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Entries for April 2014

From defenceWeb
Only Northern Cape (to be serviced by a rotorcraft from AFB Bloemspruit) and North West, with a 17 Squadron Oryx on duty to sortie over both Gauteng and that province, do not have ???own??? aircraft available for voting day. A BK-117 from 15 Squadron's ...
From Vertical Magazine (press r
One of America's leading entrepreneurs is the proud owner of a new, customized AS350 B3e helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., has taken delivery of the ...
From Broadway World
Improved demand from the defense rotorcraft market sector largely offset a decline from the general aviation and commercial market sectors compared to a year ago. First-quarter EBIT was $6.5 million, or 7.9 percent of sales, compared to $8.6 million ...
From Huffington Post
This week, Red Bull posted a YouTube video of daredevil Chuck Aaron -- the first and only civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics -- doing just that. The 54-year-old pilot has spent more than 20,000 hours -- or 833 days ...
Leading entrepreneur David MacNeil takes delivery of customized Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 B3e with Garmin G500H glass cockpit

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – One of America’s leading entrepreneurs is the proud owner of a new, customized AS350 B3e helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill. has taken delivery of the aircraft that he will use in business travels for his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products.


A Patent Pending eco-friendly aircraft ground power unit that uses up to 75% less fuel than traditional equipment has been launched by leading global ground support manufacturer, Start Pac.

AgustaWestland Completes Autorotation Trials  for The AW609 Program

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that autorotation trials for the AW609 TiltRotor program have been completed successfully. Between the end of March and early April 10 dedicated flight hours saw more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane mode to helicopter mode flown from the Arlington (Texas) facility in the USA. The tests were flown under auspices of FAA and covered the full wind-milling and autorotation envelopes, marking another major achievement for the program development. 

Corey Wilkinson Joins Universal Avionics as Regional Sales Manager for Latin America

TUCSON, AZ – Robert Clare, Director of Sales for Universal Avionics, has announced that Mr. Corey Wilkinson has been appointed to the newly created position of Sales Manager for the Latin America sales region.

AgustaWestland and Heliconia Aero Solutions  Sign Distributorship Agreement for Morocco

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Heliconia Aero Solutions, the flagship Company of Heliconia Group in Morocco, are pleased to announce the signing of a Distributorship Agreement for AgustaWestland helicopters models in Morocco.

Saudi Aramco Signs Contract for a Further AW139 Helicopter

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Saudi Aramco has placed an order for an AW139 intermediate twin aircraft, further expanding its fleet of AW139 helicopters and confirming its confidence in the bestselling model in its category. This latest AW139 will be used to perform offshore and VIP transport operations in Saudi Arabia.

From Earnings Call Transcript - Seeking Alpha
The commercial rotorcraft market is benefiting from the expansion of the oil and gas industry for both new and existing platforms. While defense OEM and aftermarket was soft in the first half we saw a significant improvement in aftermarket this quarter ...
Navy to award contract for Marine One helicopter fleet in shadow of previous ...
Washington Post
From Washington Post
The last time the Pentagon tried to upgrade the president's coolest ride ??? the fleet of helicopters that drop him at his doorstep on the South Lawn of the White House ??? it didn't go well. Costs doubled. Delays sparked ridicule, then outrage. And ...
Darpa's Alias Aims To Automate Existing Aircraft
Aviation Week
From Aviation Week
Whereas previous ???virtual co-pilot??? programs such as the Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate of the 1990s focused on using artificial intelligence to provide decision support to the human pilot, Alias is intended to be capable of executing a planned mission ...
EASA certifies Airbus Helicopters EC225 gear shaft redesign
Avionics Intelligence
From Avionics Intelligence
MARIGNANE, France, 22 April 2014. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) officials have certified the redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters' EC225, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type being ...
Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?
From NPR
The move would shift the nearly 200 Apache attack helicopters from the Guard and replace them with about 100 Black Hawks, the less glamorous, less lethal, troop-carrying helicopter. "For me personally, I'm insulted by it. Most guardsmen that I talk to ...
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