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March 19, 2008 - 9:48am

Robinson Helicopter delivered its first R22 piston single in October 1979. Exactly 24 years later, the Torrance, Calif. manufacturer delivered its 5,000th helicopter. This milestone represents the production of 3,489 R22s and 1,522 four-seat R44s. The 5,000th machine, an R44 Raven II, was shipped to National Airways, a Robinson dealer based in Lanseria, South Africa.

March 19, 2008 - 9:46am

In separate ceremonies at last month’s NBAA Convention, Bell/Agusta announced the sale of a corporate AB139 to American International Group and Eurocopter revealed that the EC 120 on display was bought. The buyer of the EC 120 wasn’t disclosed, but the seller, insurance broker Lance Toland, immediately ordered a new EC 120, this one with air conditioning.

February 28, 2008 - 5:25am

The Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for NASA includes an overall increase for space exploration, but aeronautics research continues to fall short, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said last month. The request totals $17.6 billion, an increase of 2.9 percent from Fiscal Year 2008.

February 27, 2008 - 5:56am

Guimbal Hélicoptères has plans to take on the ubiquitous R22 in the training market. The company, launched by a former Eurocopter employee, has made headway, having secured orders from several European companies, including Eurocopter.

February 27, 2008 - 5:18am

Bell Helicopter is restructuring its product line to accelerate deliveries of aircraft in high demand, namely the Bell 412, 407 and 429. The Fort Worth manufacturer is increasing production of these models while ending production of the Bell 206B3 JetRanger, 427, 430 and 210 by 2010. Bell anticipates that the change will enable it to build a larger number of commercial helicopters each year.

February 26, 2008 - 6:57am

Yesterday at Heli-Expo in Houston, MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton told the aviation press that she is “probably going to buy a very light jet”–not just an airplane, but an entire company. Tilton added that she has been negotiating with a composites production firm in Italy.

February 26, 2008 - 5:33am

The largest civilian helicopter school in the U.S. abruptly ceased operations on February 3 amidst allegations by students and former employees of skewed ethics, mismanagement, misrepresentation and possible criminal activities.

February 26, 2008 - 5:33am

The largest civilian helicopter school in the U.S. abruptly ceased operations on February 3 amidst allegations by students and former employees of skewed ethics, mismanagement, misrepresentation and possible criminal activities.

February 25, 2008 - 4:54pm

Yesterday at Heli-Expo Booth No. 2231, Enstrom signed contracts for a 480B for delivery to Aero Inter of the Dominican Republic, and another copy for Aerolineas Ejecutivas (ALE), the fourth such Enstrom in as many months.

February 25, 2008 - 4:50pm

Scott Kasprowicz (center), the AgustaWestland A109S Grand owner-pilot who broke the U.S. transcontinental record a week and a half ago, announced his next record attempt yesterday here at Heli-Expo–an around-the-world flight in his AgustaWestland helicopter, N1US.

 
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