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
Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has increased the committed borrowing capacity under its five year revolving credit facility from $335 million in November 2013 to $468 million as of June 30, 2014. The facility bolsters Waypoint’s ability to continue adding attractive and diversified helicopter assets to its fleet, which today includes over 40 aircraft delivered and on lease. Financial institutions that have joined the facility the past six months include Barclays Bank PLC, Citi, RBC Capital Markets, and asset financier, Lombard. The facility includes an unfunded revolving accordion feature to expand the borrowing capacity further, up to $550 million. ...Read more
The Philadelphia Police Department has taken delivery of the first of two new Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 AStar helicopters, becoming the latest in a long and growing list of U.S. law enforcement agencies to utilize this high performance aircraft produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI).
“We’re very happy with the completion of our first helicopter,” said Capt. Kenneth O’Brien, head of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Aviation Unit. “We’ll be a more capable aviation unit with this upgraded aircraft.” ...Read more
ShandsCair Flight Program, the air medical transport service of UF Health, has taken delivery of a new Airbus Helicopters EC155 specially customized for transporting critically ill patients. The helicopter was purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) in Grand Prairie, and will be operated by Med-Trans Corp. ...Read more