In the News

DECEMBER

Bell Helicopter will open a new facility in Louisiana

Bell Helicopter will open a new helicopter assembly facility at Lafayette Regional Airport in Louisiana where production of its Short Light Single (SLS) aircraft will be based. The company will invest $11.4 million in equipment and tooling for the facility, and expects to directly create around 115 jobs for the local economy. Bell Helicopter announced […]

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DECEMBER

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139 Helicopter

Press Release AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from […]

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DECEMBER

Texstars will Produce Bell 525 relentless program Windshields

Texstars was awarded a contract by Bell Helicopter to produce windshields for the Bell 525 Relentless program. This new windshield will enhance the pilot’s field-of-vision, and present significant safety improvement features. The new design also includes the use of an alternative structural transparent material, which will increase safety of all onboard in case of any […]

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DECEMBER

Amazon to use helicopter drones for delivery

Amazon is thinking about using miniature helicopter drones to deliver purchased items in 30 minutes or less, to Amazon Prime members. Even if it was announced this week by the CEO Jeff Bezos, the system is still experimental and could take years to implement. The “Octocopters” could deliver packages weighing up to five pounds, within […]

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NOVEMBER

UK: Training has begun on the upgraded Puma Mk2 helicopter

RAF crews from the RAF’s 33 and 230 Squadrons are now training with the upgraded Puma aircrafts. The helicopters now have new engines, which improved their power (35%) and fuel efficiency. They can now fly faster and twice as far as the Puma Mk1. They also have highly advanced digitised glass cockpits and upgraded liquid-crystal […]

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NOVEMBER

The Irish Air Corps celebrates their 50th anniversary

For the Irish Air Corps, November 26th marked the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation. Their first Search and Rescue mission was on December 23rd, 1963, only three weeks after the service had gone operational (November 26th, 1963). Since these first life-saving missions the Helicopter Wing, now called No. 3 Operations Wing, have performed over 2,300 […]

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NOVEMBER

Hawaii: Another helicopter struck by laser

We already posted some articles on the topic, but cases with helicopters struck by laser are still reported. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal offense which could lead to arrest or fines of up to $300,000. Hawaiinewsnow.com reported that for the fifth time this year, a Coast Guard aircraft was struck by […]

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NOVEMBER

(Canada) CHC Helicopter will get nine S-92 helicopters

There is also an option to acquire 15 more to transport offshore oil workers and for possible search and rescue operations. CHC, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, operates more than 240 aircraft in about 30 countries worldwide.  CHC’s aircraft fleet currently includes 110 helicopters made by Sikorsky including 38 S-92 and 67 S-76® aircraft. Deliveries of […]

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NOVEMBER

Russia to Sell $5Billion Worth of Helicopters to Mideast, Africa

Russia’s state arms exporter said Friday that it currently has $5 billion worth of outstanding orders for helicopters with countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The exporter’s overall contract portfolio exceeded $38 billion as of November 1. A Rosoboronexport representative made the remarks after the close of the bi-annual Dubai Airshow, which has […]

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NOVEMBER

Volocopter: Successful maiden flight

Press Release Source: http://www.e-volo.com/ Successful maiden flight of the world’s first green helicopter E-volo’s Volocopter is a revolution in aviation Made in Germany. Safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters, it has a unique way of moving – a groundbreaking innovation. The Volocopter is an environmentally friendly and emission-free private helicopter. Instead of one combustion engine, […]

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