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Entries for February 2014

Airbus Helicopters scores 78 bookings for its new rotorcraft product line at Heli-Expo

Anaheim, California – The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo industry convention underscore the competitiveness of its product line – with acquisitions covering rotorcraft that range from the workhorse EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the next-generation EC175, along with the new EC145 T2 and the evolved EC225e and AS332 C1e versions.

The AW189 Leaves For Its First US Demo Tour  Among OGP Operators

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the new generation medium twin helicopter AW189 will depart for a demo tour among US Oil & Gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico region, from March 4th to the 7th.

OHI Group Signs for Four AW139 and Five AW189 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Omni Helicopters International Group (OHI) has signed a contract for a total amount of nine helicopters including four AW139 intermediate twin-engine and five AW189 8.3 ton helicopters in offshore configuration. The contract completes the framework agreement which included a total requirement for 13 AW139s and adds the AW189, marking the entrance of this new generation model in the Brazilian market, where OHI Group operates supporting the oil and gas industry. Deliveries of these latest AW139s and the AW189s will start in late 2015 and late 2016 respectively. This latest agreement brings the total number of AgustaWestland helicopters ordered by OHI Group to 18, with the first seven AW139s already in service with already 7000 flight hours since the first delivery in 2012 and two in delivery in 2014. Beside the purchase contract of AW139 and AW189, AW and OHI has also sign a multiyear training agreements and for service plan for the current operative fleet of AW139s with the option to include also the ones to be delivered in the coming years. The total deal is valued at approximately 125 million euro.

AgustaWestland Delivers First of Six AW119Kx to Life Link III

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced today that it has delivered the first of six EMS configured AW119Kx to Life Link III, an air medical transportation provider operating in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

ATLAS Air Taxi To Operate AW139s in Brazil

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 will enter service with ATLAS Air Taxi, an offshore operator in Brazil, who is leasing two helicopters that are planned to be delivered in March 2014. The helicopters will provide passenger transport to offshore oil and gas installations off the Brazilian coast. Approximately 30 AW139 helicopters are now operated by offshore operators in Brazil.

 LCI Signs Further Contract For Eight AgustaWestland Helicopters Plus 10 Options

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it has signed a further multiyear contract with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for seven AW139 intermediate and one AW189 8-tonne medium class twin engine helicopter. These helicopters, which will be used by LCI’s helicopter division to offer its customers modern aircraft ready for offshore transport, search and rescue, aero-medical transport and other missions, will be delivered between 2014 and 2017. The contract is valued at approximately €85 million (US$115 million). The agreement also includes further options for seven AW139s and three AW189s with deliveries scheduled between 2015 and 2018. 

AW109 Trekker Unveiled At Heli Expo A New Addition To AgustaWestland’s Light Twin Engine Helicopter Range

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce a new addition to its range of class leading light twin-engine helicopters, the AW109 Trekker, the first AgustaWestland light twin to offer skid landing gear. The aircraft was unveiled during a ceremony at Heli Expo 2014 today in Anaheim, California. With a maximum take-off weight of 3,175 kg (7,000 lb.) and 3,200 kg (7,055 lb.) with external loads and over 1,500 kg (3,306 lb.) of useful load together with a class leading cruise speed (Vne of 160 kts - 296 km/h) the AW109 Trekker can claim to have the highest productivity in the light twin turbine helicopter market.

From Sacramento Bee
This report is the result of SDI's extensive market and company research covering the global rotorcraft industry. It provides detailed analysis of both historic and forecast global industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by ...
X-Copter announces the next generation of helicopter flight simulators for the primary flight training market

HELI-EXPO 2014, Anaheim, CA.- Called "X-Copter", it is an eighth generation helicopter flight simulator that has been in development since 2006 and the core component of the nationally recognized “Flight Cost Reduction Training” program at Guidance Aviation. Engineered for the primary flight training market, the X-Copter simulates the Robinson R22 and R44 models.

From EIN News (press release)
Airbus Helicopters today unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective  ...
Helicopter Flight Training Center welcomes new Assistant Director of Training

The Helicopter Flight Training Center is pleased to announce that Glen Girard has joined the company as its Assistant Director of Training.  Girard will be primarily responsible for instruction for ground and simulators, crew and air medical resource management, course development and records review.

Enstrom Helicopter Signs Contract with Venezuela

Menominee, Michigan - Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce they have received a signed contract from the Venezuela Ministry of Defense for 16 training helicopters.

Bell Helicopter and Able Engineering and Component Services, Inc sign Memorandum of Understanding to Develop Expanded Repair Capabilities

ANAHEIM, CA  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Able Engineering & Component Services, Inc., (Able) to collaborate on Able Engineering developed repairs.

Bell Helicopter Announces More Than 100 Signings So Far at HELI-EXPO 2014

Anaheim, CA –  Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, set the standard at HELI-EXPO 2014 with the reveal of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X™ and a full-size mock up of the Bell 525 Relentless™ in search-and-rescue configuration. By the end of the first day, Bell completed more than 100 signings that included the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, 407GX, Bell 412EP and Bell 429. 


ANAHEIM, Calif. - As Kaman Aerospace Group enters Heli-Expo 2014 the company is significantly expanding its reach, capabilities and position as an award-winning supplier for leading aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

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