Aviation International News » January 2011

December 28, 2010 - 8:37am

Having achieved its target speed of 250 ktas in September, Sikorsky continues to flight-test the X2 demonstrator but at a slower pace. The U.S.-based manufacturer has also announced the first application of the technology will be military. The X2 is a compound helicopter featuring two contra-rotating coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller.

December 28, 2010 - 8:33am

American Eurocopter recently unveiled a new full-motion flight and mission simulator for AS350 crew training tailored to EMS and law-enforcement ­applications. The simulator is based at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas campus.

December 28, 2010 - 8:01am

A senior member of both the House aviation subcommittee and Homeland Security Committee is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to re-open Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport (09W) to civilian traffic. In a letter late last year to TSA administrator John Pistole, U.S. Rep.

December 28, 2010 - 7:57am

Sikorsky announced early last month that final assembly of the first production S-76D medium twin has begun in Coatesville, Pa.

December 28, 2010 - 7:49am

In November Russian Helicopters delivered a Mi-26TC heavy twin, manufactured by Rostvertol, to Hong-Kong-based import firm Lectern Aviation Supplies. The aircraft, expected to be used for firefighting, is the third Mi-26TC sold by Rostvertol in China; a contract for another is under negotiation, Russian Helicopters said.

December 28, 2010 - 7:48am

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department will outfit its new fleet of 14 American Eurocopter AS350B2s with the DZM2 system, which packages all-in-one satellite and cellular voice and data ­communications in a single control head that can be mounted on the center console. The satphone can be quickly removed for off-aircraft communication.

December 28, 2010 - 7:45am

Eurocopter will fit AD Aerospace’s FlightVu FV-1035 external cameras on the EC175. The ­tail-mounted system will ease surveillance of the helicopter’s surroundings, thus “improving the crew’s situational awareness without their having to move from their standard operational positions,” according to the UK-based supplier.

December 28, 2010 - 7:36am

UK air navigation service provider Nats and ­lobbying association Oil & Gas UK last month switched their North Sea multilateration system to the “operational” mode, thus improving offshore flight safety. Controllers can now see helicopters on their radar screens in areas that are beyond the 80-nm reach of land-based radar. The multilateration system uses signal transmitters and receivers fitted to 16 offshore platforms.

December 28, 2010 - 7:31am

The retired New Mexico state police chief pilot accused the state’s public safety (DPS) secretary of placing undue pressure on the department to fly ­rescue missions in marginal weather and suggested that this pressure could have contributed to the June 2009 fatal crash of the state’s AgustaWestland A109E.

December 28, 2010 - 7:29am

Three helicopters being used to warm crops against cold temperatures and frost overnight in Western Palm Beach County, Fla., crashed in the early morning hours of December 8 in ­separate accidents between 2:10 and 7:40 a.m. The ­accidents involved two Robinson R44s and one Bell 206L-3. Only the pilot of the 206, the most extensively damaged of the three aircraft, sustained serious injuries.