Helicopter

Citing ‘Horrific Downturn,’ Bristow Reorganizes

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Bristow Group is reorganizing its structure and business operations, dropping a global approach to air services and narrowing its pursuit into new business areas to focus on meeting offshore energy firms’ demands for greater efficiency in specific world regions amid a...


Sikorsky Aircraft Completes Active Rotor Wind Tunnel ...

Stratford, Connecticut – Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has completed wind tunnel testing of its active rotor …

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Sikorsky Aircraft Announces Sale of S-300C™ Helicopters to ...

STRATFORD, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft has announced the sale of two S-300C™ helicopters with an option for four more, to IPTN North America, a subsidiary of PT …

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Bell 505 Receives FAA Certification

Bell Helicopter has received FAA certification for its 505 Jet Ranger X, the manufacturer said. This comes just over five months after the aircraft received type certification from Transport Canada.

“This is another significant milestone in our journey to market entry for the Bell 505,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell’s president...


Ex-VH-71s May Get Second Life in Canada SAR Mission

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Nine VH-71s built for a U.S. presidential helicopter program canceled nearly a decade ago may get a second life if Canada elects to use them to expand its fleet of search-and-rescue CH-149 Cormorants.

Both the Cormorants and the Kestrels – the name...


Report: UAE Enters Nigerian Offshore Market Through New Partnership

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The United Arab Emirates’ Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Nigeria’s Odengene Air-Shuttle Services Ltd. (OAS) helicopters have partnered for offshore rotorcraft, local news outlets reported.

An ADA Leonardo AW139, fully equipped for offshore operations, arrived at OAS Helicopters’ new facility at Port...


Leonardo's AW139M targets Czech opportunity


As the Czech Republic draws closer to releasing a request for proposals (RFP) for a new fleet of multirole rotorcraft, Leonardo says its AW139M is fully compliant with the nation’s technical, performance and cost requirements.

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Boeing Taps German Manufacturer to Supply Parts for CH-47s

A U.S. Army Boeing CH-47F  lands on the amphibious dock transport ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20) during exercise Cobra Gold off the coast of Thailand. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

Boeing has German-based manufacturing company COTESA to supply components for its fleet of CH-47 Chinooks....


Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K Helicopter; U.S. Marine Corps ...

Sikorsky Unveils CH-53K Helicopter; U.S. Marine Corps Reveals Aircraft Name. West Palm Beach, Florida – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., … Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., …

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Photo Essay: US Army Apaches, Black Hawks in Afghanistan

In his photo essay, “Task Force Griffin Operation in Kunduz,” Capt. Brain Harris documented May 31, 2017, in the lives of U.S. Army Soldiers and their Sikorsky Black Hawks and Boeing Apaches in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Assigned to Task Force Griffin, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, the soldiers support...


Sikorsky Support in Asia with Plans for New Customer ...

… Center and putting our extensive experience operating Sikorsky aircraft to use for the benefit of supporting all Sikorsky aircraft operating in the Asia …

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LA City Council Wants Answers To Why LAFD Battle 2 Brush Fires With Only Half Its Helicopter Fleet

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles city firefighters were forced to battle two brush fires in Brentwood and Sylmar last Sunday with only half their helicopter fleet. Now, the city council wants to know how and why this happened and makes sure...


Russian Helicopters to Build Offshore Version of Mi-171A2

Russian Helicopters and Russian gas company Gazprom have signed an agreement of intent to build an offshore version of the Mi-171A2, the manufacturer said.

Design documentation is to be developed by Russian Helicopters, as is the production of related assembly, testing and maintenance equipment. Gazprom, in return, plans to purchase aircraft,...


Bell Training Flight Changes Provoke Neighbors

Intensifying noise complaints from Texas neighbors may accelerate Bell Helicopter plans to develop a new flight training area on the grounds of its main Fort Worth plant.

Bell moved its flight training base to the plant about 10 nm southeast from Fort Worth Alliance Airport in 2015. A cargo/maintenance...


Heli UK Expo Set for Largest Event Location to Date

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Heli UK is slated for June 1 to 3 at Wycombe Air Park, Marlow. The event trumpets itself as “the U.K’s only fly-in helicopter event.” The more than 80 exhibitors currently on the list can set up displays in...


Arlington Could Get Vietnam Helo Crew Monument in 2018

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The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assn. (VHPA) has pointed out that there is no national monument anywhere in the U.S. honoring those who died while operating 11,827 helicopters (by its tally) sent to the Vietnam War.

During U.S. joint operations from 1961 to...


China’s H135 Final Assembly Line Underway

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Airbus Helicopters is on its way to having a final assembly line in China. The company said it would be “the first of its kind not only for Airbus Helicopters, but also for the Western helicopter industry in China.”

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US Air Force CSAR Pave Hawk Successor Reaches Critical Design Review

The Combat Rescue Helicopter, designed by Sikorsky, will perform critical combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations for all U.S. military services. Artist rendering courtesy of Sikorsky

Sikorsky’s HH-60W can now prepare for assembly, test and evaluation, Lockheed Martin said. The U.S. Air Force...


Flawed flight-control logic triggered AW609's in-flight break-up: report


Italian investigators have determined that repeated contacts by an AgustaWestland AW609 s proprotor blades with the leading edge of its wing precipitated its in-flight break-up and fire.

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Boeing to remanufacture 38 Apaches for UK


The UK’s project to field Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters has been advanced, under a contract modification detailed by the US Department of Defense on 11 May.

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​Export version of Z-19 conducts maiden flight


The AVIC Harbin Z-19E attack helicopter has conducted its maiden flight in China’s north-eastern Heilongjiang province.

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Sikorsky Unveils S-97 RAIDER™ Helicopter - Lockheed Martin

West Palm Beach, Florida – Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), today unveiled the first of two S-97 RAIDER™ helicopter …

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Sikorsky, Boeing Selected to Build Technology Demonstrator ...

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., …

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Sikorsky Awarded Maintenance Contract for U.S. Navy Pilot ...

STRATFORD, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced the award of a maintenance and support services contract for more than 360 aircraft operated by the …

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Sikorsky Training Academy Graduates First Class of S-70i ...

STRATFORD, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced its first graduating class from the Sikorsky Training Academy (STA). A team of Brunei pilots and …

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