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Russian Helicopters to debut at Bahrain International Airshow

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will demonstrate its newest multipurpose helicopters during the 4th Bahrain International Airshow – 2016, which will be held January 21-23 at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. The holding company will not only showcase its products and capabilities in after-sales service for helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters but also will conduct...

Hungary Intends to Buy Up to 30 Russian Choppers for $490 Mln

According to Russia's Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 Russian helicopters. Hungary plans to buy about 30 Russian helicopters with the value of the contract expected to reach $490 million, a spokesperson for Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Friday. "In February, Hungarian Pri...

Entry into SAR Service for Lithuanian Armed Forces AS365 N3+

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces celebrated yesterday the entry into service of their next generation of helicopters for countrywide search and rescue missions with around-the-clock availability. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years afte...

Bell delivers first upgraded 407GXP to Air Methods

Bell Helicopter has delivered the first of an eventual 200 re-engined 407GXP light singles to launch customer Air Methods. Configured for emergency medical services (EMS) missions, Air Methods will receive the remainder of its order over the next 10 years. Speaking at a ceremony marking the handover of the rotorcraft at Air Methods' headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, the EMS operator&#...

CEB receives first aircraft with new livery

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), received its first Airbus A320 aircraft with the new livery today, January 22, 2016. The aircraft was delivered brand-new from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. Equipped with fuel-saving wingtip devices called Sharklets, the Airbus A320 is coated with CEB’s new logo which was first rolled out in June 2015. The the...

Germany still pushing multinational NH90 medevac fleet

Germany is continuing to promote the creation of a multinational pool of up to 20 NH90 rotorcraft to be used for combat medevac missions. It first floated the idea in late 2014 amid contract revision talks with the NH Industries consortium which resulted in it retaining 20 options for the troop transport helicopter. Maj Gen Thomas Marlow, commander of the German army’s rapid forces div...

Bell preparing to affix V-280 wing as ‘Valor’ takes shape

Bell Helicopter begins 2016 with final assembly of its V-280 next-generation tiltrotor 23% complete and on target for first flight in September 2017, with the next major milestones being mating of the wing and fuselage in April. The company’s VP of advanced tiltrotor systems Vince Tobin says the straight, composite wing for the US Army technology demonstrator is almost fabricated, includi...

UK eyes potential for in-flight refuelling of helicopters

The UK is exploring options for its transport rotorcraft, including in-flight refuelling, as it looks to extend the operational range of its fleet in line with commitments in a recent defence review. Released in November, the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) promised the UK would "upgrade helicopters and transport aircraft so we can deploy further, faster and independently, to...

Bell to test new blades for V-22 Osprey

Bell Helicopter will, in 2017, fly a V-22 tiltrotor equipped with new prop rotor blades designed to reduce manufacturing costs on the type. The modification is the latest in a series of trials under the manufacturer's Advanced Technology Tiltrotor (ATTR) effort; a risk-reduction exercise for the Osprey's US Marine Corps and US Air Force customers. "It is a fairly substantial cha...

Gerald Tobias Flies West

Gerald Tobias, the former president and CEO of Sikorsky Aircraft who helped develop the Black Hawk military helicopter and launched the S-76 executive helicopter, died on November 14 in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 89. Born July 6, 1926, Tobias served in the U.S. Marines from 1943 to 1944 and trained on the Boeing Stearman. Following his service, Tobias remained invo...

Uber and Airbus are working together on a new trial helicopter service

Uber is partnering with Airbus. The on-demand ride service will be offering stylish, swift, and costly helicopter rides around Utah during the Sundance Film Festival this month, and none other than European aerospace giant Airbus will be providing the choppers. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said "It's a pilot project, we’ll see where it goes...

Lord Ballyedmond fatal helicopter crash ruled accidental

A coroner's jury has ruled that a helicopter crash which killed Tory peer Lord Ballyedmond and three others was an accident. Lord Ballyedmond, also known as Dr Edward Haughey, was killed when the AgustaWestland AW139 came down in a field in heavy fog shortly after take-off from the estate he owned in Gillingham, Norfolk, on March 13 2014. Dr Haughey's foreman, Declan Small, 42, of Ma...