Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has powered up the engines and spun the rotor head on the first prototype CH-53K heavy lift helicopter — designated the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV). The January 24 event continues the “Bare Head Light Off” phase of testing — so named because it was conducted without rotor blades — that began under auxiliary power in December with safety-of-flight test pilots at the aircraft’s controls. ...Read more
Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the acquisition of three Boeing CH- 47D Chinook helicopters. The aircraft were purchased from the U.S. government. These aircraft will expand the company’s fleet of commercial super-heavy-lift helicopters which Columbia uses for its traditional markets. No specific projects or con- tracts are immediately identified for these aircraft. “We are pleased to add these aircraft to our fleet,” said Mike Fahey, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. ...Read more
The next two NH90s for the Royal New Zealand Air Force arrived at Base Ohakea on 1 October. Once introduced into service the NH90s will vastly improve the Air Force’s capability to conduct military, disaster relief, search and rescue and other helicopter operations. ...Read more
Lycoming Service Instruction No. 1009AW (February 24, 2014) eliminates the
previous 2200 time-between-overhaul (TBO) requirement that specified engines be used in
“frequent” service, defined as 40 hours or more per month.
The Service Instruction extends the engine overhaul period from 2000 to 2200 hours without restrictions, and applies only to Lycoming engines built to specifications for and installed in Robinson helicopters.
The 200 hour extension is based on the excellent service history of the O-320-B2C and O-360-
J2A engines used in the R22, and the O-540-F1B5 and IO-540-AE1A5 engines used in the R44. ...Read more
This year at HELI-EXPO attendees were treated to big announcements and little ones as manufacturers, developers, and operators all took their moment in the spotlight. One such such announcement came from the partnership between Guidance Aviation (guidance.aero) and the newly founded X-COPTER (x-copter.aero).On predominant display in the Guidance Aviation booth was the future of FTD technology. ...Read more
When Metro Aviation relocated to its current facility from several airport hangars five years ago, they never imagined they would fill all of the available space. Upon the acquisition of a former Solo Cup manufacturing facility in 2007, Metro transformed the building into a comprehensive completions/operations facility with paint, avionics, machining, production and installation areas.
The facility has since undergone three expansions and is now home to a state-of-the-art training center in addition to improvements made to its original space, and all of this is under one roof. ...Read more
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed firm orders for fifteen AW189 helicopters. This signing follows the preliminary sale contract announced in early 2012, confirming customer’s commitment to this new generation model. ...Read more