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Entries for August 2013

US to resume HH-60 helicopter operations before determining cause of fatal ...
Stars and Stripes
From Asahi Shimbun
The U.S. military plans to resume operations of its HH-60 helicopters in Okinawa Prefecture on Aug. 16, despite Japanese demands that the cause of a fatal chopper crash earlier this month be determined first. Officials at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena ...
AgustaWestland To Expand Its Facilities In Brazil

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its Brazilian subsidiary AgustaWestland Do Brasil is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Sao Paulo which will include maintenance hangars with space that could accommodate a helicopter final assembly line, training centre, bonded warehouse, workshops and other supporting services including a dedicated heliport. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014.

Register Now for IHST Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will host its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals on Feb. 27-28, 2014, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., immediately following the close of HAI HELI-EXPO 2014.

Twenty-Four States Vying to Become UAS Test Sites

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received proposals from 24 states to have an unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drone test site in their state in the hope of boosting the local economy and gaining a toehold in the next big thing in aviation.

Sikorsky Unveils MATRIX™ Technology to Advance VTOL Autonomy to Higher Levels of Capability and Safety

WASHINGTON, Maryland - Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has unveiled a major research program — designated Matrix™ Technology — to develop, test and field systems and software that will improve significantly the capability, reliability and safety of flight for autonomous, optionally piloted, and piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

OHI Group Takes Delivery Of Three AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that OHI Group took delivery of three AW139 helicopters equipped for offshore transportation on 8th August 2013 at the AgustaWestland Philadelphia factory in the USA. The aircraft are now being self ferried from Philadelphia to Brazil where they will enter service later this month. This latest delivery brings the total number of AW139 helicopters in service with OHI Group to seven, with a further two aircraft on order as part of a multi-year contract.

AW139 Maintenance Enhancements  Drive Down Costs and Increase Availability

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the introduction major enhancements to the Maintenance Programme for the best selling AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter, which will reduce maintenance and operating costs and enable operators to further increase aircraft availability and utilisation.  

Work advancing on autonomous rotorcraft
Aviation Today (subscription)
From UPI.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- UTC Aerospace Systems said it was working with Sikorsky Aircraft to help advance the reliability of autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft. UTC said Wednesday it was taking part in Sikorsky's so-called ...
Russia Improving its Mi-28 Attack Helicopter Fleet
Aviation Today (subscription)
From Defense Industry Daily
Viktor Bondarev pledged that the state would buy 60 Mi-28UB attack and training helicopters by 2020. That would be good news for the VVS, as well as the Rosvertol plant at Rostov on Don. Russia is slowly modernizing its military, and its attack ...
From MyrtleBeachOnline.com
???We can't do anything with any other helicopter company if we have dirty hands with another.??? He said he receives more complaints, particularly at a 10-to-1 ratio, about Executive Helicopters' flights than Helicopter Adventures. Committee member Ari ...
From Seacoastonline.com
Seacoast Helicopters has applied to the Pease Development Authority to provide flight instruction and air charter services at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. The company would use Robinson helicopters. The company's R22 Beta helicopter is ...
Obama Administration Pushes for Apache Helicopter Sale to Iraq
Daily Beast
From Daily Beast
When the Iraqi foreign minister arrives in Washington this week, among his top requests will be for the White House to overcome objections in Congress to selling his country advanced Apache helicopters the Iraqis say they need to fight terrorists ...
US military to resume chopper training in Okinawa after crash
Stars and Stripes
From GlobalPost
The U.S. military informed the Okinawa prefectural government Wednesday that it will resume training flights by HH-60 rescue helicopters deployed in the southern Japan prefecture on Friday after one of the helicopters crashed inside a U.S. military ...
India Auditor Blames Government of Breaking Rules in Helicopter Deal
NDTV
From Wall Street Journal
It said "the field-evaluation trial of the AW101 helicopter was conducted on representative helicopters," and not on the actual aircraft. "The entire process of acquisition thus poses serious questions on accountability and lack of transparency in the ...
From Newstrack India
The CAG report said the field evaluation trial was conducted abroad on "the representative helicopters of AgustaWestland and not on the actual helicopter (AW-101) contracted". The report said there were violations of defence procurement policy in ...
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