Helicopters

July 5, 2012 - 3:40pm

China’s CAAC certified the Avicopter AC311 light-single helicopter last Thursday. In announcing the approval, the Chinese helicopter manufacturer also released more performance numbers, including a 131-knot max cruise speed, four-hour maximum endurance and 335-nm maximum range.

July 5, 2012 - 2:35am

The Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) has issued a new statement critical of an anticipated mandatory North Shore Route off the shore of Long Island, N.Y. The group said the route would “exacerbate air traffic congestion and make helicopter noise permanent over some communities.”

July 5, 2012 - 2:10am

The EASA has issued a further emergency AD on other Eurocopter models after an AS332 Super Puma started to roll toward the edge of an offshore helideck. The flight crew was not aware a hydraulic failure was also affecting wheel brake capability. The new AD, issued in June, is requiring a “rush revision” of the flight manual on the Dauphin series (SA365N, AS365N and EC155). The first AD called for a flight-manual revision on the SA330, AS332 and EC225 Super Pumas.

July 5, 2012 - 2:10am

The EASA has issued a further emergency AD on other Eurocopter models after an AS332 Super Puma started to roll toward the edge of an offshore helideck. The flight crew was not aware a hydraulic failure was also affecting wheel brake capability. The new AD, issued in June, is requiring a “rush revision” of the flight manual on the Dauphin series (SA365N, AS365N and EC155). The first AD called for a flight-manual revision on the SA330, AS332 and EC225 Super Pumas.

July 5, 2012 - 12:50am

Helicopter Service Company (HSC), a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, has signed an agreement with operator PANH Helicopters. PANH has its own technical support service for Mi-2s, Mi-8s, Mi-26s and Ka-32s in Russia, as well as maintenance stations in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. It will share information with HSC about the utilization of its own helicopters and those of its technical support clients. In return, HSC is giving priority to PANH for spare parts, at a fixed price. Separately, HSC has opened a 24-hour call center for operators of Russian helicopters.

July 5, 2012 - 12:50am

Helicopter Service Company (HSC), a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, has signed an agreement with operator PANH Helicopters. PANH has its own technical support service for Mi-2s, Mi-8s, Mi-26s and Ka-32s in Russia, as well as maintenance stations in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. It will share information with HSC about the utilization of its own helicopters and those of its technical support clients. In return, HSC is giving priority to PANH for spare parts, at a fixed price. Separately, HSC has opened a 24-hour call center for operators of Russian helicopters.

July 4, 2012 - 2:18pm

Bell Helicopter’s Aviation Service maintenance facility in Prague, Czech Republic, has received a Part 145 maintenance organization approval certificate from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration. The approval allows the MRO provider to begin servicing the brand’s expanding fleet of helicopters in the region. The certification follows EASA Part 145 approval. In addition to helicopter maintenance, the approval allows for a range of service offerings for Bell Helicopter sister company Cessna.

July 3, 2012 - 4:40pm
The mockup of the 525 Relentless Bell unveiled at this year’s Heli-Expo will be on display at Farnborough International next week. (Mariano Rosales)

Bell Helicopter, which will be displaying the mockup of its 525 Relentless super-medium twin next week at the Farnborough International Airshow, announced key program suppliers for the new helicopter yesterday. They include GKN Aerospace and Triumph Group for airframe structure machining and composites; Kuka for major structural tooling; Goodrich for ice protection; Israel Aerospace Industries for passenger seating; and Mecaer for wheeled landing gear.

July 3, 2012 - 3:55am

The NTSB has opened the docket on the fatal crash of a Las Vegas tour helicopter late last year.

July 3, 2012 - 12:40am

An unusually warm winter and mild spring have given rise to some of the worst forest fires in the nation’s history, from Florida to California. Not even northern climes have been immune. In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Duck Lake fire destroyed 23,000 acres and 140 structures and denuded six miles of Lake Superior shoreline in late May. The most active fire to date has been the Whitewater-Baldy fire in New Mexico, which had consumed nearly 300,000 acres by mid-June after raging for more than a month.

 
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