News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft and their powerplants, including helicopters, tiltrotors and unmanned air vehicles.

October 20, 2014 - 6:40pm

In a deal that could be a preview for the red-hot helicopter leasing market, GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas, Booth 2631) announced October 13 that it plans to acquire helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation Group for $1.775 billion. The deal is expected to close next year.

Gecas, the U.S. and Irish commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of GE Capital, has a fleet of approximately 1,600 owned and serviced aircraft with more than 230 airlines. Gecas also provides spare engine leasing, aviation consulting services and spare parts financing and management.

October 18, 2014 - 10:20am

Bell Helicopter (Booth 212) is continuing its strong focus on the corporate and VIP markets to drive new sales of its civil helicopters. Since 2010, 40 percent of all single-engine Bell 407s and 45 percent of all 407GX models have been configured for corporate customers. Meanwhile, 55 percent of new Bell 429 light twins are being sold into this market. And Bell has begun thinking about the corporate, VVIP and head-of-state market for its new 525 super-medium twin as well.

October 14, 2014 - 1:03pm

A little more than a decade after former Mayor Richard Daley illegally destroyed Meigs Field lakefront airport, two new heliports are being constructed in Chicago less than two miles apart. Both are slated to open next summer.

October 13, 2014 - 1:15pm

In a deal that could be a preview for the already red-hot helicopter leasing market, GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) announced October 13 that it is acquiring helicopter leasing firm Milestone Aviation for $1.775 billion.

October 13, 2014 - 12:55pm

The Bell 206L-1 that crashed on October 4 while approaching a hospital helipad in Wichita Falls, Texas, had collided with power lines about one block northeast of the building, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The crash killed the patient and the flight nurse; the pilot, who was interviewed by NTSB investigators, and paramedic were seriously injured.

The Part 135 helicopter was on a night VMC approach to the United Regional Hospital at approximately 1:55 a.m. local when it crashed.

October 10, 2014 - 9:17am
MD Helicopters Cayuse Warrior

MD Helicopters announced contract awards from the U.S. Army to supply and arm MD530F helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. With the U.S. drawing down forces in Afghanistan, the armed helicopters “will expand armed escort, scout attack and close air attack capabilities in support of an increasing operational tempo in the region,” the manufacturer said.

October 9, 2014 - 3:05pm

The three-day Helitech International helicopter exhibition and conference, which opens on Tuesday, will be held for the first time in Amsterdam. Some 180 exhibitors will share the Amsterdam RAI convention center’s floor, and the event features an extensive conference program.

October 7, 2014 - 1:45pm

GrandView Aviation (née Baltimore Helicopter Services) is expanding its charter services from a regional-based program in Baltimore to include worldwide-brokered helicopter and jet flights, as well as helicopter fleet management. It will also coordinate ancillary services such as catering and ground transportation for the brokered trips. The company is aiming its new helicopter fleet management services at clients who are purchasing their first aircraft or expanding their fleet.

October 6, 2014 - 4:15am

If you’ve frequented major American airshows in the last 25 years, chances are you’ve seen Otto The Helicopter, a 1985 Schweizer 300 with its canopy done over in clown face. Roger Buis is Otto’s second pilot; he and his wife Pauline bought the act in 1999.

October 5, 2014 - 5:35am

The maintenance and logistics behind keeping big helicopters such as the tandem-rotor Columbia Helicopters 234 and the Erickson Aviation S-64 Air Crane flying can seem downright daunting.

Related Channels