air force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter programme is on track to complete a preliminary design review in April that will unlock funds for five more aircraft. Programme officials from the service and Sikorsky say that during 2015 the two sides came to an agreement on more than 1,000 design requirements and 3,000 subsystem specifications through the government’s "system requireme...

Norwegian Operator Forms Weather Camera Network

Helicopter EMS operator Norsk Luftambulanse is installing a network of cameras in Norway to gather remote weather information, mainly about visibility, with the aim of dispatching easier and safer missions along a fog-free route and landings using GPS approaches. Each sensing unit comprises three cameras–looking in three different directions–a thermometer and an...

Airbus Helicopters’ second H160 prototype takes off

The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, 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 testing by the end of 2015, allowing the aircraft to open the flight envelope and validating some of the helic...

G450/550 Production Cut as Gulfstream Moves to G500/600

Gulfstream Aerospace reduced G550 production rates in the fourth quarter of last year and will lower rates of theG450 this quarter, while G280 and G650 production will be increased slightly, Phebe Novakovic, chairman andCEO of parent company General Dynamics, announced today during an investor conference call. She called the move “part of the transitio...

Urals civil aviation plant to produce Airbus Helicopters H135

The OJSC Urals Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA, part of the state corporation Oboronprom) and the company Airbus signed a license contract for the production Airbus Helicopters H135s in Moscow on Jan. 25. UZGA CEO Artur Shtankov and Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice-President Dominique Maudet also signed a contract for the supply to the Urals plant of four sets for Airbus Helicopters H135 assembly....

Airbus Helicopters maintains civil market lead and sees commercial success for new products in 2015

During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines, strengthening its leading position on the civil & parapublic market while maintaining its share of the worldwide military market. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders – adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters &n...

Airbus Helicopters raises the maximum take-off weight of the H145 to 3700 KG

In December, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the certification of the increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the H145. With this enhancement, the helicopter can carry an extra 50kg, raising the MTOW to a total of 3.7 metric tons. It will be available for customers in early 2016. As the improvement does not require any structural modifications or additional equipment, it wi...