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Entries for February 2013

From Earnings Call Transcript - Seeking Alpha
Our United Rotorcraft Division just completed a new contract for 114 additional Black Hawk interiors with a total contract value of $44.8 million. These additional units of production will deliver beginning in 2013 through 2017. Looking forward to 2013 ...
From United States Army (press release)
The Army's strategy for approaching DVE emerged, in part, from the service's participation in an Office of the Secretary of Defense-led Helicopter Survivability Task Force which launched a rotorcraft survivability study in 2009, Herbst explained. "One ...
Mistaken Ideas Concerning Helicopters: Rotary Flying Myths
Decoded Science
From Decoded Science
Actually, helicopters aren't that difficult to fly. Almost anyone who has enough coordination to drive a car can probably learn to fly a helicopter. It does take time and practice, and some maneuvers, such as hovering a helicopter, feel as though they ...
From Daily Markets (press
[NYSE: UTX], and Boeing [NYSE: BA] will submit a joint proposal to build a demonstrator aircraft ??? based on Sikorsky's X2??? Technology rotorcraft design ??? for the U.S. Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) Phase 1 program. The JMR ...
From The Daily Advertiser
Eurocopter, headquartered in France, planned to show off the EC175 at a helicopter convention in Las Vegas, with stops in Houston and Lafayette. But New Iberia was the first stop for the mid-sized twin-engine helicopter, which was painted in Bristow ...
Columbia Announces Acquisition of Ten Heavy-Lift Helicopters
Helicopter Association International
From Helicopter Association International
Columbia Helicopters has the largest fleet of privately held, heavy-lift helicopters in the world, and is the global leader in commercial heavy-lift helicopter operations. The company also operates the Columbia Model 234 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter ...
From Avionics Intellig
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB412 and AB412 EP, and Bell Helicopter Textron (Bell) Model 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters with certain DART Aerospace Ltd. (Dart) high gear aft crosstubes ...
High-Speed VTOL
Aviation Week
From DARPA Tries...Again - Aviation Week
The X-plane itself is to be a reasonable size - 10,000-12,000lb gross weight, or the size of Sikorsky's S-97 Raider - so that it can be reliably scaled to the objective vehicle (a tricky thing with rotorcraft). Bagai has some other objectives. "This is ...
From Avionics Intelligence
The Entrepreneurial Challenge competition is designed to identify and accelerate the development of emerging, transformational business solutions across all markets that can be applied to specialized aerospace and rotorcraft markets. Sikorsky recently ...
Red Hen Systems to showcase latest products at Heli Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada March 4 – 7

FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Red Hen Systems will be at the 2013 Heli Expo in Las Vegas March 4th – March 7th to display their geospatial mapping products for the helicopter industry. They will showcase their video map-ping systems including the VMS-333, VMS-HDII and VMSHD-II GasFinder.

Red Hen’s VMS-333 hardware documents geospatial information every second. With the addition of Blue-tooth connectivity and expanded audio output for multi-channel camera systems, geotagging becomes easi-er and more efficient for users.

Kamov Ka-32A11BC presented with Australian certificate of airworthiness

Russian Helicopters, part of state defence holding Oboronprom and a leading global designer and manufacturer of helicopters, announced that the Kamov Ka-32A11BC firefighting helicopter was officially awarded its certificate of airworthiness by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) at a ceremony during the Avalon Airshow 2013. The certificate was presented by CASA Director John McCormick to Sergei Kretov, the head of the Russian Helicopters delegation in Australia.


FEBRUARY 27, 2013 (Las Vegas, NV) — All Metal Maintenance Stands, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of “safety first” custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment, and hangar equipment, announces the launch of the company’s newest enhancements to its fully integrated marketing strategy. Working in conjunction with several marketing and internet companies, All Metal has developed a comprehensive marketing approach that enhances and integrates all the latest media to create a truly dynamic and interactive system. 

First Maryland State Police AW139 helicopters delivered

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has taken delivery of the first two of 10 AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters that will replace its existing fleet of 11 aging Eurocopter Dauphins.

The first two AW139s were delivered to the Aviation Command at the Martin State Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Tuesday, with additional helicopters expected to arrive throughout the week. According to the Aviation Command, the helicopters have passed all required inspections and certifications, and Aviation Command personnel will immediately begin training on the new aircraft to familiarize themselves with the helicopters’ aerial and medical capabilities.

From Journal Review
A renowned aviator, Bergen spent a decade in the 1980's as the editor and publisher of the Popular Rotorcraft Association magazine. He also wrote ???Understanding the Gyroplane??? and ???The Gyroplane Flight Manual,??? both available on Amazon. ???The Force ...
Twirly Birds announce 2013 Les Morris Award Recipient

Social helicopter pilot group, Twirly Birds has announced the 2013 Les Morris Award recipient as Mr. Jake Hart.  Hart's aviation career has spanned 55 years and more than 15,000 hours in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.  After entering the U.S. Air Force in 1955, Jake Hart received his wings in 1957, and then spent ten years on active duty with a combat tour in Vietnam.  Hart has been an experimental test pilot for Bell Helicopter, Vought, Aerospatiale, and American Eurocopter.  His many achievements include aircraft certification projects as the primary test pilot for the adaptation of the 20mm Gatling gun on the AH-1, single pilot IFR certification for the SA341 Gazelle and SA360 Dauphin, and many other integral aircraft development programs.

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