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Entries for September 2013

Turbomeca (Safran) signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

London - Turbomeca (Safran) signed a 25 million EUR contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force for the repair, overhaul and inspection of their Makila engines.

This contract covers the Makila 1A2 engines, powering today the 17 AS532 Cougar helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. These helicopters are notably used for missions in for instance Afghanistan, “anti piracy mission” at the Horn of Africa, fire fighting, where the helicopter has proven its capability.

Compared to the Makila 1A1, the Makila 1A2 offers higher performance and continuous power availability thanks to its EECU (Electronic Engine Control Unit).


MESA, Ariz. – MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced new orders from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for two MD 902 Explorer helicopters. The helicopters will provide VIP transport support to senior government officials. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2013.

“We are honored that the Kurdistan Regional Government selected MD aircraft to support their most esteemed transport requirements” said Ms. Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer of MDHI. “The Explorer is the most capable, cost effective and versatile light-twin in the market. It also features state-of-the-art safety technologies including NOTAR. We value the KRG trust in our aircraft and pledge to meet and exceed their expectations in performance and support.”

Bell Helicopter Delivers First VIP Bell 429 to United Kingdom

MANSTON, ENGLAND – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of the first VIP-configured Bell 429 to be flown in the United Kingdom to TJ Morris Ltd.

TJ Morris will take advantage of the Bell 429’s Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) capability, certified for single or dual pilot operations, to maximize situational awareness and reduce pilot workload during corporate missions. TJ Morris accepted the Bell 429 during the grand opening ceremony of the new Heli-Charter Ltd facility, Bell Helicopter’s Independent Representative and Customer Service Facility in the United Kingdom.

AgustaWestland Opens New RandO Facility in Belgium

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Repair  and Overhaul facility for its subsidiary Agusta Aerospace Services, thus further expanding its Customer Support activities in Europe.

The R&O facility has a surface of 2,016 m² and is located in Zaventem close to Brussels airport. The facility includes NDI test capability, test benches for each transmission approved, a painting room, inspection room and offices. R&O is conducted for all of Agusta Aerospace Services’ customers, as required, including management of vendor items.

Turbomeca (Safran) and Avincis Group sign a Global Support Contract

London - During Helitech, Turbomeca (Safran) and Avincis Group are pleased to announce the signature of a global support contract that covers engines operated by Inaer, Bond Air Services, Bond Offshore Helicopters and Australian Helicopters. This agreement further enhances the strengthening relationship between Avincis and Turbomeca.

From Defense Industry Daily
The Teal Group released its ???World Rotorcraft Overview??? at the opening of HeliTech 2013. The chart above looks at calculated shares for western manufacturers in the military market to 2022, based on concluded competitions. They see AgustaWestland  ...
Review into North Sea offshore helicopter operations announced by CAA
BBC News
From BBC News
The operations of helicopters in the North Sea are to be reviewed in the wake of recent accidents, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The regulator said it would work with its Norwegian counterpart and the European Aviation Safety Agency to ...
From World Air Sports Federation
The FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) is calling all helicopter pilots and fans to help promote rotorcraft and search and rescue activities amongst the young of the World. On the occasion of the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest, whose theme is ???Flying to ...
Factory swarm
The Engineer
From The Engineer
The project is aiming to demonstrate this capability using a range of robotic rotorcraft equipped with multi-joint manipulator arms for carrying and positioning various parts of structures. 'We believe we will be the first in the world with this type ...
Russian Helicopters to showcase firefighting helicopter and new Ka-62
Vertical Magazine
From The Leading Aviation Industr
Russian Helicopters, JSC is a subsidiary of UIC Oboronprom, which in turn is a part of State Corporation Rostec. It is one of the global leaders in helicopter production and the only helicopter design and production powerhouse in Russia. Russian ...
From Reuters
Patriarch owns MD Helicopters, a military and civilian helicopter-maker based in Mesa, Arizona. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department's civil division requested information related to Patriarch's hiring of Vergez. David Goldin, a ...
From Aviation Today (subscription)
The theme for the opening session is ???The Future for the Rotorcraft Sector.??? Vittorio Morassi, Chairman of the European Helicopter Association (EHA), will moderate the session, with the keynote address being delivered by Dr. Norbert Lohl, certification ...
From Aviation International News
In 2008 Donauw??rth became the first European helipad to introduce satellite-based Rnav (area navigation) specifically for use by rotorcraft. The license permitting LPV approaches to the helipad also means Eurocopter in Donauw??rth can use the new  ...
Quality Aviation Instruments, Inc. (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters, Inc. (GHC) Announce Joint Venture for Repair Facility in Doha, Qatar

LONDON, ENGLAND - Quality Aviation Instruments, Inc. (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters, Inc. (GHC) announced today from Helitech in London that they have entered into a Joint Venture for component repair facilities to be located in Doha, Qatar.  The agreement covers component repairs of Accessories, Avionics and Instruments. 

“We have a strong customer base in the Middle East and Asia and a dedicated customer service team in the region” said QAI president Robert Sieber.  “This new facility will enable us to expedite service, reduce downtime, and reduce costs for our customers. GHC is known for their attention to safety, state of the art facility and fleet of aircraft. GHC has an impeccable reputation that spans more than 40 years. We are excited to be entering into this venture. ”

EASA OKs BLR Aerospace FastFin System for Bell 412 Helicopters

EVERETT, Wash.– The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the BLR Aerospace FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on all Bell 412 helicopters.  FastFin is already EASA-approved for installation on Bell 204, 205, and 212 helicopters. Meet with BLR in Exhibit D30 during Helitech International, Sept. 24-26 in London.

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