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Entries for December 2013

From Aviation Today (subscription)
Oboronprom subsidiary Russian Helicopters is reporting the production of 303 rotorcraft during 2013, with an estimated value of more than 140 billion rubles (approximately $42.5 billion). The growing company passed a number of milestones during the ...
From Gizmodo
It looks like Call of Duty. It's not. It looks like a movie. It's not. Instead it's an incredible photograph of a Marine Corps Super Stallion Helicopter taking off with a M777 howitzer in the California desert. In real life. What a powerful image. The ...
From ABS CBN News
MANILA - The Air Force welcomed yesterday the defense department's confirmation of a winner in the long-delayed UH-1 helicopter acquisition project. Air Force spokesman Col. Miguel Okol said the 21 helicopters to be acquired from two North American  ...
Eurocopter unveils next generation helicopters, eyes Indian market
Economic Times
From Economic Times
The rotorcraft, the latest member in the EC145 family, features new Arriel 2E engines and an innovative digital avionics suite with four-axis autopilot. Eurocopter has received orders for over 90 EC145 T2 helicopters, the most significant contract ...
From IBNLive (blog)
Beyond the NMRH tender, IN is of course also looking to replace its current holding of Chetak and Cheetah helicopters with a new naval utility helicopter (NUH). The procurement process for NUH actually began even before the NMRH competition with the  ...
From 4-traders (press release)
Preliminary results were voiced at the Russian Helicopters board meeting which reviewed performance in the helicopter sector over the past year and outlined its main priorities for 2014. "In 2013 Russian Helicopters continued to develop as a modern ...
Russian Helicopters showed strong production and financial growth in 2013

Moscow - In 2013, Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, produced 303 helicopters for Russian and international customers, with an anticipated consolidated profit in excess of 140 billion roubles*. Preliminary results were voiced at the Russian Helicopters board meeting which reviewed performance in the helicopter sector over the past year and outlined its main priorities for 2014.

“In 2013 Russian Helicopters continued to develop as a modern, highly efficient and dynamic Russian company,” Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev said. “We completed the state defence order in full, supplied combat helicopters to export and produced dozens of batches of safe, reliable commercial helicopters for Russian and international customers.”

Helicentre Aviation’s East Midlands Heliport Officially Opens

Helicentre Aviation’s new East Midlands heliport complex which has been built at Leicester Airport has officially opened. The £500,000 expansion of Helicentre Aviation’s operations includes a brand new hangar, offices and ground training facilities, an apron and six helipads and the company also provides Jet A1 and AvGas refueling services, handling and hangarage to visiting helicopters.

The development coincides with the award of an eight year contract to survey gas pipelines for National Grid, and continued expansion of their training academy has brought about a number of new positions to add to the existing 20-strong workforce.


Sikorsky Innovations Wins Phase 1 VTOL X-Plane Contract

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has won a contract for Phase 1 of the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Experimental Aircraft (VTOL X-Plane) program by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The proposed effort is valued at $15 million to develop the preliminary design for the VTOL X-Plane, a high-speed vertical takeoff-and-landing aircraft with the hover capability of a helicopter.

Brunei Royal Air Force Takes Delivery of Two S-70i BLACK HAWKS

The Ministry of Defence at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition (Bridex) accepted two Sikorsky S-70i™ BLACK HAWK helicopters into the Royal Brunei Air Force following an unveiling attended by His Majesty the Sultan. Two more Sikorsky S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopters are currently undergoing the process of acceptance at the Royal Brunei Air Force. Equipped with a suite of advanced avionics and sensors, the multirole aircraft can perform a variety of missions over land and water, including search and rescue, humanitarian relief, anti-piracy, troop transport and medical evacuation.

Waypoint Leasing Takes Delivery Of Two EC225's

Two EC225s delivered Dec. 11 are the initial Eurocopter-built aircraft in the portfolio of Waypoint Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company. Waypoint has signed an agreement to provide the aircraft to Avincis Group’s subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, to use for offshore crew change missions.

The EC225 handovers to Waypoint Leasing occurred at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France production facility, and were accepted in a process including the participation of a team from Bond Helicopters Australia. After the aircraft’s arrival in Australia, the helicopters will be used to service Bond’s multi-million dollar, five year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies – which is part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company.

German Law Enforcement Order Six EC145's

Germany’s Landespolizei Baden Württemberg has ordered six Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters, becoming the first law enforcement customer for this evolved version of the popular EC145 twin-engine rotorcraft.

When delivered in 2015-2016, these EC145 T2s will provide the southwestern German state's police force with a highly capable multi-role fleet to replace a mixed fleet of two other helicopter types.

From AOPA Pilot
For more on autorotations, check out this Hover Power post. You can read all the stories in the Rotorcraft Rookie series on AOPA Online. Next time: Maximum performance takeoffs and landings. Topics Flight Training, Helicopter, Pilot Training and ...
Helicopter crashes at Westchester County Airport
New York Daily News
From New York Daily News
The helicopter crashed at Westchester County Airport at about 8:40 a.m. on Saturday morning. It belongs to Wings Air Helicopters in White Plains. The company offers charter tours, flight training and helicopters for aerial photography and filming. This ...
Eurocopter lands in Thailand to give new models a whirl
Economic Times
From The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for
Eurocopter has a strong presence in the Thai civil market, with all but four of the 35 delivered rotorcraft used for corporate transport, emergency medical services and other purposes. The company is eager to raise its profile in the Thai market's ...
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