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Sikorsky / PZL Mielec Delivers M28 Aircraft to the Ecuadorian Army

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September 14, 2018

An M28 short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft manufactured at PZL Mielec, a facility in Poland owned by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), has arrived in Ecuador following a trans-Atlantic flight from Poland. Delivered five months after contract award, the twin-engine turboprop will meet the Ecuadorian Army’s need for a proven multi-role transport… Read More ›

Thai Aviation Services S-76D™ Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

TAS reaches milestone in under two years Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today announced that Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D™ fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center… Read More ›

Bell’s Michael Thacker on Urban Air Mobility

Testimony of Michael Thacker, Executive Vice President, Technology and Innovation at Bell, in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on July 24, 2018. Bell’s Executive Vice President of Technology and Innovation Michael Thacker testifies to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Urban Air Mobility: The Way Forward. “AT… Read More ›

Bell 429 celebrates over 330,000 hours of operation

More than 325 Bell 429 aircraft in operation configured for various mission sets. Footprint Continues to Grow with New International Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is excited to announce that the Bell 429 global fleet has exceeded 330,000 hours of operation. With 325 aircraft in operation configured for various mission sets, the Bell… Read More ›

Bell Completes 100th Delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X

On Tuesday, June 26, Bell completed its 100th delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Hunt Companies for corporate travel. Bell revealed its first customer delivery for the Bell 505 at HAI Heli-Expo 2017 and continues to receive international interest. Before the delivery, Mirabel facility employees gathered around the aircraft to commemorate this… Read More ›

Kaman Announces $69 Million Joint Programmable Fuze Order

New orders for JPF over the last year increase to almost $500 million Kaman Corp. (NYSE:KAMN) announced today that its Aerospace segment received its first order under Option 14 of its current Joint Programmable Fuze (JPF) contract with the U.S. Air Force (USAF). This order has an expected value of approximately $69 million for the… Read More ›

Sikorsky Begins CH-53 King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Deliveries to the U.S. Marine Corps

CH-53K helicopter can lift three times the external load of its predecessor Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), delivered the first CH-53 King Stallion helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) today. The aircraft is the first of an expected 200 helicopters for the Marine Corps’ fleet. The CH-53K is the new build replacement… Read More ›

Appreciating Our BTA Instructors

The Bell Training Academy provides unparalleled training to the best of the best, offering a variety of technical, flight and operations learning experiences. We have a wide array of talented instructors, dedicated to educating customers on the complex world of rotorcraft maintenance and operations, which is why it’s only fitting that we celebrate these hardworking… Read More ›

Rosoboronexport to Showcase Military Helicopters at HeliRussia 2018

Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) will demonstrate the entire range of Russian military helicopters at the tenth International Helicopter Industry Exhibition, HeliRussia 2018, that will be held from May 24 to 26 at the Crocus Expo Center in Moscow. “Rosoboronexport offers foreign customers Russian helicopters for accomplishing tasks in various conditions. Among our… Read More ›

CAL FIRE Places Purchase Order for FIREHAWK® Aircraft

United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today received a purchase order from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for the acquisition of a new Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk aircraft, to be modified into FIREHAWK® firefighting configuration by United Rotorcraft. This aircraft will be the… Read More ›

Rostec to create VRT500 prototype by the end of 2019

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) will produce light utility helicopter prototype, VRT500, designed by VR-Technologies design bureau, by the end of 2019. Helicopter rotor system strength tests are now underway. VR-Technologies’ specialists are going to start aerodynamic tests in the nearest time. The helicopter is expected to be supplied in the following configurations:… Read More ›

Airbus Helicopters delivers 200th H145 helicopter to Norsk Luftambulanse

Last week, Airbus Helicopters delivered the 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse (NOLAS). The Air Rescue Operator will use the helicopter for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in Norway. The 200th H145 is the final H145 delivered to NOLAS under its current order, bringing the operator’s Airbus fleet to a total of eight H145s and seven H135s, all… Read More ›

Canada Certifies Increased Gross Weight for S-92 Helicopters

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced today Canadian certification for the expanded gross weight capability option for new S-92® helicopters.   The option increases the maximum take-off weight from 26,500 to 27,700 pounds, allowing operators to carry an additional 1,200 pounds of payload. This capability was first certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration… Read More ›

Arriel 2H obtains EASA type certification

Safran Helicopter Engines has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Arriel 2H engine, installed in the Avicopter AC312E. This Arriel variant was selected in 2015 to power this helicopter developed by AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group, a subsidiary of Avic (Aviation Industry Corporation of China). The AC312E made its maiden… Read More ›

Leonardo and the Australian Ministry of Defence sign agreement to establish local helicopter transmission repair and overhaul facility

  Operations are expected to start in mid-2020 in Melbourne to support Australian MRH Taipan (NH90), foreign NH90s and civil helicopter main gear boxes This latest step by Leonardo reflects a strong commitment to positioning the customer at the centre of any activity undertaken by the Company Leonardo has been operating in Australia for more… Read More ›

The Ambulance of Texas Skies, CareFlite Has Saved Over One Million Patients

Just as drivers on the road recognize the blue and red flashing lights of an ambulance, the CareFlite helicopters that fly through the sky are just as known in Texas. Helicopter emergency medical services have been the flagship mission of CareFlite since 1979. Today, their employees have safely transported over one million patients by air… Read More ›

Safran signs by-the-hour support contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contracts with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters and Rainier Heli International, covering engines powering the operators’ H125 and H130 fleets. Each contract formalizes a seven year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 16 Arriel 2D engines for Papillon with an additional three engines added over… Read More ›

50th anniversary of the trademark Fenestron

Celebrating one of Airbus Helicopters’ most recognizable innovations Continues to set new standards with the H160 On the 12th of April 1968, the first Fenestron, invented by Paul Fabre and René Mouille, took to the skies on the second prototype of the Gazelle. It has since become emblematic of Sud Aviation, Aerospatiale, Eurocopter and now… Read More ›

Sikorsky Celebrates 30 Years of Black Hawk Helicopter Operations in Latin America

2018 marks 30 years of operations for the Black Hawk helicopter in Latin America, since the Colombian Air Force took delivery of its first five UH-60A aircraft in 1988. Designed and manufactured by Sikorsky, now a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), the twin engine medium-lift Black Hawk has become synonymous with the successful defense of… Read More ›

Leonardo demonstrates its AW159 helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces

The new generation AW159 is the most capable naval helicopter in its class and retains the outstanding ship operating capabilities of the Lynx helicopter   The AW159 can be equipped for a wide range of naval roles including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASuW), maritime surveillance, search and rescue (SAR) and over-the-horizon targeting (OTHT).   The AW159… Read More ›

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