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
R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, 2014,
three and half years since the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010.
The helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia, and will be on
display at this year’s Heli-Russia Exhibition in Moscow, May 22-24. Aviamarket successfully
tested the aircraft’s capabilities last year, first in April when Aviamarket pilots landed R66 S/N
0040 at the North Pole and again in September when the company organized a six week Aroundthe-
World Expedition using two R66 helicopters. ...Read more
Metro Aviation recently completed and delivered an EC155 to a corporate customer in Brazil. The aircraft was configured per customer specifications and will accommodate twelve passengers and two pilots, each with their own Bose headset. The luxury helicopter also includes carpet and leather interior panels. ...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