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Entries for April 2013

Bell Helicopter Introduces the Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor at AAAA

FORT WORTH, TX (April 10, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), revealed today the Bell V-280 ValorTM, its offering for the Joint Multi Role/Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Technology Demonstrator (JMR/TD), at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth.

Soloy Aviation Solutions announces the sale of 12 AC311 Honeywell engine kits to China’s Changhe Aircraft Industry Group for the production of Avicopter AC311 light helicopters

Olympia, WA – Representatives of Soloy Aviation Solutions announced that they have signed a contract with China’s Changhe Aircraft Industries Group for 12 AC311 Honeywell engine kits for delivery throughout 2013.

 NEW HELICOPTER REQUEST APP SAVES TIME, LIVES

Des Moines, IA— When EMS helicopter pilot Jim Cooper observed that the system for requesting a life flight crew was unnecessarily long, complicated and prone to error, he decided not to accept the status quo. He created a new iPhone application to streamline communication and save crews precious minutes.  

AHS International announces 2013 award recipients

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – has announced the 2013 recipients of its prestigious awards program, which since its establishment in 1944 has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances.

From Flightglobal
The army hopes to field a new medium-lift rotorcraft to replace its fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks in the 2030s developed under its FVL effort. But the service does not simply want a new helicopter; it hopes to induct "leap-ahead" technologies ...
Bell Helicopter Wins Delaware State Police Contract for Two Bell 429s

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 10, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has secured an agreement with the Delaware State Police for the supply of two Bell 429 aircraft. The multi-mission configured Bell 429s will be utilized for both airborne law enforcement operations and helicopter emergency medical services.

Bell Helicopter to Feature Bell 407GT at LAAD

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (April 9, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today its participation in the ninth bi-annual LAAD Defense and Security International Exhibition, held April 9 to April 12 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence as an exhibitor, featuring the recently announced Bell 407GT in its booth.

DONALDSON DELIVERS NEXT-GENERATION FILTRATION SOLUTION FOR U.S. ARMY BLACK HAWK ENGINES

ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 9, 2013 – Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), in March began delivering the next generation of filtration technology to protect engines on the U.S. Army’s H-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter fleet from contamination, performance degradation and failure.

Bell Helicopter Announces Participation at Navy League Expo 2013

FORT WORTH, TX (April 9, 2013) – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the kick-off of its participation in Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition 2013 in National Harbor, Md. April 8-10. Bell Helicopter will display models of the V-22 Osprey, AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom in its booth as well as new 3-D interactive programs demonstrating the capabilities of the Bell H-1 helicopters and the V-22 tiltrotor. A mockup of a V-22 Osprey tiltrotor fuselage will be displayed by Bell-Boeing in booth 2713.

Medium/heavy military helicopter market to slow over next decade ??? report
defenceWeb
From defenceWeb
???Annual medium/heavy military rotorcraft production has grown steadily since 2005. The Forecast International study projects that this growth will continue into 2013, when production is forecast to reach 615 rotorcraft. Thereafter, however, the study ...
From PR Leap (press release)
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German Start-Up Building Electric Two-Seater
Aviation Today (subscription)
From Aviation Today (subscription)
Editor's Note: E-volo does not use the words ???rotorcraft,??? ???rotary-wing aircraft??? or ???helicopter.??? Yet, the author believes their concept clearly belongs to the rotorcraft family (according to the definition in Webster's dictionary). Therefore, the ...
From Avionics Intelligence
After leaving Cessna in 1960, Robinson worked for other rotorcraft firms, until 1973, when he founded his own firm, the Robinson Helicopter Company. Its R22 helicopter received FAA certification in 1979. In the mid-1980s, Robinson introduced the four ...
Insitu's Small Unmanned Aircraft Awaits Production Decision
National Defense Magazine (blog)
From National Defense Magazine (blog)
One of the benefits of a fixed wing platform like the RQ-21A is that it has longer endurance than rotorcraft such as Northrop Grumman's Fire Scout, Hartman said. Another advantage is that the RQ-21A is quieter and has a modular payload. "You can fly ...
Bristow Helicopters: Prince William's RAF helicopter colleagues face chop ...
BBC News
From Mirror.co.uk
Prince William's helicopter colleagues face the axe after the Royal Navy and RAF helicopter search and rescue operations were today sold to a U.S. firm. Britain's helicopter service, which employs the Duke of Cambridge , is to be run by US ...
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