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01
Aug
2014

New Ec145T2 for DRF

DRF Luftrettung received the world's first helicopter of type EC 145 T2 at the Airbus Helicopters production site in Donauwörth. This is one of a total of 20 aircraft with which the non-profit air rescue organisation will gradually replace its BK 117 and Bell 412 fleet in the coming years. ...Read more

22
Jul
2014

Portable Heads Up Displays

Elbit Systems launched at the recent Farnborough Airshow 2014 the Helicopter version of the Skylens™ wearable head-up display for Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) applications. ...Read more

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

22
Jul
2014

New EC145 for Boston MedFlight

Metro Aviation recently completed and delivered a new EC145 for Boston MedFlight, a critical care transport service in New England. This is the second EC145 that Metro has completed for Boston MedFlight. ...Read more

01
Jul
2014

Waypoint Increases Credit Facility

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

27
Jun
2014

New B2 for Philadelphia Police

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

04
Jun
2014

New EC155 for Shandscair

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

04
Jun
2014

Canadian Certification

Robinson Helicopter Company received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. ...Read more

03
Jun
2014

High Altitude Mexican Adventure

An Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e helicopter achieved a new record in Mexican aviation history today by landing on the country’s highest peak, the 5,610-meter-high Pico de Orizaba (also known as Citlaltépetl). ...Read more

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