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Bell Helicopter signs agreement with Aichi Prefecture for Bell 412EPI

Bell Helicopter, announced a signed purchase agreement with Aichi Prefecture for a Bell 412EPI configured for parapublic operations and used specifically for firefighting missions and disaster relief. “The selection of the Bell 412EPI will enhance Aichi’s capability and...

Glass-panel Replacements Offered for Twin-turbine Helos

There are few options for replacing electromechanical attitude indicators and heading indicators on medium and heavy helicopters, but Astronautics has figured out a simple solution that takes advantage of existing wiring and panel architecture while adding modern glass cockpit capabilities. The Astr...


Honeywell forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 global helicopter deliveries over next five years

In the face of a slower global economic growth environment and increased volatility in oil and gas-related markets, the helicopter industry is reacting with a cautious outlook for near-term new purchases. In its 18th annual Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook, Honeywell  forecasts 4,300 to 4,800 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered from 2016 to 2020, roughly 400 helicopter...

Textron launch PowerAdvantage program for King Airs

Textron Aviation, announced it has expanded its PowerAdvantage engine support program to Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Caravan turboprop platforms. Part of the company’s ProAdvantage suite of support programs, PowerAdvantage offers owners and operators comprehensive PT6A engine coverage with predictable costs for both routine and most unscheduled engine maintenance events. “ProAdva...

Esterline CMC Electronics avionics selected for Avicopter's new AC312C and AC312E helicopters

Esterline CMC Electronics CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 Global Positioning System (GPS) Landing System Sensor have been selected as the navigation solution for use on both the AC312C and AC312E helicopters. The AC312C/E will be the latest-generation, twin-engine helicopters from Avicopter and are well suited for a full range of missions, including law enforcement, searc...

Dallas Airmotive, H+S Expands To Cover 65 Percent of Rotorcraft Fleets

BBA Aviation Global Engine Services companies Dallas Airmotive and H+S Aviation have added a series of new capabilities that expand their coverage to 65 percent of the world’s rotorcraft fleets. The new capabilities–including support for the PW200, PW210, PT6T and PT6C-67 (supported by H+S Aviation only)–are part of a multi-year effort to significant...

Finmeccanica Stressing Lighter Product Offerings

Finmeccanica Helicopters is stressing the lighter portion of its portfolio of AW models here at Heli-Expo in the wake of continuing softness in the offshore energy market. “We want to show the versatility of our product portfolio and have invested in new products at the right time that have come to market in a timely fashion. There is a general worry about the oil-and-gas down...

Leonardo DiCaprio Lectures Oscars About Global Warming After Using Private Jet 6 Times in 6 Months

Leonardo DiCaprio used the platform of his Oscar success last night to lecture tens of millions of viewers about global warming, but the actor failed to mention that he routinely uses a CO2 belching private jet to travel between L.A. and New York. After receiving his award for best actor, DiCaprio launched into a rant about man-made climate change. “Climate change is real,” he sa...

This Private Plane Startup Is Now Worth Over A Half Billion Dollars

On-demand flight company Wheels Up raised over $96 million. Wheels Up is a membership-based private aviation company that last September announced “up to $115 million” in new venture capital funding from T. Rowe Price, Fidelity Investments and New Enterprise Associates. A lot of the related media coverage, however, left out the “up to” part. At the time, Wheels Up had...

TAG Aviation Appoints Premier Russian Service Representative

TAG Aviation today announced the strengthening of its footprint into the Russian market with the appointment of Igor Minakov as TAG’s first ever Russian Service Representative, to be based in Moscow, effective from 1 st March 2016. Mr Minakov brings over thirty years’ charter and operations experience to this pivotal new role and an extensive network of contacts with...

Air ambulance service starts in Ethiopia

East African Aviation, a private company, has inaugurated Ethiopia's first air ambulance transport service. The company owned by Captain Mulat Lemlemayehu, a former commercial pilot who served the Ethiopian airlines for 39 years, also inaugurated its newly established aviation school and air charter service at a ceremony late Thursday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. The company ha...

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...

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Ansat flights started in Mexico

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Two new certifications for TAG Aviation Malta

Just three years after receiving its Maltese AOC, TAG Aviation Malta has been rewarded for its commitment to safety with both its Wyvern Wingman certification and IS-BAO accreditation. These sign...

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