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News and issues regarding all manner of civil and military rotorcraft.

March 12, 2007 - 10:55am

Robinson Helicopters of Torrance, Calif., arrived at Heli-Expo armed with orders and prepared to sell even more of its piston-powered helicopters. The question on everybody’s mind, though, is whether CEO Frank Robinson will finallly launch the R66 this year.

March 12, 2007 - 8:31am

AgustaWestland is introducing an enhanced Koala, the AW119 Ke light single, as an evolution of the A119 Koala introduced in 1995 and certified in 2000.

March 12, 2007 - 8:20am

Eurocopter, already the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer, shows no signs that its meteoric sales pace will let up anytime soon.

Last year the company delivered 381 new helicopters worth more than $5 billion and booked orders for 615 helicopters with a combined value of $6.45 billion. Those figures represent a substantial increase from Eurocopter’s 2005 order book, valued at $4.64 billion.

March 8, 2007 - 4:59am

The FAA on February 9 released its final rule on proposed changes to the rules governing air-tour operators, who must demonstrate compliance within six months. Operators of helicopter air tours will have 18 months to outfit their aircraft with floats, if required.

March 7, 2007 - 4:51am

A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB SW-07-16) issued February 9 warns operators of possible debonding of the main rotor blades on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Robinson issued a safety alert.

March 5, 2007 - 9:23am

Bell Helicopter yesterday revealed it has discontinued the 417 development project, announced with much fanfare at last year’s Heli-Expo, where the company took deposits for 136 copies of the aircraft, which was based on the popular 407. Another point of discussion at this year’s event, held in Orlando, Fla., was Bell’s recent shakeup at the top.

March 5, 2007 - 9:21am

Coming off its best year ever in terms of sales, Robinson Helicopter president and founder Frank Robinson today confirmed in an interview with AINtv long-time speculation that the company is developing a five-seat turbine-powered helicopter called the R66. Robinson said the R66 will be powered by a new Rolls-Royce engine, the Model 300, which will be officially announced tomorrow by Rolls-Royce.

February 21, 2007 - 7:17am

During a Sunday morning press conference here at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter president Fabrice Bregier quietly announced a pending agreement with China to codevelop a new helicopter. Called the EC 175, the new 22,000-pound-gross-weight helicopter will be positioned between the EC 155 and the Super Puma to compete in the heavy-lift market.

February 20, 2007 - 11:11am

During a Sunday morning press conference here at Heli-Expo, Eurocopter president Fabrice Bregier quietly announced a pending agreement with China to codevelop a new helicopter. Called the EC 175, the new 22,000-pound-gross-weight helicopter will be positioned between the EC 155 and the Super Puma to compete in the heavy-lift market.

February 20, 2007 - 11:04am

Honeywell dove back into the civil helicopter business here at Heli-Expo with a series of initiatives it hopes will land it squarely among the major players in the turboshaft propulsion business. Of course, the biggest news came during a Saturday afternoon press conference, when Honeywell revealed that its new HTS900 turboshaft will power the Bell 407X.

 
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