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Entries for January 2014

Enstrom Helicopter Announces Change in Leadership

Menominee, Michigan—Jerry Mullins, current President and CEO, announced his retirement effective January 31st, 2014. A veteran in the aviation industry for 40 years, Mullins says, “It’s been a great run. Part of me will always be connected to the helicopter industry.” Mullins and his wife Nancy will be moving to Texas to be closer to family, which include twin grandchildren. “I look forward to being known as Papa rather than President,” he says, referring to his enjoyable role as grandfather.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this industry with a wonderful group of highly dedicated people.  I made friendships for life and appreciate all the support and opportunities the industry has offered.  Mullins will continue to work as a consultant to Enstrom through 2014.

New Heli-Carrier For Wheeled Helicopters by Helitowcart
This year again, Helitowcart releases a new product. It is launching its new V1060 Heli-Carrier. The new device was created to tow helicopters equipped with wheeled undercarriage. The machine is designed to handle helicopters by lifting and carrying the helicopter nose wheel. 
The V1060 is an addition to its powerful V1000 Heli-Carrier series. The unit offers great flexibility as it can perform tight radius turns for precise helicopter positioning. Aiming for versatility, the V1060 was created to serve an impressive list of helicopters such as the S-92, S-72, AW139, AW109, B230.430, B429WLG, EC175, EC155, AS330, AS332.EC225.
From SYS-CON Media (pre
DALLAS, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- This report that globally analyzes industry opinions on how defense companies perceive the future industry trends, developments, and challenges for military aircraft and rotorcraft, and how demand for MRO is  ...
From Hartford Courant
Another view is that the rumors, if true, are a "reflection of how Pentagon demand for rotorcraft is softening," said Loren Thompson, a defense consultant and chief operating officer of Lexington Institute, a Virginia-based think tank. He too said that ...
From ClaimsJournal.com
Utton has three radio-controlled helicopters for photographs and a six-blade rotorcraft for video. The lightweight copters can cost as much as $5,000, Utton said. He assembles the aircraft and builds the rigging for his cameras, which include a small ...
Life Flight Network’s Air Medical Base in Butte, Montana Now Operational

Aurora, Oregon… Life Flight Network (LFN) announced the opening of its newest base of operations at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Montana today. The base is home to a new AgustaWestland 119Kx “Koala” air medical helicopter, and 14 employees. The helicopter will extend air ambulance service to more communities in Montana and Eastern Idaho, allowing for faster medical response and improved patient outcomes.

Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil Certify the Bell 429WLG

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  – Today, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced the initial certification of the Bell 429WLG by Transport Canada and the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil. Unveiled in October 2013 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) conference, the helicopter combines the advanced capabilities of the Bell 429 with the added operational flexibility of retractable wheeled landing gear.

Rotorcraft Pro Media Network To Award $700 Tech Package

Rotorcraft Pro Media Network To Award $700 Tech Package
Visit Rotorcraft Pro Booth No. 3800 at Heli-Expo 2014 for Chance to Win

Leading helicopter media company Rotorcraft Pro Media Network (RPMN) will be giving one fortunate winner a tablet bundle valued at $700.  Any attendees to Heli-Expo 2014 (February 25-27) at the Anaheim Convention Center may enter their chance to win by visiting Rotorcraft Pro’s booth 3800, just inside the main entrance.  The winner need not be present at the time of the drawing.

U.S. Congress Continues Support of Lakota

Herndon, Va. - Airbus Group leaders welcome the decision by Congress to fund procurement of 20 UH-72A Lakota helicopters through an omnibus spending package that the President has indicated he will sign into law.

“This continuation of the government contract orders for the Lakota demonstrates the value of affordable, cost-effective programs in a constrained budget environment,” said Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. “That support means a lot to the American workers who have delivered every single Lakota on time and on budget over the last seven years.”


New FlightSafety Manager, Specialty and Enrichment Training Programs

La Guardia Airport, N.Y. - FlightSafety International announces that Marin Todorov has been promoted to Manager, Specialty and Enrichment Training Programs.

“We congratulate Marin on this well-deserved promotion,” said Daniel MacLellan, Vice President, Operations. “FlightSafety is committed to offer the highest quality, most comprehensive line up of specialty and enrichment training programs. Marin’s leadership will help to ensure that our Customers have access to a growing variety of courses that meet their specific needs and that they are delivered efficiently and effectively.”


Robert “Harry” Rogers, founder of Clovis, California’s Rogers Helicopters died January 16 following a stroke. He was 84.

Rogers, along with his wife Wanda, founded their company in 1962. Wanda served as Chairman of HAI’s Board of Directors in 1986 and 1987.

From Bradenton Herald
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ??? U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen can now major in nuclear engineering, and the school is offering aerospace engineering majors a chance to specialize in rotorcraft engineering for Navy and Marine Corps leadership positions related to  ...
Helicopter operators Bond pledge to settle claims for losses suffered by ...
Herald Scotland
From Herald Scotland
Hannah Bennett, a lawyer with Thompson's Clutha legal team, said: "The commencement of interim payments from Bond Helicopters to Clutha victims is a very significant milestone and is welcomed. "Many of our clients are suffering from ongoing physical ...
From The Wall Street Tr
We continue to benefit from participating in a wide range of programs, in the US, Europe and Asia, including rotorcraft, transport, fixed wing and satellite programs. Industrial. Total Industrial sales of $54.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 ...
UK considers 'surrogate' helicopters to reduce pilot training costs
IHS Jane's 360
From IHS Jane's 360
Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, Brigadier Neil Sexton revealed that with helicopters accounting for nearly half of the army's running costs, a cheaper training solution is being sought. He said that "45% of ...
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