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09
Mar
2014

USAF Now Funding CSAR

The U.S. Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program had been postponed. ...Read more

02
Mar
2014

Ronald Reagan Rotary Ops

Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 departed Camp Pendleton, Calif., to conduct rotary-wing operations aboard the USS Ronald Reagan Dec. 6. ...Read more

01
Mar
2014

Ch53K Begins Safety Tests

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

19
Feb
2014

Columbia Adds CH47Ds

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

07
Jan
2014

RNZAF receives two NH90s

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

07
Jan
2014

HMLA-167 Returns Home

Marines with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 167 returned from Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 5. ...Read more

24
Apr
2014

MacNeil Takes On New B3e

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs is the proud owner of a new, customized AS350 B3e helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill. has taken delivery of the aircraft that he will use in business travels for his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. ...Read more

08
Apr
2014

Erickson Signs New Contract

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, announced today that it has secured a new contract with PLUSPETROL PERU CORPORATION S.A., a leading exploration and production company with a significant presence in Peru. ...Read more

25
Mar
2014

EC135 P2+ Sim for Metro

Since its opening in 2012, the Helicopter Flight Training Center has seen continuous expansion, and recently added its first full motion simulator. The EC135 P2+ Level D Full Flight Simulator arrived from FlightSafety International’s DFW facility.  ...Read more

24
Mar
2014

500th R66 Delivered

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

15
Mar
2014

New EC155 for Brasil

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

11
Mar
2014

New Kiwi S76 Simulator

It was going to cost more than $1 million for the Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) to buy a helicopter flight simulator – so they decided to build one instead.  ...Read more

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